MASTER OF ARTS PROGRAM IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
The Master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Delaware is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years. Information on the “step-wise” candidacy model and requirements for Candidacy status can be found HERE.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
Admission to the graduate program is made by a departmental committee whose members will independently evaluate each applicant’s credentials and collectively decide on admissions and financial assistance. Judgment of the applicant’s overall potential for successful graduate study will be based on:
- A careful review of the individual’s past academic performance, which involves the consideration of grade-point-average (GPA) and the pattern of grades in various subject areas;
- Nature of previous undergraduate or graduate work and the institution at which it was taken;
- Scores on the General Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination;
- Letters of recommendation; and
- Personal essay
Applying for the Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology is a two-step process. The Communication Sciences & Disorders program at the University of Delaware participates in the CSD Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). All applicants are required to apply online through CSDCAS. Once the CSDCAS application is completed (application is e-submitted, all required transcripts and/or required foreign transcript evaluation(s) and payment have been received), applicants will receive notification from the UD Office of Graduate and Professional Education to complete a brief university application.
1. Items to submit directly to CSDCAS:
- Application with application fee
- Official transcripts
- Recommendation letters
- Personal essay
- GRE score report (UD CSDCAS program code: 7459)
All materials should arrive at CSDCAS at least four weeks prior to the February 1 deadline to allow for timely processing and verification.
2. Items to submit directly to University of Delaware:
- UD graduate school application and fee (only to be completed after notified by the UD Office of Graduate and Professional Education).
- A $35.00 fee is required.
- NOTE: It is not necessary to submit any additional documents to the University of Delaware since they are in CSDCAS.
Any coursework and subsequent transcripts that become available after the file has been verified and released to us by CSDCAS must be submitted directly to the CSCD program at the University of Delaware.
- Standardized tests
- Official transcripts
- Statement of intent
- Letters of recommendation
Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education prior to matriculation. Although applicants with any undergraduate major may apply, only students who have completed all of the program prerequisites can be accepted as regular graduate students.
Applicants are required to complete both the prerequisite course required for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and those required by the University of Delaware Speech-Language Pathology program before starting the M.A. program in Speech-Language Pathology.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Prerequisites for certification
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association mandates certain additional course work for certification in speech-language pathology. These courses are not requirements or prerequisites for the M.A. program, but they are required for the Certificate of Clinical Competence and thus for entry into the profession. The requirement may be satisfied by the completion of one full-semester undergraduate course in each of four areas. These courses must be taken outside a department granting degrees in speech-language-hearing. Advanced placement courses taken in high school also count, as does successful performance on the CLEP examination. The four required areas are biological science (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, and human genetics), physical science (physics or chemistry), behavioral and social sciences (e.g. psychology, sociology, and anthropology), and statistics (Stand-alone course in statistics. Research methodology courses in communication sciences and disorders cannot be used to satisfy the statistics requirement). Most undergraduate university students have this background, but you should consult your advisor to make sure you have taken courses in all 4 areas.
University of Delaware – MA in Speech-Language Pathology Prerequisites
Listed below are the prerequisite courses for the University of Delaware’s Master’s Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology. Completion of the program prerequisite courses with a grade of B or better is required. Note that the exact title of these courses can vary across different programs. UD SLP program prerequisite courses are offered through the Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences department at the University of Delaware. If your undergraduate major is in speech-language-hearing or communication disorders, it is highly likely that most or all of these prerequisites have already been fulfilled. Majors or minors in cognate fields such as psychology and linguistics also typically include some of this content, often distributed differently. No matter what your background, however, it is your responsibility to demonstrate that these prerequisites have been fulfilled:
- Phonetics and Phonology
- Speech Science
- Speech-Language Development
- Clinical Principles for Management of CSD
- Intro to Audiology
Applicants should also have completed or be in the process of completing the required 25 hours of clinical observation that have been signed by an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist.
The general test is required for admission and must have been taken within 5 years of application. Your application file will be considered incomplete, and will not be reviewed, until after official GRE scores are received. GRE waiver requests are not available for admission to this program. We strongly recommend that you take the GRE a minimum of 8 weeks before your application deadline. Applicants should request all official test scores to be reported to the University of Delaware when applying in CSDCAS (institution code 7459).
