University of Maryland
The University of Maryland has strong and effective policies and practices for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Social Justice, and Accessibility (DEISJA). The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences leads has many programs of inclusion of all identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, SES, disability, immigration status).

Certificate in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology

Initiative Category


Focus Areas

  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Health Equity
  • Language access/inclusion
  • Multilingualism


The Certificate in Bilingual Speech Language Pathology in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, at the University of Maryland, College Park is a clinical preparation program for emerging bilingual speech-language pathologists. The core objective of the program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to become qualified bilingual services providers.

Qualified bilingual service providers make up less than 10% of ASHA members, despite comprising a large and growing client population. The HESP Bilingual Certificate Program offers a means by which graduate students in the Speech-Language Pathology master’s program would be able to acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to work with these populations. Students will acquire knowledge relating to standards, protocols, diagnostic methods, treatment approaches, and current trends in the area of bilingual speech-language pathology. The Bilingual Certification Program is intended for speakers of a variety of languages, and is not language-specific.

The Bilingual Certificate consists of 12 credits of coursework. Coursework for this program is intended to provide a strong knowledge base in a set of core competency areas. The following are the intended learning outcomes of this program:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to diagnose communication disorders in both bilingual and monolingual speakers of a language other than English. This includes the ability to distinguish between a language difference and a language disorder.
  • Students will effectively apply intervention strategies for treatment of communication disorders in the language or mode of communication most appropriate for the needs of the individual, taking into account cultural practices.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge about current issues in cultural and linguistic diversity in the field of speech-language pathology, and current best practices.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the social and cognitive processes underlying bilingualism and bilingual language development, and the application to clinical practice.

For More Information

See the Bilingual Certification Program website or contact José Ortiz at

This initiative was submitted on May 17, 2024.

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