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Information for Graduating MS Students

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! As you prepare for this exciting time, make sure you complete all the steps necessary to obtain all the qualifications you've worked hard for, including: (a) M.S. degree, (b) ASHA certification, (c) state licensing, and (d) credential to practice in the public school setting. Review your clinical clock hours documentation and follow this guide to make sure you don't miss a single deadline.

Important Dates

There are some crucial deadlines for you to keep track of if you are graduating in Spring or Summer 2015. These dates are also marked on the CD Calendar and on the Graduate Studies website (

  • February 16, 2015
    If you plan to graduate with an M.S. degree at the end of Spring or Summer 2015, submit the Application for the Award of the Master of Science Degree by this date You'll need a signature from a Faculty Advisor or the Department Chair (BH 156). Submit to the SFSU Grad Stop with fee payment (ADM 250, 415.338.2234, Check to make sure you also have an approved ATC/GAP on file.


  • April 1, 2015
    If you plan to graduate with an M.S. degree at the end of Fall 2015, submit completed Advancement to Candidacy Form — select Communication Disorders from pull down menu at:

    For students who plan to complete and submit a Master's Thesis by the end of Fall 2015: Submit Proposal for Culminating Experience as an attachment to the ATC/GAP ( Also include an Unofficial Transcript and Evidence of WEP (Level I Writing Proficiency). If your thesis requires it, also include your Protocol for Human Subjects ( You'll need the signatures of your Thesis Committee Chair, 2nd Committe Member, and Department Chair (BH 156). Submit to the College of Education Graduate Coordinator (BH 240, 415.338.2389).


  • March 13, 2015 (noon-1 pm, Room TBA)
    Spring 2015 Graduates need to attend meeting to review information about ASHA and CA License paperwork and ePortfolio submission.


  • April 17, 2015
  • DEADLINE: Thesis Format Check (Grad Division ADM 250)
  • ePortfolios First Drafts DUE. (Faculty comments available by May 1. Revised Portfolios due May 10.)


  • May 15, 2015
    Completed ASHA & CA License paperwork DUE for all graduates. Meeting with program coordinator by Appointment.

  • May 22, 2015
    For students doing a Master's Thesis who plan to graduate at the end of Spring 2015, you must submit your completed Master's thesis and Report of Completion (898) to Grad Stop, ADM Bldg, Room 250 (415.338.2234) for review by this date.

Meet with an Advisor

It's essential that you attend the scheduled advising meetings as you prepare for graduation. Check the CD Program Calendar for scheduled meetings and due dates throughout the semester to ensure that you meet deadlines and complete the necessary paperwork.

Advancement to Candidacy (ATC)

Graduate students must be enrolled in the term in which they apply for the degree. Graduate Division deadlines are posted. An ATC 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 ATC form from the Division of Graduate Studies. The ATC form will be issued to the student only if:
1) The student is classified, and
2) The student has completed at least eighteen semester units, no later than the semester before graduating.
3) The form must be filled out on line (not hand-written). 
4) The form must be approved by an academic advisor and the Department Chair. 

5) The form must be accompanied by a copy of the student’s transcript, and proof of fulfillment of Written English Proficiency requirement

Proposal for Culminating Experience

If you take the thesis option, please submit the Proposal for Culminating Experience by the dealine listed one semester before when you plan to submit your thesis. If you wish to take the Comprehensive Exam as your culminating experience, submit the online request form for the comps exam and a Proposal for Culminating Experience form will be submitted on your behalf by the CD Program.

Application for Award of a Graduate Degree

The Application for the Award of a Graduate Degree is available at the SFSU Graduate Division, Administration Building, 2nd floor. You must apply to earn your degree. Note that an approved GAP and Culminating Experience Form must be on file with the Division of Graduate Studies.

College of Education Exit Survey

An online exit survey is required by the College of Education. If you take the Master's Comprehensive Exam, you will also complete your exit survey on the same day. The surveys are forwarded to the SFSU Graduate Division by the CD faculty.

Meet with a Credential Advisor

You need to make an appointment with your credential advisor in the Credentials Office re: completion of the necessary paperwork for the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential.

The Credentials Office is in Burk Hall 244. You can contact them at 415-405-3594 or

Submit Your Graduation ePortfolio

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) and the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) require graduate programs to conduct both formative and summative assessments, which are comprehensive evaluations of learning outcomes throughout a student's course of study and a culminating evaluation at the end of his/her program. The graduation portfolio is an important formative and summative assessment tool in the CD Program. More information about the CD ePortfolio can be found at

Praxis Exam for Certification and Licensure

The development of the exams is commissioned by ASHA and facilitated by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). It is a requirement for ASHA certification and California Licensing. A minimum score of 600 is required for passing. More information available on the ASHA website: About the Praxis Exam


Paperwork for ASHA Certification

Detailed instructions for how to apply for ASHA certification can be found on the ASHA website. It prepares you to start your Clinical Fellowship. The things you will need to complete include:
1. The Application Form
2. The Dues and Fees Schedule Form
3. The graduation (long) KASA Form (Set your printer to "landscape" or "sideways" view before printing)
4. The SLP Clinical Fellowship Report and Rating Form
5. Approval of your ePortfolio

Paperwork for California Licensure

Detailed instructions for how to apply for California Licensure for SLP can be found on website of the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board (SLPAB) of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. It prepares you to begin your Required Professional Experience (RPE), a mentored employment period parallel to what ASHA refers to as a Clinical Fellowship. The things you will need to complete include:

  1. A passing score on the Praxis Exam. Registration and other information about the Praxis can be found at
  2. The Application Packet for RPE
  3. A Report of Clinical Practicum Form (download as doc or pdf) (Updated 7/21/14)

Submit your Paperwork for ASHA Certification and CA Licensure to the CD Program Director

Submit your Paperwork for ASHA Certification and CA Licensure to the CD Program Coordinator, Dr.Laura Epstein, to sign. You may pick up the signed forms or leave a self-addressed, stamped envelope for us to mail your paperwork to you. Keep a copy of all signed paperwork in your personal records.

Get Tickets for the CD Graduation Ceremony

It is a tradition in the CD Program that NSSLHA hosts a graduation ceremony every year exclusively for CD Undergraduate & Graduate Students. All students are welcome to participate in the planning. Contact NSSLHA to order your tickets for you and your loved ones.

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