San Diego State University

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MA Mission, Goals, Academic Plan


The mission of the Speech-Language Pathology Program at San Diego State University is to advance knowledge of human communication and its disorders by preparing future professionals to serve the communication needs of children and adults from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds; to enter the work force with the knowledge and skills required to practice in a variety of interdisciplinary settings; to develop an appreciation for scientific inquiry; to seek professional growth throughout their careers; to meet the needs of the community and society; and to contribute to the advancement of the discipline and undertake the future challenges of the profession.

To achieve its mission, the Program provides professional multifaceted preparation for a career in speech-language pathology, with a strong commitment to theoretical and research components. It provides supervised clinical experiences that prepare graduates who are highly competent to manage a variety of speech and language disorders, across the lifespan, and from culturally and linguistically diverse populations. The academic and clinical preparation ensures that graduates of the program have the competencies to excel as independent clinicians and as members of collaborative clinical teams

Program Goals

  1. To provide graduate education culminating in the M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and to prepare students to meet the most current professional standards for clinical certification and licensure.
  2. To develop the professional preparation of future clinicians by offering students expertise in the cognitive, linguistic and cultural aspects of bilingualism in diverse children and adults with language disorders.
  3. To give students a wide range of clinical practicum experiences to meet the work force needs of the community, state, and nation in a variety of settings, including medical facilities, private practice, and schools.
  4. To engage students in research practicum experiences in a variety of research lab facilities to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of research in the discipline.
  5. To insure that students are prepared in emerging clinical areas and evidence based practice.
  6. To give students knowledge and opportunities to foster a life-long commitment to professional development.

Academic Strategic Plan