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Bilingual Concentration

The Speech and Hearing Sciences Program at Portland State University offers a bilingual concentration for graduate students.  The bilingual concentration provides graduate students who have proficient Spanish language skills with clinical, research, and academic training to work as bilingual speech-language pathologists after graduation.

Our bilingual clinic opportunities include assessment and intervention with bilingual individuals in the public schools, Headstart programs, medical settings and/or Early Childhood Special Education programs in the Portland metropolitan area. All placements are coordinated by faculty in the SPHR department.

Students interested in the bilingual concentration must first be accepted into the PSU SPHR Graduate Program in order to be eligible.  The due date and the program application are included with the welcome packet to incoming graduate students.

Bilingual Concentration Requirements and Description:

Entrance Requirements: Acceptance in the PSU Speech and Hearing Sciences Master’s Degree Program and application for the graduate bilingual concentration.

Language Requirements: Demonstrated Spanish language proficiency determined by transcript review and an interview with SPHR bilingual concentration faculty. Proficient Spanish is defined as the ability to use Spanish fluently and accurately on all levels pertinent to professional needs. 

Academic Requirements: Participants in the bilingual concentration focus their elective requirements and their culminating experience on topics related to bilingualism. Participants complete 2 additional credits for their masters degree. Bilingual concentration students take two SPHR electives on bilingualism (required). One elective counts as a required elective in the graduate program. A culminating experience on an approved topic related to bilingualism and a presentation on a bilingualism topic are also required.

Clinical Requirements: Two practicum sites and approximately 125 practicum hours in settings with Spanish speaking individuals (of total 400 required). Students typically meet this requirement through the Bilingual Clinic at PSU and an externship in the community. 

Community Service Requirements: The graduate students in the bilingual concentration complete 20 hours of service that may include volunteer work in a variety of settings, bilingual materials development, and support for PSU projects related to bilingualism. 

For further information, please contact Claudia Meyer at