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

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Application Deadline

February 1

The Department of Communication Disorders offers a program leading to the Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Students are admitted for the fall semester. To be considered for admittance, the application process must be completed by February 15.

Students may be admitted to graduate study from a variety of undergraduate majors. Individual programs are designed for each candidate to meet the requirements for certification in speech-language pathology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Connecticut licensure and professional certification for Connecticut Public Schools. When necessary, these programs are developed to include prerequisite courses in normal speech and language development, speech and hearing science, anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism, and introductory courses in communication disorders. 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.

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

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:

To the School of Graduate Studies:

PREREQUISITE COURSES
(courses are not required for admission–they will be included in the student's planned graduate program)
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

Additional requirements for certification required by the American Speech-Language- Hearing
Association (which may already have been completed at the undergraduate level) include:
a) one course in statistics
b) one course in chemistry or physics
c) one course in a human or animal biological science
d) two courses in behavioral/social sciences in the areas of psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health.

School Certification For Speech-language Pathologists

Speech-language pathologists who work in the Connecticut public schools must have school certification. Evidence of taking the state-mandated skills examination (Praxis® Core, formerly Praxis® I) in mathematics, reading, and writing or a Praxis® Core, formerly Praxis® I, Waiver from the Connecticut Department of Education must be submitted prior to matriculation in the Graduate School.  

The Master of Science degree with a major in Speech-Language Pathology prepares students to practice in public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practice as speech-language pathologists.

All students enroll for 27 credits of required core courses; 30 credits of practicum; 6 credits or more of electives (three in audiology and at least three in speech-language pathology); and either CMD 605 — Special Project for 3 credits, or CMD 590 and CMD 591 — Thesis Seminar I and II for 6 credits depending on track selected. Courses in professional and special education are required for public school certification. (Credit enrollment for the degree is subject to modification according to previous academic and clinical work.)

The 27 credits of required courses are:
CMD 503 — Research Methods in Communication Disorders - 3 credits
CMD 527 — Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders - 3 credits
CMD 531 — Disorders of Phonology - 3 credits
CMD 537 — Cognitively Based Communication Disorders in Adults - 3 credits
CMD 545 — Disorders of Fluency - 3 credits
CMD 550 — Language Acquisition Disorders: Birth to Five - 3 credits
CMD 551 — Language Disorders: School-Age - 3 credits
CMD 583 — Voice and Velopharyngeal Disorders - 3 credits
CMD 627 — Dysphagia - 3 credits

Speech-language pathology electives (choose 2 courses):
CMD 602 — Augmentative and Alternative Communication
CMD 610 — Communication and Developmental Disabilities
CMD 652 — Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Clinical and Educational Approaches
CMD 656 — Literacy in the practice of Speech-Language Pathology
CMD 665 — Counseling and Guidance Procedures in Speech and Hearing

Audiology electives (choose 1 course):
CMD 559 — Educational Audiology
CMD 575 — Central Auditory Processing Disorders in Children

Courses facilitate the acquisition of professional knowledge and skills areas and utilize a combination of formative and summative assessment procedures. Different clinical approaches are presented with emphasis on the use of recent technology. Courses include study of the impact of multicultural, linguistic and sociological factors in the design of assessment and intervention procedures. Information on augmentative communication methods is included in appropriate contexts.

Additional courses are selected with adviser's guidance to fulfill public school and professional certification requirements.

The 30 credits of practica are:
CMD 560 — Speech and Language Practicum A — 5 credits
CMD 561 — Speech and Language Practicum B — 5 credits
CMD 562 — School Practicum — 6 credits
CMD 564 — Speech and Language Practicum C — 5 credits
CMD 568 — Audiology Practicum — 3 credits
CMD 569 — Neuropathologies Practicum — 6 credits

These practica encompass both on-campus and off-campus experiences. The on-campus work is completed in the Department's Center for Communication Disorders. The off- campus work is completed in Connecticut public schools, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers. Students enrolled in any of the above practica may be required to engage in both diagnostic and therapy activities with clients of all ages who present with a wide range of communication disorders.

Capstone Experience (choose one)
CMD 590 and CMD 591 — Master 's Thesis 1 and 2 — 6 credits
CMD 605 — Special Project — 3 credits

ASHA National Examination
A passing score on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association National Examination (Praxis® II) is required for graduation.

 

Program Sequence - 69 -72 Credits

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with 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)
Physical Science (physics or chemistry)
Mathematics
Social/Behavioral Science I (psychology, sociology, anthropology, public health)
Social Behavioral Science II (psychology, sociology, anthropology, public health)

Pre-Program Academic Courses

CMD 200 – Introduction to Developmental Communication Disorders – 3 credits
CMD 201 – Introduction to Communication Disorders in Medical Setting – 3 credits
CMD 203 – Phonetics and Phonological Systems – 4 credits
CMD 317 – Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Hearing 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 – 4 credits
CMD 461 – Clinical Practice of Speech–Language Pathology – 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

Special Education (choose one-SED 481, 482, or 225) - 3 credits
Course I (Choose one from: PSY 210, PSY 215,  PSY 311, PSY 313, PSY 370, PSY 371, EDU 200, EDU 301, EDU 309, EDU 311, EDU 312, EDU 314, EDU 318, SED 325, SED 375) - 3 credits
Course II (choose one from above) - 3 credits

Courses Required for ASHA Certification and State Licensure

(courses are not required for admission–they will be included in the student's planned graduate program)

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

Additional requirements for certification required by the American Speech-Language- Hearing
Association (which may already have been completed at the undergraduate level) include:
a) one course in statistics: MAT 107; PSY 259 - 3 credits
b) one course in chemistry or physics: CHE 100, 101, 103, 120, 121; PHY 100, 101, 103, 111, 200, 210 - 3 credits
c) one course in a human or animal biological science: BIO 100, 102, 104, 110, 120, 320, 530 - 3 credits
d) two undergraduate courses in behavioral/social sciences in the areas of ANT, PSY, or SOC - 6 credits