Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department offers a 5-year program leading to an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. It is comprised of a 3-year pre-professional (undergraduate) track and a 2-year professional (graduate) track. Students in the program have access to a state-of-the-art Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, as well as individual clinical preparation space.

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Chairperson and Graduate Program Director: Andrea M.Novak,M.A.CCC-SLP

About

The program is designed to provide students with a variety of academic coursework and clinical practicum experiences, according to the standards set forth by the American Speech-Language-­Hearing Association (ASHA), to prepare them, from a family-centered perspective, for professional careers as speech-language pathologists serving children and adults who have communication disorders. The department also provides pre-professional education for students interested in careers in audiology. The faculty of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is dedicated to providing students with a quality education and opportunities to integrate theory and research into clinical practice.

Objectives of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department

The five-year program leading to a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology prepares students to:

  1. Acquire academic knowledge and develop clinical skills pertaining to the scientific study of human communication processes that are necessary to perform competent practice of speech-language pathology, according to the current ASHA certification standards.
  2. Evaluate the etiologies, pathologies, social-emotional, cognitive and educational factors associated with disorders of language, articulation-phonology, voice, fluency, swallowing, and hearing.
  3. Exemplify knowledge of ethical, legal, regulatory, and financial aspects of professional clinical practice.
  4. Critically evaluate and be sensitive to issues pertaining to cultural and linguistic diversity.
  5. Become eligible to earn certification from ASHA and state licensure as a speech-language pathologist in Pennsylvania.
  6. Pursue teacher certification from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education (optional).
  7. Work in a variety of settings such as schools, rehabilitation clinics, hospitals, community clinics, nursing homes, and private practice.

Accreditation Status

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Marywood University’s professional (graduate) phase of the five-year program leading to a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Special Facilities

The program is housed in the William G. McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies.  This attractive physical plant contains specialized space for classrooms, laboratories, and offices.  The Center also houses the Marywood Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.  The clinic allows students to work with individuals with speech, language, and hearing needs as part of their educational preparation.  The clinic is equipped with video monitoring equipment and a complete audiological evaluation facility.  Students have access to computers to develop competence for both academic and personal use.

Program Overview

This five-year program consists of two distinct phases: the Pre-Professional Phase (years 1-3) and the Professional Phase (years 4-5).

The Pre-Professional Phase

During this phase of the program, students take classes to meet the liberal arts core requirements as well as complete courses in basic human communication processes and some speech-language disorders to prepare them for application and admittance to the Professional Phase of the program.

The Professional Phase

This phase of the program concentrates on coursework in various communication disorders across the life span and provides clinical practicum experiences where students learn to apply knowledge and skills to children and adults who have various speech-language-swallowing disorders.  An option to pursue teacher certification is also offered.

Program Flexibility - Multiple Points of Entry

  • Enter as a Freshman - Five-year program
  • Enter as a Transfer - Two-to-five year program based on approved credits for advanced standing
  • Enter as a Graduate Student - Those students with an in-field bachelor's degree from an accredited university may earn their master's in SLP in approximately two years; those with an out-of-field bachelor's degree from an accredited university may earn their master's degree in SLP in approximately three years.

