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

You must be currently enrolled in the Master of Science degree program in Communication Disorders and Sciences, Speech-Language Pathology or have completed the M.S. program at CSUN prior to applying to the credential program. Information about the M.S. program can be found here

 1. Credential Program Application - After being admitted to the master’s program and within the second semester of coursework, all candidates must submit a separate online credential program application along with nonrefundable $50.00 application processing fee (an additional $1.38 service fee will be assessed at checkout).

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

 3. 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 credential 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.

IMPORTANT! Before beginning the online application, make sure you are not logged into the CSUN portal.  All required documents must be uploaded with your online application do not mail or fax any documents.  The only item that should be mailed are transcripts, if applicable.