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Bilingual English-Spanish Specialization Certificate for SLP (BESSC-SLP)

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Why do I want to be a Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist?

You probably already know there is a wide-ranging language diversity presence in the United States. These projections are only expected to continually grow.  In Chicago alone, at least 153 languages are spoken at home.  That means that 29% of the metro area population age 5 and over speak a language other than English at home (U.S. Census, 2015).

…AND did you know?

  • Illinois ranks as one of the top 10 states in the country with a largest Latino population, and
  • Chicago ranks as number 6 of the top 15 metropolitan U.S. cities where Latinos reside. 
  • According to the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA, 2019) only 7,969 of the 201,961 members were reported to be ASHA certified Spanish-language service providers.  

For Speech Language Pathology in general, job growth in the 7-county Chicago area (e.g., Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties) is projected by 12.8% between 2019-2024 which is strong growth, compared with 14.1% nationally.  

According to the Economic Modeling Specialist Incorporated (EMSI) data report, a list of Top Hard Skills, or specific, learnable, measurable, occupation-specific abilities skills related to speech language pathology lists Bilingual (Spanish/English) as a Top Hard Skill.  EMSI also reports that 13% of job postings list this skill, unbelievable, right? Of the top 10 Common Skills, EMSI includes multilingualism as the top Common Skill and the Spanish language as the number #3 Common Skill.

Here at DePaul University we are committed to following the Vincentian mission and doing “What Must Be Done".  Our state of the art M.S. Speech Language Pathology Program curriculum will allow bilingual English-Spanish speaking students to complete specialized coursework and clinical practica underscoring a thorough level of competence across scientific, theoretical, and clinical knowledge and skills in order to equitably serve the needs of primarily Spanish speaking individuals with communication disabilities.  Here we believe in narrowing the gap between our profession and the community served.  DePaul students will enter the work force ready to serve, advocate, and lead.

​Bilingual English-Spanish Specialization Certificate for SLP (BESSC-SLP)

The DePaul University Speech Language Pathology Program offers the Bilingual English-Spanish Specialization Certificate Program for Speech Language Pathology (BESSC-SLP) to students interested in specialized training for providing speech and language services to bilingual families and their children with disabilities. BESSC-SLP was developed to academically and clinically prepare future bilingual speech-language pathologists with the needed research-based knowledge and evidenced based practices to provide speech and language services to Latinx families and their children with disabilities through concentrated academic coursework, on/off campus clinical practicum and experiences, as well as community service learning and engagement projects. 

BESSC-SLP is designed to be completed in sequence with the 21-month M.S. Speech Language Pathology degree. Students are required to complete 10 additional BESSC-SLP course credits and accrue at least 140 supervised clinical clock hours with bilingual clients in the DePaul Speech and Language Clinic and their externships. Opportunities for global academic and clinical experiences are available.

For more information, contact Dr. Elia Olivares, Director of Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Programs,  e.olivares@depaul.edu

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​Bilingual English-Spanish Specialization Certificate for SLP (BESSC-SLP) Courses

SLP 460 - RESEARCH TO PRACTICE IN BILINGUAL SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY (1 cr) 
This course provides advanced knowledge and insight into the scientific methods of bilingual research, principles and strategies, research questions, and the ethics of research as it pertains to bilingual, bicultural, and other vulnerable populations with speech and language disorders.  This course addresses cultural reflexivity, cross-cultural research, and equitable systems in planning, conducting, and reporting bilingual research.

SLP 461 - PROFESSIONALISM AND ADVOCACY IN BILINGUAL SPEECH LANG PATHOLOGY (1 cr) 
This course is designed to engage the learner in developing a relationship with the aspects of professionalism, advocacy and community engagement. The course will discuss interpreting and developing equity partnerships as a form of knowledge and as a contribution to the advancement of responsibility and ethical practice among community liaison/professionals and future speech language pathologists.

SLP 462 - ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION OF YOUNG BILINGUAL CHILDREN WITH COMMUNICATION DISORDERS (2 cr) 
Typical and atypical bilingual speech and language development as applied to assessment and intervention of communication disordered bilingual young children and adolescents will be examined.  Etiology, psychological, linguistic and cultural characteristics with specific attention to developmental and acquired disorders will be discussed. Principles, models and theories for evidence-based assessment and treatment of bilingual speech and language disordered young children and adolescents will be reviewed.  