Program Admission and Matriculation Requirements

  1. A minimum SAT score of 1050 (M+V) is required for admission to the program (Pre-Professional Phase).
  2. Enrollment is limited to 25 students in any given academic year due to ASHA accreditation guidelines.
  3.  Upon completion of the first year curriculum (freshman year), a minimum QPA of 3.25 in the CSD major is expected and a minimum cumulative QPA of 2.5 is required to remain in the program. For each subsequent semester, a CSD QPA and an overall QPA of 3.25 is expected in order to advance in the Pre-Professional Phase. Students must achieve a minimum cumulative and CSD QPA of 3.25 by the end of the third year curriculum to transition from the Pre-Professional to the Professional Phase of the program.
    Students who do not maintain these QPAs will be placed on academic proba­tion with a possible revised plan of study. An interview at the discretion of the CSD Chairperson and the student’s advisor may also be required. After one semester if the overall and/or CSD QPA does not improve, students may be dismissed from the program. Advisement as to other career opportunities will be provided.
  4. Students may earn one "C" letter final grade in a CSD pre-professional course.  If a student earns a second "C" grade, a meeting with the CSD Chairperson, Academic Advisor, and course instructor(s) will be held to determine which of those courses the student will be required to repeat. The student will be informed of the decision by his/her Academic Advisor and placed on academic probation until the course is repeated with a minimum grade of B-. Students who re-take a course are only permitted to re-take the course one time and a revised plan of study will be determined.  If a student fails to earn the minimum expected grade of B- once the course is repeated, he/she will be dismissed from the program.  Advisement as to other career opportunities will be provided.  Students who earn below a C grade in any CSD course will be required to repeat the course with a minimum grade of B-.
  5. Students who have successfully met all required liberal arts core and CSD Pre­-Professional Phase coursework may apply for admission to the Professional (Graduate) Phase of the CSD five-year program during the spring semester of year three. See Graduate Admissions for a CSD Transition Application to the Professional Phases and the due date for completion.
  6. Students whose CSD QPA is between 2.33 and 3.24  and who meet the University’s minimum overall QPA requirements to earn a degree may be granted an undergraduate degree in CSD, but will not be eligible to transition to the Professional (Graduate) Phase of the five-­year program.
  7. Students who earn below a B- in any CSD graduate course or CSD practicum experience (Professional Phase) will be expected to develop an academic/clinical support plan with the course instructor/clinical supervisor in order to improve in those knowledge/skill areas in which the student is deemed deficient.  An acceptable mastery level, based on formative assessment, must be demonstrated in all knowledge and skills areas, according to the current ASHA certification standards. In addition, a grade of B– or better or an “S” for any practicum experience is required to advance to the next experience in the sequence.
  8. Students who have an undergraduate degree from another institution, who enter the CSD five-year program at the Professional (Graduate) Phase are required to submit:
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores and official undergraduate transcripts.
    • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on the applicant's academic and clinical skills and potential for successful graduate study (e.g., former professors, clinical supervisors).
    • Submission of a typewritten essay. See specific essay questions and requirements included in the Graduate Admissions Application Packet or on-line application.
    • A personal or phone interview at the discretion of the CSD department chair and/or program director.
    Note: Preference will be given to applicants who can attend the program full time and take the full complement of courses offered within the context of a cohort model. Typically, students are admitted to the Professional Phase in the fall semester. Part-time students are admitted on a case-by-case basis and are expected to carry nine credits per semester.

Transfer Students

Students transferring into the CSD major from another program within Marywood or from other institutions must have a 3.25 overall QPA on a minimum of 12 credits.  An interview with the CSD Chairperson may also be required.  Students will be expected to provide evidence of good oral and written communication skills and above average grades in science courses. Students who meet this criterion will be reviewed for admission into the major provided that there are openings in the program.

Degree Conferral and Certification

Those students entering the program as undergraduates will be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders upon completion of all requirements at the end of the fourth year.  At the end of the fifth year, these students and those entering with an in-field bachelors degree who have successfully completed the Professional Phase (years four and five) of the five-year program will be awarded a Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and will be eligible to pursue ASHA certification and state licensure.

Prerequisite Course Sequence

for Students with Out-of-Field Undergraduate Degrees

Students with out-of-field undergraduate degrees are eligible to apply for the Professional (Graduate) Phase of the program and will be admitted provisionally.  Enrollment in graduate level courses, however, requires the following:

  1. Permission of the CSD department chair and/or program director.
  2. Completion of 29 credits of an approved CSD undergraduate prerequisite course sequence at Marywood University with a minimum final grade of B.
  3. Meeting the requirements in basic science, mathematics, and social science coursework according to current ASHA standards.  These courses may be taken at any accredited institution.  Any courses taken at institutions other than Marywood must be approved by the CSD department chair and/or graduate program director.
  4. Completion of 25 observation hours directed by an ASHA-certified SLP with appropriate documentation.


A plan of study will be developed by the CSD department chair and/or  graduate program director, who will serve as the student's academic advisor. Students will be required to sign a statement regarding their plan of study, which reads:

"The student named on this form understands that to be eligible to matriculate in the Professional Phase of the program, he/she must complete this plan of study with an overall minimum quality point average (QPA) of "B". The student must earn a minimum QPA of "B" in the fall semester before being permitted to enroll for courses offered during the spring semester."

