Before You Post About Grad Schools...

Before making a "Will I get in?" post about graduate schools, please do the following:

1.  Check out this entry found here.
2.  Read past entries for ideas - Graduate School tag is a good starting place.
3.  Check the program website for the school you are applying to, many times they have information about average GPA/GRE scores, employment rate post grad, etc.

The reason we're asking this of you is because we tend to get a huge influx of graduate school posts around this time of year and many of your questions have been answered before.  If you truly cannot find your answer, feel free to post your graduate school question. =)

California CF/Licensure Question

Hi all,

I'm currently in the process of applying for my license in California. I am a new grad finishing in August so I will be completing the RPE temporary license application. I had a few questions and was hoping someone could help me out! I've heard it can take a really long time to process so I just want to make sure all my ducks are in a row.

My questions....

1). For application item number four (University Recommendations) it says that "this form is only for use by current graduate students who are from an approved California training program." I am assuming this does NOT mean from a training program BASED in California, but rather just making sure you are from an accredited program?

2). Does this University Rec form get submitted separately from the University or does it need to be bundled together with the application itself? The directions are contradictory on the forms.

3). Just to confirm: I can submit my application now and have it begin the (sounds like 8-10 weeks?) processing time AND be issued a temporary license now, before having graduated, as long as I submit proof of graduation in August? I have a job offer contingent upon my start date right now and just want to confirm that I can begin the application process before graduation as opposed to after graduation.

Thanks for all of your help. I contacted and called the Board in California but haven't yet been able to reach someone to answer my questions. 

Emerson College vs. University of Redlands


I was recently accepted off of the wait list at the University of Redlands, and they give one day to accept. I have already secured a spot at Emerson College. I visited Emerson for my interview and loved it. I visited Redlands when the campus was closed so I really don't know much about the program. Can anyone speak to either of them? I don't know what to do! My biggest concern with Redlands is clinical opportunities, a possible lack of research, and the fact that I would graduate a whole year later (I am out-of-field).

To make things more complicated, my family lives out in California these days, near Redlands. My dad is 84 and is sick, so I am wondering if I need to make that the priority now, rather than after my program ends. I am 28 and have not lived near them in a while.

I live in Colorado so I am working up to making a move either way. My partner is moving with me and will be applying to med school, and it feels like there is a lot at stake here! Thanks for any advice.

Any one return to the US after completing a graduate program overseas?

Hello! I am a California based SLPA & I am considering going overseas for my masters degree. I visited friends in Melbourne, AUS last year & fell in love with the city. I applied to the University of Melbourne & was accepted to start in Feb 2017. I got cold feet at the last minute because I heard it can be a real challenge to get licensed in the state of California with a foreign degree. I deferred my enrollment for next year, and am still considering taking a chance, just trying to get as much information as possible so I can make a wise decision. I am hoping to connect with someone who has studied abroad & returned to the US & what the process was like. Anyone out there???

bilingual student applying for grad school

Hello all,

My name is Alice. I am currently a senior student in Communication Sciences and Disorders major at a public university in the southwest region. I have a bit of an unusual background. I was born and raised in Beijing, China. My first language is Mandarin, and I speak very fluent, near native English.
I am planning to graduate college in spring 2018, since I've decided to take my time to do 5 years for my undergraduate degree. I am very passionate about working with bilingual children in the future. Currently, I am taking classes towards a minors degree in linguistics, and an undergraduate TESOL certificate. I have worked as an English teacher in the United States for both children and adults, and I am currently working as a programs assistant at a daycare for international children.
I have been researching for graduate school lately, and I found my comparatively low GPA not desirable at all. I admit that I am not the hardest worker. But I have never been a great test taker, or a "school person". Being in a completely different cultural environment definitely didn't help either (I went through a very tough "lost period" when I first got here. But I got everything worked out now). Right now I have a couple B's and C's in my major classes, with a major GPA just above 3.0 (not even 3.1, ha). I have decided that along with applying for graduate schools, I will be re-taking 5 courses that I have gotten B's and C's on. And that will supposedly bump my major GPA up to 3.34 if I get all A's. My current overall GPA is 3.15. I know this is not the greatest situation, and that's why I'm here to seek help! Here are my questions:

1. Is this GPA really just hopeless? I have seen so many people who have their GPAs around 3.3 and do not get any offer. Would it be a better option if I just delay my graduation for another year, and re-take more classes and get more experience? (that will not help my GPA by too much though. My school does not take out my former grades after I re-take courses)
2. I know bilingual SLPs are kind of in-demand in the United States now. how can I maximized this advantage/counter my disadvantage on my GPA when I'm applying?
3. Are there any schools that I can specifically look at that provide bilingual research or clinical opportunities?
4. What cities or states should I be aiming for to have contact with a bigger population of bilingual clients? The state I am in right now does NOT have a lot of diversity.
5. I am debating if I want to get my permanent resident identity (the US green card) right now. If I do so I will lose my international student status. I know every school has a quota for international students. Does anybody have any idea or similar experiences on which identity I should be applying under to have a better chance to get in?
5. What are some of the other things I can do to help counter my low GPA?

Thank you for reading!

CEU Confusion!


I just completed my first course required for my continuing education for ASHA. I am very confused about exactly how much the course is "worth" and how many CEUs/Contact Hours/Certification Maintenance Hours I need. Are these terms equivalent? I see on the ASHA website that in order to maintain my CCC's, I need 30 certification maintenance hours. Is this the same as contact hours? The course I completed was 1 "contact hour". If a contact hour is not the same as a certification maintenance hour, what is the conversion? I always thought there was just one unit for the "CEU" but I'm finding it to be rather confusing. Thanks!

Per diem and short-term assignments during CFY

Hi, everyone! Is it possible to complete the required hours for your CCC's by doing per diem or short term assignments? I start my CF year soon and I would like to work in a variety of environments as well as have a bit of flexibility in my schedule. Do you know if agencies will allow per diem work to count toward CCC requirements?

Advice on how much should I ask for (CF to CCC)?

I'm currently completing my CF in a private clinic in Washington state (near Seattle) working primarily with preschool children to young adults. I'll be meeting with my supervisor to complete final paperwork soon and most likely discuss salary. I would love any advice on what is reasonable to ask for/your experiences. My current compensation is 28/hr, which may be a little low for the area. However, I haven't yet found good figures/ representative salary based on my level of experience and am worried I may sell myself short or ask for too much. Thanks for your help!

Bilingual Assessment

CF here! I am working in a school district and was asked by another district to do an assessment for a 6 year old child who primarily speaks Spanish at home. No one (including my school district and theirs) has a bilingual assessment available. Are there any suggestions on what I can without using a standardized assessment? I know its not best to just translate another test that's meant for English speakers (I have a feeling thats what the school district was thinking I would do) I was thinking a language sample but then not really sure on what to do to analyze it? Any tips or suggestions would be great!