- Department Information
- M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology
- Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential
- Graduate Courses
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
Office: Music and Business Bldg. 1099
Phone: (510) 885- 3233
Associate Professor Emeritus
Robert C. Peppard, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison
Nidhi Mahendra (Chair), Ph.D. University of Arizona
Shubha P. Kashinath, Ph.D. Florida State University
Elena Dukhovny, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley/San Francisco State University
Pradeep Ramanathan, Ph.D. University of Minnesota
Graduate Coordinator: Robert C. Peppard
The Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology is offered in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. The objective of this program is the professional preparation of each student, academically and clinically, for state licensure, clinical certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the credential as a public school Speech, Language and Hearing Specialist.
Speech-language pathology and audiology are the professions which help adults and children overcome disabilities of speech, language and hearing.
This program has developed a reputation for rigorous and balanced professional training. The master's degree program is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology will be able to:
- Screen, assess and treat individuals with a variety of communicative disorders across the lifespan;
- Communicate and collaborate effectively with clients, families, and other professionals;
- Evaluate and apply clinical research, recognizing the need for evidence to support best practices in clinical service delivery;
- Consistently apply ethical professional standards, recognize and respect the limits of their professional preparation and clinical skills, and work effectively with other professionals;
- Demonstrate cultural competence and commitment to advocacy for persons with communicative disorders.
Students who complete the Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology are eligible for ASHA certification, California state licensure, and in most cases the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential. Speech-language pathologists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, community speech and hearing clinics, public schools, and private practice.
The Communicative Sciences and Disorders is comprised of five full-time professors and two clinical staff. Each of these professional faculty and staff has clinical and/or research interests that encompass the full range of communicative disorders. Regular guest lecturers supplement the academic offerings. Faculty, professional staff, and part-time supervisors who are active in the community provide clinical supervision.
Clinical experiences are a key component in preparing students for licensure. The department operates the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic, an on-campus facility that provides clinical services to speech, language, and hearing impaired individuals from Bay Area communities. Students who are enrolled in the Speech-Language Pathology master's program are able to observe, receive training, and do research in this fully-equipped facility. Additional clinical training is received in off-site placements and internships in settings that meet each student's interests and training requirements including hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, schools, and clinics. In order to acquire the knowledge and skills requisite to the practice of speech-language pathology, including the ability to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of client care, students must demonstrate skills and attributes in five skill areas: academic performance, written language, oral communication, hearing, and interpersonal management. Prior to entering clinic, students will pass an essential functions evaluation of skills necessary to be an effective clinician. The evaluation will include a screening of students' speech, oral-written language, and hearing.
- The most usual form of financial aid is in the form of guaranteed student loans. However, other types of financial aid are available. The university supports the following programs:
- State University Grant
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Federal Stafford Loan (including unsubsidized)
- Federal Work-Study
- Federal Supplemental Loans for Students
- Cal State East Bay Scholarships
- The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders recommends the award of certain forms of financial aid within the University. They include the following:
- Betty Lindeman and Robert N. Rosenthal Memorial Fund, non-interest loans, $500 - $1500 for graduate students in Communicative Sciences and Disorders.
- Excellence in Aphasia Group Treatment Award, $3500 scholarship for a graduate student in Communicative Sciences and Disorders
- Stephanie Amore Memorial Fund, endowment earnings benefit students in the department
- Stephanie Kalman Foundation Scholarships, $2,000-$3000 scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students in Communicative Sciences and Disorders
- The department also maintains information on scholarships and grants from additional university and professional sources.
- Occasionally, funds are available for Graduate Equity Fellowships, Research and Teaching Assistantships, and Student Assistantships (clerical).
A candidate must be admitted to the university, consistent with requirements and procedures explained in this catalog. Interested candidates apply for admission to the department and to the university at the same time. Applications for admission to the department are online at the department website (http://www.csueastbay.edu/commsci).
There are three categories of student status while pursuing the degree: "Conditionally Classified Graduate", "Classified Graduate", and "Advancement to Candidacy."
"Conditionally Classified" Status
Students are in "Conditionally Classified" status when they have been admitted to the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology degree program, but have not yet completed the requirements for "Classified Graduate" status. Students whose undergraduate degree is not in the field of speech pathology should apply under this status.
