Multicultural Bilingual Certificate Program

Welcome and Overview of MBCP

The Multicultural Bilingual Certificate in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Graduate students have the opportunity to earn the Multicultural Bilingual Certificate during their graduate program Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Students who earn this certificate will demonstrate 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. Monolingual and Bilingual students are invited to participate in this program. Proficiency in a second language is not required.

The certificate program requires the following graduate coursework (9 units):

1. SLHS 535 Bilingualism, Multiculturalism, and Nonmainstream Dialects (3 units). [Spring] 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 Graduate Studies.

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

3. Clinical Practicum with Multicultural/Multilingual Experiences (SLHS 558/658 or SLHS 559/659; 2 units)

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

  • LRC 504 Language and Culture in Education
  • LRC 510 Foundations of Bilingual Education and Second Language Learning
  • LRC 512 Educating Culturally Diverse Students in a Pluralistic Society
  • LRC 514 Reading and Writing in Bilingual and Second Language Settings
  • LRC 581 Multicultural Literature and Literacy
  • LRC 641 Immigration and Education
  • LRC 595a Language Socialization Across Cultures
  • LRC 595a Issues in Educating Bilingual/Multicultural Children
  • LRC 795a Biliteracy
  • ANTH 679 Language and Ethnography
  • ANTH/MAS 508 The Mexican-American: A Cultural Perspective
  • SPAN 580 Introduction to Spanish Sociolinguistics
  • SPAN 574A Bilingualism 1--Language in the Mexican American Experience
  • SPAN 574B Bilingualism 2 --Heritage Language Research
  • SPAN 584A Sociolinguistics 1--Spanish in Contact
  • SPAN 584B Sociolinguistics 2--Variation in Spanish
  • SPAN 584C Sociolinguistics 3--Research Methods in Sociolinguistics
  • LING 500 Linguistics for Native American Communities
  • LING 501 Formal Foundations of Linguistics
  • LING 511 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (or Chinese, Arabic, language of choice)
  • LING 544 Typology and Universals
  • SPAN 583A Phonetics 1--speech production and applications
  • SPAN 583B Phonetics 2--speech perception and applications

Other classes or independent study experiences may be identified to fulfill the elective requirement. For more information, make an appointment with the director of this program, Dr. Genesis Arizmendi (, or the coordinator, Karen Guilmette (

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