Communicative Disorders Program Department of Special Education

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Advising Manual for Undergraduate Students in Communicative Disorders

About the Bachelor's Degree
Declaring CD as a Major
Criteria for Advancement in the Program
About the Courses
Description of Courses
Advising
Suggested Course Sequence
Serve as a Clinic Aide
Application for Graduation
Graduation Requirements
Applying to the Graduate Program


About the Bachelor's Degree

There are 12 core courses required for the major, constituting 36 units. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders is not a terminal degree. Graduate course work is necessary to obtain a Master of Science degree with or without the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential for employment as a speech-language pathologist. A doctorate in audiology is required for employment as an audiologist. San Francisco State University is one of over 200 universities throughout the country that offers graduate studies in communicative disorders.

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Declaring CD as a Major

Declaring a major is a milestone in a student's academic career. The CD Program is a challenging major. Students who are happy and successful in the CD major are those whose skills, talents, and disposition are a good fit for the Communication Sciences and Disorders field. Before declaring CD as your major, a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required.  In addition, we require that you complete the following activities to see if CD is right for you:

1. Download the Undergraduate CD Major Guide and put your initial next to each of the specified activities as you complete it. You must bring this form to meet with a CD advisor to declare the major.

2. Download and carefully read the Essential Functions Guide that describes the essential characteristics necessary for success in the SLP field

After completing both step 1 and 2, if you believe CD is a good fit for you or if you wish to learn more about the CD major, make an appointment with a CD advisor by calling 415.338.1001. Please bring the completed Undergraduate CD Major Guide to the meeting.

Undergraduate students who are entering the program from another major are required to complete a "Change of Major" form, obtained from the Special Education Office. They should make an appointment with an undergraduate adviser in CD to complete the card, have the adviser sign it, and return it to Enrollment Services in ADM 153.

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Criteria for Advancement in the Program

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 in order to continue in the 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" (http://www.sfsu.edu/~bulletin/current/genpol.htm#WfCoC).

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About the Courses

The undergraduate program in Communicative Disorders is designed to provide students with the prerequisite knowledge necessary for taking graduate courses and clinics leading to the completion of a master’s degree and the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential in speech-language pathology or the doctoral degree in audiology. The undergraduate courses can be used to fulfill American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) requirements in the area of Basic Human Communication and Swallowing Processes.  Each semester students are responsible for meeting with an academic advisor.  Students can sign up for an appointment with the CD Office. Students with freshman or sophomore status are not eligible to take undergraduate CD courses.

It is strongly recommended that students complete 25 observation hours. Observations may take place: (1) within the on-campus CD Clinic; (2) at off-campus sites; and (3) by observing videotaped sessions of nationally recognized master clinicians. Undergraduate students with senior status, at least a B overall grade point average, and permission from the CD Clinic Coordinator may enroll for a clinical experience as a clinical assistant (CD 711). In some situations, the students assist a graduate student in therapy and can acquire clinical hours. Clinical assistants have direct contact with a child, adolescent or adult who has a communicative disorder when it is deemed appropriate by the supervisor. A maximum of 10 hours of clinical clock hours may be completed and will be applied toward ASHA clinical clock hours requirement if the student has the primary responsibility for the session or portion of the session.

All undergraduate students are required to complete 15 clock hours in audiological assessment (e.g., pure tone and bone conduction hearing testing) as part of CD 654 Audiometry.

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Description of Courses

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

CD651 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
CD652 Audiology
CD653 Fluency and Voice Disorders
CD654 Audiometry
CD656 Diagnosis of Communicative Disorders
CD658 Communication Development and Disorders
CD659 Articulatory and Phonological Disorders
CD660 Communicative Disorders
CD661 Neurolinguistics
CD663 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
CD668 Language Acquisition and Development
CD664 Clinical Phonetics

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Advising

Each semester, during advising week, all CD students must have their clinic and course requests approved by their adviser. The student receives two advising sheets, one of which is submitted to the CD clinic office staff.  Students will not be allowed to register for classes until they have seen their adviser. The CD undergraduate advisers are:

Dr. Laura Epstein, 415.338.1058 (lepstein@sfsu.edu)
Dr. Nancy Robinson, 415.405.2170 (nancyr@sfsu.edu)
Dr. Marcia Raggio, 415.338.7653 (mraggio@sfsu.edu)
Dr. Patti Solomon-Rice, 415.338.7652 (psolomon@sfsu.edu)
Dr. Betty Yu, 415.338.3429 (bettyyu@sfsu.edu)

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Suggested Course Sequence

In order to facilitate completion of the CD program within the shortest amount of time, a yearly schedule was created (see below). Every attempt will be made to offer courses in designated semesters. Whenever possible, class times will be held constant. If changes in times are necessary, they will be made in a way that minimizes class conflicts.

