Communicative Disorders Program Department of Special Education

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Information for New Undergraduate Students

Welcome to the CD program!

Update Your Contact Information

In order to receive program announcements and invitations, please make sure we have your current email address and other contact information in the CD Clinic Office (Burk Hall Room 113). Email the CD Clinic Office Manager Mallorie Desimone or call 415.338.1001.

Attend the Orientation Meeting

There's a Mandatory Student Orientation Meeting before classes begin every semester. Please check the CD Program Calendar for the date, time, and location.

Get Advising

Be sure to see an advisor once a semester to make sure your program plan is sound. You can attend group advising meetings, which are scheduled during orientation and again during advising week (see Program Calendar). You can also schedule individual advising appointments with any of the advisors through the CD Clinic Office. The CD advisers are:
Dr. Laura Epstein, 415.338.1058 (
Dr. Minnie Graham, 415.338.7656 ( Spring semesters only
Dr. Nancy Robinson, 415.405.2170 (
Dr. Patti Solomon-Rice, 415.338.7652 (
Dr. Betty Yu, 415.338.3429 (

First Semester Program Plan

The suggested schedule of courses for you to take in the first semester (and throughout your program) can be found in the Undergraduate Advising Manual. You can also download a PDF of the suggested undergraduate major course sequence.

Accrue 25 Hours of Observation

You are encouraged to complete 25 hours of observation of clinical work conducted by SLPs who hold current ASHA certification (CCC) and who can sign for your observation hours. This will help you in graduate school where students must demonstrate completion of observation hours before they can begin clinical practica. Download the Observation Log Form (SC-10.5) to document your observations.

All of the clinics conducted in the CD Clinic are supervised by certified SLPs. Observations of these clinics can be used to fulfill your observation requirements. Check the clinic schedule for the their meeting days and times. A description of the services offered in the CD Clinic is avilable on our website. Many students also contact SLPs in the community to ask for permission to observe their work. We recommend doing your observations across a variety of settings.

Get to Know the CD Clinic

Take a self-guided tour of the CD Clinic or ask one of the staff, faculty, or returning students to show you around. The CD Student Workroom (BH 116) is a space where student clinicians review their clients' files and prepare for their clinic sessions. It's also where many of our therapy materials are kept. Clinicians have priority in the use of this space, especially when confidential information about clients is being discussed. Whenever available, students who are not in clinic can also use the workroom to gather, eat lunch, or to work on class projects. There are 8 clinic rooms where individual assessment and therapy sessions are conducted. When the clinic rooms are not being used for clinic work, students may ask for permission from the CD Clinic office to use a room for quiet study or course-related group work. The CD Materials Room (BH 127) is where the standardized assessment tools and other therapy materials are stored. The Augmentative and Alternative Communication Lab is in BH 137. The Voice Lab is in BH106.

Get on NSSLHA's Email and iLearn List

The SFSU chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is an active partner of the CD Program. Many CD Program events are hosted by NSSLHA, including Brown Bag Lunch seminars, Continuing Education events, CD Graduation Ceremony, Annual Conference, Comprehensive Exam Luncheon, and more. Contact NSSLHA to get on their email list and become a participant on their iLearn page so you can be kept up-to-date. NSSLHA also sends out many announcements about job and volunteer opportunities throughout the year.


Becoming a member of NSSLHA is a great way to meet other CD students and to get involved. Consider also taking a leadership role in our program, campus, and community by becoming a NSSLHA officer. All students are welcome to attend the weekly NSSLHA meetings.

Other Resources

1. BH 218 is the computer lab. You can gain access to the lab with your student ID card. There is also a 24-hour computer lab in the SFSU library.

2. Get a copy of the SFSU Bulletin

3. The Cahill Learning and Media Resource Center in Burk Hall 319 has many electronic, media, and curricular resources for students in the College of Education

4. Sign up for a SFSU email address. Announcements from your instructors, the CD program, and the university will be sent to your SFSU email. You can set your SFSU email to forward to a preferred personal email address.

5. Scholarship listings and applications for SPED & CD can be found in BH 254 and online.

6. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel Power Point) is available at the SFSU at significant discounts for students.

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