Clinical Rehab Credential Process
Students must complete their Clinical Rehabilitative Services (CRS) credential before they can work as speech-language pathologists in the school setting. Anyone accepted into the graduate program must complete the M.A. in CSD before they are issued the credential.
Certification of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathologists
Completion of the master's degree fulfills all the academic and clinical practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech Pathology. A Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) of paid, professional, supervised experience is required along with passing the National Examination in Speech Pathology (NESPA) before the certificate is granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). A certification of Clinical Competence is required for employment in nearly all work settings except the public schools. All Students are encouraged to acquire national certification regardless of the work setting they may choose.
California License as a Speech Pathologist
The master's degree fulfills all academic and clinical practicum requirements for the State license. A year of Required Professional Experience (RPE) is necessary along with passing the NESPA before the license is issued by the Board of Medical Quality Assurance. The license is required for employment in almost all settings except the public schools.
The CFY and RPE can be completed concurrently when graduates accept their first professional position.