Academic and Clinical Practicum Requirements

Undergraduate courses from related areas required for credential

Psychology 361 Developmental Psychology (3)
Special Ed 371 Exceptional individual (3)

M.A. Degree in Communicative Disorders

Academic courses in the major. The following courses are required for ASHA certification and the SLPSC credential. They may also be used for the partial fulfillment of requirements for the M.A. Degree.

Human Comm 404 Communicative Disorders of the Bilingual/Multicultural Child (3)
Human Comm 500 Research in Speech Communication (3)
Human Comm 501 Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology (1)
Human Comm 542 Neurologic Bases of Speech and Languages (3)
Human Comm 543 Seminar in Dysphagia (3)
Human Comm 571 Seminar in Fluency Disorders (3)
Human Comm 573 Seminar in Voice Disorders (3)
Human Comm 574 Seminar in Phonological Disorders (3)
Human Comm 576 Seminar in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3)
Human Comm 577 Seminar in Child Language Disorders (3)

Clinical Practicum Requirements

Human Comm 458 Clinical Practicum: Speech and Language Disorders in Children (3)
Human Comm 468 Audiology Practicum (1)
Human Comm 485 Aural Rehabilitation Practicum (1)
Human Comm 489A Public School Practicum in Communicative Disorders (4) (required only for credential)
Human Comm 558A Clinical Practicum: Speech and Language Disorders in Adults (3)
Human Comm 558C Clinical Practicum: Communicative Disorders and Differences in Individuals from Diverse Backgrounds (3)
Human Comm 559A Advanced Clinical Practicum: Communicative Disorders (3)

The following courses are required for the SLPSC credential.

Human Comm 490 Seminar in Speech and Hearing Services in the Schools (2)
Human Comm 564 Seminar in Autism Spectrum Disorders


Number and percent of students for each of the past three years who complete the master’s degree within three years, pass the national PRAXIS exam, and become employed as a speech-language pathologist within one year.

Year of Graduation

Completion of Program Within 3 Years (%)

Passing Score on PRAXIS Exam (%)

Employed as an SLP Within 1 Year of Graduation (%)


27/28 (96.4)

26/26 (100)

27/27 (100)


24/25 (96)

24/25 (96)

24/25 (96)


25/27 (93)

24/25 (96)

25/25 (100)


The Department of Human Communication Studies offers several awards that provide recognition and/or financial assistance to outstanding students majoring in speech communication or communicative disorders. The department also awards appointments to outstanding graduate students in the form of competitively selected assistantships, which include clinical graduate assistants. Check the Scholarships area of the student web page for more information.


The Communicative Disorders Program sponsors an active chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The NSSLHA chapter provides a bridge between students and their future lives as professionals by bringing in speakers from various facets of the profession. In addition, NSSLHA coordinates social activities for students and faculty.