Communicative Disorders Program Department of Special Education

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Advising Manual for Graduate Students in Communicative Disorders

Mission
M.S. Degree Requirements
Advising
Conditional Graduate Status
Proposed Yearly Schedule of Courses
Seven Year Limit for Degree Completion
Description of Courses
Grading Policy
Clinical Practicum Requirements
Schedule for Classified Students (School in Fall)
Schedule for Classified Students (Medical in Fall)
Application for Graduation
Written English Proficiency Requirement
Exam, English Examination for Foreign Students
Exam, Praxis II in Speech-Language Pathology
Exam, Master's Comprehensive
Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA)
Culminating Experience Requirement
Graduate Approved Programs (GAP)
Licensure for California State
Credentials, Speech-Language Pathology Services
ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC)
Complaint Against Graduate Education Program, Procedures


Mission

The mission of the Communicative Disorders Program (CD) at San Francisco State University (SFSU) is to prepare professionals to provide competent and compassionate service to people with communication disorders, across the lifespan. The SFSU CD Program is based on the following core values: collaboration; compassion; resilience; inquiry and investigation; life-long learning; professionalism; multiculturalism, leadership, mentorship, advocacy, and internationalism.

Two degree programs are offered: the Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. To fulfill its mission, the CD Program at SFSU is committed to the following goals:

  • Promote a climate in which collaboration with all partners in the service of persons with communicative disorders is the core of clinical service
  • Demonstrate understanding of the perspectives of people with disabilities and their family members, through compassion for all participants and perspectives in communicative disorders
  • Obtain cultural competence in coursework and clinical experiences in the context of the unique cultural and linguistic diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Participate in learning experiences across the continuum of professional development, from foundation course work in communication disorders for undergraduate students, to graduate education in speech-language pathology and audiology, to continuing education, and life-long learning
  • Develop resilience and skills necessary for future and current professionals to thrive in the workplace of the future
  • Promote clinical competence through the development of self-evaluation and analysis of the clinical interaction that builds a professional sense of self in all interactions
  • Embody a teaching and learning environment to foster critical thinking, research and inquiry throughout academic and clinical experiences, thereby instilling the principles of life-long learning
  • Promote evidence-based practice in the application of research in clinical services, and thereby adhere to the highest standards of science and efficacy
  • Participate in international study and clinical exchange opportunities in communication sciences and disorders, with a focus on the promotion of an international worldview for our profession that is inclusive of all peoples and cultures

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M.S. Degree Requirements

Speech-Language Pathology. Ten academic courses totalling 30 units are required for the Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology. Clinical practica requirements range from 21 to 28 units based on the number of experiences necessary for the student to obtain the 375 clinical clock hours plus 25 observation hours required for ASHA certification and California state licensure.


Audiology. The Communicative Disorders Program no longer offers a Master of Science Degree with emphasis in Audiology. For more information about the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree program, contact Dr. Marcia Raggio, College of Health and Human Services, mraggio@sfsu.edu

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Advising

Each semester, during advising week, all CD students must have their clinic and course requests approved by their adviser and recorded on their advising card and advising sheet. The student keeps their advising card and submits the signed advising sheet to the CD clinic office staff. These forms are obtained from the adviser or the CD clinic office staff. Notices are posted at least two weeks prior to the beginning of advising week. Dates of advising week are also announced in the campus newspaper. The CD graduate advisers are:

Dr. Laura Epstein, 415.338.1058 (lepstein@sfsu.edu)
Dr. Minnie Graham, 415.338.7656 (mgraham@sfsu.edu) Spring semesters only
Dr. Patti Solomon-Rice, 415.338.7652 (psolomon@sfsu.edu)
Dr. Betty Yu, 415.338.3429 (bettyyu@sfsu.edu)

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Conditional Student Status

Conditional graduate students are individuals admitted to the graduate program who either are lacking all or a substantial portion of the undergraduate prerequisite CD courses. Conditional graduate students are generally admitted only for the Fall semesters. Their conditional status is removed when all undergraduate curriculum requirements are completed. Conditional graduate students can begin taking graduate courses before all undergraduate courses are completed, provided that the undergraduate courses not yet taken would not adversely affect their work in the graduate courses. This is determined only by advisement. All undergraduate courses must eventually be completed. Conditional graduate students are advised to register for CD768: Advanced Clinical Skills during their third semester in order to facilitate completion of all clinical requirements. By taking full loads and attending summer sessions, conditional graduate students can complete the Master of Science degree in 3 1/2 to 4 years (7 to 8 semesters).

