Master of Science: Communication Disorders
The Master of Science in communication disorders program provides you with specialized training in all areas of communication disorders. Our program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
As a graduate of this program, you will be qualified to provide clinical services to individuals of all ages in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, government agencies and private practice.
We offer excellent facilities, including a large clinic and a Language and Learning Enrichment Center located within the department, along with a technologically advanced Communication Science Laboratory.
Student Outcome Data:
Program Completion Rate
Period # completed within % completing within
expected time frame expected time frame
2011-2012 19/20 95%
2010-2011 14/14 100%
2009-2010 13/13 100%
Praxis Examination Pass Rate of Graduates
Period # taking exam # passed exam pass rate (%)
2011-2012 19 19 100%
2010-2011 14 14 100%
2009-2010 13 13 100%
Employment Rate of Graduates within One Year of Graduation
Period # of graduates % of graduates
2011-2012 19/19 100%
2010-2011 14/14 100%
2009-2010 12/13 92%
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Complete applications for this program need to be submitted no later than February 15th.
This program is a fall start only program.
Lori LaPataka, who earned her Master of Science degree in communication disorders in 2008, is currently working as a speech-language clinician in the Gateway School District in Monroeville, Pa. Prior to joining the faculty at Gateway, Lori obtained clinical experiences at the Children’s Institute, Health South Harmarville and the Gateway School District. Lori’s primary area of research at Cal U involved Traditional vs. Naturalistic Speech Therapy Assignments. Her other area of interest is the emergent language skills of children. Lori continues to focus her work on school-based issues, articulation and language disorders, and autism. She finds working as a speech-language clinician with school-aged children to be extremely rewarding!