Department of Communication
Sciences and Disorders

West Chester University

Dr. Cheryl D. Gunter, Chair
201 Carter Drive, Suite 400
West Chester, PA  19383
Phone:  610.436.2115
Fax:  610.436.3388

Bilingual Emphasis Course Sequence (BECS)

The Bilingual Emphasis Course Sequence (BECS) is an option for students within the CSD Graduate Program. Its purpose is to enhance the preparation of future speech-language pathologists with a special interest in working with Spanish-English bilingual individuals who have communication disorders. Applicants to the CSD graduate program who wish to participate in the BECS should consider the following features of this elective:

  • The BECS will be available for the first time in the fall of 2013
  • Three students will participate in the initial cohort of the BECS
  • To be accepted into the BECS, applicants must…
    1. Respond to BECS questions on the Supplementary Application of the CSD graduate program application.
    2. Earn acceptance to the CSD graduate program
    3. Demonstrate Spanish language proficiency with a passing score at the “Advanced Mid Level” from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
  • Once accepted into the BECS, students must demonstrate the following:
    1. Achieve and maintain standards required of all graduate students in the CSD graduate program. (See the Graduate Handbook for this information)
    2. Complete with a grade of “B” or better all assignments specific to the BECS (see academic requirements below)
    3. Complete with a grade of “B” or better all elective courses associated with the BECS (see academic requirements below)
    4. Complete with a grade of “B” or better all clinical practica in the on-campus and affiliation settings
  • Students will be dismissed from the BECS if they demonstrate the following:
    1. Earning a grade below "B" on a BECS-specific assignment, BECS-related elective course, clinical practicum (including a repeated course), and failing to meet BECS-related KASA standards through either the initial assessment or the first remediation.
    2. Earning a semester grade below “B” in a BECS-related elective course.
    3. Failing to maintain program standards required of all graduate students in CSD (see the Department’s Graduate Student Handbook).
    4. Earning a semester grade below “B” in any clinical practicum (including a repeated course).
  • Academic Curriculum Requirements
    1. BECS requirements are integrated through specialized assignments in the following courses taken by all CSD graduate students: SPP 501, SPP 511, SPP 512, SPP 516, SPP 523, SPP 524, SPP 526, and SPP 570.
      1. Instructors will be notified of the students enrolled in their classes who are participating in the BECS
      2. Instructors will permit these students to utilize a bilingual/bicultural focus with at least one paper in the class, graded in consultation with Dr. Patricia Swasey Washington. For SPP 501, the literature review must address a bilingual area.
    2. Enrollment in the elective BECS course (SPP 560) will be offered during the first summer of the graduate program. The instructor for this course will be Dr. Swasey Washington, and the topic will be “Assessment and Intervention with Bilingual School-Age Children”
  • Clinical Curriculum Requirements
    1. SLP TX (551) will involve bilingual and/or accent reduction clients under the supervision of Dr. Swasey Washington.
    2. School-based (SPP 553) and medical-based (SPP 552) affiliations will include bilingual clients.

  • Students will receive an official letter from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders indicating that they have completed the Bilingual Emphasis Course Sequence as part of their graduate program.