Department of Speech and Hearing Science

Bilingual Training Program

The goal of the bilingual training track is to offer training to future speech-language pathologists to work with bilingual populations and to provide the opportunity to get a certificate of bilingual competency in speech-language pathology. Students who speak Spanish fluently are eligible to apply for the bilingual certificate.

Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to:

  • Provide bilingual students in the ASU Master of Science in speech-language pathology program with specialized electives, practicum and internships.
  • Provide a bilingual supervisor that will help you problem solve, develop materials, practice your professional Spanish and guide you as needed.
  • Focus on relevant issues in speech-language pathology, practice in school settings or with adults, working with Spanish monolingual families and learning about the cultures in our community.
  • Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in communication disorders at ASU, bilingual emphasis course work, and the Arizona Classroom Proficiency Examination, students will be awarded a certificate of completion of the graduate clinical training track in bilingual speech-language pathology.

Applying

There is no formal application for the bilingual training track. To show interest in the bilingual track:

  • Apply to the master's program.
  • Indicate your interest in the bilingual training track in your letter of intent or personal statement.

Bilingual Training Track Clinical Practicum Hours

Bilingual training track clinical practicum hours are similar to those required in the traditional ASU master's tracks. Students acquire practicum hours in the public school work setting, ASU's speech and language clinics, and hospital settings in the Phoenix metropolitan area. While completing clinical hours in the public school setting, bilingual training track students are also supervised by a bilingual, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)-certified speech-language pathologist. There are a few hospital settings that also offer bilingual supervisors. Clinical practicum will include a variety of hours with children and adults as required by ASHA.

Bilingual Certificate

Spanish proficiency will be determined initially through an interview process in Spanish with one of the faculty who are bilingual. For the certificate, however, you must pass a Spanish proficiency examination and complete the specialized courses in the bilingual training track. Students on the bilingual track may take the Arizona Classroom Proficiency Examination, administered by the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University. The examination includes oral and written assessments in Spanish and is offered once a month. Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in communication disorders at ASU, bilingual emphasis course work and the Arizona Classroom Proficiency Examination, students will be awarded a certificate of completion of the graduate clinical training program in bilingual speech-language pathology. Native speakers of Spanish with formal education in Spanish may be waived the Spanish proficiency examination.

In order to meet ASHA's definition of a bilingual speech-language pathologist, students will be encouraged to maintain and further develop their Spanish skills during their graduate program through their participation in course work, practicum and internship experiences.

Study Abroad In Mexico

Students in the bilingual training track will have the opportunity to travel to Mexico for a student exchange the last summer of their graduate program. This exchange will involve working with children with disabilities and their families for six weeks. In addition, it involves high-proficiency Spanish course work to improve oral and written Spanish for professional purposes. Students will also be coming to ASU from Mexico. Students on the bilingual track will be encouraged to host, interact and work with the Mexican students.

Financial Assistance

Students admitted to the communication disorders program at ASU may be supported through teaching or research assistantships. These awards are typically offered based on excellence. Our program is very competitive. Some of the research assistantships require fluency in Spanish, so you may indicate degree of fluency and proficiency in Spanish when requesting funding.

Our department's Web site can faq-a faq-qs about the application process, standards for admission, training options, etc. You can get information about the graduate school application process from the Graduate College's prospective students Web page. In your letter of intent (or personal statement), please indicate your interest in participating in the bilingual training track.

For more information about the bilingual training track or the exchange program, please contact Professor M. Adelaida Restrepo at laida.restrepo@asu.edu.