Master's Degree Program
The Master’s degree program offers an in-depth study of communication disorders with an emphasis on articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders (stuttering), augmentative and alternative communication, voice disorders, dysphagia (swallowing disorders), neurogenic disorders, hearing disorders, language disorders, social aspects of communication, and cognitive aspects of communication. Courses and clinical opportunities place a high priority on assessment and intervention within an evidence-based, ethical, and multicultural framework. Upon completion of the master's degree, students are eligible to apply for certification with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, California state licensure, and California Speech-Language Pathology Credential.
Clinical practica occur in a variety of settings, including the Kay Armstead Center for Communication Disorders housed in the Department. Students have clinical opportunities with infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, adults, and elders in a variety of settings, including public, private, and charter schools (preschool, elementary, middle, high schools), rehabilitation agencies, private practices, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals.
Students complete a culminating experience with either a master’s thesis or a comprehensive examination. The thesis option is typically completed by students who have a strong interest in research and it usually requires a two-semester sequence of independent study paired with faculty mentoring. The comprehensive examination is a multiple choice exam and students have three opportunities (if needed) to pass the exam. Upon completion of the master’s program, students receive a Master of Arts degree in Education with a Concentration in Speech-Langauge Pathology and are eligible to work as a speech-language pathologist.
The Department is currently supported by three federal personnel preparation grants that provide CD&S students with small group specialized instruction and clinical experiences, tuition remission, conference travel, and book allowances. One of these grants focus on training SJSU students to provide services in special populations, persons who use augmentative and alternative communication. A second grant aims to develop SJSU students in culturally competent assessment and intervention activities to meet the needs of multicultural populations. A third federal grant is a partnership between SJSU and the University of Guam to train residents of the Pacific Islands in speech-language pathology. For more information on these grants, please visit our grants page.