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Bilingual and Multicultural Certificate

CSD offers a Bilingual and Multicultural certificate (with an emphasis on Spanish/English bilingual populations) to students at the M.A. level in Speech Language Pathology to foster the development of the competencies required to serve bilingual individuals with communication disorders.  Anyone accepted into the M.A. program can elect the Bilingual/Multicultural certificate option. The level of involvement in provision of services in other languages is provided at a level that is appropriate to the trainee’s language proficiency.  Academic support to acquire knowledge of bilingual language development, manifestation of disorders in bilingual and multicultural populations, and culturally and linguistically appropriate service provision is provided through staffings as well as specialized coursework.

The specialization requirements are:

1. Declare your interest (during New Graduate Student Orientation).

2. Six credits of specialized coursework selected from the following (at least 1 CSD course)

  • Language Theory and Bilingualism

  • Collaborative Models of Assessment and Intervention for Bilingual Children

  • Outside upper division or graduate elective in Bilingualism

3. 125 hours of bilingual clinical experience (on campus + off campus practicum sites).

Bilingual experiences will include clinically based experiences, clinical research rotations, and off campus practica and will be supported with bilingual clinical supervisory experiences and team meetings.

4. Passing score on an oral proficiency test (at the advanced mid-level)

Students desiring the Multicultural certificate need not take the oral proficiency test. Student who do not achieve a passing score at the advanced professional level  but completing all other requirements are eligible for the Multicultural certificate.

For more information, contact Mirza Lugo-Neris