Other Services Credential Programs

Clinical or Rehabilitative Services: Orientation and Mobility

The Clinical or Rehabilitative Services Credential qualifies graduates to work as Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialists. This credential authorizes the holder to teach orientation and mobility techniques to individuals who are visually impaired or blind from infancy through adulthood. O&M Specialists teach people who have visual impairments the specific skills needed to find their way through their environment and to travel safely and efficiently at home, school, work, and through the community. Instruction is provided to students individually rather than in large groups. O&M instruction may include learning skills such as using a long cane, orienting oneself to new environments, using public transportation systems, crossing streets safely, use of low vision devices and electronic environmental sensors, and by learning to fully use one's other senses.

O&M Specialists work in a variety of professional settings, including public schools, residential schools for students with visual impairments, private and state rehabilitation centers, and Veteran Administration Medical Centers. There are excellent employment opportunities due to a national shortage of O&M Specialists.

Admission requirements for the Clinical or Rehabilitative Services: Orientation and Mobility Credential include the following:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree
  • Official transcripts 
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA is required for admission to credential programs and must be maintained for continuation in the program 
  • All applicants are also required to apply to the Master of Arts Degree in Special Education plus credential program. If a prospective applicant already has a master’s degree, they may petition the department chair to be exempt from this requirement. 
  • Satisfy Basic Skills Requirement: successful passage of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), CSET Multiple Subjects Test plus Writing Skills Test, OR an approved out-of-state basic skills exam. Refer to the Department application for additional ways of satisfying the Basic Skills Requirement using the ELM/ EPT, SAT, and/or ACT scores.
  • Complete Certificate of Clearance: Fingerprint Clearance via LiveScan and Commission on Teacher Credentialing online application process.

Program Requirements (49 units)

SPED 655Basic Orientation and Mobility for Learners with Visual Impairments3
SPED 726Workshop: Student Teaching Support Sessions for Mild/Moderate Support Needs or Orientation Mobility3
SPED 730Student Teaching: Special Education9
SPED 731Special Education Field Experience3
SPED 747Physical Disabilities and Sensory Impairments3
SPED 749Medical, Educational, and Rehabilitative Implications of Visual Impairment4
SPED 753Living Skills Assessment and Instruction for Learners with Visual Impairments3
SPED 756Orientation and Mobility Seminar3
SPED 757Visual Impairment: Special Populations3
SPED 760Methods in Orientation and Mobility I3
SPED 788Law, Ethics, and Instructional Planning3
SPED 792Methods in Orientation and Mobility II3
SPED 822Methods in Orientation and Mobility III3
SPED 823Methods in Orientation and Mobility IV3

Apply for student teaching, with annual deadlines of February 28 for fall enrollment and September 28 for spring enrollment.

Submit a Credential Approved Program (CAP) prior to student teaching reflecting all course work completed or to be completed and non-curricular requirements (submitted with the application for student teaching).

Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential: Language, Speech & Hearing

The Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential (SLPSC) qualifies graduates to work as language, speech, and hearing specialists. To work in public schools, completion of the Master of Science in Communicative Disorders is required in addition to the credential. At SF State, the SLPSC is required as part of the M.S. program.  Program requirements for entry to the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential are identical to those for the Master of Science (http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/colleges/education/speech-language-hearing-sciences/ms-communicative-disorders/), and include the following:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in Communicative Disorders. If the baccalaureate degree is in another area, the applicant must complete the 13 undergraduate courses in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences as listed on SF State's Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences website, or an equivalent:  http://slhs.sfsu.edu.
  • Formal application to the department and university through CalState Apply: https://gcoe.sfsu.edu/current-students/how-apply
  • Official transcripts with minimum 3.0 GPA are required for admission to the graduate program.
  • Satisfy Basic Skills Requirement: successful passage of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), CSET Multiple Subjects Test plus Writing Skills Test, OR an approved out-of-state basic skills exam (required for admission). Refer to the Department application for additional ways of satisfying the Basic Skills Requirement using the ELM/ EPT, SAT, and/or ACT scores (https://slhs.sfsu.edu/prospective).
  • Complete Certificate of Clearance: Fingerprint Clearance via LiveScan and Commission on Teacher Credentialing online application process (required for admission to the Department).

Academic Requirements (post-baccalaureate)

ISED 797Seminar in Educational Research3
SLHS 701Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practices in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences3
SLHS 706Counseling in Communicative Disorders3
SLHS 707Serving School Communities in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (optional)3
SLHS 708Neurogenic Disorders of Language3
SLHS 709Speech Sound Production3
SLHS 710Seminar in Dysphagia3
SLHS 712Internship Workshop Seminar: Communicative Disabilities (concurrent with SLHS 882)1
SLHS 714Interprofessional Education & Family-Centered Practice1
SLHS 754Voice and Resonance3
SLHS 755Fluency Disorders3
SLHS 756Right Hemisphere Syndrome, TBI, Dementia in Communicative Disabilities3
SPED 788Law, Ethics, and Instructional Planning3

Clinical Practica and Internship Courses (56 units)

(as required by master’s degree, including clock hours that meet ASHA certification)

SLHS 702Social Communication Development3
SLHS 711Seminar in Therapy for Functional Communicative Disorders1
SLHS 713Seminar in Therapy for Organic Communicative Disorders1
SLHS 880Advanced Communication Therapy (repeat a minimum of three times @ 2 units each time = 6 units)2
SLHS 882Advanced Internship (experience with adults in a hospital placement- 6 units total)6
SLHS 884Advanced Diagnosis in Communicative Disorders (all ages)3