Speech-Language Pathology

Master of Science (MS) in Speech-Language Pathology

  • Become a certified speech-language pathologist
  • Help people with communication difficulties
  • Work in private practice and institutional settings

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The program is designed to provide students with a variety of academic course work and clinical practicum experiences, according to the standards set forth by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), to prepare them, from a family-centered perspective, for professional careers serving children and adults who have communication disorders. The faculty of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is dedicated to providing students with a quality education and opportunities to integrate theory and research into clinical practice.

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The following facilities/resources are available to our students:

  • Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
  • Student preparation room, which is used to prepare for working with on-campus clients
  • Department library that houses texts, journals, video & audio equipment, and a wide range of clinic materials those students can borrow for academic and/or clinical purposes
  • Information literacy training offered by library faculty to develop/enhance technology skills
  • Computer labs that house various software applications specific to communication sciences and disorders
  • Curriculum lab

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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Professional (Graduate) Phase

Fourth Year Curriculum: (39 or 41 CSD graduate credits for 5-year students; 45-47 CSD graduate credits for 2-year students) and (3-9 additional EDUC graduate credits if pursuing Teacher Certification and not previously taken)

Fall IV Graduate

CSD 502 Seminar in Aphasia
3
CSD 504 Language Learning Disorders in School-Age Children and Adolescents
4
CSD 506P  Diagnostic Tests/Measurements and Scientific Clinical Writing
3
CSD 515 Dysphagia
3
CSD 516A Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology
1
*CSD 518P Independent Study in Clinical Methods and Processes
1
CSD 524 Neuroscience
2
Total: CSD graduate credits for students completing five-year program
16
  CSD graduate credits for two-year graduate students*
17

Spring IV Graduate

CSD 500 Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology
3
CSD 507 Voice Disorders 2
CSD 503 Seminar in Phonological and Articulation Disorders
3
CSD 506L Language Sample Analysis Computer Lab 1
CSD 508 Fluency Disorders
2
CSD 514 Adult Neurogenic Motor Speech Disorders
2
CSD 516B Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology
1
CSD 521 Diagnostic Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (1⁄2 cohort)
2
Total: CSD graduate credits
14 or 16

Summer III Graduate (Session I)

**CSD 505 Augmentative/Alternative Communication
3
*CSD 525 Autism
2
** CSD 501 Family Systems and Counseling: Multicultural Perspective
2
EDUC 502 Multidisciplinary Foundations of Education
(Required for Teacher Certification)
3
AND/OR
EDUC 523 Seminar: Psychology of Education 
(Required for Teacher Certification)
3
Total: CSD graduate credits for students completing the five-year program depending on elective option(s)*
2
CSD graduate credits for two-year graduate students depending on elective option(s)*

5-7
EDUC credits if pursuing Teacher Certification and not already completed 3-6

Summer III Graduate (Session II)

CSD 510 Communication Disorders in Infants/Toddlers
3

*CSD 512

Cleft Palate
2
*CSD 516C Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (begins Summer I – 10 weeks) 1
*CSD 517P Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology (begins Summer I – schedule varies)
1
***CSD 521 Diagnostic Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (1/2 cohort) (begins Summer I – 10 weeks)
2
****CSD 522 Audiology/Aural Rehabilitation Practicum (begins Summer I – schedule varies) 1
EDUC 561 Method/Assessment in Teaching English as a Second Language 3
Total: CSD graduate credits depending on elective option(s)* and semester where CSD 521 and 522 are taken
5-10
EDUC credits if pursuing Teacher Certification and not already completed 3

*Students must take either CSD 512 or 525; students can elect to take both.
**5-year students take these during Summer II of third year.
***CSD 521 is taken in Spring IV Graduate or Summer III Graduate.
****CSD 522 is offered at various points in the graduate curriculum based on availability of placements and supervisors.

Fifth Year Curriculum: (11 CSD Graduate Credits) or (20 Graduate Credits; 8 CSD Graduates Credits & 12 EDUC Credits if Pursuing Teacher Certification)

Fall V Graduate

CSD 511 Pediatric Neuromotor Speech Disorders
2
CSD 513 Communication Disorders Related to Traumatic Brain Injury, Dementia, and Right Hemispheric Dysfunction 3
CSD 519I Clinical Internship in Speech-Language Pathology  3
Total: CSD graduate credits 8

Spring V Graduate

CSD 520E Clinical Externship in Speech-Language Pathology
3
OR
****EDUC 597 CSD Student Teaching Clinical Internship
(Required for Teacher Certification)
12
Total: CSD graduate credit
3
OR
EDUC graduate credits
12

NOTE: ****EDUC 597 may need to be offered in the Fall V Graduate semester depending on availability of placements and off-campus supervisors holding the appropriate credentials (i.e., a master's degree in SLP, the ASHA CCC-SLP, and a PA state license in SLP).

NOTE: Students taking EDUC 597 do not take CSD 520E, unless the required 400 ASHA clinical clock hours have not been accrued.

A minimum of 56 credits must be earned at the graduate level for the master's degree in SLP. Students are encouraged to enroll in CSD 523: Independent Research Study.

Master’s Speech Language Pathology Degree Requirements

In addition to completing a minimum of 58 graduate credits with a minimum QPA of 3.00, according to the plan of study developed by the student and his/her academic advisor, students must:

  1. Complete the current required number of clinical clock hours, according to standards set forth by ASHA, at least one week prior to commencement in the semester the student expects to graduate;
  2. Pass a comprehensive examination given by the CSD faculty;
  3. Take the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology prior to graduation and submit PRAXIS scores to the graduate program director;
  4. Demonstrate mastery on all knowledge and skills competencies delineated in the CSD Formative Assessment Manual for the master's program in SLP with appropriate evidence verified; and
  5. Complete an exit interview with the graduate program director to ensure that all paperwork regarding academic coursework and clinical practicum experiences (e.g., CSD Knowledge and Skills Acquisition form-KASA) required by ASHA are accurate and complete.

Required Clinical Practicums

In regard to clinical practicum experiences, all students will be required to provide documentation of a minimum of 25 directed clinical observation hours under the supervision of an ASHA-certified clinician before enrolling in CSD 468A Introduction to Clinical Practicum in SLP (see Pre-Professional Phase) or CSD 516A Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (see Professional Phase). All clearances and updated immunizations must be on file. Students must be available a minimum of ten hours per week in order to be scheduled for clinical/diagnostic practicum experiences. Students are required to complete a clinic practicum schedule, which must be adhered to, at the time they meet with their academic advisor for registration. 

Requirements for Post-baccalaureateTeacher Certification

(approximately 24 credits)

The Teacher Certification track is undertaken in addition to earning the master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Only matriculated CSD graduate students are eligible for this track. Alumni of the master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology may be eligible for this track if an opening exists. Earning Teacher Certification from the PA Department of Education (DOE) is a separate certification from the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. Therefore, students may need additional semesters to complete these requirements. Students interested in pursuing Teacher Certification must meet with either the CSD Graduate Program Director or the CSD Internship Coordinator to complete a plan of study for this additional track. A minimum QPA of 3.00 is also required. All coursework in education must be approved by the Education Department chair and is subject to change based on PA Department of Education requirements.