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Communication Sciences and Disorders at Marywood

At Marywood, we are focused on preparing you for a career as a speech-language pathologist.

Certification in this field requires a Master’s degree, so our program prepares you to become a certified practitioner by earning both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in five years. A Bachelor’s degree-only option is available for those pursuing careers in audiology that do not require certification. An option to pursue teacher certification is also offered.

Accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the program provides a challenging academic curriculum to prepare students, from a family-centered perspective, for professional careers serving children and adults with communication disorders.

The active, hands-on program offers extensive clinical practicum experiences, as students work with patients in our on-campus clinic, in outside professional settings, and through numerous community outreach efforts.

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The program is housed in the William G. McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies. This attractive physical plant contains specialized space for classrooms, laboratories, and offices. The Center also houses the Marywood Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. The clinic allows students to work with individuals with speech, language, and hearing needs as part of their educational preparation. The clinic is equipped with video monitoring equipment and a complete audiological evaluation facility.

Marywood's program provides students with academic course work and clinical experiences that prepare them to pursue a graduate degree in speech-language pathology. Our objectives are compatible with standards of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). To be certified by this national accreditation body, one must complete a master's degree, a clinical fellowship, and pass a national examination. This certification allows the recipient to seek employment in any setting where speech-language pathologists or audiologists are found (clinics, hospitals, schools, private practice, etc.).

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Typical Course Sequence for the Five-Year Program Leading to a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology

Pre-Professional (Undergraduate) Phase

First Year Curriculum: (34 UG credits)

Fall 1
CSD 163 Introduction to Communication Disorders 2
CSD 164 Phonetics 3
BIOL 130 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
PHIL 113 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PSYC 211 General Psychology 3
UNIV 100 Living Responsibly in an Interdependent World 1
  Total: 18 (5 UG CSD and 13 LA)
Spring 1
CSD 166 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing 4
CSD 261 Speech Science 3
RST 112 Modern Belief
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature 3
PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology
  Total: 16 (7 UG CSD and 9 LA)  

Second Year Curriculum: (40 UG credits)

Fall 2
CSD 265 Speech and Language Development 3
CSD 265L* Language Sample Analysis Lab 2
CSD 241 American Sign Language I
CSD 263 Linguistics for the SLP 3
PHYS or CHEM or ASTR or ENVS Physical Science (Required for ASHA)
FL Foreign Language 3
Total: 17 (11 UG CSD and 6 LA)  
Spring 2 
CSD 270 Hearing Science 2
CSD 271 Introduction to Articulation and Phonological Disorders 3
CSD 266 Introduction to Language Disorders in Children
CSD 242 American Sign Language II (elective) 3
LA General Elective (Educational Psychology required for Teacher Certification) 3
FL** Foreign Language 3
PHIL 315 or 404 Ethics or Biomedical Ethics
  Total: 17 (8 or 11 UG CSD and 6 or 9 LA)  
**3 credits of Foreign Language may be replaced with an LA General Elective if student meets core curriculum requirements for years taken.  
Sum 1 (Session I)
ENGL English (> ENGL 301) 3
LA General Elective 3
  Total: 6 (6 LA)  

Third Year Curriculum: (41 credits; 36 undergraduate credits -- 5 graduate credits)

Fall 3
CSD 363 Audiology 3
CSD 363L Audiology Lab 0
CSD 366 Introduction to Communication Disorders in Adults
MATH 155 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 3
HIST History
FA Fine Arts 3
LA General Elective (Social Foundations required for Teacher Certification) 3
  Total: 18 (6 UG CSD and 12 LA)  
Spring 3
CSD 364 Auditory Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation 3
CSD 361 or 362 Clinical Methods and Processes in Speech-Languagte Pathology or in Audiology 3
CSD 469 Special Topics 1
HIST 105 Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World 3
RST Religion (above 100 level)
LA General Elective (Method/Assess ESL required for Teacher Certification) 3
  Total: 16 (7 UG CSD and 9 LA)  
Sum 2 (Session I)
CSD 505 Augmentative and Alternate Communication Systems 3
CSD 511 Family Systems and Counseling: Multicultural Perspective 2
  Total: 5 (5 Grad CSD)  
Sum 2 (Session II)
CSD 468A Introductory Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (begins Sum I - 10 wks) 2
Total: 5 (2 UG CSD)  

