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Considering a career in Speech Language Pathology?

The Certificate in the Linguistics of Speech Science is a great start!

The Certificate in the Linguistics of Speech Science (CLSS) provides an understanding of the sound system and grammatical system of language and applies that knowledge to language acquisition, speech-language pathology, and elective topics such as applied phonetics and neurolinguistics.

Many students who complete the CLSS do so as part of their preparation for graduate study in Canada in order to pursue a career in speech-language pathology or audiology. Others choose to work as therapist assistants or with families of children with special needs. International students who complete the CLSS may return to their home country to pursue graduate level training and/or work in clinical settings.

In additon to speech therapy and rehabilitation, other applications of the CLSS include neurosurgical planning, voice training, and voice authentication. 

Students in the CLSS come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds including linguistics, cognitive science, communication, health science, kinesiology, and psychology.

If you are planning to apply to a graduate program in SLP, you should consider the advice from SFU students who created successful applications and received admission to grad school. Katelyn Eng, SLP, provides detailed information about the components of a successful application, and seven SFU students who received admission to graduate school in 2017 are profiled here.

Program Curriculum (18 units)

THE CLSS PROGRAM IS INTENDED ONLY  FOR SFU LINGUISTICS PROGRAM STUDENTS. STUDENTS REIGSTERED AT OTHER POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO OBTAIN THE CLSS PROGRAM'S REQUIRED COURSES IN A TIMELY MANNER.

Students complete the following 4 courses (12 units):

  • LING 222-3 Introduction to Syntax
  • LING 290-3 The Science of Speech
  • LING 330-3 Phonetics
  • LING 350-3 First Language Acquisition

Plus 2 of the following (6 units):

  • LING 321-3 Phonology
  • LING 322-3 Syntax
  • LING 401-3 Topics in Phonetics
  • LING 411-3 Topics in Applied Phonetics
  • LING 415-3 Neurolinguistics
Note: some of the courses above have prerequisites not included in the certificate requirements. Students are responsible for satisfying the prerequisites of all courses in the CLSS.

Program Requirements

To declare into the CLSS, approval must be obtained from the Department of Linguistics. The CLSS is intended for students who have completed at least one semester at SFU. An overall cumulative CGPA of 3.00 is required for approval. Students are encourage to declare into the CLSS at least one year prior to graduation.

Continuation Requirements: A CGPA of no less than 2.25 after 60 units is required for continuence in the CLSS. A CGPA of less than 2.25 will prevent in further enrolment in any upper division LING courses. Meeting with the departmental advisor is required for re-declaration into the program upon restoration of a 2.25 CGPA.

Transfer Credits: A maximum of six (6) units may be transferred from outside of SFU toward the CLSS.

Credits applied to this certificate may also be applied to major, extended minor, or minor programs, or to a Bachelor degree under the normal regulations governing those programs, but may NOT be applied to another SFU certificate or diploma. Duplicate courses  are counted only once.

For more information about the CLSS

Students interested in the CLSS should meet with the Department of Linguistics advisor, Rita Parmar, at the SFU Burnaby campus.