"Classified Graduate" Status
Students are in "Classified Graduate" status when they:
- have been admitted to the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology degree program;
- possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Speech Pathology and Audiology or the equivalent coursework in Speech Pathology and Audiology with another degree. Preparatory coursework completed at other institutions must correspond in scope and content with required and elective courses offered on this campus;
- complete SPPA 4852, 4854, 4859, 4861, 4862, 4865, 4866 and 4867 or the equivalent;
- possess an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better covering the last 90 quarter units of course work;
- present evidence of having satisfactorily completed a minimum of 60 clock hours of supervised clinical practica in speech, language, and hearing;
- fulfill the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call 510.885.3661.
Advancement to Candidacy
Students reach "Advancement to Candidacy" status if they:
- are a "Classified Graduate" student in good standing;
- complete at least 12 units in graduate work in Speech Pathology and Audiology with a GPA of at least 3.0;
- complete a minimum of 2 units of SPPA 6056 and/or SPPA 6156 with a grade of "B" or better;
- defend satisfactorily his or her thesis proposal, if a thesis capstone is selected; and
- show evidence of progress and ability to complete the program by receiving at least a 3.0 GPA in each course taken.
The program leading to the M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology requires completion of at least 74 quarter units of credit with grades of "B" (3.0) or better from the courses listed below. The Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential track prepares a student to apply for California's Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential. It is 78 units and requires the completion of the M.S. degree, EPSY 5021 Introduction to Educating all Students in Diverse Classrooms (4), and fulfillment of the State of California's Basic Skills Requirement. The work must be completed within five calendar years after admission to the program. At least 63 units must be completed in residence.
- Required Courses (68 units M.S. degree: 72 units M.S. degree plus Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential track)
- SPPA 6000 Research Methods in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (4)
- SPPA 6010 Advanced Speech and Hearing Science (2)
- SPPA 6020 Vocal Pathology and Rehabilitation (4)
- SPPA 6030 Clinical Organization and Management (2)
- SPPA 6040 Advanced Seminar in Speech, Language, and Communication Disorders (2)
- SPPA 6050 Neurogenic Motor Speech Disorders: Adults and Children (4)
- SPPA 6055 Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Language Disorders (4)
- SPPA 6056 Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Treatment (2, 3 times)
- SPPA 6057 Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Assessment (2)
- SPPA 6060 Advanced Study of Language Disorders in Children (4)
- SPPA 6064 Fluency Disorders (4)
- SPPA 6066 Clinical Internship in Speech-Language Pathology (6, 2 times)
- SPPA 6070 Augmentative/Alternative Communication-Assistive Technology for Speech-Language Pathologists (4)
- SPPA 6080 Counseling Individuals with Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders (4)
- SPPA 6156 Practicum in Audiologic Assessment (2)
- SPPA 6160 Audiological Rehabilitation (4)
- SPPA 6220 Dysphagia in Adults and Children (4)
- EPSY 5021 Introduction to Educating All Students in Diverse Classrooms (4)
- Internship in the public schools (SPPA 6066 for 6 units: required in the M.S.)
- Fulfillment of California's Basic Skills Requirement
- Elective Courses (4-6 units minimum)
Students completing a 2-unit University Thesis for their Capstone Experience need only take a minimum of 4 elective units.
Students must select a minimum of 4-6 units from the following list of approved SPPA elective courses. Course substitutions may be made only with the approval of a graduate faculty advisor. Students may need to enroll in more than 4 or 6 units of electives to prepare for professional certification, licensure or credential.
- SPPA 6224 Issues in Ethics (2)
- SPPA 6228 School-based Issues in Speech-Language Pathology (2)
- SPPA 6229 Medical Speech-Language Pathology (2)
- Capstone Experiences (0-2 units)
Satisfactory achievement on a written or oral comprehensive examination, the format of which will be determined by the department, OR 2-unit university thesis, SPPA 6910, including an oral examination.
The student need not have taken all required and elective courses for the major prior to completing the capstone experience; however, information contained in those courses may be included in the capstone experience.
The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders has developed a program of graduate study designed to fulfill the requirements for the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential. This credential is required for employment in California's public schools.