There is no limit on undergraduate credit units that can be transferred from another university to SFSU. However, a maximum of six (6) graduate credit units (semester) from another university will be accepted, provided the units counted towards the former university’s graduate requirements. This is because a maximum of 6 units from another university and/or coursework completed through Extended Education may appear on the Graduate Approved Program (GAP) form. Signature of the faculty adviser on the GAP removes conditional standing.

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A Proposed Yearly schedule of Classes

All academic courses in the area of speech-language pathology are offered once each year. Clinical practica, student teaching, and internships are offered every semester. Every attempt is made to have each course offered during the same semester each year. When possible, the time of the course's offering is held constant. When scheduling changes are required for budgetary or personnel reasons, class conflicts are avoided if possible. Although most other programs and departments have the same scheduling approach, the CD Program can exert no influence on their decisions.

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Seven Year Limit for Degree Completion

Masters candidates have 7 years to complete their degree. The clock begins with the oldest course listed on the Graduate Approved Program (GAP). Upon petition to the Graduate Office of the School of Education, students may request and may be granted a one-semester extension of the 7 year limit.

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Description of Courses

Required Academic Courses (30 Units)

The course titles below are linked to course descriptions in the university course bulletin, which specifies their prerequisites, units, and latest offerings.

CD701 Language Difference and Disorders in Children
CD705 Seminar in Aural Rehabilitation
CD706 Counseling in Communicative Disorders
CD707 Advanced Seminar in Language Disorders in Children
CD708 Neurogenic Disorders of Language
CD709 Seminar in Motor Speech Disorders
CD710 Seminar in Dysphagia
CD756 Advanced Diagnosis of Communicative Disabilities
CD768 Advanced Clinical Skills
ISED797 Seminar in Educational Research


Required Clinical Practica (21-28 Units)

The course titles below are linked to course descriptions in the university course bulletin, which specifies their prerequisites, units, and latest offerings.

CD711 Seminar in Therapy for Functional Communicative Disorders
CD712 Seminar in Therapy for Aural Disability in CD
CD713 Seminar in Therapy for Organic Communicative Disorders
CD880 Advanced Communication Therapy (3 clinics)
CD882 Internship in Communicative Disorders
CD884 Advanced Diagnosis in Communicative Disorders
CD881 Pre-Internship in Communicative Disorders
or CD715 Clinical/Rehabilitative Experience in the School
CD725 Student Teaching Workshop: Communication Disabilities

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Grading Policy

Criteria for Academic and Clinical Practicum Advancement in the CD Program In order to advance in the academic and practica sequence, the student must maintain the following:
1) Letter grade of C– or better in each graduate-level academic course, with an overall B average (3.0 GPA) for the program.
2) Letter grade of B– or better in CD768 Advanced Clinical Skills.
3) Letter grade of B– or better in all CD880 level clinics

Students who do not meet the requirements above will not be allowed to advance in the academic and clinical practica sequence. The student will be required to meet with an advisor to develop a remediation plan that may include additional coursework and/or practicum experience.

No clock hours will be counted for clinical practica that result in a grade of W (withdrew) or I (incomplete) for reasons other than faculty approved medical/emergency situations.

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Clinical Practicum Requirements

Students should refer to the Clinician's Handbook for complete information on the CD clinics, procedures, and requirements. The following material should be considered a supplement to the information contained in the Clinician's Handbook.

ASHA Requirements. ASHA and the California Board of Quality Assurance requirements for clinical practice are very specific. The certification board has identified four parameters of clinic practice students need in order to be certified. They are 1) types of disorders; 2) type of intervention; 3) age; and 4) settings. The clock hours requirements for Speech-Language Pathology are listed in the Clinician's Handbook. During each semester's advising period, students should review with their adviser the number of clock hours earned and needed. A copy of the student's clinical record should be submitted to the Clinic Coordinator with the clinic requests for the following semester. These forms do not replace the semester documentation of clinical clock hours by the clinic supervisor. Each student is responsible for assuring that s/he has the minimum numbers of clock hours required by ASHA within the appropriate categories.