All applicants whose native language is not English and have not completed a baccalaureate degree at a college or university where the primary language of instruction is English, must demonstrate English language proficiency through either the TOEFL or IELTS testing systems. The test must have been taken within two (2) years of the first semester of enrollment. The minimum TOEFL score required is 110 (TOEFLibt). The TOEFL code for the University of Delaware is 5811. Score reports can be obtained by contacting Educational Testing Service. An IELTS score of 8.0 or better may be submitted in place of a TOEFL score.
Official transcripts from every accredited U.S. college and university attended need to be submitted. DO NOT include transcripts for study abroad classes that are not itemized on a U.S. college or university transcript. Please refer to our program page in CSDCAS for additional information. All official transcripts should be sent directly to CSDCAS.
Foreign Transcripts: Applicants who did not receive an undergraduate degree in the United States must have their degree transcript evaluated by World Education Services. This evaluation must document equivalency to a U.S. baccalaureate degree. When requesting a transcript evaluation, request a “course-by-course” evaluation with grades. Please allow for additional time for your application to be processed.
All applicants are asked to compose an essay that addresses the applicant’s skills and experiences. The exact question to be addressed can be found in the CSDCAS application. The essay should be submitted directly to CSDCAS.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required for admission. It is preferred that college instructors provide these recommendations, but past supervisors during employment or volunteer positions are also acceptable. Applicants will enter the names and contact information (including email addresses) of three (3) individuals into the online CSDCAS application. The application system will prompt the references to submit a reference letter and automatically send them to CSDCAS. Please refer to our program page in CSDCAS for additional information.
Applying for the Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology
All applicants are required to apply online through CSDCAS. Application process through CSDCAS will require you to:
- Complete demographic information
- Enter pre-requisite courses taken
- Upload essay
- Identify individuals who will write letters of recommendations (email address required)
You must also make sure that you submit to CSDCAS:
- GRE scores
- Official Transcripts
Upon acceptance into the program, a $500 nonrefundable deposit is required.
 Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology is not a pre-requisite, but is highly recommended.
The Communication Sciences and Disorders program provides academic and clinical training commensurate with the Masters in Speech-Language Pathology degree. This entry-level degree program provides students the necessary coursework and practicum experiences to apply for certification in speech-language pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Graduates are also eligible to apply for licensure as a speech-language pathologist in Delaware. The UD CSCD program is full-time and of two years duration, including two winter sessions and one summer session. Part-time matriculation is not permitted.
The curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive balance of academic and clinical experiences that addresses all KASA 2014 requirements and ASHA standards for professional certification. The curriculum encourages students to explore professional scholarship whether through clinical work, classroom assignments, or independent research. The thesis option provides additional training in a research experience for students interested in pursuing doctoral study. Students who enter the program with all pre-requisite courses should complete the program in 18 months (4 academic semesters, one summer and one winter sessions). Students who select to do a thesis may lengthen their program of study by one semester.
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|Minimum elective research, include dissertation and/or research credits, if applicable|
PROGRAM OF STUDY
CSCD 610 Foundations of Clinical Practice I
Basic concepts of clinical practice, including models of service delivery, clinical decision making, models of diagnosis and assessment, fundamentals of clinical data collection and measurement, treatment planning, and professional writing. Required credentials to practice as a speech-language pathologist are discussed.
CSCD 611 Language Disorders in Children (Birth to 5)
Assessment and intervention strategies for children ages birth to 5 years with semantic, pragmatic, and morphosyntactic receptive and expressive problems deficits
CSCD 612 Neurogenic Disorders: Foundation
This course presents an overview of acquired neurogenic language disorders and the ways in which these disorders have historically been described and explained. Course provides a review of the neural basis for communicative behaviors. Approaches to diagnosis and treatment of adult language disorders from structural to functional models are discussed.
CSCD 613 Phonological Disorders
Current theoretical approaches to phonological analysis and typical phonological acquisition applied to assessment and intervention with children who have phonological disorders. Practice with formal and informal phonological analysis procedures.
CSCD 620 Foundations of Clinical Practice II
Advanced concepts of clinical practice, including principles of human behavior change, generalization, transfer and maintenance, ethical practice, insurance and reimbursement of services, ethics, and counseling techniques as they relate to individuals with speech, language, and hearing disorders, federal and state legislative acts and practices. Students address practical and current issues necessary for ethical and informed professional services in the field of speech-language pathology
CSCD 621 Fluency Disorders
Theoretical perspectives on the nature of stuttering, including onset and development, and maintenance of disfluent speech; differentiation of normal vs. stuttered disfluencies; approaches to assessment and intervention across age range, settings, and severity levels; familial considerations, counseling, and environmental modifications; treatment principles.