NOTE: 115 credits toward an undergraduate degree have been earned at the completion of the third year curriculum (which includes summers I and II). For those students transitioning to the Professional Phase, five additional CSD graduate credits will be counted toward the 120 credit requirement for the undergraduate degree. For those students who will not be transitioning, undergraduate elective liberal arts credits will be needed to complete the 120 required for their undergraduate degree.

Professional (Graduate) Phase

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

Fall 4 Grad 
CSD 502 Aphasia 3
CSD 504 Language Learning Disorders in School-Age Children and Adolescents 4
CSD 506P Diagnostic Procedures and Clinical Writing
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: 16 CSD Graduate Credits for students completing five-year program or (*) 17 CSD Grad­uate Credits for two-year graduate students   
Spring 4 Grad 
CSD 500 Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology 3
CSD 507 Voice Disorders 2
CSD 503 Seminar in Phonological and Articulation Disorders 2
CSD 508 Fluency 2
CSD 514 Adult Neurogenic Motor Speech Disorders  2
CSD 516B Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology 1
CSD 506L Language Sample Analysis Computer Lab 1
CSD 521 Diagnostic Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (1/2 cohort) 2
  Total: 14 or 16 CSD Grad Credits  
Sum 3 Grad (Session I)
CSD 501 Family Systems and Counseling: Multicultural Perspectives (previously taken by 5­-year students) 2
CSD 505 Augmentative and Alternate Communication Systems (previously taken by 5­-year students)
CSD 525 Autism Spectrum Disorders (elective – either 512, 525, or both) 2
EDUC 502 Multidisciplinary Foundations of Education (Required for Teacher Certification) 3
EDUC 523 Seminar: Psychology of Education (Required for Teacher Certification) 3
  Total: 2 CSD Grad Credits depending on elective options for five­-year students depending on elective options; 5-7 CSD Grad Credits for two-­year students; 3-­6 EDUC credits if pursuing Teacher Certification and not already completed  
Sum 3 Grad (Session II) 
CSD 510 Communication Disorders in Infants/Toddlers 3
CSD 512 Cleft Palate (elective-­either 512, 525, or both; begins in Sum I) 2
CSD 522 Audio/Aural Rehab Pract (begins Sum I – schedule varies) 1
CSD 516C Clinical Pract SLP (begins Sum I - 10 weeks) 1
CSD 517P Prof. Issues (begins Sum I - 10 weeks) 1
CSD 521 Dx Pract (1/2 Cohort) (begins Sum I - 10 weeks) 2
EDUC 561 Method/Assess ESL (required for Teacher Certification) 3
Total: 5 to 10 CSD Grad Credits depending on elective options and semester where CSD 521 and 522 are taken; 3 EDUC if pursuing Teacher Certification and not already completed  

Fifth Year Curriculum (11 CSD Graduate credits) or (20 Graduate credits; 8 CSD Graduate credits and 12 EDUC credits if pursuing Teacher Certification)

Fall 5 Grad 
CSD 511 Pediatric Neuromotor Speech Disorders 2
CSD 513 Communication Disorders Related to Traumatic Brain Injury, Right Hemispheric Dysfunction, and Neuro Cognitive Disorders 3
CSD 519I Clinical Internship in Speech-Language Pathology 3
Total: 8 CSD Grad Credits  
Spring 5 Grad 
CSD 520E Clinical Externship in Speech-Language Pathology 1
EDUC 597 CSD Student Teaching Clinical Internship (Required for Teacher Certification) 12
Total: 3 CSD Grad Credit or 12 EDUC Grad Credits