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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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

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. 

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 bachelors degree from an accredited university may earn their master's in SLP in approximately two years; those with an out-of-field bachelors 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); SATs below 1050 are reviewed on a case by case basis by the CSD Department Chairperson. 
  2. Enrollment is limited to 25 students in any given academic year due to ASHA FTE 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 and the Professional Phase of the program. Students must achieve a minimum cumulative 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, the Graduate Program Director, and the Clinic Director 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, Graduate Program Director, 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 their 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 required the 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 5five-­year program.
  7. Students who earn below  a C+ in any CSD graduate course or below a B– in any CSD practicum experience (Professional Phase) will be expected to develop a remediation 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 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 word 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.

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.

Transfer Students

Students who have started their graduate work in speech-language pathology at another ASHA CAA accredited program may be eligible to transfer up to 6 credits of academic coursework into the Professional Phase of the 5 year program provided they can demonstrate competency of knowledge and skills that are comparable to student learning outcomes expected of Marywood's CSD graduate students based on formative assessment and the availability of space in the program. An interview with the CSD chair and/or graduate program director is required.

Admission to Degree Candidacy

Students are required to file an application for admission to candidacy with the CSD graduate program director in the spring semester of the 4th year curriculum (Professional Phase). In order to be eligible for candidacy, students must have completed 12 graduate credits with a "B" average. Students who have not matriculated through the five-year program must also verify they have taken the GRE.

Degree Conferral and Certification

Those students entering the program as undergraduates will be awarded a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders upon completion 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 4 and 5) of the five-year program will be awarded a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and are eligible to pursue ASHA certification and state licensure.

Prerequisite Course Sequence

for Students with Out-of-Field Undergraduate Degree

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

  1. Permission of the CSD chairperson and/or graduate 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 primary 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 prerequisite 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)
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 Amplification/Aural Rehab

Typical Course Sequence

for the Five-Year Program Leading to a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology

 

The 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
PHIL 113
Introduction to Philosophy
3
ENGL 160 Writing Skills
3
PSY 211 General Psychology
3
UNIV 100 Living Responsibly in an Interdependent World
1
Total: (5 UG CSD & 13 LA)
18

Spring 1

CSD 166 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
4
CSD 261 Speech Science
3
PSY 251 Development Psychology 3
R ST 112 Modern Belief
3
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature
3
Total: (7 UG CSD & 9 LA)
16

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
ENGL 400 Linguistics
3
FL Foreign Language
3
PHYS or CHEM or ENVS Physical Science (Required for ASHA)
3
Total: (8 UG CSD & 9 LA)
17

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
L A General Elective (Educ PSYC required for Teacher Certification)
3
PHIL 315
Ethics
3
OR    
PHIL 404 Biomedical Ethics 3
**FL Foreign Language
3
Total: (8 or 11 UG CSD & 6 or 9 LA)
17

**3 credits of FL may be replaced with a LA General Elective if student meets core curriculum requirements for years taken.

 

Summer 1 (Session I)

L A
General Elective
3
L A
General Elective
3
Total: (6 LA)
6

Third Year Curriculum: (47 credits; 42 UG credits - 5 Grad credits)

Fall 3

CSD 363 Audiology
3
CSD 363L Audiology Lab
0
CSD 366 Communication Disorders in Adults
3
MATH 216 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
3
F A Fine Arts
3
HIST History  3
L A General Elective (Social Fnd required for Teacher Certification)
3
Total: (6 UG CSD & 12 LA)
18

Spring 3

CSD 364 Auditory Amplification and Aural Rehabilitation
3
CSD 361 Clinical Methods and Processes
3
CSD 469 Special Topics
1
HIST 105 Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World
3
R ST Religion (above 100 level)
3
L A General Elective (Method/Assess ESL required for Teacher Certification)
3
Total: (7 UG CSD & 9 LA)
16

Summer 2 (Session I)

CSD 508 Fluency Disorders
2
CSD 511
Pediatric Neuromotor Speech Disorders
2
L A General Elective
3
Total: (4 GRAD CSD & 3 LA)
7

Summer 2 (Session II)

CSD 468 Introduction Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology
(begins Summer 1-10 weeks)
2
L A
General Elective
3
Total: (2 UG CSD; 3 LA)
5

NOTE: The Liberal Arts core requirements can be taken in a somewhat variable sequence. However, what is depicted is the optimal pedagogical sequence due to the interrelationship between Liberal Arts and CSD course content. Each student's specific plan of study regarding the Liberal Arts course sequence will be determined through the advising process.

NOTE: At the completion of the third year curriculum (which includes Summers I and II) a total of 121 credits have been earned. The undergraduate degree can be granted with 126 credits, provided that a student completes an additional semester of six credits during the Fall IV semester (FourthYear Curriculum).

