Graduate Certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

This graduate-level certificate is designed to prepare highly qualified professionals to provide Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) services for children, youth and adults with complex communication needs (CCN) in school and community settings within the context of an interdisciplinary team. Through participation in coursework that includes concurrent field experiences, candidates will acquire a working knowledge of best practice in assessment and intervention to support communication through the application of AAC systems for children, youth and adults to access learning, socialization and vocational opportunities in society. Graduate students who are enrolled in master’s degrees in Communicative Disorders, Special Education, and related fields, in addition to practicing professionals in health, human services, and educational fields at the post-baccalaureate level may complete the certificate program.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Certificate — 12 units

Coursework for Classified Communicative Disorders MS Candidates

Semester One:

SLHS 713Seminar in Therapy for Organic Communicative Disorders1
SLHS 880Advanced Communication Therapy2
SPED 743Issues in Augmentative and Alternative Communication3

Semester Two:

SLHS 881Internship in Communicative Disorders I3
SPED 746Teaching Individuals with Physical and Other Health Impairments3

Coursework for All Other Candidates

Semester One:

SPED 601Observation and Participation in Special Education3
SPED 743Issues in Augmentative and Alternative Communication3

Semester Two:

SLHS 881Internship in Communicative Disorders I3
SPED 746Teaching Individuals with Physical and Other Health Impairments3