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Communication Disorders: Curriculum

As a student in this program, you will move through it as a cohort. Each cohort completes an identical core of required courses that are critical to successful functioning as a speech-language pathologist (SLP).

In addition to those courses, each cohort completes a unique combination of additional courses, guaranteeing that there are SLPs throughout the nation to provide the many areas of specialized service needed by very diverse patient populations. You must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average while in the program. If you fail to maintain a 3.0 GPA, you will not be permitted to complete the candidacy interview or register for an externship placement. Failure to reacquire a 3.0 during the single probationary semester may result in dismissal from the program.

Get a description of each of Cal U's communication disorders courses from our Course Catalog.

Below is a recommended framework of courses for completing the degree.

Applicants without a degree in Communication Disorders will need to complete a minimum of 36 undergraduate credits in Communication Disorders prior to being considered for graduate admission.  Twenty-one of these prerequisites must cover the following areas of instruction:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Articulation/Phonology
  • Intro to Audiology
  • Intro to Communication Disorders
  • Phonetics
  • Speech and Language Development
  • Speech Science

Master of Science in Communication Disorders: 59 Credits

First Term: Fall
Course
Credits
CMD 701 Language Disorders in Adults 3 crs.
CMD 702 Language Disorders in Children 3 crs.
CMD 708 Neurology 3 crs.
*CMD 711, CMD 713 or CMD 714 3 crs.
Clinical Practicum in Various Settings or 1-3 crs.
*CMD 712 Clinical Practicum in University Clinic 1-3 crs.

Second Term: Spring
Course
Credits
CMD 705 Voice Disorders 3 crs.
Phonology and Articulation 3 crs.
CMD 765 Dysphagia 3 crs.
*CMD 711, CMD 713 or CMD 714 3 crs.
Clinical Practicum in Various Settings 1-3 crs.
*CMD 712 Clinical Practicum in University Clinic 1-2 crs.

Third Term: Summer
Course
Credits
CMD 703 Fluency Disorders 3 crs.
CMD 732 Counseling the Communicatively Disabled 3 crs.
CMD 785 Seminar in Speech Pathology 3 crs.
*CMD 711, CMD 713 or CMD 714 3 crs.
Clinical Practicum in Various Settings 1-3 crs.
*CMD 712 Clinical Practicum in University Clinic 1-3 crs.
CMD 715/716 Clinical Practicum at Externship Site
(716 Available to advanced students only) 
1-2 crs.

Fourth Term: Fall
Course
Credits
CMD 600 Research and Professional Practice in SLP 3 crs.
CMD 718 Advanced Audiology for the SLP 3 crs.
CMD 715/716 Clinical Externship
(Available to all students in good standing) 
3 crs.

Fifth Term: Spring
Course
Credits
CMD 766 Traumatic Brain Injury 3 crs.
CMD 772 Augmentative and Alternative 3 crs.
CMD 715/716 Clinical Externship
(Available to all students in good standing) 
3 crs.
RES 829 Research Project 2 crs.

*A student is required to take a total of 3 credits of clinical practicum each term.

In terms 1, 2 and 3, students participate in extensive "hands-on" clinical experiences in the on-campus clinic and in the Language and Learning Center. In terms 4 and 5, students intern in two of 90 off-campus sites with which the department has contractual relationships. These sites include hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation clinics, and public and private schools.