The mission of the Communicative Disorders Program (CD), in the Department of Special Education & Communicative Disorders at San Francisco State University (SFSU), is to prepare professionals to provide competent and compassionate service to people with communication disorders, across the lifespan. The SFSU CD Program is based on the following core values: collaboration; compassion; resilience; inquiry and investigation; life-long learning; professionalism; multiculturalism, and internationalism.
Students intending to practice speech-language pathology in the public schools are encouraged to acquire the Speech-Language-Pathology Services Credential (SLPSC). As stated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), the SLPSC authorizes the holder to conduct assessments, offer therapeutic and clinical services, provide specific learning disability area services related to speech and language, and special education related services to individuals with language and speech impairments across the special education disability areas, from birth through age 22 and in preschool, kindergarten, grades 1 through 12, and classes organized primarily for adults in services across the continuum of program options available.
To earn the preliminary SLPSC, candidates need to complete all the requirements for the master's degree in speech-language pathology. Additional requirements are as follows:
- Pass the CBEST prior to approval for the student teaching experience
- CD715 Clinical/Rehabilitative Experience in the School
- CD725 Student Teaching Workshop: Communication Handicapped
- SPED 788, Law, Ethics & Instructional Planning
For the clear SLPSC, the candidate may apply directly to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and must verify:
- Passing score (currently 600) on the Educational Testing Services Praxis II Speech- Language Pathology Test (test code 0330)
- Complete a 36-week, full-time, mentored clinical experience or equivalent supervised practicum (commonly known as the Required Professional Experience, equivalent to Clinical Fellowship required to apply for ASHA Certification).
- Verification of completion may be on one of the following forms: a) Required Professional Experience (Form 77V-21) from the California Speech- Language Pathology and Audiology Board b) Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellowship and Rating Report Form from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).