CSCD 622 Language Disorders in Children-School Age
A review of research in oral and written language development of school-age children and contemporary literature relating to the management of language disorders of school age children and adolescents. Emphasis on assessment and service delivery models; classroom management; and teaching, adaption, and implementation of IEPs; legislative and administrative aspects of speech-language pathology school programming.
CSCD 623 Neurogenic Disorders of Language: Management
Overview of communication disorders secondary to acquired brain damage in adults; focus on aphasia, communication disorders arising from dementia, right‑hemisphere stroke, traumatic brain injuries; general principles of diagnosis and intervention across a variety of settings, with consideration given to the present climate of health care and functional outcomes.
CSCD 624 Dysphagia
Presents information on the anatomy, physiology, and neural bases of normal swallowing, the various diseases that can affect swallowing function, the nature of swallowing dysfunction and ways to assess it, and treatment options for patients with swallowing disorders.
CSCD 625 Voice and Resonance Disorders
Basic foundations for management of voice disorders. Techniques applicable to children and adults with disorders of voice, both functional and organic in origin.
CSCD 626 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Approaches to development of alternate modes of communication for individuals with significant motor, cognitive, and/or perceptual disabilities. System design (hardware and software) useful in building augmentative and alternative communication devices for the profoundly impaired.
CSCD 627 Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Basic theories and principles associated with communication assessment and intervention for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders are addressed.
CSCD 628 Aural Rehabilitation
Theory, procedures for assessment, (re)habilitation of speech, hearing, and language deficits of people with hearing impairment.
CSCD 650 Clinical Practicum Seminar
Course is taken concurrently with CSCD 651 and is intended to provide a forum for peer discussion of theoretical and clinical issues related to the management of patients seen in the clinic. Emphasis on evidence-based practice, clinical writing, and ethical/professional issues.
CSCD 651 Clinical Practicum
Student clinicians provide intervention to communicatively impaired clients, under supervision of a certified speech language pathologists at the university speech-language-hearing clinic. Focus on planning, staffing, implementation, modification, and outcomes assessment of evaluation and intervention procedures with clients and their families
CSCD 710 Foundations of Clinical Practice III
This course is a continuation of Foundations I and II and will expand students knowledge and understanding of research methods in communication sciences Focus is on scientific principles, ethical use of human participants, animal subjects and responsible conduct of research principles, and evaluation of scientific evidence. Student will begin developing their evidence-brief.
CSCD 711 Neurogenic Disorders of Speech
Review of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of brain motor systems. Characteristics of the dysarthrias and apraxia in children and adults due to congenital or acquired etiologies, including degenerative diseases. Focus on diagnosis and prognosis, and development of treatment goals.
CSCD 712 Management of Linguistically Diverse Populations
Course is intended for students who intend to practice as bilingual speech-language pathologists. Fluency in language other than English is required. Course will review linguistic and cultural variations in language acquisition and child socialization across cultural and linguistically diverse populations. Course focus is on assessment and treatment of communication disorders in individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse groups.
CSCD 713 Seminar: Special Topics
Lecture-discussion with or without laboratory component on current topics in normal aspects of communication or identification, treatment and research in speech-language pathology and audiology
CSCD 714 Directed Research
Supervised laboratory experience in conducting research in communication sciences and disorders.
CSCD 715 Proseminar
Presentation of research ideas, results by faculty, students. Variable content. Speakers from the communication department, other areas of the university and the general professional community present issues of concern to speech-language pathologists.
CSCD 750 Advanced Clinical Practicum Seminar
Course is taken concurrently with CSCD 751 and is intended to provide a forum for peer discussion of theoretical and clinical issues related to the management of patients seen in schools or health facilities. Emphasis on evidence-based practice, clinical writing, and ethical/professional issues.
CSCD 751 Advanced Clinical Practicum
Supervised practicum in health care facility or school setting.