University Clinical Settings. Although supervision methods may differ among supervisors and clinics, the basic forms of supervision are the same for all University clinics. These include 1) adherence to ASHA guidelines for supervision; 2) basic expectations of students; 3) methods of providing feedback; 4) evaluation forms and 5) grading policies. For more information, please refer to the Clinician's Handbook. Students violating the ASHA code of ethics (see Clinician's Handbook) are subject to removal from clinic practice and the program.

The Communicative Disorders Clinic serves clients in all age ranges with all types of communicative disorders. Both assessments and therapy are conducted at the clinic. All students must complete a minimum of 50 clock hours in the CD Clinic. A maximum of one clinical experience from another accredited program may be substituted for one of the SFSU on-campus clinical experiences. For Speech-Language Pathology majors, the minimum 50 clock hours in the clinic does not include the aural rehabilitative experience.

All classified graduate students who are enrolled for 8 or more units are required to take at least one clinic each semester until they are approved for the CD881, CD715 or CD882 experience requirements. The Clinic Coordinator will try to provide a variety of communicative disorders placements. Clinic will be set by time rather than category. At least one of the clinical experiences must be a group experience (2 or more clients). Enrollment in CD711, CD712, or CD713 (staffing seminar) is concurrent with each clinical experience.

*Graduate students must complete two clinics, one in articulation disorders and one in language disorders, with children before approval for CD715 Student Teaching. Graduate students must complete one clinical experience with an adult before approval for CD882 Internship.

Internship/Traineeship/Student Teaching Clinical Sites. All students are required to take one clinic every semester and either two internships/ traineeships or one internship and one student teaching experience. The Communicative Disorders Program has contracted relationships with over 40 off-campus facilities.

The following internship/traineeships are available:
I. CD881 (3 Units/1 Semester) Minimum of: (3 Units/1 Semester) Minimum of 125 clock hours plus an additional 75 residency hours. This internship can be taken along with a full academic load.
II. CD882 (6 Units/1 Semester) Minimum of 200-225 On-Site hours of which at least 125-150 are clock hours.
III. CD880 (2 Units/2 Semesters) Minimum of 50 On-Site hours. Clock hours are variable.
IV. CD715 (5-8 units/1 Semester) + CD 725 (1unit/1 Semester). 75 On-Site Residency Hours + a minimum of 200 clock hours with minors. CD725 is taken concurrently. Most students combine the aural rehabilitation clinical experience with their student teaching requirement.

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Proposed Schedule for Classified Students: School/Child Internship in the Fall (Sequence A)

Below is an example schedule for classified graduate students in the CD program who are assigned to Sequence A, that is, completing the school internship in the fall semester prior to the medical internship. (Project CLLASS trainees must follow Sequence A.)

»Download Sequence A Roadmap

FIRST SEMESTER: FALL   SECOND SEMESTER: SPRING
CD701 Language Differences and Disorders in Children 3   CD707 Advanced Seminar in Language Disorders in Children 3
CD768 Advanced Clinical Skills 3   CD709 Seminar in Motor Speech Disorders 3
CD708 Seminar in Adult Neurogenic Disorders of Language 3   CD 710 Seminar in Dysphagia 3
ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research 3   CD756 Advanced Diagnosis of Communicative Disabilities 3
CD880
+ 711
(Clinic 1)
Advanced Communication Therapy (Clinic 1)
3   CD880
+ 711 (Clinic 2)



OR
CD880 + CD 711 (Clinic 3)



OR
CD 884
Advanced Communication Therapy (Clinic 2) + Seminar in Therapy

OR
Advanced Communication Therapy (Clinic 3) + Seminar in Therapy

OR
Advanced Diagnosis in CD
3





3






3
 
Total units
15    
Total units
15-21
SUMMER
CD880 + CD 711 (Clinic 2)

OR
CD 880 + CD 713
(Clinic 3)

