Program Requirements

Clinical Requirements

CD 601 Clinical Methods I
CD 602 Clinical Methods II
CD 603 Clinical Methods III
CD 604 Clinical Methods IV

taken concurrently with:

CD 605 Clinical Practicum

Students must satisfy both (1) the Emerson College requirements that they enroll in at least 5 semesters of Clinical Practica (CD 605) while in the program and (2) the ASHA requirements to accumulate at least 400 hours. These are both minimums and they are independent requirements. To complete the 400 clock hours required by ASHA, 25 hours must be spent in clinical observation and 375 hours must be spent in direct client/patient contact. Of the 375 contact hours, at least 325 must be obtained within the graduate program.

Core Requirements

Successful completion of:

CD 609 Research and Statistical Methods
CD 623 Fluency Disorders
CD 635 Speech Sound Disorders
CD 641 Dysphagia
CD 645 Language and Literacy Disabilities
CD 650 Motor Speech Disorders
CD 677 Voice Disorders
CD 680 Neurologic Bases of Communication
CD 682 Foundations of Language Acquisition
CD 684 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
CD 686 Preschool Language Disorders
CD 689 Audiology in Speech-Language Pathology
CD 690 Aphasia
CD 692 Cognitive Communicative Disorders
Any three 1-credit seminars scheduled during winter and spring intersessions
A written comprehensive examination in communication disorders (administered twice per year) or a thesis
A portfolio reflecting the integration of your academic and clinical work


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The master's program in speech-language pathology at Emerson College is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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