Worcester State University
Communication Sciences & Disorders Department

Graduate Program Components

The prerequisite courses give the student background in the normal communication processes. The graduate program builds on the basic sciences to include the disorders of communication, their prevention, diagnosis, and treatment across the lifespan, as well as the basics of consuming/producing research, and working with other allied health professionals.
Coursework in disorders of speech, language and hearing are supplemented by 25 hours of observation in clinical settings and 375 hours of participation in diagnostic/therapeutic work with clients in the university clinic and in at least two other professional settings. Of the 400 required hours, 325 must be at the graduate level.
The minimum requirement for the master’s degree is 55 semester hours of credit. A maximum of six graduate credits of "B" or above taken within two years of the term of admission at an accredited institution may be accepted toward the graduate degree. A continuing grade point average of 3.0 is required to earn the degree. Courses with a grade of "C+" or lower must be repeated and only two C's are allowed.
Students must pass the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology (NESPA). In compliance with the 2005 ASHA Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, students must complete a written paper and presentation during their graduate program demonstrating competence in each of the standards. Students applying for Massachusetts Teacher Licensure must also pass the State Literacy Examination.

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