OR
CD 884
Advanced Communication Therapy (Clinic 2)+ Seminar in Therapy

Advanced Communication Therapy (Clinic 3) + Seminar in Therapy

Advanced Diagnosis in CD
3




3




3
  *SPED788 Law, Ethics and Instructional Planning 3
Total Units 6-12
THIRD SEMESTER: FALL   FOURTH SEMESTER: SPRING
CD705 Aural Rehabilitation 3   CD882 + CD 725.02 Medical/Adult Internship + Internship Workshop 6
*CD715
+ 725
+ 712

(credential)





OR

CD881
+880
+712 (non-credential)
*Option 1: Clinical/Rehabilitative Experience in Schools
+ Student Teaching Workshop
+ Seminar in Therapy for Aural Disabilities CD

OR
Option 2: Non-school-based Pediatric Internship (if non-credential)
*7-10








OR

6
  CD706 Seminar in Counseling in CD 3
 
CD 898 (Thesis) OR
CD 895 (Field Study)
(If completing thesis or field study) (3)
COMPS (Comprehensive Exam if not completing thesis or field study)  
 
Total units
9-16    
Total units
9-12

*Required sequence for the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential (SLPSC). All other students register for CD881 + 880 + 712.
NOTE 1: Students must take SPED788 to satisfy the requirements for the SLPSC. This course may be taken as an undergraduate. It is offered every semester, including summer sessions.
NOTE 2: CD653, CD656, CD661, CD663 are strongly recommended (if not required) of graduate students with undergraduate degrees from other programs who have not completed equivalent coursework.

NOTE 3: A total of 4 clinics (3 semesters of CD 880 and 1 semester of CD 884) must be completed prior to enrollment in off-campus internships. Students must first complete 1 semester of CD 880 prior to enrolling in Cd 884.

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Proposed Schedule for Classified Students: Adult/Medical Internship in the Fall

Below is an example schedule for classified graduate students in the CD program who are assigned to Sequence B, that is, completing the medical internship in the fall semester prior to the school internship. (Project Common Ground trainees must follow Sequence B.)

»Download Sequence B Roadmap

FIRST SEMESTER: FALL   SECOND SEMESTER: SPRING
CD701 Language Differences and Disorders in Children 3   CD707 Advanced Seminar in Language Disorders in Children 3
CD768 Advanced Clinical Skills 3   CD709 Seminar in Motor Speech Disorders 3
CD708 Seminar in Adult Neurogenic Disorders of Language 3   CD710 Seminar in Dysphagia 3
ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research 3   CD756 Advanced Diagnosis of Communicative Disabilities 3
CD880
+ 711 (Clinic 1)
Advanced Communication Therapy (Clinic 1) + Seminar in Therapy
3   CD880
+ CD 711 (Clinic 2)


OR
CD 880 + CD 713 (Clinic 3)

OR
CD 884
Advanced Communication Therapy (clinic 2) + Seminar in Therapy
OR
Advanced Communication Therapy (clinic 3) + Seminar in Therapy

OR
Advanced diagnosis in CD
3




3





3
 
Total units
15    
Total units
15-21
SUMMER
CD880
+ 711 (Clinic 2)


OR
CD880 + 713 (Clinic 3)


OR
CD884
Advanced Communication Therapy (clinic 2) + Seminar in Therapy

Advanced Communication Therapy (clinic 3) + Seminar in Therapy

Advanced diagnosis in CD
3




3




3
  *SPED788 Law, Ethics and Instructional Planning 3
Total Units 6-12
THIRD SEMESTER: FALL   FOURTH SEMESTER: SPRING
CD 705 Aural Rehabilitation 3   CD706 Counseling in CD 3
CD882 + CD725.02


Medical/Adult Internship
6
  *CD715
+ 725.01
+ 712

(Credential)





OR

CD881
+880
+712 (non-credential)
*Option 1: Clinical/Rehabilitative Experience in Schools
+ Student Teaching Workshop
+ Seminar in Therapy for Aural Disabilities CD

OR
Option 2: Non-school-based Pediatric Internship (if non-credential)
*7-10








OR

6
CD 898 (Thesis)
OR
CD 895 (Field Study)
(If completing thesis or field study) (3)
 
COMPS
(Comprehensive Exam if not completing thesis or field study)  
 
Total units
9    
Total units
9-12

 

*Required sequence for the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential (SLPSC). All other students register for CD881 + 880 + 712.
NOTE 1: Students must take SPED788 to satisfy the requirements for the SLPSC. This course may be taken as an undergraduate. It is offered every semester, including summer sessions.

