MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS
Communication Disorders Program Web site
The speech-language pathology curriculum is designed to train competent,
culturally sensitive speech-language pathologists who can appreciate and
understand the importance of research in clinical practice. In order to
accomplish this goal, we provide a multitude of academic and clinical
experiences for our students under the direction of skilled teachers,
clinical researchers and supervisors both on and off campus. The development
of clinical skills requires academic knowledge, the ability to understand
and engage in research, and sensitivity to our clients' needs, values
and cultures. Our program curriculum includes all academic and clinical
experiences necessary for ASHA (American Speech, Language and Hearing
Association) certification; two State of California speech-language pathology
services credential, and the State of California license to practice speech-language
Students are required to complete all academic courses. The practice of
speech-language pathology in the state of California requires a license
issued by the Speech-Language Pathology Examining Committee Medical Board
of California. Exempted settings are public schools and federal facilities.
The academic and clinical requirements for state licensure are similar
to those required by ASHA in speech-language pathology.
UNIVERSITY CLINICAL SETTINGS
Three clinical settings are located on campus: the Communicative Disorders
Clinic; the Center for Fluency Development (CFD); and the Center for Interdisciplinary
Clinical Studies (CICS). Each offers a different clinical experience,
and each has been designated by the ASHA Educational Training Board office
WRITTEN ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS. Level
I and Level II
The Level One requirement must be met prior to admission.
I. Applicants will be required to submit evidence of one of the following as part of their application for admission to our M.S. in Communicative Disorders and M.A. in Special Education:
- score of at least 4.0/6.0 on the GRE Analytical Writing Test or GMAT Analytic Writing Assessment;
- 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);
- score of at least 6.5/9.0 on the IELTS writing test, or a concordant score on the Pearson Test of English. •
- a passing status score of at least 220 on the CSET Writing Skills Test
II. Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be denied admission, or, if all other areas of the application are strong, a faculty member may choose to file a petition with Graduate Studies to request conditional admission. If conditional admission is granted, the student will need to pass one of the tests listed above, or complete an English Writing course from an approved list that will be maintained by the department prior to filing for Advancement to Candidacy.
The Level II Written English Proficiency Requirement is satisfied by the successful completion of the essay portion of the
Master of Science, comprehensive written examination taken during the
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San Francisco, CA 94132 (415) 338-1161.