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Advising & Curriculum Overview

Mentoring and advising are an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. To learn more about the program, prospective students should contact Professor Karen Miranda, via email:

  • A 12-credit, 5-course graduate program that emphasizes the clinical application and training in bilingual service delivery.
  • Program provides licensed speech language pathologists with the knowledge and skills needed to serve clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 
  • Intended for both bilingual and monolingual speech-language pathologists who work with bilingual clients.
  • A conferred master's degree in speech-language pathology is required for full admission into this certificate. Students can begin applying in the final semester of their master's program.

The program features traditional seminar-style, in-person instruction that is supplemented with online learning. Instruction is provided by University of Maryland faculty and professionals in the field.

In-Person Instruction

  • Instructors present dynamic and interactive and interactive instruction. 
  • Classes are held in UMD College Park campus classrooms, offering a focused, distraction-free learning environment. 

Online Instruction

  • Using advanced audio and video technology, UMD’s online learning environment delivers dynamic and interactive content.
  • Featuring convenience and flexibility, online instruction permits asynchronous or synchronous participation.
  • Students attend in real time via the use of webcams and headsets with microphones. Through synchronous participation, students see slides, see and hear instructors speaking, and also ask questions.
  • Lectures are video archived. Students who are unable to attend in real time can review the session through asynchronous participation.

Upon successful completion, graduates will have mastered the following competencies:

  • Diagnose communication disorders in both bilingual and monolingual speakers of a language other than English. This includes the ability to distinguish between a language difference and a language disorder.
  • Effectively apply intervention strategies for treatment of communication disorders in the language or mode of communication most appropriate for the needs of the individual, taking into account cultural practices.
  • Demonstrate knowledge about current issues in cultural and linguistic diversity in the field of speech-language pathology, and current best practices.
  • Use and explain the social and cognitive processes underlying bilingualism and bilingual language development, and the application to clinical practice.
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