Bilingual English-Spanish Specialization Requirements

The Bilingual English-Spanish (BIES) specialization program requires completion of four academic courses:

  • SPAN 4120/5120 Spanish Phonetics and Applied Linguistics (may be taken as undergraduate)
  • SPPA 4610/5610 Multicultural Issues for the Speech-Language Pathologist (may be taken as undergraduate)
  • SPPA 6620 Speech and Language Assessment in Bilingual Populations
  • SPPA 6630 Speech and Language Intervention in Bilingual Populations

In addition, a minimum of 50 clinical hours with individuals who speak Spanish or are bilingual (Spanish-English) must be obtained under the supervision of a bilingual speech-language pathologist through:

  • SPPA 6965 Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Campus Clinic
  • SPPA 6966 Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Diagnostic Methods
  • SPPA 6967 Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: School Setting

Academic coursework for the BIES specialization may fulfill requirements toward the bachelor of science or master of science degree in speech-language pathology. Clinical practicum hours in Spanish also apply toward degree, ASHA certification and state licensure requirements. All course work is based on guidelines suggested by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for speech-language pathologists providing bilingual assessment and intervention.

Sample plan for graduate student with BIES specialization