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Speech Language Pathology or Audiology

The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at CSUN offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with options in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. When students select the Communication Disorders and Sciences major, they also must select an option.

The Department offers a Master of Science degree in the option of Speech-Language Pathology.  This degree option leads to fulfillment of the academic requirements for certification as a speech-language pathologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as well as fulfillment of the academic requirements for licensure as a speech-language pathologist in California and other states, and academic fulfillment of the requirements for a speech-language pathology specialist credential in the State of California for employment in the public schools.


The Master of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences, option of Speech-Language Pathology, is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

Persons seeking to express a concern about the accreditation of the graduate program in speech-language pathology may direct their concerns to the department chair, Dr. Stephen Sinclair, c/o Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA 91330 (Tel:  818/677-2852), or to the dean of the college, c/o Dr. Sylvia Alva , Dean, College of Health and Human Development, California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA 91330 (Tel:  818/677/3001).  Unresolved concerns regarding accreditation may be addressed to the Council on Academic Accreditation, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850 (Toll free telephone:  800/638-8255). 


Communicative Disorders and Sciences majors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels have faculty advisors assigned to them. Advisement is required prior to each semester's pre-registration activities, though more frequent contact between student and advisor is encouraged.

Students should also consult their advisors regarding fulfillment of related coursework for professional licensure and certification requirements, which may include courses in fields such as biology, anatomy and physiology, child development, remedial reading, psychology, physics, and mathematics.

Orientation to the Major

For more detailed information, and to get a better understanding of the major, prospective and new students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels should attend one of the informal monthly orientation meetings. Contact the department office for orientation schedules.

These meetings provide basic information on the fields of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, help students make academic and career plans.

Meetings take place in the department office in Monterey Hall, Room 301

How our Programs Work: Pre-Clinical and Clinical Phases:

Undergraduate instruction is split into two phases: Pre-Clinical and Clinical. There are no pre-admission requirements for the department's Pre-Clinical Phase. All entering undergraduate (as well as post-baccalaureate undeclared majors) are regarded as Pre-Clinical Phase students.

Once junior-level or higher academic standing is achieved, Pre-Clinical Phase students must complete Communication Disorders (CD) courses, CD405, 410, 415, and 442 (or the equivalent at another institution), to become eligible to apply for Clinical Privileges at the CSUN Language, Speech and Hearing Center. At the Center, a portion of the Clinical Phase of instruction will take place.

Application for the Clinical Phase is made during the semester in which the Pre-Clinical Phase courses near completion.

Completion, Evlauation, Clinical Privileges

Satisfactory completion of the Pre-Clinical Phase courses includes a grade of "B" or better in each of the four classes.

Enrollment in clinical courses (e.g., CD465, 475, 469A, 469B, or 469O) is not permitted without department approval of Clinical Privileges.

Evaluation for admission to Clinical Privileges includes a faculty assessment of academic and clinical potential, supported by letters of recommendation, academic transcripts, and satisfactory completion of the Pre-clinical Phase courses.

Once Clinical Privileges have been granted, the student is regarded as a Clinical Phase student and should consult with an academic advisor to choose the area of major emphasis (Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology), determine proper course sequencing, and select prerequisites for advanced courses.

If Clinical Privileges are denied (or granted then suspended or revoked), it is possible to complete the Baccalaureate degree as a non-clinical major by substitution for all client contact courses, but permission must be granted by the faculty advisor and department chair.

Clinical Privileges may be suspended or revoked at any time should the student fail to attain a grade of "B" or better in all clinical courses. Other causes for revocation include violations of ethical conduct, disregard for conditions of state licensure regarding client care, academic probation beyond one semester or failure to adhere to the regulations and policies of the CSUN Language, Speech and Hearing Center or the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences. (Further information on Pre-Clinical and Clinical Phase components of the department's programs is offered during scheduled monthly student orientation sessions.)

Instructions, due dates, and application forms for Clinical Privileges are available from the Communication Disorders & Sciences' department office.


The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association requires a total of 75 units in specified areas of coursework for the Certificate of Clinical Competence while 60 units are required by California for state licensure; therefore, students pursuing the master's degree must consult with an advisor regarding these requirements. Generally, they include:

A Master's Degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences.

Important Notice: Audiology Graduate Program

Due to changes in accreditation standards, the degree program leading to the Master of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences, option of Audiology, is suspended, effective December 31, 2006.  Persons interested in graduate education in audiology should contact the Department Office (Tel: 818/677-2852) for information on availability of accredited doctoral programs in audiology in California. 

A minimum of 375 clock hours of clinical practice covering specified diagnostic and therapeutic activities. In order to satisfy these requirements a student must complete all practica (clinics) with a grade of " B" or better and secure the signature of the clinical supervisor attesting to competent performance.

All students will complete CD 469 A and B and O and 465.

Speech-Language Pathology majors will also complete CD 566, 567, and 668, as well as 672A or 672AB.

Audiology majors will also complete 475, 576, 577, and 672AB.