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The Master of Science (MS) in Communication Disorders degree program at ASU is based on a research-to-practice philosophy and is designed to prepare speech-language pathologists for autonomous clinical practice. The training model at ASU stresses the integration of academic classroom learning and practicum experience across a broad spectrum of clinical specialties and practice environments. We believe that our graduate curriculum provides a strong foundation in the scientific knowledge base and a wide range of clinical field experiences that will prepare our graduates with essential tools for evidence-based clinical practice. The successful graduate will have the diagnostic and rehabilitative skills that fulfill the current Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology specified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The ASU graduate curriculum also is designed to enable MS degree students to meet current standards required for ASHA certification in Speech-Language Pathology. Our program has multiple and varied opportunities for students who are admitted to our program. Students have the option to tailor their training to increase their competencies in early intervention practice, school service delivery, medical settings, and working with multicultural/multilingual setting. For more about our program, clinical training opportunities and admission requirements, please explore and read all of our program webpages including our FAQ page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The MS in communication disorders is a full time, 20-month residential program that prepares students to become certified speech-language pathologists. The master's degree program trains students to evaluate and treat clients in nine disorder classification areas. The first three semesters focus on developing knowledge and skills across the lifespan. The final two semesters allow students to focus their interests in specialty areas and acquire clinical skills in external clinical placements. The MS program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Applications are due Jan. 15. Applicants must fulfill requirements of both the ASU Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.
Applicants with degrees from foreign institutions must meet the Graduate College and College of Health Solutions English proficiency requirements.
The College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University enrolls one first-year Master of Science in Communication Disorders class per year, and the program starts in the fall semester. The program is two years in length, and all students study on a full-time basis. Each year, the College of Health Solutions receives far more applications than the program can accommodate. Thus, admission is competitive , and admission decisions are based upon all information contained in the applicant's file.
To be considered for admission , applicants must have:
If an applicant has not earned an undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science, the following prerequisite courses or equivalents must be completed prior to the start of the MS in Communication Disorders program:
These courses are available at Arizona State University via the Communication Sciences and Disorders certificate program.
The College of Health Solutions will provide full file review to all applications that are fully complete. Successful applicants to the program typically have at least a 3.5 GPA and a GRE score near 300 or above. While the applicant's undergraduate record and GRE score are important predictors, no admission decision will be based on quantitative criteria alone. Other factors considered by the admission committee include:
Application Deadline: Jan. 15
For an application to be considered complete, it must include all of the following items by the published deadline:
Official transcripts and other documents should be sent to:
If sending by U.S. Postal Service:
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112
If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS:
Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112
52 credit hours and a written comprehensive exam, or
52 credit hours, a thesis and a written comprehensive exam**
Required core classes (23 credits)
Electives (4 plus thesis or 10 without a thesis)
Clinical practicum (8)
Culminating experience: a non-thesis option of a written comprehensive exam OR a thesis for 6 credit hours with oral defense and a written comprehensive exam
Students in the thesis option take four credit hours of electives. Students in the non-thesis option take 10 credit hours of electives.
*One credit hour of SHS 500 Research Methods is required.
**Both the thesis and non-thesis options require the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Praxis national exam in Speech Language Pathology. This is the comprehensive exam for the thesis option. For the non-thesis option, a department-administered comprehensive examination in speech-language pathology is required along with the national exam to fulfill the requirements of the comprehensive exam.
The master's level clinical training program has faculty supervised clinics that service adults and children and a wide variety of opportunities across the Phoenix community. We set a high standard of excellence for our clinical partners to ensure our students are prepared and have maximal opportunities upon entry to the professional job market.
The Part-time Employment Program is a way to complete ASU's master's degree program in speech-language pathology while working part-time in the public schools.
Once admitted to the master's program in communication disorders, students work part-time as Speech Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) or Speech Language Technicians (SLTs) while they complete their master's degree over a three-year period.
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Master's Degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders students from East Carolina University can take a minimum of 42 credits through online/Distance Education from East Carolina University. Those students take a minimum of 12 credits of clinical courses through the Part-time Employment Program in the Department of Speech and hearing Science at Arizona State University. To apply visit https://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/csd/ms.cfm.
