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Communicative Disorders

College of Health and Human Services

A CSULB Student works on the grass

Department Chair: Carolyn Conway Madding

Department Office: Language Arts Building (LAB), Room 102
Telephone / FAX: (562) 985-4594 / (562) 985-4584
Clinic Office: Language Arts Building (LAB) Room 112
Telephone: (562) 985-4583

Faculty: Randall C. Beattie, Betty McMicken, Carolyn Conway Madding, Jim Till, Geraldine P. Wallach

Undergraduate: Randall C. Beattie
Graduate: Jennifer Ostergren

Clinic Director: Geraldine P. Wallach

Technician: Rodney Pau

Department Administrator: Anne Bykerk-Planté

Career Possibilities

Speech-Language Pathologist • Speech-Language Pathology Assistant • Audiologist • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor • Supervisor of Special Education (For more information, see


The Communicative Disorders Department provides undergraduate course work for students planning careers in speech-language pathology or audiology. Departmental majors may complete work leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders and Master of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders with a Specialization in Speech-Language Pathology. Students who earn the Master's degree qualify for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Speech-Language Pathology Credential from the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing, and the State of California Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology. Students pursuing the B.A. degree may qualify for State of California Licensure as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.

The department maintains a language, speech and hearing clinic to serve as a clinical and research laboratory on campus for both graduate and undergraduate students. Field placements are available in local hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, language/speech/hearing clinics, and public schools.

Students must attend a group advising meeting presented monthly by the undergraduate advisor. Once students have declared Communicative Disorders as their major, they will be assigned a faculty advisor by the department coordinator.

The Department of Communicative Disorders at CSULB is fully accredited through 2011, by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.