2020-2021 Academic Catalog

M.S. in Communication Disorders

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Program Description

The Master of Science in Communication Disorders provides specialized training in all areas of communication disorders. 

Program Coordinator

Dr. Ralph Belsterling

Delivery Mode

Traditional  (face-to-face delivery with some online/distance elements)


The master's program in communication disorders (speech-language pathology) at Cal U is accredited by:

Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Blvd.
Rockville, MD 20850-3289
Phone: 800-498-2071
Fax: 301-296-8580 


Course Credits
Area I: Core Courses Required 36
CMD 600  Research and Professional Practice in SLP 3
CMD 701  Language Disorders in Adults 3
CMD 702  Language Disorders in Children 3
CMD 703  Fluency Disorders 3
CMD 705  Voice Disorders 3
CMD 707  Phonology and Articulation 3
CMD 708  Neurology 3
CMD 718  Advanced Audiology for the SLP 3
CMD 765  Dysphagia
CMD 766  Traumatic Brain Injury  3
CMD 772  Augmentative and Alternative Communication  3
CMD 785  Seminar in Medical Speech-Language Pathology 3
Area II: Clinical Experiences Required 15
CMD 711  Applied Therapeutic Procedures in Preschool Setting  1 to 3
CMD 712  Applied Therapeutic Procedures in Outpatient Setting 1 to 5
CMD 713  Applied Diagnostic Procedures in Speech Pathology 1 to 3
CMD 714  Applied Audiologic Diagnostics and Rehab Procedures 1 to 3
CMD 715  Applied Therapeutic Procedures in Educational Setting 1 to 3
CMD 716  Applied Neurogenic Procedures in Healthcare Facilities 1 to 3
Area III: Rotating Elective Courses 3
CMD 731  Early Intervention in Speech-Language Pathology 3
CMD 732  Counseling in Speech-Language Pathology 3
CMD 763  Communication Problems of Special Groups 3
CMD 764  Instrumentation in Speech Language Pathology 3
CMD 773  Communication and Diversity 3
Area IV: Research Course Required 2 (min.)
RES 829  Research Project 2
RES 849  Master's Thesis 3 to 6
Total 56

Program Requirements

  • 25 clinical observation hours
  • 375 supervised clinical hours
  • Successful completion of candidacy
  • Praxis 5331 passing score

Note: All academic coursework and clinical practicum must be completed before beginning the CF experience. If any coursework or practicum is incomplete, which includes all prerequisites (i.e., basic biology, chemistry or physics, etc.) and core coursework, the hours completed toward your CF experience will not count toward your minimum 1,260 hours. (Retrieved from https://www.asha.org/certification/slpcertification/)

Criteria for Continuing in the Program

Students move through the program 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. Students must maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA while in the program. Students who fail to maintain a 3.00 GPA will not be permitted to complete the candidacy interview or register for an externship placement. Failure to reacquire a 3.00 during the single probationary semester may result in dismissal from the program.

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