SLP 464 - ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION OF BILINGUAL ADULTS WITH COMMUNICATION DISORDERS (2 cr) 
Evaluation and intervention of linguistic and cognitive systems in normal and disordered bilingual adults will be examined.  Strategies and cross-linguistic issues as it pertains to speech, language, and swallowing disorders will be discussed. Prerequisite: SLP 462- Assessment and Intervention of Young Bilingual Children with Communication Disorders

SLP 465 - CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS IN BILINGUAL SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY (1 cr) 
This course will emphasize culturally responsive practice and variables which are essential in the service delivery of bilingual individuals with speech and language disorders.  This course will highlight cultural responsivity of the student and provide a culturally responsive practice framework for the learner through a global learning experience.

SLP 466 - BILINGUAL SLP SERVICE PROVISION ACROSS HEALTHCARE SETTINGS (1 cr) 
This course is designed for students to evaluate knowledge and skills acquired, demonstrate comprehension and appreciation of experiences and interpret how those experiences relate to on-going experiences as bilingual service providers. This course will require students to select, document and evaluate their academic and clinical activities and achievements for review and assessment of a developmental portfolio.

BBE 550 - SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY AND THE BILINGUAL LEARNER EXPERIENCE (2 cr) 
The course is designed for future speech pathologists who will be serving bilingual /multilingual learners (English Learners) with speech and language disorders in the PK-12 school context to attain foundational understanding of the theories, research, policies, law, cultural factors, and instructional contexts of bilingual learners' education. The course will emphasize the nature of students' simultaneous and / or sequential bilingual development, literacy and academic development and the implications for specialized instructional and learning practices, culturally relevant curriculum, and family engagement as it pertains to PK-12 school-aged children with disabilities. ​

BESSC-SLP Sample Schedule

​​​This is a sample schedule and course are subject to change.​

COHORT 1: (2021-2023) 

Fall Quarter (2021)
SLP 460 - Research to Practice in Bilingual SLP (1 cr) elective
 
Winter Intersession (2022)
SLP 461 - Professionalism & Advocacy in Bilingual SLP (1 cr) elective

Winter Quarter (2022)
SLP 462 - Assessment & Intervention of Young Bilingual Children with Communication Disorders (2 cr) elective

Summer Quarter (2022)
SLP 464 - Assessment & Intervention of Bilingual Adults with Communication Disorders (2 cr) elective 

Fall Quarter (2022)
SLP 465 - Cultural Responsiveness in Bilingual SLP (1 cr) elective

Winter Quarter (2023)
SLP 463 - Family Service Provider, Family, Community & Interdisciplinary Involvement (1 cr) elective

Spring Quarter (2023)
SLP 466 - Bilingual Speech Language Pathology Service Provision Across Settings (1 cr) elective

COHORT II: (2022-2024)

Fall Quarter (2022)
SLP 465*- Cultural Responsiveness in Bilingual SLP (1cr) elective
*optional (can be taken in Fall 2022 OR Fall 2023)

Winter Quarter (2023)
SLP 462 - Assesment & Intervention of Young Bilingual Children with Communication Disorders (2 cr) elective
 
Spring Quarter (2023)
SLP 461 - Professionalism & Advocacy in Bilingual SLP (1 cr) elective

Summer Quarter (2023)
SLP 464 - Assessment & Intervention of Bilingual Adults with Communication Disorders (2 cr) elective
 
Fall Quarter (2023)
SLP 460 - Research to Practice in Bilingual SLP (1 cr) elective
SLP 465*  - Cultural Responsiveness in Bilingual SLP (1 cr) elective
*optional (can be taken Fall 2022 OR Fall 2023)

Winter Quarter (2024)
BBE 550 - Speech Language Pathology and the Bilingual Learner Experience (2 cr) elective

Spring Quarter (2024)
SLP 466 - Bilingual Speech Language Pathology Service Provision Across Settings (1 cr) elective

For More Information

For questions about our Bilingual Speech Language Pathology Programming​, email Dr. Elia Olivares, our Director of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Programs​, at e.olivares@depaul.edu​