Arizona State University
University Senate

Senate Motion #2018-41


Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Caroline Harrison, Chair

Date of First Reading: March 26, 2018

Date of Second Reading: April 23, 2018

Title of Motion: Request from the College of Health Solutions – Department of Speech and Hearing Science - for the establishment of a graduate certificate – Communication Disorders in Multilingual/Multicultural Populations

Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.   

Rationale: The proposed graduate certificate will prepare graduate students to use evidence-based practices to support the academic, social, speech, and language development of young multilingual, multicultural children with disabilities and their families. Speech language pathologists (SLPs) need to be able to identify the presence or absence of a speech or language disorder in a multilingual child to avoid either over- or under-referral for speech-language pathology services and special education. This requires special skills and training

The overall goal of the certificate is to provide graduate students in speech-language pathology with a certificate that denotes completion of an expanded plan of coursework regarding multicultural and multilingual issues and enhanced clinical experiences in authentic community-based settings. The certificate and training will yield specialized knowledge and skills to be able to provide culturally responsive services to CLD individuals with communication disorders.



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