Communicative Disorders Program Department of Special Education

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Information for Current Graduate Students

Below you can find information to help you through the program and guides for students at different points in the program. Also check the "Resources at a Glance" list on the right for additional help or quick links to tools.
Current Semester's Orientation
Advising Manual
Course Sequences (Program Roadmaps)
Guides for Students Approaching Different Program Milestones
Join NSSLHA
Frequently Asked Questions
Job Announcements
Scholarship Opportunities
Procedures for Complaint



Fall 2015 CD Orientation

The attendance of an orientation meeting is mandatory for all CD students every semester. This meeting is always scheduled on the last Friday before the start of classes. If you were not able to attend the mandatory Fall 2015 orientation, be sure to make an appointment with an advisor to go over any information you might have missed. You will be expected to know the information disseminated at orientation.

  • Online clinic requests for Spring 2015 school internships and adult internships are due on September 8th by 4 pm. (The request form can be found at http://www.sfsu.edu/~comdis/Clinic_Requests.html). Please be sure to click the submit button at the end, or we won't receive your request!
  • Drop-in group advising for graduate students have been scheduled for August 25 & 27 in BH 149 from nooo-1pm.
  • The MS Comps Exam is scheduled for September 5. If you intend to take this exam, please check with Mallorie to make sure that your Proposal for Culminating Experience form has been received and that your name is on the list!
  • Those of you graduating at the end of this semester, read about all of the requirements and deadlines at http://www.sfsu.edu/~comdis/graduation.html.
  • This year's NSSLHA meetings are every Tuesday 12-1 pm in BH 149.


Advising Manuals

In addition to your advisors and fellow students, the electronic CD Advising Manuals are an excellent and indispensable source of information. They contain explanations of all the program requirements, course descriptions, suggested course sequences, links to paperwork, and more. Even if you don't feel compelled to read it from cover to cover (which we highly recommend you do at least once, preferably in your first semester), you will find it a useful reference. When a question arises, go to your manual as a first step.

Browse the Graduate Advising Manual

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Course Sequences (Program Roadmaps)

The CD graduate program was designed to be completed in a sequential manner. The following roadmaps have been provided to assist students with program planning.

For students who have completed all of the prerequisite courses to begin the graduate sequence, here are two options – or roadmaps – for completing coursework and internships. Approximately half of the students will be assigned to sequence A and the other half to sequence B. Students following sequence A will complete their school internship before their medical internship, and the reverse is true for students in sequence B. The purpose of these assignments is simply to ease internship placements, so that there can be an equal number of students at school and medical internships at any given time. Assignment is arbitrary and there is no advantage of one sequence over the other.


If you completed your prerequisite courses outside of SF State and are unsure whether you've completed all of the prerequisite courses to begin the graduate sequence, please meet with a CD advisor to go over course equivalencies and to make a program plan. Please fill out the following Coursework Evaluation Form with the advisor.

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Guides for Students Approaching Different Program Milestones

There are different things for you to think about and plan for at different points of the program. Graduate students can download the CD Graduate Student Roadmap, a one-page summary checklist that will get you oriented to all of the major milestones. The following guides have also been developed to help graduate students prepare for specific milestones.

» Guide for New Graduate Students

» On-Campus Clinical Practica (CD 880)

» Off-Campus Medical Internships (CD 882/884)

» Off-Campus School Internships (CD 715)

» Culminating Experience Requirement (i.e., Comps/Thesis)

» Preparing for Graduation: Graduate Students

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Join NSSLHA! and Get Involved in the CD Community!

The SFSU chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a highly active student-run service organization in the Bay Area and an indispensible partner to the CD program. There are many benefits to joining NSSLHA, including:

  • Developing and demonstrating your leadership skills
  • Building community and making friends with others in the program
  • Providing community service in the Bay Area
  • Putting your classroom knowledge to practice
  • Receiving event announcements and job listings

Participation in NSSLHA offers many experiences that are important for professional readiness. For more information, contact SFSU NSSLHA at http://nsslhasf.webs.com/contactus.htm.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I keep track of program deadlines and events?
  2. What in the world are clinical clock hours and how do I acquire them?
  3. What are the CD ePortfolios and how can I learn to make one?
  4. I want to observe clinics on campus. When do they meet and whom do I contact?
  5. Where can I find speech-language related job listings?
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    How can I keep track of program deadlines and events?

    There are many important dates to keep track of every semester. A CD Program Calendar has been developed to track all events and deadlines related to the CD program. It will be updated regularly. This is a Google Calendar that can sync with Outlook, Apple iCal, and Mozilla Sunbird. You'll never miss a CD event!

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    What in the world are clinical clock hours and how do I acquire them?

    Clinical clock hours refer to the hours of supervised clinical experience acquired by graduate students in speech-language pathology. The three professional qualifications that the SFSU CD Program prepares its master's level students to obtain – ASHA Certification, California Licensure, and SLP Services Credential – each has its own (very similar) set of clock hour requirements. It's important for you to understand and keep accurate records of your clinical clock hours. This will help you monitor your progress toward degree completion, certification, and licensure. Read this guide for detailed information about clock hours.

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    What are the CD ePortfolios and how can I learn to make one?

    The CD program is one of the early adopters of electronic portfolios at SFSU. Graduate students will be guided throughout the program to build ePortfolios to present their academic and professional growth and achievements. For more information about CD ePortfolios, visit the CD ePortfolio page at http://cddemo.efolioworld.com/cdeport.

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    I want to observe clinics on campus. When do they meet and whom do I contact?

    There are many opportunities for clinical observation on campus. Check in the CD office for the clinical schedule for thecurrent semester. Contact the clinical instructor to find out more about a particular clinic and to request observation. Keep track of your observation hours and get supervisor signatures using the Observation Clock Hours Form (SC-10.5).

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    Where can I find speech-language related job listings?

    Many employers target CD students because your background in communication, education, developmental, and medical needs are highly desirable. Some of these announcements are for part time work and do not require an M.S. degree, while others are specific to new graduates looking for Clinical Fellowships. Job announcements received by the CD Program are disseminated in three ways: 1) on the job announcement page 2) as printed postings in the CD Student Workroom (to the left of the white board), and 3) sent as announcements from the NSSLHA iLearn forum. To receive these announcements, contact NSSLHA and ask to be added to their iLearn site.

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Procedures for Complaint Against Graduate Education Program

A complaint may be made to the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) about any accredited program or program in candidacy status may be submitted by any student, instructional staff member, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, and/or member of the public.
Criteria for Complaints Against Graduate Education Programs. For a complaint to be considered by the CAA, it must:
(a) be against an accredited education program or program in Candidacy status in speech-language pathology and/or audiology,
(b) relate to the Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, and specify where possible the relevant standards, and
(c) include verification and documentation (e.g., copies of grievance processes, communications verifying completion of processes, etc.) if the complaint is from a student or faculty/instructional staff member at that institution, that the complainant exhausted all relevant institutional grievance and review mechanisms before submitting a complaint to the CAA, if relevant to the complaint.

The complaint must clearly describe the specific nature of the complaint and the relationship of the complaint to the accreditation standards, and provide supporting data for the charge. The burden of proof rests with the complainant. All written testimony must include the complainant's name, address, and telephone contact information and the complainant's relationship to the program in order for the Accreditation Office to verify and communicate with the source of the complaint.

Complaints against a program may be submitted even if separate action is pending against the program by another body, except as outlined above.

For more information, see the ASHA website re: complaints. All complaints must be signed and submitted in writing to the Chair, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Complaints will not be accepted by e-mail or facsimile.

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