Specialty Certificate in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology: Spanish Language Focus

The University of Redlands Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a "Specialty Certificate in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology: Spanish Language Focus." The purpose of this certificate program is to provide specialized training to students who wish to meet the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA's) requirements for bilingual service providers (http://www.asha.org/PRPSpecificTopic.aspx?folderid=8589935225&section=Key_Issues ).

At present, there is no formal accreditation of bilingual specialty training programs by ASHA or the State of California. Our aim in establishing this specialty track is to provide students with academic and clinical coursework focused on service delivery to clients who speak Spanish.

All requirements are built into our current graduate program and do not entail additional credits, tuition, or fees. Certificate students complete all of the basic requirements for the Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology), including 400 direct contact hours with clients who have communication or swallowing disorders. Of those 400 hours, a minimum of 50 contact hours (a total of 100 service hours) must be with Spanish-speaking children (monolingual or bilingual) with speech and/or language disorders and must be supervised by a qualified ASHA-certified bilingual Spanish-speaking speech-language pathologist (approved by the Bilingual Certificate Coordinator). The 100 service hours may consist of a combination of 50 or more direct contact hours and additional related service hours (e.g., assessment/intervention planning and data analysis). Certificate students also must complete one academic course on cultural/linguistic diversity (an on-campus course, CDIS 627, or our travel course in Guatemala or Mexico, CDIS 660), one academic course on Spanish language development and disorders in monolingual and bilingual speakers (CDIS 619), and a bilingual clinical placement with Spanish-speaking children (CDIS 649 and/or CDIS 685) as part of their program. Certificate students must also pass a functional Spanish proficiency exam provided by department faculty. Students who do not pass the proficiency exam may complete the other coursework but will not earn the certificate.


For further information about the Specialty Certificate in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology: Spanish Language Focus, please contact Dr. Barbara Conboy, Bilingual Certificate Coordinator at barbara_conboy@redlands.edu .