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Communicative Disorders

Department Information

Department Chair: Carolyn Conway Madding

Department Office: Language Arts Building (LAB), Room 102

Telephone / FAX: (562) 985‑4594 / (562) 985-4584

Clinic Office: Language Arts Building (LAB) Room 112

Telephone: (562) 985-4583

Faculty: Betty McMicken, Carolyn Conway Madding, Geraldine P. Wallach, Jennifer Ostergren

Advisor: Jennifer Ostergren

Clinic Director: Geraldine P. Wallach

Technician: Rodney Pau

Department Administrator: Susan McNamara

Career Possibilities

Speech-Language Pathologist • Speech-Language Pathology Assistant • Audiologist • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor • Supervisor of Special Education (For more information, see www.careers.csulb.edu.)

Introduction

The Communicative Disorders Department provides undergraduate coursework for students planning careers in speech‑language pathology or audiology. Departmental majors may complete work leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders and Master of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders with a Specialization in Speech‑Language Pathology. Students who earn the Master's degree qualify for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential from the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing, and the State of California Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology. Students pursuing the B.A. degree may qualify for State of California Licensure as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.

The department maintains a language, speech and hearing clinic to serve as a clinical and research laboratory on campus for both graduate and undergraduate students. Field placements are available in local hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, language/speech/hearing clinics, and public schools.

Prospective students must attend a group advising meeting presented monthly by the undergraduate advisor and AARC (Academic Advising and Resource Center). Once students have declared Communicative Disorders as their major, they will be required to meet with an advisor in AARC once each semester.
The Department of Communicative Disorders at CSULB is fully accredited, by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.