2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    May 27, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Speech Language Pathology, MS

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The Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology program offers students a strong academic and clinical education program in which to discover and live their purpose as speech language pathologists who make a difference in the communication world of persons across the age span. Students not only complete a rigorous course of study but complete a minimum of 400 clinical clock hours across at least three settings during their graduate program over five semesters. They are prepared to begin careers as clinical fellows in private practice, school and/or medical settings as they begin their clinical fellowship year after graduation. 

The Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology program received its pre accreditation status of Candidacy in July of 2016 and has just completed its visit for Initial Accreditation with the Council on Academic  Accreditation  Programs in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (CAA). Students graduating from the program will have met ASHA certification standards to begin the clinical fellowship required by American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), as well as the Required Professional Experience (RPE) for state licensure in California. In addition, the program is accredited by the California Teaching Commission and graduating students are eligible to begin their clinical fellowship in a public school setting with the Preliminary Speech Language Services credential.

Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology Admission Requirements

  1. Admission standards for graduate studies at California Baptist University can be found in the Admissions section of the University Catalog. Specific admission requirements for the graduate program in Speech Language Pathology are
    • Grade Point Average
    • A minimum 3.0 GPA
  2. Prerequisites
    • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree with a Communication Disorders major or equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the evaluated equivalency
    • Completion of Prerequisite Self Evaluation Form to show completion of an Aural Rehabilitation Course or its equivalent content in another course, plus Basic Science Requirements in the Course Content Areas as required by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) 2014 Standard IV-A *
      These content areas include: biological sciences, a course in either chemistry or physics, statistics and the social and behavioral sciences.
      * www.asha.org/Certification/Course-Content-Areas-for-SLP-Standards
  3. Three recommendations, completed on forms provided, from sources who can address your potential for success. Family members and friends may not complete recommendations.
    • Two recommendations should be from faculty
    • One recommendation should be from a professional
  4. Comprehensive Essay of at least 500 words that includes the following:
    • Purpose for entering the program
    • How the program will allow you to live your purpose in life
    • How your characteristics and goals are congruent with California Baptist University’s mission
  5. Current Resume documenting all related professional and extracurricular experiences
  6. Successful interview with the Director of the graduate program in Speech Language Pathology

Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology Post-Admission Requirements:

The following documentation and certifications must be current and on file with the Director of the Speech Language Pathology program:

  1. Passing score on the CBEST
  2. LiveScan Certificate of Clearance
  3. Evidence of completed background check
  4. Evidence of completed immunizations
  5. Signed declaration of understanding and acceptance of all Program Policies and Procedures Handbook

Program Requirements (70 units)

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