Program Overview

The field of Communication Sciences and Disorders is concerned with evaluation, treatment, and research in human communication and its disorders. Whichever aspects of the profession you follow, you have the satisfaction of knowing that you are providing much needed services to communicatively handicapped individuals.

CSU, Chico's program prepares its over one-hundred undergraduate and graduate students for a career in this diverse and rewarding field. Both BA and MA programs in communication sciences and disorders are offered. The degree requirements also coincide with the requirements for certification in speech-language pathology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and for licensure in speech-language pathology by the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board of the State of California's Department of Consumer affairs and the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential.

The mission of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to enter the profession of speech-language pathology and instill a commitment to continued learning throughout their careers. The program is dedicated to academic and clinical excellence and seeks to stimulate a learning environment that facilitates intellectual curiosity, including a strong desire to integrate research principles in solving clinical problems and to use relevant research in clinical practice. Further, through mentoring and selected quality experiences, the program strives to facilitate graduates' commitment to contributing to the profession through their active involvement/participation in local, state, and/or national organization.

Programmatic goals include:

  • Students will be qualified to work in public schools
  • Students will be prepared for employment in a medical facility
  • Students will be prepared for admission into doctoral programs
  • Students will be prepared to assume leadership positions in professional organizations
  • Speech-language pathologists in Northern California will be able to access professional development/continuing education opportunities through programs sponsored by the CMSD program.

CSU, Chico's Masters program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of ASHA. The program enjoys a reputation for academic excellence on campus and throughout the state. The program's faculty members have varied areas of research interest and clinical expertise. These areas include child language acquisition, acquired adult neurogenic disorders such as aphasia and head trauma. Other faculty interest areas are stuttering, voice, communication disorders in bi-lingual children, clinical supervision, cognitive effort and auditory processing. A special feature of CSU, Chico's program is the rapport between faculty members and students. Because of the residential character of the campus, faculty are accessible. The professional, yet relaxed, atmosphere and opportunities for one-on-one interaction with faculty members enhance student opportunities for learning within the curriculum.

A wide selection of courses is taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Typically major coursework begins at the junior year. Basic coursework at the undergraduate level includes phonetics, speech and hearing science, anatomy and physiology, acoustics and psychoacoustics, child language and articulation, aural rehabilitation, assessment of hearing loss, and organic disorders of speech and language. After being accepted into the graduate program, students take part in diagnostic and clinical practicum experiences, as well as seminars specifically designed to enhance research and clinical expertise in speech and hearing disorders. Outside practicum placement opportunities are diverse, and include work in hospitals and other medical facilities, as well as in public schools. Supervision of students at both on and off-campus sites facilitates applied learning in clinical aspects, which results in high quality speech and hearing services to the public.

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program welcomes interested individuals to contact us for further information. The clinic and faculty offices are located in the Aymer J. Hamilton building adjacent to Modoc Hall.