The graduate program in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders offers the Master of Arts degree and provides students with the academic and clinical experiences that will enable them to earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Graduate students who enter the program without a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology must complete 25 hours of prerequisite course work. Graduate students entering the program with an undergraduate degree in speech pathology may also be required to complete additional academic course work. In order to be eligible for ASHA certification, students must earn nine (9) semester hours in the biological/physical sciences and mathematics, of which there must be one course in the biological sciences and one course in the physical sciences and one course in college-level mathematics; and six (6) semester hours in the behavioral and/or social sciences. These 15 semester hours may be earned at the graduate or undergraduate level. The requirements for ASHA certification must be completed concurrently with other academic requirements.
In addition to the academic requirements, graduate students must complete a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum in the observation, evaluation and treatment of children and adults with disorders of speech, language, and hearing. A minimum of 325 clock hours must be obtained at the graduate level. No more than 50 certified undergraduate clock
hours may be applied to the 400 clock hours required for graduation. Students must complete a minimum of six (6) semester hours of CDS 618-Advanced Clinical Practicum. The practicum requirement will be achieved with a minimum of two semesters of clinical work supervised by program staff and one semester at an external site. The Degree Plan for all students is Plan B.
The Master’s Comprehensive Examination will include a written and an oral examination. As an additional graduation requirement, all students must complete a pilot research project on a topic in the area of speech or language pathology.
Students must receive faculty approval of the topic and the research design prior to initiating the research.
The graduate program in Communicative Sciences and Disorders is fully accredited by the
Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing
Association. A minimum of 49 credit hours is required for the degree.