Master's Degree Program with SLP Credential

The Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology offers an in-depth study of communication disorders across the lifespan including child language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders (stuttering), augmentative and alternative communication, dysphagia (swallowing disorders), voice disorders, neurogenic communication disorders, hearing disorders, language disorders, social and cognitive aspects of communication.  Courses and clinical practica place a high priority on screening, assessment and intervention using frameworks of person-centered and evidence-based practice, ethics, inclusion and cultural humility. Upon completion of the Master's degree, students are eligible to apply for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, California state licensure, and the California Speech-Language Pathology Credential.

Clinical practica occur in a variety of settings, including the on-campus Kay Armstead Center for Communication Disorders (KACCD) housed in the Department. KACCD is the proud home to many unique clinics including an AAC clinic, a clinic for adults with intellectual disability, an autism clinic, a professional communication training clinic, the Spartan Aphasia Research Clinic (SPARC), a stuttering camp, and a transgender voice and communication clinic. Our students have invaluable clinical opportunities to work with toddlers, preschoolers, children, adolescents, young and older adults in varied settings, including public, private, and charter schools (preschool, elementary, middle, high schools), rehabilitation agencies, private practices, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals.    

Graduate students complete a culminating experience in their final semester which may be a Master’s thesis or a Comprehensive Examination. The thesis option is typically completed by students who have a strong interest in research and typically requires a 2-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 degree, students currently receive a Master of Arts degree in Education with a Concentration in Speech-Language Pathology, and are eligible to work as a speech-language pathologist (SLP). 

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.

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