Welcome, Prospective Students!

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS). Here you will find information about how to apply to the program, what qualifications are desired, information for those without an undergraduate degree in SLHS, and more.

For prospective students applying this Fall 2020:  

If you are experiencing a documented COVID-related emergency (for example, you or a member of your immediate household are ill with COVID and have a physician's note) and cannot meet the December 15, 2020 application deadline, please still submit an incomplete application on Cal State Apply. We can only consider applicants who have a submitted application in the Cal State Apply system. You can submit a request to be granted an extension. To do so, you must send an email to the SLHS Admissions Committee by December 15, 2020 with a timestamp no later than 11:59 pm for a deadline extension. Please email slhsinfo@sfsu.edu with the subject “Application Extension Request.” Please include:

  • Your name
  • Your email & phone number
  • Cal State Apply ID (if available)
  • Reason for extension request
  • Any supporting material (e.g., physician's note)

The requests will be reviewed on a case-by-base basis.

 

CBEST

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has temporarily suspended passing the CBEST before entering a preparation program up to August 31, 2021 due to COVID-19 related testing center closures. However, we encourage you to register and take the exam on the first available test date.  Should you be recommended for admission, we will give you an initial deadline to take and pass the CBEST.  This deadline will be adjusted given COVID-related factors.  

You may have other options to satisfy the Basic Skills requirement, such as your SAT, ACT or AP exams. If you meet the approved scores on any of those exams, you won't have to take the CBEST exam. Please email credinfo@sfsu.edu for more information.
 
Written English Proficiency Requirement
The SLHS Deparment no longer requires any standardized testing for fulfilling the Written English Proficiency Requirement. Applicants will be assessed on the quality of their Statement of Purpose, which is submitted with the application. Applicants must receive a score of 2.5 or higher on our scoring rubric. The rubric is available in the Information Packet for Prospective Master's Students.  
 

Informational meetings about the SLHS Master's Program are offered throughout the year.

Three informational meetings are offered every semester. To register, please visit GCOE Information Sessions page for more information.

Speech-Language Therapy Rated an Excellent Career

Speech-language therapy was ranked among the top 25 best careers by U.S. News and World Report.

Speech-Language Therapists work with the full range of human communication and its disabilities. They evaluate and diagnose speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disabilities. They treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disabilities in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly. Speech-Language Pathologists may teaching in college and university programs; manage agencies, clinics, organizations, or private clinics; engage in research about human communication; supervise and direct public school or clinical programs; or develop new methods and products to evaluate and treat speech-language disabilities. Speech-language therapists often work collaboratively with teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors and others. Corporate speech-language therapists also work with employees to improve communication with their customers. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement

Each graduate student must demonstrate the ability to write English correctly and effectively. To assure that each graduate student has the required proficiency in written English, two distinct assessments are made at SFSU: Level I and Level II.

  • The SFSU Level I Written English Proficiency (WEP) requirement must be met prior to admission.
    • The Written English Proficiency requirement is based on the Statement of Purpose, which is submitted with the application.
    • To meet the Written English Proficiency Requirement, applicant must receive a score of 2.5 or higher on the Written English Proficiency Rubric (immediately below).
    • Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be denied admission, or, if all other areas of the application are strong, a faculty member may choose to file a petition with Graduate Studies to request conditional admission. If conditional admission is granted, the student will need to complete an English Writing course from an approved list that will be maintained by the department prior to filing for Advancement to Candidacy.
    • If you are an international student or if you have a bachelor’s degree from outside the United States, please contact the Graduate Admissions directly. There may be additional requirements for admission, such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Written English Proficiency Rubric: The Written English Proficiency requirement is based on the Statement of Purpose, which is submitted with the application. To meet the Written English Proficiency Requirement, applicant must receive a score of 2.5 or higher.

