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Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Certificate

Bilingual Certificate Brochure
Bilingual Certificate Brochure
(pdf, updated October 2016)

The Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Certificate is designed for students who plan to work with bilingual Spanish-English speakers with communicative disorders, consistent with ASHA’s definition regarding bilingual speech-language pathologists.  To be a candidate for the certificate, a student must be admitted to the MA program in speech-language pathology since the certificate is coordinated with these endeavors.


Certificate Requirements

The certificate program requires completion of 13 units to include nine units of substantive coursework and four units of graduate clinical practicum with bilingual speakers with communicative disorders. Based on research and clinical expertise of the faculty, as well as the availability of a clinical population, the certificate is currently focused on Spanish-English communicative disorders.

The following core courses are required: Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences 570, 600A, 600B, 606, 607, 608, 609A, 609B, 613, 614, 617, 672, 673, 675, 794. Students must also complete 6 units of 700 level electives and 100 hours of graduate clinical practicum with Spanish speakers.

Candidates seeking admission to the certificate program must pass a Spanish proficiency test and satisfy admission requirements to the school as listed in the SDSU Graduate Bulletin.

Students who speak languages for which clinical training is not available (i.e., languages other than Spanish) are encouraged to complete the specialization in bilingualism within the concentration in speech-language pathology.

Application Procedure and Forms

  1. Take the CSET Spanish proficiency test (specifically, sub-test III, test code 147). Refer to deadlines for registration and test dates here. Submit test scores to Dr. Henrike Blumenfeld in SLHS 225.
  2. Complete the Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Certificate Application Form (pdf) and essay. Complete the top portion of the Permission To Enter Form (doc). Send all documents together in a single packet to the following address, by August 1.

    Professor Henrike Blumenfeld, PhD
    Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Certificate
    SDSU School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
    5500 Campanile Drive
    San Diego, CA 92182-1518

  3. Dr. Blumenfeld will contact you to schedule a meeting to discuss your application and essay. Admission to the Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Certificate will be probationary pending CSET test scores (see (1) above).
  4. Once admitted to the certificate program, complete the Bilingual Clinical Practicum Summary (doc) with appropriate signatures documenting at least 100 hours of clinical practicum with bilingual clients.
  5. Upon finishing the requirements of the certificate program, complete the indicated portions of the Notification of Completion Form (doc) and schedule an appointment with Dr. Blumenfeld to submit the form to her. The form will in turn be submitted to Janet Park, Administrative Coordinator (SLHS 221) and the Graduate Division.