CSD Prerequisite Course Sequence

CSD 164 Phonetics 3
CSD 166 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing 4
CSD 261 Speech Science 3
CSD 265 Speech and Language Development
3
CSD 265L Language Sample Analysis Lab 2
CSD 266 Introduction to Language Disorders in Children
3
CSD 270 Hearing Science 2
CSD 271 Introduction to Articulation and Phonological Disorders 3
CSD 363 Audiology 3
CSD 363L Audiology Lab 0
CSD 364 Auditory Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation 3
25 hours of clinical observation directed by an ASHA-certified SLP  
  Total: 29 credits  


The typical sequence of CSD undergraduate pre-requisite courses follows:

Fall Semester

Phonetics
Speech and Language Development
Language Sample Analysis Lab
Audiology and Lab

Spring Semester

Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
Speech Science
Hearing Science
Introduction to Language Disorders in Children
Introduction to Articulation and Phonological Disorders
Auditory Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation

Minimum Requirements for Basic Science and Human Communication Science Coursework

(if not taken as an undergraduate)

Biology: 3 credits
Physical Science: 3 credits (e.g., Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science)
Mathematics: 3 credits (a course in Statistics is required)
Behavioral/Social Science: 3 credits (e.g., Psychology, Sociology)
Human Communication Processes: Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing, Phonetics, Speech and Hearing Science, Normal Speech-­Language Development, Audiology, and Aural Rehab

Typical Course Sequence for the Five-Year Program Leading to a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology

Pre-Professional (Undergraduate) Phase

First Year Curriculum: (34 UG credits)

Fall 1
CSD 163 Introduction to Communication Disorders 2
CSD 164 Phonetics 3
BIOL 130 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
3
ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
3
PHIL 113 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PSYC 211 General Psychology 3
UNIV 100 Living Responsibly in an Interdependent World 1
  Total: 18 (5 UG CSD and 13 LA)
Spring 1
CSD 166 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing 4
CSD 261 Speech Science 3
RST 112 Modern Belief
3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature 3
PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology
3
  Total: 16 (7 UG CSD and 9 LA)  

Second year curriculum: (40 UG credits)

Fall 2
CSD 265 Speech and Language Development 3
CSD 265L* Language Sample Analysis Lab 2
CSD 241 American Sign Language I
3
CSD 263 Linguistics to the SLP 3
PHYS or CHEM or ENVS Physical Science (Required for ASHA)
3
FL Foreign Language 3
Total: 17 (11 UG CSD and 6 LA)  
Spring 2 
CSD 270 Hearing Science 2
CSD 271 Introduction to Articulation and Phonological Disorders 3
CSD 266 Introduction to Language Disorders in Children
3
CSD 242 American Sign Language II (elective) 3
OR  
LA General Elective (Educational Psychology required for Teacher Certification) 3
FL** Foreign Language 3
PHIL 315 or 404 Ethics or Biomedical Ethics
  Total: 17 (8 or 11 UG CSD and 6 or 9 LA)  
**3 credits of Foreign Language may be replaced with an LA General Elective if student meets core curriculum requirements for years taken.  
Sum 1 (Session I)
ENGL English (> ENGL 301) 3
LA General Elective 3
  Total: 6 (6 LA)  

Third Year Curriculum: (47 credits; 42 undergraduate credits -- 5 graduate credits)

Fall 3
CSD 363 Audiology 3
CSD 363L Audiology Lab 0
CSD 366 Introduction to Communication Disorders in Adults
3
MATH 155 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 3
HIST History
3
FA Fine Arts 3
LA General Elective (Social Foundations required for Teacher Certification) 3
  Total: 18 (6 UG CSD and 12 LA)  
Spring 3
CSD 364 Auditory Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation 3
CSD 361 or 362 Clinical Methods and Processes in Speech-Languagte Pathology or in Audiology 3
CSD 469 Special Topics 1
HIST 105 Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World 3
RST Religion (above 100 level)
3
LA General Elective (Method/Assess ESL required for Teacher Certification) 3
  Total: 16 (7 UG CSD and 9 LA)  
Sum 2 (Session I)
CSD 508 Fluency 2
CSD 505 Augmentative and Alternate Communication Systems 3
CSD 511 Family Systems and Counseling: Multicultural Perspective 2
LA General Elective 3
  Total: 8 (5 Grad CSD and 3 LA)  
Sum 2 (Session II)
CSD 468A Introductory Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (begins Sum I - 10 wks) 2
LA General Elective 
3
Total: 5 (2 UG CSD and 3 LA)  

NOTE: 121 credits toward an undergraduate degree have been earned at the completion of the third year curriculum (which includes summers I and II). For those students transitioning to the Professional Phase, five additional CSD graduate credits will be counted toward the 126 credit requirement for the undergraduate degree. For those students who will not be transitioning, undergraduate elective liberal arts credits will be needed to complete the 126 required for their undergraduate degree.

