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Language, Speech and Hearing Specialist (2727)

Language, Speech and Hearing Specialist

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: FF35
  • Class Code: 2727
  • Established: 08/08/1979
  • Revised: 07/13/1992
  • Title Changed: --


In the Department of the Youth Authority, under direction, to plan and provide speech, language and hearing assessments and therapy to referred students; to administer, evaluate and interpret data from tests given to potentially disabled students in the areas of speech, language and hearing; to provide direct services and instruction to students; to recommend placement of disabled students in education programs and for support services; to maintain order and supervise the conduct of youthful offenders and protect and maintain the safety of persons and property; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Utilizing a variety of standardized testing instruments, provides assessment and diagnosis in language, speech and hearing deficiencies; evaluates the results of the tests; assists in the development and evaluation of the individual education program (IEP) for disabled students; works closely with teachers and school psychologists in the development and modification of individual instructional plans (IIP) for students with special needs related to language, speech and hearing; prescribes for individual students special support services related to their specific disabilities; acts as an expert resource to the local site assessment team; acts as a trainer in providing in-service training in specific areas related to speech, language and hearing disabilities when requested by institutional education administration; writes any necessary reports; controls all materials and equipment which may be used as potential weapons; prevents escapes and injury by students to themselves or others or to property; inspects premises and searches for contraband, such as weapons or illegal drugs.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid Clinical/Rehabilitative Services Credential or Specialists Credential in Special Education (Communication Handicapped) or credential of equivalent authorization issued by the Commission for Teacher Preparation and Licensing in California. and Possession of a valid license issued by the Medical Board of California to practice as a Speech Pathologist or Audiologist.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: The trends and techniques of speech, hearing and language assessment, evaluation, and prescription; teaching methodology and strategies for students with communication disabilities; literature in the field of special education pertaining to language, speech and hearing disabilities.


Ability to: Apply professional knowledge; reason logically; establish rapport with colleagues and disabled students; think creatively and independently; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; communicate effectively.

Additional Desirable Characteristics

In appraising the relative qualifications of candidates, consideration will be given to persons that have experience working with emotionally disturbed or delinquent adolescents and young adults.

Special Physical Characteristics

Persons appointed to positions in this class must be reasonably expected to have and maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during stressful (physical, mental, and emotional) situations encountered on the job without compromising their health and well-being or that of their fellow employees or that of inmates.


Assignments during tour of duty may include sole responsibility for the supervision of inmates and/or the protection of personal and real property.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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