NOTE 2: The school/pediatric internship and the adult internship can be taken in the reverse order (i.e., adult/medical internship in the seventh semester and the school/pediatric internship in the eighth semester). Approximately half of the students will complete their school/pediatric internships first and the other half will complete the adult/medical internship first. The two sequences are comparable. Alternatively, limited numbers of adult internships are available in the summers.

*Required sequence for the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential (SLPSC). SPED788 is offered every semester, including summer sessions.

NOTE 3: A total of 4 clinics (3 semesters of CD 880 and 1 semester of CD 884) must be completed prior to enrollment in off-campus internships. Students must first complete 1 semester of CD 880 prior to enrolling in Cd 884.

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Applying for Graduation

Near the end of graduate training, it is required that the student complete a series of examinations, various applications, and other paperwork. It is the student's responsibility to register for and take the Comprehensive Examinations and the Praxis II in speech-language pathology (a national exam). In addition, the student needs to complete a variety of applications and other paperwork and submit them to their graduate adviser for review. It is suggested that the student keep a copy of each form that is submitted. After the adviser reviews the documents, s/he will then forward it to the appropriate campus office or to the Program Coordinator for the required signature. A copy of each form forwarded by the program office will be copied to the student's file. Review of documents and obtaining of signatures from advisers and the Program Coordinator must be scheduled during the Fall or Spring semesters. During the summer, most faculty are not on campus nor do they hold scheduled office hours.

To apply for graduation, you are expected to complete:
1. The Culminating Experience Requirement
2. Graduate Approved Program (GAP)
3. Paperwork for the CCC
4. Paperwork for the California State License (If you intend to practice in CA)
5. The Praxis II Examination

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Written English Proficiency Requirement

All graduate students are required to submit evidence of one of the following as part of the requirements for the M.S. degree in Communicative Disorders:
1. Score of at least 3.5/6.0 on the GRE Analytical Writing Test or GMAT Analytic Writing Assessment;
2. Score of at least 4.5/6.0 on the essay test of the paper-based [PBT] TOEFL (a minimum score of 24/30 on the Writing section of the Internet-based test [iBT] TOEFL
3. Score of at least 6.5/9.0 on the IELTS writing test, or a concordant socre on the Pearson Test of English
4. A passing status score of at least 220 on the CSET Writing Skills Test
5. A passing score on the Graduate Essay Test (GET). This exam is not longer offered. Students who entered the program while the GET was offered and have not yet passed the GET must select from the four options above.

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English Examination for Foreign Students

All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English. Those who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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Praxis II Examination in Speech-Language Pathology

All students seeking accreditation from ASHA and/or state licensure are required to take a national exam called the Educational Testing Services Praxis II Speech-Language Pathology Test (test code 0330), which is offered several times each year. More information can be obtained from the SFSU Testing Center. It is recommended that students take this multiple-choice examination after they have completed their graduate courses and are preparing for the Master’s Comprehensive exams. The student must request that a copy of the Praxis II results be sent to the SFSU CD Program, ASHA, CA Licensing Board, and CCTC. Based on current data, the pass rate for SFSU CD students taking the Praxis II exam is 92%.

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Master's Comprehensive Examination

These written comprehensive examinations:

  • are required of all Master's candidates in Speech-Language Pathology
  • are given each semester on the second Friday of each Fall and Spring semester in the computer lab
  • can be taken only three times
  • have a required passing grade of 75%
  • can be retaken during the same semester if only ONE portion has been failed (otherwise, the student must wait until the following semester for retake)
  • may be taken after ALL core courses have been completed with a passing grade of C– or better and the student has received approval of the graduate adviser
  • require that the student pre-registers for the exam and receives a number prior to the scheduled administration date (Note: If for any reason the student cannot take the exam on the scheduled date, the student must wait until the following semester's scheduled exam.)


