The Master of Science education program in speech-language pathology at Chapman University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498- 2071.
The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders program in speech-language pathology at Chapman University has been placed on probation (effective March 15, 2016) by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071. A program on probation is not currently in full compliance with the accreditation standards.
Programs on probation remain accredited but must demonstrate compliance with the standards within one year.
At the annual review meeting of the CAA conducted in February 2016, the CSD graduate program at CU was found to be in “non-compliance” of Standard 1.7, specifically that the accreditation statement published on our website was not accurate. As indicated by CAA in their report to us, the accreditation statement available on our website does not include (1) the program’s professional area, (2) degree designator, nor (3) the address and phone number to contact CAA. Website information does not clearly indicate the number and percentage of students completing the program in 3 years, passing the Praxis exam, and employed in the field within one year of graduation.
The CAA’s report also indicated “partial compliance” with Standard 2.2 overall faculty sufficiency. An update was requested on “hiring additional extern placement supervisors and the search to fill a new faculty line.” Continued probation could have implications for students' future eligibility to obtain professional credentials, including ASHA Certification of Clinical Competence, state licensure, or certification.
No other areas of non-compliance or partial compliance were identified.
As indicated by CAA, the program has in place some, but not all, of the essential elements necessary to meet all aspects of the standard. We appreciate the agency’s thoroughness and welcome the opportunity to correct these elements. The CSD program has corrected these non-compliance issues and will be submitting a follow-up report to CAA in time for the July 2016 CAA review meeting to explain our corrections.
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The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) prepares students to become fully credentialed and licensed speech-language pathologists, clinicians and/or supervisors in healthcare and education settings.
This full-time, intensive program is a rich combination of didactic and clinical/fieldwork courses providing carefully guided internships each semester. Placements include hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, private practice, agencies, early intervention programs, and K-12 public schools. Students have both on-site supervisors and university supervisors assigned for each setting.
Through skillful modeling and leadership, and highly individualized instruction, students develop the necessary professional competencies to:
- Assess and treat persons with developmental or acquired communication disorder, such as stuttering, deafness/hearing loss, cleft palate, articulation disorder, child language disorder, autism spectrum disorder, voice abnormality, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and swallowing disorders;
- Counsel and support individuals, their spouses, family members, siblings, educators and other professionals on the use of hearing aids, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants, augmentative and alternative communication systems, and other technology to communicate effectively.
The CSD program is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation Audiology and Speech Language Pathology and approved by the California Council of Teacher Credentials (CTC). Graduates are eligible for a California Speech Language Pathology Services Credential, a California state license in speech language pathology, and a national Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA.