The Certificate program is aligned with the mission of the Human Services Program. This mission is to provide diverse members of the community a university education that focuses on the knowledge and skills required to help those in need. The goals of the program are to provide a broad interdisciplinary background of the knowledge and skills needed to help improve the quality of life of those in need; to provide the opportunity for specialization in either target populations or methods of intervention; through supervised fieldwork, to provide experience applying academic knowledge and skills in human services organizations.
The Certificate in Communication Sciences and Disorders offers classes only in the evenings and on Saturdays which allows students to work full or part time and complete the prerequisite courses required for admission into a graduate program. The program affords students the opportunity to observe certificated, licensed, and credentialed speech and language pathologists in clinical and school settings in the geographic area surrounding the university. The times that courses are offered accommodates students who live outside the immediate geographic area of CSUDH. Students are trained within a cohort model and are mentored throughout the certificate program.
Students must hold a BA/BS in a subject area not related to Communication Sciences and Disorders from an accredited institution and have minimum 3.0 GPA.
Speech-language pathologists and Speech-Language Pathology Assistants work in a variety of settings that offer year round, 10 month, full time, part time, and/or per diem employment. Therapists work in public and nonpublic schools, preschools, community colleges, colleges and universities. They also work in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health care, rehabilitation hospitals, individual and family services, out-patient care centers, and child care centers. Others choose to work for corporations, in the offices of physicians or other allied health practitioners, or own a private practice. Many speech and language pathology practitioners opt to work in more than one setting. These sites employ both Speech-Language Pathologists and Speech-Language Pathology Assistants.