This can be accomplished in one of two ways:

  1. If the student is not eligible to continue in the five-year program to earn the master’s degree, he/she will complete at least five additional undergraduate credits during the Fall IV semester. These credits reflect a combination of Liberal Arts and other undergraduate elective coursework. The student and his/her academic advisor will determine an individual plan of study.
  2. If the student is continuing for the master's degree in SLP, six additional CSD graduate credits that are earned during the Fall IV semester will be applied toward the completion of the undergraduate degree. A total of ten CSD graduate If the student is continuing for the master’s degree in SLP, five CSD graduate credits that are earned during the Fall IV semester will be applied toward the completion of the undergraduate degree. Up to twelve CSD graduate credits can be applied toward the B.S. degree, which can be awarded at the end of the Fall IV semester (Fourth Year Curriculum).

 

Professional (Graduate) Phase

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

Fall IV Graduate

CSD 502 Seminar in Aphasia
3
CSD 504 Language Learning Disorders in School-Age Children and Adolescents
4
CSD 506P  Diagnostic Tests/Measurements and Scientific 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: CSD graduate credits for students completing five-year program
16
  *CSD graduate credits for two-year graduate students
17

Spring IV Graduate

CSD 500 Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology
3
CSD 507 Voice Disorders 2
CSD 503 Seminar in Phonological and Articulation Disorders
3
CSD 506L Language Sample Analysis Computer Lab 1
CSD 511 Pediatric Neuromotor Speech Disorders 2
CSD 514 Adult Neurogenic Motor Speech Disorders
2
CSD 516B Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology
1
CSD 521 Diagnostic Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (1⁄2 cohort)
2
Total: CSD graduate credits
14 or 16

Summer III Graduate (Session I)

**CSD 505 Augmentative/Alternative Communication
3
*CSD 525 Autism
2
** CSD 508 Fluency Disorders
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: CSD graduate credits for students completing five-year program
2
CSD graduate credits for two-year graduate students 7
EDUC credits if pursuing Teacher Certification and not already completed 3-6

Summer III Graduate (Session II)

CSD 501 Family Systems and Counseling: Multicultural Perspectives 2

*CSD 512

Cleft Palate (schedule varies)
2
*CSD 516C Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (begins Summer I – 10 weeks) 1
*CSD 517P Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology (begins Summer I – schedule varies)
1
***CSD 521 Diagnostic Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (begins Summer I – 10 weeks)
2
****CSD 522 Audiology/Aural Rehabilitation Practicum (begins Summer I – schedule varies) 1
EDUC 561 Method/Assessment in Teaching English as a Second Language 3
Total: CSD Graduate Credits depending on elective option(s)* and semester where CSD 521 and 522 are taken
5-9
Total: EDUC credits if pursuing Teacher Certification and not already completed 3

*Students must take either CSD 512 or 525; students can elect to take both.
**5-year students take these during Summer II of third year.
***CSD 521 is taken in Spring IV Graduate or Summer III Graduate.
****CSD 522 is offered at various points in the graduate curriculum based on availability of placements and supervisors.

Fifth Year Curriculum: (8 CSD Graduate Credits) or (19 Graduate Credits; 7 CSD Graduates Credits & 12 EDUC Credits if Pursuing Teacher Certification)

Fall V Graduate

CSD 510 Communication Disorders in High-Risk Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers 3
CSD 513 Communication Disorders Related to Traumatic Brain Injury, Dementia, & Right Hemispheric Dysfunction 3
CSD 519I Clinical Internship in Speech-Language Pathology  1
Total: CSD graduate credits 7

Spring V Graduate

CSD 520E Clinical Externship in Speech-Language Pathology
1
OR
EDUC 597 CSD Student Teaching Clinical Internship
(Required for Teacher Certification)
12
Total: CSD graduate credit
1
OR
EDUC graduate credits
12

NOTE: ****EDUC 597 may need to be offered in the Fall V Graduate semester depending on availability of placements and off-campus supervisors holding the appropriate credentials (i.e., a master's degree in SLP, the ASHA CCC-SLP, and a PA state license in SLP).

NOTE: Students taking EDUC 597 do not take CSD 520E, unless the required 400 ASHA clinical clock hours have not been accrued.

A minimum of 52 credits must be earned at the graduate level for the master's degree in SLP. Students are encouraged to enroll in CSD 523: Independent Research Study.

 

Master’s Speech Language Pathology Degree Requirements

In addition to completing a minimum of 52 graduate credits with a minimum QPA of 3.00, according to the plan of study developed by the student and his/her academic advisor, students must:

  1. Complete the current required number of clinical clock hours, according to standards set forth by ASHA, at least one week prior to commencement in the semester the student expects to graduate;
  2. Pass a comprehensive examination given by the CSD faculty;
  3. Take the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology prior to graduation and submit PRAXIS scores to the graduate program director;
  4. Demonstrate mastery on all knowledge and skills competencies delineated in the Formative Assessment Manual for the master's program in SLP with appropriate evidence verified; and
  5. Complete an exit interview with the graduate program director and clinic director to ensure that all paperwork regarding academic coursework and clinical practicum experiences (e.g., Knowledge and Skills Acquisition form-KASA) required byASHA are accurate and complete.

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