Our Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences (CDS) offers students a broad academic curriculum, comprehensive clinical experiences, and ongoing research opportunities in human communication disorders and sciences. The department upholds the missions of SJSU and the Lurie College of Education.

CDS Department Vision Statement

Utilizing faculty expertise, the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences will be known for its rigorous education, innovative models of clinical preparation, scientific contributions, and a resource for professional development in service to our increasingly diverse community.

CDS Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences is to provide rigorous academic and clinical preparation to students seeking careers working with individuals with communication disorders, and their families. We are guided by a commitment to scholarly research and principles of evidence-based practice. Our graduates will adhere to the highest ethical standards in serving the needs of our culturally and linguistically diverse community.

Our Values

We value the following attributes in ourselves and our students:


  • Academic rigor


  • critical thinking
  • flexibility
  • professionalism
  • resourcefulness
  • self-reflection
  • clinical competence – knowledge and skills
  • ethical behavior
  • social and emotional awareness
  • innovation
  • technological prowess
  • effective communication
  • cultural intelligence/capability/responsiveness/dexterity


  • compassion
  • empathy
  • growth mindset

Accreditation, Licensure, and Credential

The master's (M.A.) education program in speech-language pathology at San Jose State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 220 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The Master of Arts education program is also an approved program of the California Licensing Board in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Grant Support

Our department is currently supported by three federal personnel preparation grants that provide CDS students with small group specialized instruction and clinical experiences, tuition remission, conference travel, and book allowances.

  • One of these grants focus on training SJSU students to provide services in special populations, persons who use augmentative and alternative communication.
  • A second grant aims to develop SJSU students in culturally competent assessment and intervention activities to meet the needs of multicultural populations.
  • A third federal grant is a partnership between SJSU and the University of Guam to train residents of the Pacific Islands in speech-language pathology.

CDS Strategic Plan 2017-2020

The Department’s Strategic Plan 2017-2020 outlines five priorities:

  • Enhance department stature through growth in research and scholarly productivity
  • Grow and retain faculty by providing support to ensure their success
  • Attract and train quality students who are prepared for professional roles in a diverse and changing global society
  • Develop and enhance relationships within the department, with community partners, and alumni that ensure adequacy of resources for academic and clinical functions of the department
  • Ensure students, faculty, and staff have adequate and appropriate facilities

The implementation of these priorities will be guided by the Chair of the Department, Program Director, and Director of Clinical Education. A number of department committees will have the responsibility for core priorities related to their specific mandates (e.g., the Curriculum Committee will undertake curriculum enhancements under Strategic Priority 3).

Equal Opportunity Policy

The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences is committed to the principle of equal opportunity. The University, College, and Department do not discriminate in the delivery of professional services or the conduct of research and scholarly activity based on age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender-identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, physical characteristics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status.