Nov 23, 2020  
University Catalog 2019-2020 
University Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Communication Disorders

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King Hall B119
Phone: (323) 343-4690
Cari Flint, Chair
For Questions about Speech-Language Pathology, email Dr. Cari Flint at
For Questions about Audiology, email Dr. Miles Peterson at
For General Questions, email our office at

The Department of Communication Disorders is committed to providing opportunities for students to have an exciting and rewarding future - a future in an enriching career as a respected professional helping others. Academic programs are designed to teach clinical skills and abilities for diagnosing and treating many different types of speech, language and hearing impairments.

DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS: The Department of Communication Disorders offers three degree programs: a baccalaureate degree in Communicative Disorders, a master’s degree in Communicative Disorders with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology, and a Doctor of Audiology degree (AuD). Completion of the master’s degree in Communicative Disorders with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology meets the academic requirements for licensure from the California State Board of Medical Quality Assurance and for the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Completion of the AuD degree meets the academic requirements for licensure from the California State Board of Medical Quality Assurance. The department also offers a Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Preparatory Certificate for students interested in completing the prerequisites for the Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders.

The Robert L. Douglass Speech-Language Clinic is housed on the university campus and provides training facilities offering diagnostic and rehabilitative services.  The Cal State LA Hearing Clinic has two locations: one on the university campus and one at “The Alhambra” two miles off-campus on the corner of Mission and Fremont in Alhambra.

ACCREDITATION: The Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders program with an emphasis in speech-language pathology at California State University, Los Angeles 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 or 301-296-5700. The AuD program has been granted developing status from the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE).

The Faculty

Professors: Nancy Cohick, Cari Flint (Chair), Colleen Friend, Peter Ivory, Miles Peterson.
Associate Professors: Gabriela Simon-Cereijido.
Assistant Professors: Erica Ellis, Mary Kubalanza, Chandan Suresh.
Emeriti: Edward Klein, Masako M. Matsuda, Lorraine Monnin.

Certificate Program

The department offers coursework acceptable toward fulfillment of requirements for the interdisciplinary credit certificate in Child Maltreatment and Family Violence offered by the Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services.

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Authorization

The department offers two courses which, along with the bachelor’s degree, can be used to apply to the state of California to receive the Speech-Language-Pathology Assistant (SLPA) License. These two courses are:

COMD 4960  Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Pedagogy (3)
COMD 4965  Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Practicum (3)


Programs for this Department:

Undergraduate Major
Communicative Disorders, B.A. 

Graduate Major
Communicative Disorders, M.A. 

Doctorate Degree
Doctor of Audiology (AuD)  

Undergraduate Certificate
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Audiology Assistant  

Graduate Certificate
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology (Master’s Preparation) 

Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential in Language, Speech, and Hearing  



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