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Welcome to Communicative Sciences and       Deaf Studies!

A Department of Four Professions

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies is an interdisciplinary department that is Fresno State University’s home to four professions: Audiology, Deaf Education, Sign-Language Interpreting, and Speech-Language Pathology.

Audiology.  A Doctor of Audiology degree is required to work as an Audiologist.  Our department has a Bachelor of Arts degree option in Audiology, which prepares students for entrance into a Doctor of Audiology program at other universities.

Deaf Education. Our graduate program is online and prepares graduates to become Educators of the Deaf and of Hard-of-Hearing Students. Graduates are eligible for the preliminary California Educations Specialist: Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Credential. Students who complete the MA degree will have fulfilled the academic and clinical practicum requirements for Provisional Certification by the Council on Education of the Deaf. The graduate program is accredited by the Council for the Education of the Deaf.

Sign Language Interpreting.  Our Bachelor of Arts option in Interpreting prepares our students  to be awarded National Interpreter Certification (NIC): a test overseen by two organizations, the Registry of interpreters for the deaf (RID) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). Certified Interpreters are in high demand in a variety of job settings.

Speech-Language Pathology. Our BA and MA programs in speech-language pathology provides students the academic and clinical practicum requirements for the California State credential in speech-language pathology, the California State License as a speech-language pathologist, and the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Our graduate program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


An update regarding the Deaf Education Master's Program:

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies is proud to announce its redesigned Master's Degree in Deaf Education and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education Specialist Credential Program - following recently implemented California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) regulations. 



Speech-Language Pathology Program Strategic Plan

To see the current strategic plan for the speech-language pathology program click here


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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies at California State University, Fresno is to disseminate knowledge and to train professionals in speech-language pathology, audiology, deaf education, deaf studies, and interpreting who will provide quality service to the public. The Department will accomplish this mission by providing a stimulating leaning environment for enhancing personal and educational development, promoting understanding of people of various cultures, and offering opportunities for research and scholarship in communicative sciences and deaf studies.

Equal Opportunity Statement

California State University, Fresno is one of the California State Universities and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, which does not discriminate because of sex, race, age, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status or disability. The California State University is committed to providing equal opportunities to men and women CSU students in all campus programs, including intercollegiate athletics.