Marcella McCollum, Ed.D

Marcella McCollum

Assistant Professor, Communicative Disorders & Sciences

Marcella Cardoza McCollum, CCC-SLP is a bilingual speech-language pathologist and assistant professor at San José State University. Her research interests focus on access of underrepresented student populations to appropriate education from pre-k through graduate school. She has worked in clinics, hospitals, public schools, and private practice settings. Dr. McCollum has partnered with teachers, doctors, audiologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, social workers, and music therapists to support clients and students holistically.


  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, San Jose State University
  • M.A., Speech-Language Pathology, San Jose State University
  • B.A., Psychological Services, University of San Francisco

Recent Publications

  • Muñoz-Muñoz E., Love, M., McCollum, M., Cruz, R., Umana, D. Mind the gatekeepers: A critical look at access to dual language education for students with disabilities. In Colon, G, & Alsace, T, (2022) Bilingual Special Education for the 21st Century: A New Interface, IGI Global. 

Recent Presentations

  • 2/9/2022 - “Mind the Gap: A Critical Examination at the Intersection of DLI and Special Education” presented at the National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE) conference, New York, NY 2/9/2022 - “Opening the Seal of Biliteracy: a Critical Examination of California Award Distribution and Implications for Equity” co-presented at the National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE) conference, New York, NY

  • 3/12/2021 - “S.W.I.F.T. Seminar: SLPS/AuDs Working to Interrupt Fallible Tendencies (Gender Identity)” presented at the California Speech-Language Hearing Association (CSHA) annual state convention (virtual). 11/2020- “The Renaissance of Dual Language Immersion Programs; Implications for Speech-Language Pathologists” proposal accepted at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, San Diego, CA.

  • 7/2020 – “After Prop58: Growth, Challenges, and Hopes of Bilingual California” accepted at the annual convention of California Association for Bilingual Educators (CABE)

  • “Past, Present, and Future Directions of Dual Language Immersion in California Post Proposition 58” co-presented at the National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE) conference, Las Vegas, NV (February, 2020)

  • “Latinx and Hispanic Culture” invited speaker for Tapestry Grant project, San José State University (February, 2020)

Noteworthy Grants and Awards

  • 2020 - Awarded a Lurie College Strategic Plan Grant to develop a Social Justice Minor with Rebeca Burciaga.
  • 2019 - Awarded a Lurie College Research and Teaching Collaboration (LC-RTC) grant with Matthew Love and Eduardo Munoz-Munoz to investigate the intersection between Dual Language Bilingual Education (DLBE) and Special Education.
  • 2019 - Awarded three strategic priority grants to provide a cultural humility module to incoming graduate students, a gender equity module to graduate students in their final year of school, and an inaugural orientation for incoming undergraduate students.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Undergraduate success
  • bilingual education
  • Immersion
  • multilingual
  • underrepresented students
  • Latinx

Recommended Reading


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