Communication Sciences and Disorders
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers three plans of study leading to the Master of Arts degree: the Traditional, Consortium (summers mainly) and Accelerated programs. Each track is intended for those interested in working with children and adults who have communication disorders and is based on the same curriculum and degree requirements but allows students to follow different plans of study. Students enrolled in each track must follow a prescribed sequence of academic and clinical courses.
Each track provides academic and clinical education experiences necessary for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Florida Department of Education, and licensure by the state of Florida. The Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the ASHA has accredited the Master of Arts Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders since 1986.
The Traditional track is a two-year, full-time program (six consecutive semesters, including two summers) for students with undergraduate degrees in communication sciences and disorders or speech-language pathology and audiology. For students with undergraduate degrees in other majors (out-of-field), the program requires additional prerequisite course work.
The Consortium (summers mainly) track is a five-year program, including five consecutive summers of full-time enrollment and occasional enrollment during fall or spring semesters. The goal of this program is to address the critical shortage of public school speech-language pathologists and is a cooperative effort between the UCF Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Central Florida Public School Consortium. Participating school districts in the Central Florida Consortium are: Brevard, Citrus, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia.
The Accelerated track enables highly qualified current UCF undergraduate majors in communication sciences and disorders to achieve a master's degree in the UCF Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program in one less semester than students in the Traditional track. This program is a BA/BS to MA program. Students are able to enroll in 16 credit hours of graduate-level courses while completing the bachelor's degree.
The College of Education also offers the Communication Sciences and Disorders track in Ph.D. in Education. The Communication Sciences and Disorders track in the Education PhD program is designed specifically for those who wish to pursue careers as scholars, teachers and leaders in the area of school speech-language pathology with a content focus on language disorders and literacy. The program prepares doctoral-level professionals to serve as university professors in academic or clinical course work and supervisors or directors of school programs at district, state or national levels. The emphasis is on developing expertise in conducting research to promote evidence-based practice and in collaborating with professionals from a variety of related disciplines.
The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master's, specialist and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Central Florida.
Additionally, this program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association since 1986.??
International Student Requirements:
In order to enroll in graduate classes, students must have obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree, prior to the start of the term for which the student is admitted, from a regionally accredited institution or from a recognized foreign institution. International students are not eligible for nondegree/certificate status unless they hold an eligible visa. International applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early. Also, international applicants should ensure all supporting documents, including those required to issue an I-20, are received by the stated application deadline. Only official documentation is accepted and it is the student's responsibility to submit all documents by the application deadline.