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Curriculum

Students must successfully complete 42 semester hours of graduate credit to earn a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. All courses are three credit hours unless stated otherwise. 

Required Courses
Prerequisites
Students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders must take the following prerequisite courses during fall and spring semesters before starting the graduate curriculum:

  • CDS 105 Speech/Language Development
  • CDS 201 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech/Hearing Mechanisms
  • CDS 211 Nature of Language
  • CDS 220 Phonetics
  • CDS 231 Speech Science
  • CDS 302 Phonological and Articulation Disorders
  • CDS 311 Introduction to Language Disorders
  • CDS 410 Audiology
  • CDS 414 Auditory Rehabilitation
  • CDS 548 Clinical Methods

Degree requirements
Required Core Courses (Eight credits total):

  • CDS 500 Introduction to Research Methods
  • CDS 535 Assessment Issues in Communication Disorders
  • CDS 570 Comprehensive Seminar in Communication Disorders (Two credits, one credit taken in each of students’ final semesters)

Six credit hours from each of the following areas (18 total credits): 

Neurological Disorders

  • CDS 515 Motor Speech Disorders 
  • CDS 527 Adult Neurogenic Language and Cognitive Disorders 
  • CDS 577 Dysphagia 

Language Disorders

  • CDS 524 Language of the School-Aged Child
  • CDS 532 Seminar in Early Childhood Language 
  • CDS 534 Seminar in Sound System Disorders
  • CDS 566 Language and Literacy in Children “At Risk” 

Speech Disorders 

  • CDS 522 Seminar in Orofacial Anomalies 
  • CDS 525 Advanced Studies in Voice Pathology 
  • CDS 526 Seminar in Fluency Disorders 

Clinical Practicum Requirements

All students must participate in a practicum for at least four semesters at one credit hour each. Students must register for the following classes while completing their practicum:

  • CDS 540-546 Graduate Clinical Practicum (1 credit hour per semester)
  • CDS 547 Public School Practicum (1 credit hour per semester)

Elective Courses (11-12 total credits)*

  • CDS 523 Intervention with Children Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
  • CDS 531 Communication Development for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing 
  • CDS 552 Counseling Issues in Communication Disorders
  • CDS 555 Pediatric Audiology and Habilitation
  • CDS 556 Auditory Technology and Cochlear Implants 
  • CDS 560 Clinical Research in Communication Disorders (1-3 credit hours)
  • CDS 565 Directed Readings in Communication Disorders (1-3 credit hours)
  • CDS 567 Communication and Behavior: An International Perspective
  • CDS 580 Practical Applications of Communication Systems and Assistive Technology

*Any courses previously listed that have not already been completed for credit can count toward elective credit, as well.