The master’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences with a specialty area in speech-language pathology is a two-year post-baccalaureate program combining comprehensive academic coursework and stimulating clinical practicum. Students entering the program with undergraduate degrees in speech and hearing sciences typically complete the master’s degree in four semesters and one summer semester, comprised of two summer sessions of intensive practicum experience.
A full curriculum of courses is available to prepare students for challenging and interesting careers in health care (both acute and rehabilitation settings), community agency and school settings. Our ASHA accredited program houses a state-of-the-art University clinic staffed by clinic faculty with diverse expertise working with children and adults in the areas of early intervention, articulation, language, aural rehabilitation, central auditory processing, pervasive developmental disorders such as autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, voice disorders, and adult neurogenic disorders. Externship placements are provided in the second year of the master’s program. Students participate in the externship experience five days a week for eight weeks. Our department has a variety of interesting externship placements in hospitals, schools, agency and private practice settings. Our students receive an enriched clinic experience under the supervision of ASHA certified professionals in our community.
Research apprenticeship opportunities are available whereby interested students can work with department faculty in a variety of basic and applied areas such as augmentative communication, acoustics, speech perception, voice production, motor speech disorders, child language and adult language. Completion of the master’s degree requires a passing score on the PRAXIS examination (required for certification from the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association). In addition, students can elect to complete the thesis option by carrying out an independent research project under the guidance of one of the academic faculty.