Individuals wishing to obtain this credential must meet all requirements of the Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology, including an internship in the public schools (SPPA 6066 for 6 units), a 4-unit course in Educational Psychology (EPSY 5021) and fulfillment of California’s Basic Skills Requirement.
|Course Number||Course Information|
|6000||Research Methods in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (4)
Applied research methods in the field of communicative disorders, including literature search techniques, research designs, statistical tests, and scholarly report preparation. Required individual research project and written assignment. Prerequisites: SPPA 4859 and graduate standing; Co-requisite: SPPA 4856 or 6056.
|6010||Advanced Speech and Hearing Science (2)
Selected topics in acoustic and physiological phonetics, speech perception and psychoacoustics with laboratory application in the analysis of normal and disordered speech and voice patterns. Prerequisites: SPPA 4867; and graduate standing.
|6020||Vocal Pathology and Rehabilitation (4)
Assessment procedures for differentiating various organic and non-organic laryngeal dysfunctions in adults and children and selection and application of appropriate treatment methods. Prerequisites: SPPA 4862 and 4867; and graduate standing.
|6030||Clinical Organization and Management (2)
Course description: Principles and procedures underlying patient enrollment, family counseling, and utilizing allied professions for adults and children in clinic and school settings. Organizing and administering speech and language programs following State and Federal regulations. Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of instructor.
|6040||Advanced Seminar in Speech, Language and Communication Disorders (2)
Selected topics in speech, language and hearing. Topics include autism, bilingualism, child language disorders, deafness, fluency, evaluation and management of hearing loss, acquired speech and language disorders. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. May be repeated two times for credit when content changes for a maximum of 6 units.
|6050||Neurogenic Motor Speech Disorders: Adults and Children (4)
Evaluation and treatment of the dysarthrias, apraxia of speech and speech and voice problems associated with acquired and developmental neuropathologies in children and adults. Evidence-based practice in assessment and treatment. Prerequisites: SPPA 4852 or 6052; SPPA 4866; and graduate standing.
|6052||Clinical Methods and Procedures in Communicative Disorders (3)
Basic principles of client treatment and management, including structuring the therapy session, designing therapy hierarchies, collecting data, working with families, reinforcing correct behavior, and documenting outcomes. Course includes 10 hours of supervised clinical observation. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. A-F grading only.
|6055||Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Language Disorders (4)
Analysis of historical and current information relating brain dysfunction and language disorders. Observation; administering and interpreting standardized and nonstandardized assessment procedures, selecting treatment techniques, and collecting data for evidence-based practice treatment decisions. Prerequisites: SPPA 4852 or 6052 and 4866 or its equivalent, and graduate standing. A-F grading only.
|6056||Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Treatment (2)
Development, implementation and evaluation of individualized therapy plans administered in both individual and group settings. Report writing and oral case presentations. Prerequisites: SPPA 4852 or 6052 and 4854 or 6854, both with a "B" (3.0) or better; and graduate standing. May be repeated three times for credit, for a maximum of 8 units.
|6057||Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Assessment (2)
Supervised clinical diagnosis of speech-language disorders including history taking, test administration, data analysis, patient counseling, oral and written case presentation. Prerequisites: SPPA 6000; 4852 or 6052; graduate standing. A-F grading only.
|6060||Advanced Study of Language Disorders in Children (4)
Evaluation and treatment procedures applicable to clinic and classroom settings. Emphasis on the evaluation of semantic and pragmatic functions and the establishment of functional language. Prerequisites: SPPA 4852 or 6052; SPPA 4865; and graduate standing.
|6064||Fluency Disorders (4)
Theories of etiology and therapeutic approaches to stuttering and cluttering disorders in adults and children. Prerequisites: SPPA 4852 or 6052; and graduate standing.
|6066||Clinical Internship in Speech-Language Pathology (6)
Field placement in supervised and approved settings such as public schools, hospitals, and community speech-language and hearing clinics. Prerequisites: SPPA 4863, 4866, 6000, 6020, 6050, 6056, 6057, 6060, 6064; Internship Preference Form filed; and graduate standing. Must be repeated once for credit, for a maximum of 12 units.