CSCD 780 Comprehensive Academic-Clinical Project
CSCD 869 Thesis
Students are provided various opportunities to work with individuals across the life span and the continuum of care: early intervention in the homes, daycares and preschools, K-12, outpatient clinics, hospital for children and adults, and sub-acute nursing facilities. Sites are located in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties.
First year students’ practicum experience opportunities include: UD Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, home and day care based early intervention, RTI in schools, research-based summer camp interventions, and diagnostic assessments in schools.
Second year students are placed in a minimum of two externship sites; one serving adults and one children. Some students return to the UD SLH Clinic for specialty clinics.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The University of Delaware is required to comply with state and federal
laws regarding the delivery of distance education (e.g., clinical externship practicum). Please
see the University’s State Authorization page for more information.
CLINICAL EXPERIENCES: SCHOOLS
Appoquinomink School District (New Castle County)
Site: Appoquinomink School District/Old State Elementary
Site: Appoquinomink School District/Preschool
Brandywine School District (New Castle County)
Site: Brandywine School District/Claymont Elementary
Site: Brandywine School District/Lancashire Elementary
Cape Henlopen School District (Sussex County)
Capital School District (Kent County)
Site: Capital School District/ESY
Site: Capital School District/KCCS/ESY
Caesar Rodney School District (Kent County)
Christina School District (New Castle County)
Site: Christina School District/Bancroft Elementary
Site: Christina School District/Brader Elementary
Site: Christina School District/Brennen School
Site: Christina School District/Brennen School/ESY
Site: Christina School District/ESY
Site: Christina School District/Maclary Elementary
Site: Christina School District/Oberle Elementary
Site: Christina School District/Oberle Elementary/RtI
Site: Christina School District/REACH Program
Colonial School District (New Castle County)
Site: Colonial School District/Southern Elementary
Site: Colonial School District/William Penn High School
Indian River School District (Sussex County)
Lake Forest School District (Kent County)
Milford School District (Kent County)
Newark Charter School (New Castle County)
Site: Newark Charter School
Red Clay School District (New Castle County)
Site: Red Clay School District/Richey Elementary
Smyrna School District (Kent County)
The College School (New Castle County)
The Pilot School (New Castle County)
CLINICAL EXPERIENCES: MEDICAL
Bayhealth Medical Center
Site: Bayhealth/Kent General (Kent County)
Site: Bayhealth/Milford Memorial (Sussex County)
Beebe Medical Center (Sussex County)
Site: Beebe/Hospital (Sussex County)
Site: Beebe/Rehoboth (Sussex County)
Cadia Healthcare LLC
Site: Cadia/Pike Creek
Chester-Crozer Medical Center
Christiana Care Health Services (CCHS) (New Castle County)
Site: CCHS/Christiana Hospital (New Castle County)
Site: CCHS/Wilmington Hospital (New Castle County)
ENT & Allergy of Delaware (New Castle County)
Five Star Rehabilitation and Wellness Services (New Castle County)
HealthSouth – Middletown (New Castle County)
HCR Healthcare/ManorCare Health Services (New Castle County)
Site: Manorcare/Pike Creek
Mary Campbell Center (New Castle County)
Site: Mary Campbell Center
Nanticoke Health Services Inc (Sussex County)
St. Francis Hospital (New Castle County)
The Nemours Foundation
Site: AI DuPont/Bryn Mawr
Site: AI DuPont/Deptford
Site: AI DuPont/Main Site
University of Maryland (Maryland)
VA Medical Center – Wilmington (New Castle County)
CLINICAL EXPERIENCES: CLINICS
Easterseals Delaware & Maryland Eastern Shore
Site: Easter Seals/New Castle
EBS Children’s Institute (Pennsylvania)
Poynton-Marsh Speech Services (Sussex County)
The Speech Clinic (New Castle County)
Theraplay, Inc. (Pennsylvania)
University of Delaware Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
Site: UD SLH Clinic
CLINICAL EXPERIENCES: STAFFING AGENCIES
Delaware Speech & Language Services, Inc. (New Castle County)
EBS Healthcare (Pennsylvania)
Therapy Services of Delaware (New Castle County)
The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program offers merit-based financial assistance in the form of tuition remission. No additional application is required. In addition, graduate research assistantships are sometimes available. Students cannot receive two separate financial assistance awards concurrently. All matriculated students will be informed when a graduate research assistantship becomes available. For additional information on financial aid, please access the link below
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