Credentials, Certificates, and Licensure

SLP Teaching Credential


Students desiring to work with pupils with speech-language and hearing impairments in the schools basis must complete the Speech Language Pathology (SLP) Services Credential administered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). A master’s degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences is required of all candidates seeking an SLP credential. Candidates for the SLP credential must complete the requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the requirements for California licensure in Speech-Language Pathology.

Admission Requirements

  1. Formal application to San Diego State University and to the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. All applicants for the credential must satisfy the admission requirements of the university and of the school for classified graduate standing and be recommended by the school for admission to the credential program.
  2. Basic Skills Requirement
  3. Pass the background check required for the CCTC Certificate of Clearance.

Program Requirements

  • The credential program requires a master’s degree with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Students seeking the SLP Services credential must complete one semester of student teaching in the schools (SLHS 933).
  • Students must complete 25 hours of guided observation in the area of speech and language as well as obtain 375 clock hours working with children and adults with speech-language and hearing disorders.

ASHA Certificate

Preparation Leading to the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association

Students may complete the academic and clinical practice requirements leading to the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) or to the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) given by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The Certificate requires a master’s degree (CCC-SLP) or a professional doctorate for audiology (CCC-A) and specialized clinical experiences. The applicant must pass a national examination in the area for which the certificate is sought and complete a Clinical Fellowship (following approval of academic coursework and clinical practica).

Review the ASHA CCC-A or CCC-SLP pages, and consult an advisor in the area in which the certificate is desired.

State Licensure

Preparation Leading to State Licensure in Speech Pathology or Audiology

Students may complete the academic and clinical practicum requirements leading to California State Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology or in Audiology, a legal requirement for all individuals professionally employed in non-public school settings and some public school settings.

The Speech-Language  Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board which operates within the Department of Consumer Affairs, requires a master’s degree or equivalent in communication disorders in the area (Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology) in which the license is to be granted, 300 clock hours of supervised clinical experience, a national examination, and nine months of full-time supervised work experience (Required Professional Experience). For Audiology, the fourth year externship satisfies the required professional experience.

Most Licensure and ASHA Certification requirements may be fulfilled concurrently. Consult an advisor in the area in which licensure is desired for specific information.

Pre-Admission Disclosure for Licensure and Credentialing Programs

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from College of Education, Office of Student Services (EBA 259), 619-594-6320, [email protected]

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San Diego, CA 92182-1518