About the Program
The Master of Science in Communication Disorders at California Baptist University, in keeping with its Christian ideals, seeks to educate and prepare students with the knowledge, skills, passion, and compassion to become licensed and nationally certified speech-language pathologists who reflect a vision of service to the community consistent with mission of the University.
The planned MS CDS program resides within the Department of Health Sciences in the College of Health Science, which supports interdisciplinary communication, promotes a broad intellectual framework for problem solving and fosters the development of professional and spiritual values. The 65 unit Master of Science in Communication Disorders degree program at CBU will be offered upon approval from Candidacy by the Council on Academic Accreditation for Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (CAA).
The two year cohort model master's program will prepare graduates to become nationally certified, licensed speech-language pathologists. Students will learn from faculty who bring a wealth of academic knowledge and clinical experience in the areas of both developmental and acquired organic and neurogenic communication disorders. The program will focus on students' acquisition of the knowledge and skills needed to work in both educational and healthcare and community settings. In keeping with the College of Health Science's mission to transform lives through the healthcare professions, students will gain clinical hours as they partner with local schools and community organizations, perform research and engage in clinical collaboration internationally.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to apply for the Preliminary Speech Language Pathology Services Credential in order to serve children in public schools, the Required Professional Experience for California state licensure, and the Clinical Fellowship Year that leads to the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) for ASHA. As future speech-language pathologists, graduates will be well prepared to provide clinical services related to speech, language, fluency, voice, swallowing and cognition/communication.
The program has been designed as a cohort model, with students completing the master's degree in two years including two summers. As part of the traditional graduate program on campus, classes in the MS CDS program will typically run from September to the end of June each year. Students enter the program as a cohort, take all classes in sequence together, and must attend full time. Due to the rigorous schedule of the program, students are highly discouraged from working while pursuing the degree. A minimum of 400 supervised clinical hours will be earned in school, community and medical settings. Students will also attend classes and/or practicums the first eight weeks of both summers. Formative and summative assessments of students' academic and clinical progress, are embedded in all academic and clinical education aspects of the program.
Once the program achieves Candidacy status with CAA and graduates its first cohort of students, this site will provide data on students as they complete the program each year. Three years of data will ultimately be displayed at one time in the following areas: Number and percentage of students completing the program within two years, student performance on the Praxis Examination, and a report on alumni that describes number and percentage of students employed within one year of completing the program as well as number and percentage of students pursuing additional education in the field within one year of graduation.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon completion of the Masters of Science in Communication Disorders graduates will demonstrate:
- Apply knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics and the social/behavioral sciences to interpret literature and research related to the practice of speech language pathology.
- Analyze and assess basic human communication and swallowing processes.
- Diagnose and describe disorders and differences in articulation, language, fluency, respiration, resonance and phonation.
- Demonstrate cultural sensitivity as it pertains to assisting persons with communication and swallowing disorders in culturally and linguistically diverse populations across the life span.
- Exhibit knowledge of standards of ethical conduct through interactions with clients, families, peers, and professionals.
- Integrate research principles into evidence-based clinical practice.
- Examine and summarize contemporary professional issues.
- Outline procedures for entry level and advanced certification, licensure, and other relevant professional credentials and policies relevant to professional practice in a variety of settings.
- Produce oral and written or other forms of communication sufficient for entry into professional practice.
- Collaborate in the areas of evaluation and intervention with other professionals.
- Exhibit proficiency in supervised clinical assessment and treatment experiences with clients across the age span.
- Demonstrate capacity to plan and implement service opportunities within the community consistent with the Christian mission of the university.
Statements of Equitable Treatment
Statement of Equitable Treatment, Faculty and Staff
California Baptist University does not illegally discriminate on the basis of any protected category. With the exception of religion, CBU's policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, pregnancy, child birth, national origin, ancestry, age (over the age of 40), marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, veteran status in its educational programs and activities. This policy extends to employment with and admission to the University, as well as access to facilities, financial aid and courses. It is the policy of California Baptist University to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, including harassment. Discrimination or harassment against faculty, staff, or students will not be tolerated at California Baptist University.
Statement of Equitable Treatment, Students
In compliance with both state and federal law California Baptist University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any protected category except to the extent it is necessary to fulfill its religious purposes, so as to be in compliance with the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message.
Statement of Equitable Treatment, Clients Receiving Speech Language Services
California Baptist University does not illegally discriminate on the basis of any protected category in providing services to persons with communication disorders and their families. CBU's policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, pregnancy, religion, child birth, national origin, ancestry, age (over the age of 40), marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, veteran status in its educational programs and activities.
Graduates of the CBU SLP Master's Program will:
1) Live their purpose by combining excellent academic knowledge and clinical skills
with kindness and respect to offer quality assessment and intervention to clients
2) Become creative contributors to the field of speech-language pathology in order to advance the care of those we serve
The SLP Master's Program will:
3) Contribute to the community providing onsite and outreach clinical speech and language services to persons and families with communication disorders.
4) Establish interdisciplinary program relationships at CBU to foster research and program development.