FAQ For Undergraduate Students
- Is there a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) to become a Communicative Science and Disorders (CD&S) major?
- How do I apply to become a CD&S major?
- What are the undergraduate courses?
- Are CD&S undergraduate students required to enroll in additional courses related to audiology and speech-language pathology?
- Will I be able to enroll in the courses I need to graduate on time?
- To graduate from the CD&S program, do I need to complete any paperwork?
- As an undergraduate CD&S major, does the department require 25 hours of audiology and/or speech-language pathology observations?
- Do I need a graduate degree to become an audiologist or speech-language pathologist?
- If I do not pursue a graduate degree in either audiology or speech-language pathology, what are my career options?
- Are there good national and California professional resources for obtaining information about graduate programs and careers in audiology and speech‐language pathology?
- Is there a national student organization interested in audiology and speech-language pathology?
FAQ for Undergraduates
Yes, CDS applicants must have a minimum of 2.7. While 2.7 is the minimum GPA,
CDS students typically have at least a 3.0.
To become a CDS Major, make an appointment with the CDS advisor. Bring any official or unofficial transcript(s) from all your prior colleges and universities and a Change of Major form: www.sjsu.edu/cds/Forms/. If you meet the GPA requirement, the advisor will submit the Change of Major form to the Department Chair for signature. The current CDS Advisor is June McCullough, firstname.lastname@example.org; Sweeney Hall 118C.
The CDS undergraduate course sequence is available at www.sjsu.edu/cds/Programs/ba/. The CDS major is 39 units (credits). There are three audiology course requirements (EDAU 115, 170, and 172) and eight speech-language pathology course requirements (EDSP 102, 110, 111, 112, 113, 120, 124, 161 and 162). In addition, students may enroll in EDAU 177 (audiology practicum) and EDSP 177 (speech-lanaguage practicum) depending on course and client availability. If students do not complete EDAU 177 and EDSP 177, other courses may be substituted for these requirements per consultation with the undergraduate adviser.
Yes. CDS students are expected to complete 5 additional courses (15 units) associated
with audiology and speech-language pathology. These include one course each in
1) biological science, 2) physical science, 3) social/behavioral science,
4) statistics, and 5) child and/or adolescent development.
When do students begin taking CD&S courses? CD&S majors begin taking courses in the program in the Fall semester of their junior year, after completing 60 units of lower division requirements. CD&S students are not allowed to begin the courses in the Spring semester.
Yes. If you stay in sequence, all CD&S courses will be available to you. If you step out of sequence, then there will likely be a delay in your graduation.
Yes. After completing 90 units, CDS students must inform the University of their pending graduation by completing two forms:
1) the Undergraduate Graduation Application form
2) the CDS Major form (www.sjsu.edu/cds/Forms/).
Since both forms require signatures from the CD&S Department, students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the undergraduate adviser. Students are advised to pay particular attention to the due dates of these forms.
The current CD&S Advisor is June McCullough, email@example.com; Sweeney Hall 118C.
No. However, undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to observe community based audiologists and speech-language pathologists so as to better understand the two professions. Observations must be completed with professionals who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) or Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). Document observation hours on this form: www.sjsu.edu/cds/clinic/clinicForms/. Be sure to have the clinician sign off on your observation.
Yes. A Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) is required for audiology practice and a Master's degree is required for speech-language pathology practice.
Without a graduate degree in either audiology or speech-language pathology, there are limited career options in either discipline. Students are encouraged to talk with the SJSU Career Center to consider other employment options at www.sjsu.edu/alumni/join/career/ .
Yes. Undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to review the resources of the American Academy of Audiology (www.audiology.org/) and the American SpeechLanguage-Hearing Association (www.asha.org). Undergraduate students can also review the resources of the California Academy of Audiology (www.caaud.org/) and the California Speech-Language Hearing Association (www.csha.org/).
Yes. The National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (www.asha.org/nsslha/) is an excellent resource for undergraduate students.