School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

The master's program in speech/language pathology at Pacific University is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This is a "pre-accreditation" status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.

Current Accreditation

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders has received final approval from The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Accordingly, the Master of Science degree program in Speech-Language Pathology and the undergraduate minor in Communication Sciences and Disorder are now included under the accreditation of Pacific University.

TSPC Approval

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders has received approval from the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) to offer the Graduate Level Initial I Teaching License (Special Education) Communication Disorders program; and to recommend candidates for new licensure and "add on" endorsement with the Communication Disorders endorsement at all grade levels after July 1, 2012.

What is Candidacy?

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) provides opportunity for new programs seeking accreditation status to participate in its candidacy, or pre-accreditation, program. Initiated in 1991 and last revised in 2007, the CAA's current "stepwise" candidacy model allows new programs to come into compliance with the Standards for Accreditation in a logical sequence while being closely monitored by the CAA.

For more information about candidacy please refer to the CAA Candidacy Manual.

What is the timeline for Candidacy?