Communication Sciences & Disorders

Program Requirements - Communication Sciences and Disorders


Curriculum Structure:

The curriculum leading to a Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, supports specific requirements established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). These requirements partially fulfill the criteria leading toward the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in speech-language pathology. In addition, a student must satisfy the specific requirements established by the Ohio Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology to obtain a license in Speech Language Pathology. Students must meet with their assigned advisors each semester to ensure that all clinical and academic requirements for national certification and state licensure are fulfilled by the time they plan to complete their program of study. This is a five semester graduate program.

Degree Requirements:

54 Credit Hours without Teaching License

64 Credit Hours with Teaching License

Clinical Hours:

Students must complete a minimum 375 of supervised clinical hours of direct contact with a client/patient and 25 hours of documented clinical observation.

Content Courses (34 Semester Credit Hours Required)

  • CSD 510 - Fundamentals Of Research And Design
  • CSD 520 - Dysphagia
  • CSD 522 - Diagnostic Methods
  • CSD 524 - Motor Speech Disorders
  • CSD 532 - Voice and Resonance Disorders
  • CSD 533 - Neurogenic and Cognitive Communication Disorders
  • CSD 537 - Fluency Disorders
  • CSD 561 - Articulation and Phonological Disorders
  • CSD 562 - Advanced Language Disorders
  • CSD 564 - Behavioral Neurology For Communication Disorders
  • HSC 624 - Interprofessional Healthcare Teams Seminar I
  • HSC 625 - Interprofessional Healthcare Teams Seminar II


  • CSD 539 - Advanced Practicum In Speech-Language Pathology - Students must take 12 credit hours (minimum of 4 credit hours fall, spring, summer of first year)
  • CSD 586 - Advanced Practicum In Audiology or CSD 589 - Advanced Practicum In Aural Rehabilitation 
  • CSD 548 - Advanced Practicum in Medical Healthcare - Students must take a minimum of 4 credit hours

Comprehensive Research or Thesis (Complete one option)

  • CSD 591 Research in CSD (1-2), or
  • CSD 596 Directed Study (1-3) and CSD 599 Thesis (1-3)

Electives (Complete one option)

  • CSD 525 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication or
  • CSD 526 - Medical Speech-Language Pathology or
  • CSD 594 - Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Electives for Teaching License

Students who plan to work in a public school as a speech language pathologist must take additional courses that reflect knowledge in cultural differences and federal laws. A student teaching externship is required.

  • CSD 538 - Cultural Diversity in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • CSD 535 - Professional Practices for School Speech Language Pathologists
  • EST 575 - Practicum in Speech & Hearing

Course Schedule
CSD Grad Course Schedule