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Program Overview

IN PERSON

There is a substantial demand for bilingual service providers in the United States. Of the over 170,00 members of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the national certification body for speech-language pathologists, only about 6% are registered as bilingual service providers. The number of qualified providers available is dwarfed by the population of bilingual clients who need these services. ASHA requires that all speech-language pathologists demonstrate specific clinical skills when working with bilingual clients.

The Graduate Certificate in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology for Practitioners (BSLP) provides licensed speech language pathologists with the knowledge and skills needed to serve clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  The 12-credit curriculum emphasizes the clinical application and training in service delivery for bilingual clients.  BSLP can be completed in as little as twelve months of continuous study while minimally disrupting personal and professional life. The program is intended for both bilingual and monolingual speech-language pathologists who work with bilingual clients.

Upon completion, students can diagnose communication disorders in both bilingual and monolingual speakers, apply intervention strategies for treatment of communication disorders, demonstrate knowledge about current issues in cultural and linguistic diversity in the field of speech-language pathology, and explain the social and cognitive processes underlying bilingualism and bilingual language development. To be eligible, students must demonstrate a conferred graduate degree in speech-language pathology. 

BSLP features traditional seminar-style, in-person instruction that is supplemented with online learning. Classes meet in UMD College Park campus classrooms, offering a focused, distraction-free learning environment. UMD’s online learning environment delivers content through easy-to-use web-based technology that supports engaging and interactive learning. Instruction is provided by university faculty and experts in the field. The program uses the semester academic calendar with classes held in fall and spring semester (16 weeks each), Winter Session (3-weeks), and Summer Session (two 6-week sessions).

Program Contact Information

BLSP is offered through the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences (HESP) in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The program offers a unique and much-need educational opportunity to clinicians who work with culturally and linguistically diverse populations, with the long-term of goal growing the number of qualified bilingual service providers. Students with specific academic questions may contact:

Professor Karen Miranda
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
0100 LeFrak Hall
7251 Preinkert Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-8211
Email: kmm29@umd.edu

Professor José A. Ortiz
Program Director
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
0100 LeFrak Hall
7251 Preinkert Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-8211
Email: jortiz5@umd.edu 

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