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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, 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 dynamic and interactive seminar-style in-person learning and online learning. 
  • Instruction provided by University of Maryland faculty and professionals in the field. 
  • Classes are held Saturdays, both in-person and online.

In-Person Learning

  • Classes meet in UMD College Park campus classrooms, offering a focused, distraction-free learning environment.
  • Students enrolled in a program that features in-person instruction are required to submit the University’s Immunization Record Form prior to the first day of their first semester/term. See Health Requirements.

Online Learning

  • 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.
  • 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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