Communication Disorders, M.S. Speech and Language Pathologist PK-12, Educator Preparation Program

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The Department of Communication Disorders offers a program leading to the Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Special Service Endorsement from the Connecticut State Department of Education. The program prepares students to practice in public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practice as speech-language pathologists.

The graduate academic program of the Department of Communication Disorders is accredited in speech-language pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Clinical services offered by the departmental Center for Communication Disorders rigorously adhere to quality standards recommended by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Department Application: February 1.

Students may be admitted to graduate study from a variety of undergraduate majors. For student's without an undergraduate degree in communication disorders, programs are developed to include prerequisites courses in normal speech and language development, speech and hearing science, anatomy, and physiology of speech and hearing mechanism, and introductory courses in communication disorders. Individual programs for all students are designed to meet the requirements for certification in speech-language pathology  by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Connecticut licensure and special service for Connecticut public schools. A total of 375 hours of supervised clinical experience and 25 hours of observation are required for graduation with a minimum of 325 hours obtained at the graduate level. Registration for all departmental courses requires departmental permission. 

Candidates must meet the Graduate School requirement of a cumulative undergraduate quality point ratio of 3.0 or higher, as well as professional promise and scholastic ability. The following documentation must be submitted:

PLEASE NOTE: Review BOTH the application procedures below and visit the Office of Graduate Admission's website for detailed document submission information.

To the Office of Graduate Admissions:

The Graduate school application and fee (online submission). 

Once the Graduate Application is submitted, applicants will be given access to the Status Check Website. Applicants MUST check the Status Check page to make sure all materials have been processed by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Any materials not listed as "received" on the Status Check website have not been processed. It takes up to 2 business days to process materials once they received, so please submit ALL materials well in advance of the deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure ALL required documents have been received by the February 1 deadline. Applicants not completed by the deadline will not be reviewed by the admissions committee.

Official undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts from all accredited colleges or universities attended. A total undergraduate degree quality point ratio of 3.0 or higher is required. Any transcripts submitted from education completed outside the United States must be evaluated by an appropriate accrediting agency (e.g. World Education Service, WES) in order to equate credits and grades with United States standards.

Recent scores obtained on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), including Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing sections.

Praxis® Core Academic Skills examination, formerly Praxis®I,  in mathematics, reading, and writing, or a Praxis® Core waiver letter needs to be provided prior to formal admission to the Graduate School.  Please use the Praxis® Core waiver criteria to determine your candidacy for the waiver. DUE BY JUNE 1st.

For students whom English is not their first language must submit recent scores of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Follow guidelines regarding who should take the TOEFL.

A resume, no more than 2 pages, highlighting personal strengths with a specific focus on leadership, volunteer efforts, extracurricular activities and work experience must be submitted. Applicants are encouraged to include time commitments per week/semester/year to help concretely quantify levels of commitment and involvement.

A well 250-300 word well written essay on a personal challenge and how it was handled or a project initiated and maintained independently that demonstrated your skills in interpersonal communications, initiative, problem solving and/or organization.

Three letters of recommendation attesting to professional promise and academic ability. Recommendations from professors are encouraged, although not required. **The form must be accessed using Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox and completed using Adobe Reader, in order to complete it electronically. Please see below for additional details regarding recommendation form submission.

Electronic Submission of Recommendation Form: Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox must be used to access the form: Google chrome does not allow for the electronic signatures. The applicant is to complete and electronically sign the top portion of the recommendation form. The file should be saved to the applicant's personal computer. The save file should then be emailed to recommenders who can complete the remainder of the recommendation form. The recommender must complete and electronically sign the form, save it to their personal computer, and then email the saved file to

Paper Submission of the Recommendation Form: The applicant is to print and complete the top portion of the recommendation form. The entire form should then be given to the recommender who is to complete and sign the remaining portions. The recommender must then mail the recommendation form to SCSU's Application Processing Center. The address is included on the form.


Program Sequence - 69-72 Credits

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.Students must earn a "C+" or higher in all academic courses and a "B-" or higher in all clinicals.

ASHA Prerequisite Courses
Biological (human or animal) (BIO 100, 102, 104, 110, 120) - 3 credits
Physical Science (physics or chemistry) (CHE 100,101, 103 120, 121; PHY 100, 101, 103, 111, 200, 210) - 3 credits
Statistics (MAT 107; PSY 259) - 3 credits
Social/Behavioral Science I (psychology, sociology, anthropology, public health) - 3 credits

Pre-Program Academic Courses
CMD 200 — Introduction to Developmental Communication Disorders - 3 credits
CMD 201 — Introduction to Communication Disorders in Medical Settings - 3 credits
CMD 203 — Phonetics and Phonological Systems - 3 credits
CMD 317 — Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism - 3 credits
CMD 319 — Language Development: Ages Birth to Five - 3 credits
CMD 320 — Introduction to Hearing Science - 3 credits
CMD 321 — Introduction to Audiology - 3 credits
CMD 418 — Neurological Bases of Communication - 3 credits
CMD 419 — Language Acquisition: School-Age — Adolescence - 3 credits
CMD 420 — Speech Science - 3 credits
CMD 461 — Clinical Practice of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology - 3 credits

Speech–Language Pathology and Audiology (required)
CMD 503 – Research Methods in Communication Disorders – 3 credits
CMD 527 – Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders – 3 credits
CMD 531 – Disorders in Psychology – 3 credits
CMD 537 – Cognitively Based Communication Disorders in Adults – 3 credits
CMD 545 – Disorders in fluency – 3 credits
CMD 550 – Language Acquisition Disorders: Birth to Five – 3 credits
CMD 551 – Language Disorders: School-Age – 3 credits
CMD 583 – Voice & Velopharyngeal Disorders – 3 credits
CMD 627 – Dysphagia – 3 credits

Speech Language-Pathology Elective (choose two)
CMD 602 – Augmentative & Alternative communication – 3 credits
CMD 610 – Developmental Disabilities – 3 credits
CMD 656 – Literacy for the SLP – 3 credits
CMD 652 – Autism Spectrum Disorders – 3 credits
CMD 665 – Counseling & Guidance Procedure in Speech & Hearing – 3 credits

Audiology Electives (choose one)
CMD 559 – Educational Audiology – 3 credits
CMD 575 – Central Audiology Processing Disorders in Children – 3 credits

Program Practicum Courses
CMD 560 – Speech & Language Practicum-A – 5 credits
CMD 561 – Speech & Language Practicum-B – 5 credits
CMD 562 – School Practicum – 6 credits
CMD 564 – Speech & Language Practicum-C – 5 credits
CMD 568 – Audiology Practicum – 3 credits
CMD 569 – Advanced Clinical Practicum – 6 credits

Capstone Experience Courses-Choose Thesis or Project (Choose one option)
CMD 590 – Thesis Seminar I – 3 credits
CMD 591 – Thesis Seminar II – 3 credits
CMD 605 – Special Project – 3 credits

School Certification Courses
Speech-language pathologists who work in Connecticut public schools must have school certification (Special Endorsement)
Special Education (choose one-SED 481, 482, or 225) - 3 credits
Course I (Choose one from: PSY 210, 215, 311, 313, 370; EDU 301, 309, 311, 312, 314, 318; SED 325, 375) - 3 credits
Course II (choose one from above) - 3 credits