Speech-Language Pathology students:

  • are required to answer three essay questions: one on theory, one on diagnostics, and one on treatment
  • select between two questions for each of the three essays (each essay question has five sections)
  • are expected to incorporate information from required undergraduate and graduate courses in their essays
  • should review the following areas prior to the exam: adult neurogenics, fluency, voice, articulation and phonology, child/adolescent language, and speech science

CD Faculty provide an informational session re: the Master’s Comprehensive Exams at noon each semester during the CD Program Orientation Day (usually occurs the day before the semester begins).

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Culminating Experience Requirement

Students in programs leading to a master's degree at San Francisco State University are expected to strive for maximum competence throughout their program of study. Conferences with advisers and other professors, coursework, examinations, research reports, academic records, and other instruments should provide a pattern of evidence that a student is working successfully toward his/her academic and professional goal. Near the close of candidate's period of study for the degree, s/he is required to give a final demonstration of competence in scholarly and professional attributes. The character of the final work as exemplified by the range and quality of research, the unique correlation of available materials, the evidence of mastery of the knowledge in the field, the practical solution of a problem, or a creative achievement, must testify to the distinction of the student. The experience should be valuable to the student, and it also must be in keeping with the standards of the University. The quality of work accomplished, including the quality of writing completed, is of major importance in judging the acceptability of the culminating experience. In sum, this final culminating experience should provide visible evidence of the scholastic excellence achieved by the student which, in turn, reflects on the quality of graduate study in the major department. In accordance with Title 5 of the California Administrative Code, this culminating experience can be met by the satisfactory completion of a thesis, field study, or internship and the comprehensive examination, or in some cases a combination of more than one of these.

Students in the Communicative Disorders program can elect any one of three combinations of culminating experiences:

  • Option 1: CD 882 (6): Internship in CD and Master's Comprehensive Examination
  • Option 2: CD 898 (3) Thesis and Oral Defense and an Elective by advisement (3)
  • Option 3: SPED 895 (3) Field Study and Oral Defense and an Elective by advisement (3)

Students who wish to pursue doctoral studies or desire to work with faculty who are engaging in research are encouraged to discuss the field study option with their adviser. Complete descriptions of thesis and field study requirements can be obtained from the University Graduate Division Office. The focus of this field study must be determined prior to enrollment.

»Click here to download the Master's Thesis Guide for CD Students.

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Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA)

Students keep track of their attainment of ASHA standards using the Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA) form. (Note: Adjust your print settings to landscape before printing this form.) It summarizes a student's acquisition of the knowledge and skills delineated in the Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). Entries are made only upon acquisition of the knowledge or skill; thus the KASA is not an evaluation, but only a record that a particular knowledge or skill has been acquired.

1. The ASHA Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) encourages programs to use the KASA to demonstrate compliance with accreditation standards related to preparing students to meet ASHA certification requirements. However, programs may develop other documents to verify student's acquisition of knowledge and skills.
2. For academic programs and students wishing to use the KASA as a tracking document, indicate with a check mark in Column B whether each knowledge and skill was achieved. If a particular knowledge or skill was acquired through work completed in a specific course or courses, the title and number of the course(s) should be entered in Column C. If the knowledge or skills were acquired in clinical practicum, enter the title and number of the practicum in Column D. If the knowledge or skill was acquired through course work and/or clinical practicum, and/or lab or research activities, there should be entries in all of the applicable columns: C, D, and/or E.
3. Students and programs using the KASA are advised to keep a copy in a safe place, should they need to provide information at a later date (e.g., upon application for reinstatement).
4. CFCC encourages programs and students to periodically review the KASA (or other tracking documents developed by the program) to assist students in determining knowledge and skills already acquired and those yet to be attained.

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Graduate Approved Program (GAP)

Graduate students must be enrolled in the term in which they apply for the degree. Graduate Division deadlines are posted. A GAP should be filed with the College of Education Graduate Coordinator Office at least one semester prior to the last anticipated semester of enrollment. Access the GAP form from the Division of Graduate Studies. The GAP form will be issued to the student only if:
1) The student is classified, and
2) The student has completed the Level I writing proficiency requirement (GET)

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Licensure for California State

The State of California requires audiologists and speech-language pathologists to acquire a license to practice in all settings except federal facilities. Practicing without a license constitutes a misdemeanor that is punishable by fine. When applying for ASHA certification, it is also recommended that an application for the license be submitted simultaneously. A license (or SLPSC in the public school setting) is needed to supervise students at all sites in California if those students wish to use the clinical clock hours as part of their requirements for the license.