Organization   A well-organized piece of writing is not only clear, it's presented in a way that is logical and aesthetically pleasing. You can tell non-linear stories or place your thesis at the end of an essay and get away with it as long as ideas are well ordered.  
Focus   In good writing, everything makes sense and readers don't get lost or have to reread passages to figure out what's going on. Focused writing sticks with the core ideas without running off on too many tangents.  
Ideas and Themes   Does your statement of purpose have clearly identifiable ideas and themes?  
Language   Does your statement of purpose include precise and accurate word choices and well-crafted sentences? We do look for excellence in grammar and style. However, the writer is not restricted to the grammar of the Standardized American English dialect, if another English dialect is preferred.  
Voice   Write from a perspective that is unique to you. Be true to your authentic voice, because it is the most impactful voice you have. Your essay should tell us who you are and capture your unique story. This is what sets you apart from all other writers. It's your unique way of stringing words together, formulating ideas, and relating scenes or images to the reader. In any piece of writing, the voice should be consistent and identifiable.  
Category   Description 0, .5 or 1*

*0 = No evidence; .5 = Inconsistent evidence; 1 = Consistent evidence

Adapted from Donovan, M. (2017, Oct. 3). Eight Characteristics of Good Writing. Writing Forward.

  • The SFSU Level II Written English Proficiency (WEP) requirement must be met prior to graduation.
    • Level II is measured by successful completion of the culminating experience requirements that include internships, as well as the written comprehensive examination or thesis.

Undergraduate or Transfer Students Declaring SLHS Major

Choosing a major is a milestone in a student's academic career. The SLHS department is a challenging major. Students who are happy and successful in the SLHS major are those whose skills, talents, and disposition are a good fit for the Speech, Language and Hearing field. Before declaring SLHS as your major, we require that you consider the following to see if SLHS is right for you:

1. In addition to the SLHS major courses, you must also complete the following:
(Note: The requirements below CANNOT be substituted by SLHS courses.)

  1. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires the completion of a Biology course in order to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Many schools expect applicants to have completed these courses to be considered for their graduate programs in Communicative Sciences & Disorders.
    Acceptable courses at SFSU: BIOL 100; BIOL 160; BIOL 170; BIOL 176; Acceptable courses from other universities include:  biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, or veterinary science.
    Advanced Placement (AP) classes cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
    (Students taking GE courses outside of SFSU should speak with advisors at their schools and refer to www.assist.org for course equivalents.)
  2. Students who plan to pursue a graduate degree in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (e.g., Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology) must take one of these courses: CHEM 100; CHEM 101; CHEM 180; PHYS 101; PHYS 111; or PHYS 220 or equivalent. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires the completion of a Chemistry or Physics course in order to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence. Many schools expect applicants to have completed these courses to be considered for their graduate programs in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.
    Students who do not plan to pursue a graduate degree in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (e.g., Speech-Language Therapy or Audiology) can take any course from the Area B1: Physical Science List.
    If you are unsure about pursing a degree in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, we STRONGLY recommend that you take a CHEM or PHYS course in order to keep your options open.
    Advanced Placement (AP) classes cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
    (Students taking GE courses outside of SFSU should speak with advisors at their schools and refer to www.assist.org  for course equivalents.)
  3. Students must take at least one course in Statistics. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires the completion of a Statistics course in order to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence. Many schools expect applicants to have completed these courses to be considered for their graduate programs in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.
    At SFSU, the following courses will fulfill the Statistics requirement: MATH 124; PSY 171; or ISED 160.
    Advanced Placement (AP) classes cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
    (CSU Northridge also offers an online Introductory Statistics course – MATH 140 – which is open to eligible SFSU students. For more information, please visit http://groups.csuprojects.org/online-fall2013)
  4. Students must take at least one course from the Area D1: Social Sciences list or equivalent. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires the completion of a Social Science course in order to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Many schools expect applicants to have completed these courses to be considered for their graduate programs in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.
    Advanced Placement (AP) classes cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

2. Download the Undergraduate SLHS Major Guide and put your initial next to each of the specified activities as you complete it.

You must bring this form to meet with a SLHS advisor to declare the major.

3. Bring a transcript

You must have a 2.0 GPA to declare the SLHS major. Please bring a transcript to your advising meeting. (An unofficial transcript is okay.)

4. In order to register for SLHS courses, you must have completed a minimum of 60 units.

If you believe SLHS is a good fit for you after completing the 5 steps above, or if you wish to learn more about the SLHS major, make an appointment with a SLHS advisor by calling 415.338.1001. Please bring the Undergraduate SLHS Major Guide that you have completed and signed to the meeting.

Undergraduate students who are entering the program from another major are required to complete a "Change of Major" form, obtained from the Special Education Office. They should make an appointment with an undergraduate adviser in SLHS to complete the card, have the adviser sign it, and return it to Enrollment Services in ADM 153.