Professional (Graduate) Phase

Fourth Year Curriculum: (39 or 41 CSD Grad credits for 5-­year students; 45-­47 CSD Grad credits for 2-­year students) and (3-­9 additional EDUC graduate credits if pursuing Teacher Certification and not previously taken)

Fall 4 Grad 
CSD 502 Aphasia 3
CSD 504 Language Learning Disorders in School-Age Children and Adolescents 4
CSD 506P Diagnostic Procedures and Clinical Writing
3
CSD 515 Dysphagia 3
CSD 516A Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology   1
CSD 518P* Independent Study in Clinical Methods and Processes 1
CSD 524 Neuroscience 2
  Total: 16 CSD Graduate Credits for students completing 5-year program or (*) 17 CSD Grad­uate Credits for 2-year graduate students   
Spring 4 Grad 
CSD 500 Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology 3
CSD 507 Voice Disorders 2
CSD 503 Seminar in Phonological and Articulation Disorders 2
CSD 508 Fluency 2
CSD 514 Adult Neurogenic Motor Speech Disorders  2
CSD 516B Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology 1
CSD 506L Language Sample Analysis Computer Lab 1
CSD 521 Diagnostic Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (1/2 cohort) 2
  Total: 14 or 16 CSD Grad Credits  
Sum 3 Grad (Session I)
CSD 505 Augmentative and Alternate Communication Systems (previously taken by 5­-year students) 3
CSD 508 Fluency Disorders (previously taken by 5­-year students) 2
CSD 525 Autism Spectrum Disorders (elective – either 512, 525, or both) 2
EDUC 502 Multidisciplinary Foundations of Education (Required for Teacher Certification) 3
AND/OR  
EDUC 523 Seminar: Psychology of Education (Required for Teacher Certification) 3
  Total: 0 or 2 CSD Grad Credits depending on elective options for five­-year students; 5-7 CSD Grad Credits for two-­year students; 3-­6 EDUC credits if pursuing Teacher Certification and not already completed  
Sum 3 Grad (Session II) 
CSD 510 Communication Disorders in Infants/Toddlers 3
CSD 512 Cleft Palate (elective-­either 512, 525, or both; begins in Sum I) 2
CSD 522 Audio/Aural Rehab Pract (begins Sum I – schedule varies) 1
CSD 516C Clinical Pract SLP (begins Sum I - 10 weeks) 1
CSD 517P Prof. Issues (begins Sum I - 10 weeks) 1
CSD 521 Dx Pract (1/2 Cohort) (begins Sum I - 10 weeks) 2
EDUC 561 Method/Assess ESL (required for Teacher Certification) 3
Total: 5 to 10 CSD Grad Credits depending on elective options and semester where CSD 521 and 522 are taken; 3 EDUC if pursuing Teacher Certification and not already completed  

Fifth Year Curriculum (11 CSD Graduate credits)or (20 Graduate credits; 8 CSD Graduate credits and 12 EDUC credits if pursuing Teacher Certification)

Fall 5 Grad 
CSD 511 Pediatric Neuromotor Speech Disorders 2
CSD 513 Communication Disorders Related to Traumatic Brain Injury, Dementia, & Right Hemispheric Dysfunction, and Neuro Cognitive Disorders 3
CSD 519I Clinical Internship in Speech-Language Pathology 3
Total: 8 CSD Grad Credits  
Spring 5 Grad 
CSD 520E Clinical Externship in Speech-Language Pathology 1
OR    
EDUC 597 CSD Student Teaching Clinical Internship (Required for Teacher Certification) 12
Total: 3 CSD Grad Credit or 12 EDUC Grad Credits


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