The application for licensure is available on the website for the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Examining Committee in Sacramento. The step-by-step process for completing the CA licensure application is as follows:
1) Go to the website for the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board in Sacramento and download the licensure forms.
2) Fill out a copy of the form titled SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST and enter CLINICAL PRACTICUM information using signed clock hour forms and speech-language pathology examples.
3) Make an appointment with your graduate advisor to review the information.
4) After making corrections, enter the information on the original form. Sign the form in blue ink.
5) Make an appointment for signature from the CD Program Coordinator, or leave the completed form in his/her mailbox. The CD office will make a copy of the form to be placed in your student file.
6) The university will send the original to the Sacramento office.
7) Please refer to the Checklist included in the downloaded packet for further instructions.
8) Please note that the State of California requires notification of your Required Professional Experience setting and supervisor BEFORE you begin employment. It is illegal to begin your RPE without permission in writing from the State Office.

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Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential

General Information. Students intending to practice speech-language pathology in the public schools are encouraged to acquire the appropriate speech-language pathology services credentials. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) is responsible for determining the appropriate requirements for the practice of audiology and speech-language pathology in the public schools. Students should be aware that changes in credential requirements are determined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, not the Communicative Disorders Program. Basic questions regarding credentials can be answered by your adviser. More complex questions should be addressed to the College of Education Credentials Office (338-1758) or directly to the CCTC office in Sacramento (916) 263-2666.

For the following credentials, selected coursework at SFSU meets the requirements set forth by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Students must have a minimum of 350 clock hours, 100 of which must be earned in a public school, and 200 with minors. Minors are defined by the State as pupils who are 21 years or younger. In addition, students must earn a minimum of 75 residency hours at the school site. No credit is given for observation.

Pre-Approval for Student Teaching Experience. All students applying for the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential (SLPSC) must apply to the Department of Special Education during the semester immediately prior to the student teaching experience (CD715 or CD716). Requirements to qualify for student teaching experience include:
1. Passing the CBEST
2. Live Scan fingerprints
3. TB test and results
4. Credential processing fee
5. Certificate of Clearance application and fee

Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential (SLPSC): Language, Speech & Hearing. The appropriate credential for an itinerant speech-language pathologist is the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential in Language, Speech & Hearing. In order to obtain the preliminary credential, the student needs to have completed all requirements for the master's degree. Additional requirements are as follows:
1. Pass the CBEST prior to approval for the student teaching experience.
2. CD715 Clinical/Rehabilitative Experience in the School
3. CD725 Student Teaching Workshop: Communication Handicapped
4. SPED788 Law, Ethics and Instructional Planning
5. SPED801 Development, Diversity and English-Language Learners

To obtain the clear SLPSC, the candidate may apply directly to the Commission and must verify:
1. Passing score (currently 600) on the Educational Testing Services Praxis II Speech-Language Pathology Test (test code 0330), and
2. Completion of a 36-week, full-time, mentored clinical experience or equivalent supervised practicum (commonly known as the Clinical Fellowship [CF]). Verification of completion may be on one of the following forms:

  • Required Professional Experience (Form 77V-21) from the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board
  • Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellowship and Rating Report Form from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

» Read the Commission on Teacher Credentialing's Guide to the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential


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ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence

Because the SFSU CD program is certified by the Council of Academic Affairs (CAA), graduates are eligible for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in speech-language pathology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Although not a legal requirement, ASHA certification is recognized by employers throughout the nation as a symbol of professional training and competence, particularly for speech-language pathologists. To obtain the CCC, ASHA requires that, after graduation, the individual undergo a 9-month full-time clinical fellowship (CF) experience, in which he or she is employed while being supervised by someone who holds ASHA certification. Upon completion of the CF experience, coupled with state licensure (see below), the individual can practice independently.

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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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