Communicative Disorders Program Department of Special Education

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Information for Current Undergraduate 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. Most importantly, be sure to meet regularly (at least once every semester) with a CD advisor. Many group advising meetings are held through the semester for undergraduates. Or you can make an appointment to see an advisor by calling the CD office at (415) 338-1001.
Current Semester's Orientation
Undergraduate Advancement Criteria
Advising Manual
Guides for Students Approaching Different Program Milestones
Job Announcements
Scholarship Opportunities
Procedures for Complaint

Spring 2015 CD Orientation: January 23, 2015

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 Spring 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.

  • You must mee with a CD advisor at least once every semester. You can do so by going to the drop-in group advising scheduled on January 29 & 39 in BH 149 from noon-1 pm. You can also make an appointment for individual advising through the CD office (415) 338-1001 or visit BH 114.
  • If you wish to serve as a clinic aide in Summer or Fall 2015, the online request forms are due on February 9th by 4 pm. ( Please be sure to click the submit button at the end, or we won't receive your request!

Undergraduate Advancement Criteria (Effective Spring 2012)

We have established minimum grade criteria that are more comprehensive than our earlier policy, affecting advancement to Spring semester's courses for students enrolled in CD 660, 668, and 651 in the Fall. Below is the new policy that requires a C- in ALL of these courses in order to enroll in ANY CD courses in the Spring semester. For those of you who might be affected by this new policy, please consult with your instructor at your earliest opportunity to ensure that you are getting all the support you need to do well in your courses. You may also consult with any of the CD full-time faculty including Drs.Epstein, Yu, and Solomon-Rice.

In order to advance in the academic sequence, the student must maintain the following:

  1. An overall C average (2.0 GPA) for the program
  2. Letter grade of C– or better in CD 660, 668, and 651 in the first semester of the CD program

Students who do not meet these criteria cannot take ANY other CD courses. They must re-take the courses in which they received grades below C– the next time they are offered before taking additional CD courses.”

"An undergraduate student who has received a grade of C or higher, or a grade of CR, may not repeat a course unless the course is described in the Bulletin as repeatable for credit. An undergraduate student who has received a grade in a course that is lower than C, including AU, IC, RD, RP, W, and WU, may repeat that course only once more" (

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Advising Manual

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 Undergraduate Advising Manual

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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. The following guides are here to help you.

» Guide for New Undergraduate Students

» Preparing for Graduation

» SFSU NSSLHA's Guide for Applying to Graduate Programs in CD

» Post-College Career Options for CD Graduates (coming soon)

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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 job readiness and preparation for graduate school. For more information, contact SFSU NSSLHA at

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I keep track of program deadlines and events?
  2. I want to observe clinics on campus. When do they meet and whom do I contact?
  3. Where can I find speech-language related part-time 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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    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 difficult to come by. 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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