FIRST SEMESTER: FALL   SECOND SEMESTER: SPRING
CD651 Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism 3   CD661 Neurolinguistics
Prereq: 651, 660, 668

3
CD660 Communicative Disorders 3   CD664 Clinical Phonetics
Prereq: 651, 660, 668
3
CD668 Language Acquisition and Development 3   CD658 Communication Development Disorders
Prereq: 651, 660, 668
3
 
Total units
9    
Total units
9
THIRD SEMESTER: FALL   FOURTH SEMESTER: SPRING
CD652 Audiology
Prereq: 651, 660, 668
3   CD654 Audiometry
Prereq: 652
3
CD656 Diagnosis of Communication Disorders
Prereq: 651, 660, 668, 658
3   CD653 Fluency and Voice Disorders
Prereq: 651, 660, 668, 658
3
CD659 Articulatory & Phonological Disorders
Prereq: 651, 660, 668
, 664
3   CD663 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Prereq: 651, 660, 668
3
CD711 (Optional) Clinic Aide 1   CD711 (Optional) Clinic Aide 1
 
Total units
10    
Total units
10

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Application for Graduation

Candidates for baccalaureate degrees must file an application with the Registrar's Office before the end of the fourth week of instruction of the semester in which they expect to complete graduation requirements. Students must consult with their advisers and obtain signatures of advisers and the appropriate department chair before they submit the application for graduation. The graduation fee must be paid at the time the application is submitted. If a student has elected to complete a double major or an official minor, separate applications must be completed and filed simultaneously although no additional fee is required.

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Serving as a Clinic Aide

An undergraduate CD major can apply to be a Clinic Aide for 1 unit credit (CD 711). You must have completed 6 CD courses/18 units with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in those courses in order to be eligible to be a Student Clinic Assistant/Aide. You will need to obtain an add permit number from the Program Coordinator or CD Clinic/Office/Program Manager. Download the Clinic Aide Responsibilities Guide to learn more about about the expectations for Clinic Aides. Serving as a Clinic Aide can offer you a valuable experience in the clinical context. Hours spent in your Clinical semester can count towards your 25 required observation hours.

If you wish to become a Clinic Aide, you must submit a Clinic Request Form one semester in advance. Announcements will be made when request forms become available. The deadlines for submitting request forms are announced in the CD Program Calendar.

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Graduation Requirements

Undergraduates enter the program in their junior year, usually after having completed all or most of the general education requirements. Students who have questions regarding general education requirements should contact a general education adviser in the Advising Center. All undergraduate students must complete 124 units to graduate from the university. Undergraduate students with senior status may (on advisement and permission of the instructor) enroll in a maximum of 6 units of CD graduate coursework, beyond the 124 units required for graduation in their last semester.

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Applying to the Graduate Program

Although undergraduates are encouraged to apply for admission to the graduate program in Communicative Disorders at SFSU, acceptance is not automatic. Acceptance into the graduate program is competitive due to the significant number of more qualified applicants than spaces available. Because the undergraduate courses closely follow ASHA requirements for human communication processes and professional coursework, the undergraduate program at SFSU meets the undergraduate academic requirements of most other ASHA accredited training CD programs. Descriptions of audiology and speech-language pathology programs that are ASHA approved are posted on the students’ bulletin board and routinely updated.

Applicants for the master’s degree program must complete two application forms: one for the University and one for the Department of Special Education. Information on University applications and deadlines should be addressed to the Admissions Office. Information on Program applications and deadlines should be addressed to the Student Services Admissions Office (415.338.6901). Students are admitted only for fall semester. 

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