SLP Curriculum

Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Typical Program of Study for the Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree program

(Coursework in Speech-Language Pathology)


Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Semester, Year
Primary Academic Courses
SPA 5401 Speech Pathology: (Pediatric) Language Disorders 3.0 Fall, Yr1
SPA 6233 Speech Motor Control Disorders 3.0 Fall, Yr1
SPA 6410 Adult Language Disorders 3.0 Fall, Yr1
SPA 6905 Introduction to Clinical Practice 1.0 Fall, Yr1
SPA 6905 Clinician’s Meeting I 1.0 Fall, Yr1
SPA 5204 Phonological Disorders 3.0 Spring, Yr1
SPA 6581 Aud Bases of Ped Lang & Literacy Dis 3.0 Spring, Yr1
SPA 6581 Dysphagia Management (& Dysphagia Mgmt Lab) 4.0 Spring, Yr1
SPA 6905 Clinician’s Meeting II 1.0 Spring, Yr1
SPA 6805 Introduction to Graduate Research 3.0 Summer A, Yr1
SPA 6581 Neuro-cognitive Language Disorders 3.0 Summer B, Yr1
PHC 6937 Public Health Concepts (self-directed study via web module) By Summer B, Yr1
SPA 5211 Voice Disorders 3.0 Fall, Yr2
SPA 5225 Speech Pathology: Stuttering 3.0 Fall, Yr2
SPA 6936 Autism/Augmentative & Alternative Comm. 3.0 Fall, Yr2
SPA 6905 Clinician’s Meeting III 1.0 Fall, Yr2
Primary Clinical Courses
SPA 6524 Practicum in SLP [see note below] 2.0 – 9.0 Various
SPA 6942 Externship in SLP [see note below] 9.0 Spring, Yr2
Thesis Track
SPA 6971 Masters Research 3.0+ Spring, Yr2

Practicum courses: Practicum courses are assigned a section number, and each section offers a unique setting for obtaining supervised clinical experience. Students work under the supervision of a qualified mentor and each student works in a range of settings during the course of the program. Students typically enroll in 2 credits of SPA 6524 in Year 1 (Fall, Spring, and Summer) and Fall of Year 2.

Externship in SLP: Students arrange an externship during the final semester of graduate study in a setting that is of interest to them. The department can assist the student with this process. The externship is unpaid. Otherwise, however, it is usually similar to a full-time job experience. Many of our students receive job offers from the site where the externship takes place.

Thesis Track: In lieu of a clinical externship, thesis students enroll in 6 credits of SPA 6254 during Spring Year 2.