Bilingual Certificate Program Description

The Bilingual Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Graduate students have the opportunity to earn the Bilingual Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology. The program allows students to specialize in evidence-based methods of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of bilingual children and adults with speech, language, and hearing impairments. Students who earn this certificate will demonstrate knowledge of how the structure of common languages spoken in the United States compares and contrasts with English, how to appropriately assess and treat all languages in the bilingual or multilingual individual, how to train and implement the use of interpreters, and cultural awareness and sensitivity in the clinical setting.

In addition to the typical graduate curriculum, the certificate program requires the following graduate coursework (at least 9 units):

1. SLHS 535 Bilingualism, Multiculturalism, and Nonmainstream Dialects (3 units). If a student has taken SLHS 435 as an undergraduate, then this requirement may be met by an elective graduate course approved by the Director of the Bilingual Certificate Program.

2. SLHS 597: Workshop: Topics in Service Delivery for Bilingual Populations (1 unit)

3. Clinical Practicum in Bilingual Context (SLHS 558/658 or SLHS 559/659; 2 units)

4. One additional appropriate elective course (3 units) – Examples include:

AIS 545A Structures of Non-Western Languages

  • AIS 582 Hopi Language in Culture
  • AIS 696J Topics in Native American Languages and Linguistics
  • ANTH 530A Language and Society in the Middle East
  • ANTH 536 Japanese Sociolinguistics
  • CPH 520 Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (3)
  • HIST 552 American Ethnic History (3)
  • HPS 533 Global Health (Ehir)
  • HPS 535: Multicultural Health Beliefs
  • HPS 581A - Issues in Native American Health: An Introduction to Critical Thinking
  • HPS 577 Sociocultural & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3)
  • LING 500 Linguistics for Non-majors
  • LING 502 Gender and Language in Japan
  • LING 519 Linguistic Structure of Modern Chinese
  • LING 511 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics
  • LING 544 Typology and Universals
  • TLS 504 Language and Culture in Education
  • TLS 507 Education of Mexican Americans in the United States
  • TLS 510 Foundations of Bilingual Education and Second Language Learning
  • TLS 512 Educating Culturally Diverse Students in a Pluralistic Society
  • TLS 514 Reading and Writing in Bilingual and Second Language Settings
  • TLS 581 Multicultural Literature and Literacy
  • TLS 641 Immigration and Education
  • TLS Oral Traditions Across Societies
  • TLS 643 International Indigenous Culture-Based Education
  • MAS 505 - Traditional Indian Medicine: Health, Healing and Well Being
  • MAS 508 - The Mexican-American: A Cultural Perspective
  • MAS 510: Socio-cultural determinants of health
  • MAS 525: Latino Health Disparities
  • MAS 535 - Mexican Traditional Medicine: An Overview of Indigenous Curing Cultures
  • MAS 575a Education of Latina/os (3)
  • SPAN 574A Language in the Mexican American Experience
  • SERP 504 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Exceptional Learners (3)

Other classes or independent study experiences may be identified to fulfill the elective requirement. For more information, make an appointment with Dr. Leah Fabiano-Smith, Director, Bilingual Certificate Program.