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Communication Disorders and Sciences

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The Master of Science graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA). The Master of Science graduate program in Audiology was accredited until Dec. 31, 2006, after which a doctoral degree became the entry-level degree requirement and therefore admission of new students in Audiology was suspended. The Department is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the Clinical-Rehabilitative Services Credential (Language, Speech and Hearing Services and Audiology) and the Special Class Authorization (Aphasic). The Department is one of the participating programs in the University’s accreditation by the National Council on Accreditation in Teacher Education.

The Major

The Communication Disorders and Sciences major involves studies in the disciplines of speech and hearing sciences, audiology and speech- language pathology. The undergraduate program offers an emphasis in either Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology and the graduate program offers an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology.

The Masters Degree is the professional entry-level requirement for employment as a speech-language pathologist. Completion of the Baccalaureate and Masters Degree programs in Speech-Language Pathology enables students to satisfy the academic requirements for:

  1. 1. License in all states to practice in medical, rehabilitative or private practice settings;
  2. 2. Education credentials in all states for employment in public schools;
  3. 3. Professional certification by the Council for Clinical Certification ASHA.

Due to changes in program accreditation and entry-level professional certification standards that require a doctoral degree after Dec. 31, 2006, no new students presently are admitted to the graduate program in Audiology. Persons considering an undergraduate major and subse- quent doctoral studies in Audiology should consult the Department for academic advisement. The Department’s curriculum is conducted through classroom instruction, online instruction and experiential learning, including intensive student participation in the clinical pro- grams of the CSUN Language, Speech and Hearing Center. Advanced graduate students obtain additional clinical experience through place- ment in the Department’s affiliated medical centers, professional practices and public schools.


The Department is housed within Monterey Hall, located on the south- eastern corner of the campus. The building is home to the Department’s CSUN Language, Speech and Hearing Center with convenient client access to parking on Zelzah Avenue and in a parking lot adjacent to Monterey Hall. The Department’s clinical facilities include extensive diagnostic and treatment resources for persons with a wide variety of speech, language, hearing, swallowing and balance disorders, as well as space for teaching and research laboratories in anatomy/physiology, hearing/speech science, phonologic disorders, language development and disorders, neurogenic disorders of communication, auditory elec- trophysiology and a hearing aid dispensary. The Center jointly operates a vestibular and balance disorders lab with the Department of Physical Therapy. The building contains a computer laboratory with open lab time for Department majors and studio space for media production. Students have high-speed Internet access for personal laptop comput- ers throughout the building, including the department’s student library. The building houses all of the Department’s academic offices for fac- ulty and staff, as well as the business office, records room and materials preparation room of the CSUN Language, Speech and Hearing Center.


Program alumni with graduate degrees find varied career opportunities as speech-language pathologists and audiologists serving the needs of communicatively disabled persons across the life span. Employment opportunities are widely available due to the general population’s longer life span and advances in technology and health. Program alumni find employment in California’s and the nation’s medical centers, skilled nursing and other rehabilitative facilities, community speech and hearing centers, medical offices, public and private schools, and private practices. With approximately 100 graduates annually in the M.S. Degree program in Speech-Language Pathology, the regional and national network of alumni is substantial and growing.

Academic Advisement

Communication Disorders and Sciences majors at both the under- graduate and graduate levels are assigned a faculty advisor. Department majors are required to meet with their academic advisors at least once each term for academic advisement prior to course registration. More frequent contact between student and advisor is encouraged. Prospective and new students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels should attend an orientation meeting as soon as possible for basic information on the fields of speech-language pathology and audiol- ogy, and assistance in formulating academic and career plans. These informal orientation meetings are held monthly. The schedule of orien- tation meetings (times, dates and places) is posted on the Department’s homepage or individuals may contact the Department for times, dates and meeting places.

An advisor also should be consulted regarding fulfillment of related course work for professional licensure and certification requirements, which may include courses involving biology, human anatomy and physiology, the exceptional child, growth and development of children, reading instruction, psychology, physics, mathematics and others.

The Speech Language Pathology advisors are Edward P.Hall, Catherine A. Jackson, Karen Kochis-Jennings, Patricia J. Seymour, Christine Strike-Roussos, Elizabeth G. Weber and Janice Woolsey. The Audiology advisors are J. Stephen Sinclair, Karen Spayd and Andrew Vermiglio. Drs. Vermiglio and Spayd also advise undergraduate majors in Speech- Language Pathology. Drs. Sinclair and Hall will assist post-baccalaureate students in the Pre-Communication Disorders and Sciences program and in open University status in course planning each term. Consult the Department website for assignment to a specific advisor.

Consumer Complaints

Consumer complaints regarding the accreditation of the graduate pro- gram in Speech-Language Pathology may be addressed to the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), (800) 498-2071.

Distance Learning Program

The Department offers the Master of Science degree with emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology in a distance learning (DL) program that is administered jointly with the CSUN Tseng College. The pur- pose of this program is to serve graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology who are unable to relocate close enough to travel regularly to the CSUN campus. Qualified graduate students are admitted to this program in cohorts (groups) every 12 months; cohort students take no courses on the residential campus. Students are not permitted to transfer between the residential program and the distance learning program. The DL courses are taught asynchronously with the regular University calendar, with students taking the entire course of study (57 units) as a cohort over a 36-month period. Courses are delivered to the homes and workplaces of DL students via Internet and all clini- cal practica are completed in the DL students’ home communities. The DL program charges tuition that reflects the cost of instruction. The M.S. Degree in the DL program ultimately reflects the same prerequisite and requisite content as the residential degreeand the DL program meets CAA-ASHA certification and state licensure standards. For further information on the DL program, visit http://tsengcollege. csun.edu/cds.