For more information contact Kelly Ingram, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Director, Speech & Hearing Clinic at ASU at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master's students accepted in to the Multilingual Multicultural Program will receive a partial tuition waiver and a stipend. Completion of the two-year program earns students a multilingual/multicultural specialty certificate.
Students completing the two year Bilingual Training Program (BTP) are master's students in Arizona State University's Speech & Hearing Sciences department. It is designed for those interested in working with bilingual children, and provides students with the opportunity to get a Certificate of Bilingual Competency in Speech-Language Pathology.
Tuition and fee information can be found on the ASU's general tuition webpage.
There are scholarships available to incoming graduate students. Speech and Hearing Scholarship applications are due by February 1. For more information visit College of Health Solutions Scholarships
There is no financial aid available through the department, although such aid is available through the Office of Graduate Education; visit their site to explore financial aid opportunities.
The Masters of Communication Disorders education program in speech-language pathology at Arizona State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
Core courses during the first year are required and all the students take the same scope and sequence of courses. Student may not wave any of the core courses in year one because these courses are designed to develop new learning skills, problem-solving skills, integration skills and clinical skills that are paired with the background course. Year two is designed for the student to take electives that align with their interest, while obtaining more depth beyond the core courses. Therefore, the students have different choices to specialize or maintain a more general focus.
The mission of the Communication of Disorders MS program is to provide each student with clinical training across the lifespan and across nine disorder areas. Most students complete three rotations in a practicum setting with ASU clinical supervisors and an additional two off campus internship placements. Advanced five week clinical rotations are also available to increase student exposure to a wide range of settings, assessment methods and intervention programs. Some students in specialized programs may vary slightly in the order of their rotations but all students will complete a minimum of five semesters of clinical practicum.
Students in the thesis option must register for a total of 4 semester hours of thesis. This is usually done in two, 2-credit registrations of SHS 599. These hours count toward the total number required for the degree. Thus, the credit hour degree requirement is met through completion of 24 credits of required core coursework, 18 credits of practicum, 6 credits of graduate-level elective coursework in speech-language pathology, and 4 credits of thesis (resulting in a total of 52 semester hours).
Students in the non-thesis option meet the 52-credit hour degree requirement through completion of 24 credits of required core coursework, 18 credits of practicum and 10 credits of elective graduate-level professional coursework in speech-language pathology. Normally, only those courses listed below may be used to satisfy the elective professional coursework requirement. Occasionally, specialized seminars may be offered and, if approved by a student’s committee, may be used to satisfy 3 credits of the professional electives requirement. All non-thesis students must pass a comprehensive examination that is administered by the department during their LAST year of enrollment.
All students pursuing the MS degree must pass the Education Testing Service (ETS) Praxis Examination in speech-language pathology prior to graduation from the program. A passing score must be on file in the Department office in order for processing of final graduation forms.
All non-thesis students are required to pass a comprehensive examination that is administered by the department. The exam will be offered three times yearly. Graduate Education standards stipulate that no more than two attempts at the examination are allowed, and they must be separated by a minimum of 3 months. Our three scheduled examinations are separated by at least a 3-month interval, allowing students who fail to pass the examination the opportunity to take it in the following semester. The examination content focuses on core clinical and academic knowledge expected of a speech-language pathologist who is ready to begin their CF year.
The Clinical Fellowship (CF) is the period of time between graduation and being an independent provider of speech-language pathology clinical services.
learn more Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellowship
State requirements for speech-language pathologists vary from state to state.
Learn more https://www.asha.org/advocacy/state/
This degree will prepare students for a career as a speech-language pathologist, a field expected to grow rapidly in the next several years.
The MS in communication disorders is a full-time residential program that can be completed in 20 months and prepares students to become certified speech language pathologists. The master's degree program trains students to evaluate and treat clients in speech, language, cognitive and communication disorders.
The first year of the program focuses on developing knowledge and skills in assessment and treatment of communication disorders across the lifespan. Hybrid courses use "flipped classrooms" and problem-based learning to develop skills needed in the field. The second year of the program allows students to focus their interests in specialty areas and acquire clinical skills in external clinical placements. The program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
This program provides a wide range of research and clinical opportunities. Clinical settings include inpatient and outpatient medical sites, public schools, early intervention programs and private practices. A part-time employment program is available for speech language pathology assistants who are working in a public school setting.