Credential Office

Preliminary Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential Program

The Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential authorizes the holder to conduct Language, Speech, and Hearing Assessments and provide Educational Services, provide specific learning disability area services related to speech and language, and special education services to individuals with language and speech impairments across the special education disability areas, to students from birth through age 22 in services across the continuum of program options available found in California Code of Regulations Title 5 Section 80048.9.3.

Admission Requirements

1. University Application

Candidates not currently enrolled at the University will have to submit an application. Complete the online application at Cal State Apply. There is a $55 application fee. We have recently upgraded our online university application to the Cal State Apply system. This upgrade is still in progress and so some of our academic programs may not be immediately visible. If you are having difficulty with Cal State Apply, you can seek help via: 

2. Master's Degree Program Application 

Candidates must directly to the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences.  Information regarding application process can be found on the departments website.  

3. Credential Program Application

After being admitted to the master’s program and within the first semester of coursework, all candidates must submit a separate program application to the Credential Office.

  • Online Program Application- Submit online along with nonrefundable $50.00 application processing fee (an additional $1.38 service fee will be assessed at checkout).

4. Valid California Credential or Certificate of Clearance – Information regarding applying for the Certificate of Clearance can be found here.

 5. Basic Skills – Detailed information regarding options for meeting this requirement can be found on the CTC website.  Proof of having passed or attempted is required for admission. If you turn in an attempt that is not passing, you will need to pass prior to being recommended for the credential. 

Program Requirements

GPA – 2.75 overall since admission and 3.0 with no grades lower than “C” in the professional program coursework.

Contact Information and Advisement

For questions regarding the program application process, please contact the Credential Office at (818) 677-2733 or

Academic advisement is provided by the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences. Contact the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences by calling 818-677-2852. 

Program Completion Process

Information regarding how to apply for your Preliminary Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential document can be found on our website.