|6070||Augmentative/Alternative Communication-Assistive Technology for Speech-Language Pathologists (4)
Principles of augmentative/alternative communication for both children and adults. Hardware, software, and peripheral equipment for assessment, system fittings, and intervention. Open to SPPA graduate students and Speech Pathology professionals. Prerequisites: SPPA 4856 or 6056; SPPA 4865; and graduate standing. A-F grading only.
|6080||Counseling Individuals with Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders (4)
Counseling theory, models, processes, and strategies. Application of counseling strategies to individuals who present a variety of communicative disorders, and to the families of these individuals to assist them in living with communication disorders. Prerequisites: SPPA 4852 or 6052, and graduate standing. A-F grading only.
|6156||Practicum in Audiologic Assessment (2)
Supervised clinical diagnosis of hearing disorders including history taking, test administration, data analysis, patient counseling, oral and written case presentation. Prerequisites: SPPA 4852 or 6052; SPPA 4861; and graduate standing.
|6160||Audiological Rehabilitation (4)
Advanced study of the issues facing clinicians when providing audiological rehabilitation services in adult clinical settings. Emphasis on group formation and communication strategies training. Guided practical experience in group audiological rehabilitation. A-F grading only. Two hrs. lect., 4 hrs. lab.
|6220||Dysphagia in Adults and Children (4)
Principles and evidence-based clinical guidelines for screening, assessment, and treatment of dysphagia in adults and children. Anatomy and physiology of normal swallowing, bedside and instrument-based assessment of swallowing disorders, behavioral and instrument-based treatment techniques, and ethical issues in clinical practice. Prerequisites: SPPA 4867, SPPA 4856 or SPPA 6056; and graduate standing. Grading: A-F only.
|6223||Early Language Assessment and Intervention (2)
Provides information and develops skills for working with the birth to 3 population at risk for speech and language delays and/or disorders including: children of substance abuse pregnancies, premature birth, chromosomal disorders, developmental delay, and pervasive developmental disorders. Topics include characteristics of these populations, appropriate assessment procedures, family-centered services, and transdisciplinary approaches. Prerequisites: SPPA 4856 or 6056; SPPA 6060. Only open to SPPA majors. A-F grading only.
|6224||Issues in Ethics (2)
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) Code of Ethics with specific discussion on conflict of interest, the effect of managed care, and insurance reimbursement. Prerequisite: SPPA 4852 or 6052. Co-requisite: SPPA 4856 or 6056. A-F grading only.
|6228||School-based Issues in Speech-Language Pathology (2)
Issues pertaining to public school setting: IEPs, fair hearings, reports, school personnel, federal and state regulations, qualification standards, dismissal criteria, bilingualism and second language acquisition, best practices, group treatment, data collection, working with parents and teachers, and behavior management. Prerequisites: SPPA 4852 or 6052, and graduate standing. A-F grading only.
|6229||Medical Speech-Language Pathology (2)
Issues pertaining to medical settings; acute, subacute and chronic care, hospice, tracheostomy tubes and vents, genetic syndromes, unusual medical diagnoses, infection control, IHPs, chart documentation, productivity standards, federal and state regulations, best practices, and working with medical professionals as a team. Prerequisites: SPPA 4852 or 6052, and graduate standing. A-F grading only.
|6854||Diagnosis of Speech and Language Disorders (4)
Theory and practice in the assessment of various pathologies of speech and language. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor. Two hrs. lect., 6 hrs. lab. A-F grading only.
|6898||Cooperative Education (1-4)
Supervised work experience in which student completes academic assignments integrated with off campus paid or volunteer activities. Prerequisites: at least a 3.0 GPA; departmental approval of activity. Not applicable to the M.S. in Speech Pathology. May be repeated once, for a maximum of 8 units. CR/NC grading only.
|6900||Independent Study (1-5)|
|6910||University Thesis (2-8)
Development and writing of a formal research paper for submission to the University in the specified bound format. Supervision by a departmental committee, at least one of whom must be a Cal State East Bay faculty member. Oral defense normally required. (See also, "University Thesis Writing Guide," www.csueastbay.edu/thesiswritingguide.) Prerequisite: graduate standing. Maximum of 8 units per student.
|6999||Issues in Speech Pathology and Audiology (4)
Readings, discussion, and research on contemporary and/or significant issues in speech pathology and audiology. May be repeated for credit when content varies, for a maximum of 8 units. A-F grading only.