The Multicultural and Bilingual Certificate Program in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences allows graduate students to specialize in evidence-based methods of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of bilingual children and adults with speech, language, and hearing impairments. Students who earn this certificate will demonstrate knowledge of cultural awareness and sensitivity in the clinical setting, how the structure of common languages spoken in the United States compares and contrasts with English, how to appropriately assess and treat all languages in the bilingual or multilingual individual, how to train and implement the use of interpreters.
The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at The University of Arizona offers graduate education regarding the science of human communication and disorders, training for clinical careers in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and preparation for research careers in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.
Our faculty members are active researchers, dynamic classroom instructors, and leaders in the profession. Students learn foundational knowledge, cutting-edge research findings, and evidence-based practice in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
We offer the following graduate degree and certificate programs:
Doctor of Audiology (AuD)
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (MS)
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (PhD)
Multicultural and Bilingual Certificate Program in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (Certificate)
Graduate Minor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
College of Science
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Applicants must be currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (MS-SLHS), Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (AuD), or Doctor of Philosophy Student in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (PhD-SLHS) to be eligible for the Multicultural and Bilingual Certificate Program. PhD applicants must have a clinical degree.
We do not require any additional standardized tests for admission to the certificate program.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Students will be required to take 9 credits: (1) one course within the SLHS department that focuses on bilingualism, multiculturalism, and nonmainstream dialects; (2) a workshop course within the SLHS department focused on working as a bilingual clinician; (3) one elective course outside or within our department related to phonetics, bilingualism and/or multiculturalism; (4) a bilingual clinical practicum supervised by a bilingual speech‐language pathologist in one setting or an accumulated number of contact hours across clinical placements with culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
Required Courses (6 units):
SLHS 435/535 Bilingualism, Multiculturalism, and Nonmainstream Dialects (3 Units; Spring)
SLHS 597 Workshop: Becoming a Bilingual Clinician (1 unit; Fall)
One of the following practicum experiences:
SLHS 558 Clinical Studies: Bilingual Speech‐Language Pathology (2 Units);
SLHS 559 Clinical Studies: Bilingual Audiology (2 Units);
Elective Course Requirement (3 Units)
Elective Course Requirement Examples (3 Units):
AIS 102 Linguistics for Native American Communities
LRC 504 Language and Culture in Education
LRC 510 Foundations of Bilingual Education and Second Language Learning
LRC 512 Educating Culturally Diverse Students in a Pluralistic Society
LRC 514 Reading and Writing in Bilingual and Second Language Settings
LRC 581 Multicultural Literature and Literacy
LRC 641 Immigration and Education
LRC 595a Language Socialization Across Cultures
LRC 595a Issues in Educating Bilingual/Multicultural Children
LRC 795a Biliteracy
ANTH 679 Language and Ethnography
ANTH/MAS 508 The Mexican/American: A Cultural Perspective
SPAN 580 Introduction to Spanish Sociolinguistics
SPAN 574A Bilingualism 1:Language in the Mexican American Experience
SPAN 574B Bilingualism 2: Heritage Language Research
SPAN 584A Sociolinguistics 1: Spanish in Contact
SPAN 584B Sociolinguistics 2: Variation in Spanish
SPAN 584C Sociolinguistics 3: Research Methods in Sociolinguistics
LING 500 Linguistics for Native American Communities
LING 501 Formal Foundations of Linguistics
LING 511 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (or Chinese, Arabic, language of choice)
LING 544 Typology and Universals
Other classes may be identified to fulfill the elective requirement. In particular, courses in the Departments of Public Health and Nursing may be appropriate for Audiology students. Students should submit courses for approval to the Director of Graduate Studies.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.