About Us

The Department of Communicative Disorders & Sciences offers students a broad academic curriculum, comprehensive clinical experiences, and ongoing research opportunities in human communication disorders and sciences. The Department upholds the missions of the University and College of Education.

CD&S Department Vision Statement

Utilizing faculty expertise, the Department of Communicative Disorders & Sciences will be known for its rigorous education, innovative models of clinical preparation, scientific contributions, and a resource for professional development in service to our increasingly diverse community.

CD&S Department Mission Statement

The Mission of the Department of Communicative Disorders & Sciences is to provide rigorous academic and clinical preparation to students seeking careers working with individuals with communication disorders, and their families. We are guided by a commitment to scholarly research and principles of evidence-based practice. Our graduates will adhere to the highest ethical standards in serving the needs of our culturally and linguistically diverse community.

Our Values

We value the following attributes in ourselves and our students:


  • Academic rigor


  • critical thinking
  • flexibility
  • professionalism
  • resourcefulness
  • self-reflection
  • clinical competence – knowledge and skills
  • ethical behavior
  • social and emotional awareness
  • innovation
  • technological prowess
  • effective communication
  • cultural intelligence/capability/responsiveness/dexterity


  • compassion
  • empathy
  • growth mindset

Accreditation, Licensure, and Credential

The master's (M.A.) education program in speech-language pathology at San Jose State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 220 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The Master of Arts education program is also an approved program of the California Licensing Board in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board (www.speechandhearing.ca.gov) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (www.ctc.ca.gov).

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CD&S Strategic Plan 2017 - 2020

Administrative Staff


Equal Opportunity Policy

The Department of Communicative Disorders & Sciences is committed to the principle of equal opportunity. The University, College, and Department do not discriminate in the delivery of professional services or the conduct of research and scholarly activity based on age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender-identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, physical characteristics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status.