Courses

Our 54-credit curriculum, with the option to add up to 18 credits of foundational coursework, is designed with each student’s unique prior experience in mind. Whether you have an undergraduate background in Communication Sciences and Disorders or have no prior experience in the field, we will work with you to tailor your curriculum based on your academic needs.

The curriculum is a combination of: 

  • 18 credits of foundational coursework
  • 54 credits of applied coursework 
    • 42 credits of academic coursework
    • 4 credits of clinical methods
    • 5 credits of clinical practicum 
    • 3 credits of intersession courses

Foundational Courses

We require completion of the following undergraduate courses (within 5 years) before starting the 54 credits of applied coursework. 

  • Courses can be completed as part of your bachelor’s degree or at any institution (online or in-person). 
  • Courses must be approved with a grade of B or better. 
  • You are not required to complete these courses by the time you apply, but they must be completed by the time the applied coursework for the program begins in the fall.
  • Emerson offers all foundational coursework for admitted students in the summer in an online, accelerated format:
    • Students who enroll in at least 2 foundational courses through Emerson will be able to apply their Federal Financial Aid package to their foundational coursework.

Foundational Courses

Course Code Title Description Credits
CD 625 Structures and Functions for Speech, Hearing, and Swallowing Covers anatomy and physiology of the speech, language, swallowing, and hearing mechanisms 3
CD 626 Language Development Covers language development from birth to adulthood 3
CD 627 Survey of Communication Disorders Across the Lifespan Introduces students to the broad range of speech, language, hearing disorders across the lifespan 3
CD 629 Speech Sounds: Phonetics and Acoustics Combines phonetics and speech science 3
CD 630 Foundations of Audiology An introductory course in audiological assessment and disorders of hearing 3

 

Applied Coursework

Speech-Language Pathology Program (On-Ground)
Plan of Study Effective 2022–2023

May Graduates

First Year Fall
Course Code Title Credits
CD 601 Clinical Methods I 1
CD 611 Clinical Practicum 1
CD 680 Neurologic Bases of Communication 3
CD 686 Preschool Language Disorders 3
CD 609 Research Methods and Measurements 3
First Year Spring
CD 602 Clinical Methods II 1
CD 612 Clinical Practicum 1
CD 645 Language and Literacy Disabilities 3
CD 642 Autism: Social Communication 3
  The department will assign students to take either of the two following courses  
CD 635 Speech Sound Disorders 3
CD 690 Aphasia 3
First Year Summer
CD 613 Clinical Practicum  1
CD 684 Augmentative and Alternative Communication 3
  The department will assign students to take either of the two following courses  
CD 635 Speech Sound Disorders 3
CD 690 Aphasia 3
Second Year Fall
CD 603 Clinical Methods III 1
CD 614 Clinical Practicum 1
CD 641 Dysphagia 3
CD 692 Cognitive Communicative Disorders 3
  The department will assign students to take either of the two following courses  
CD 623 Fluency Disorders 3
CD 677 Voice Disorders 3
Second Year Spring
CD 604 Clinical Methods IV 1
CD 615 Clinical Practicum 1
CD 650 Motor Speech Disorders 3
CD 689 Aural Rehabilitation for the Speech-Language Pathologist 3
  The department will assign students to take either of the two following courses  
CD 623 Fluency Disorders 3
CD 677 Voice Disorders 3

August Graduates

First Year Fall
Course Code Title  Credits
CD 600 Intro to Clinical Methods* 1*
CD 680 Neurologic Bases of Communication 3
CD 686 Preschool Language Disorders 3
CD 609 Research Methods and Measurements 3
First Year Spring
CD 601 Clinical Methods I 1
CD 611 Clinical Practicum 1
CD 684 Augmentative and Alternative Communication 3
CD 642 Autism: Social Communication 3
  The department will assign students to take either of the two following courses  
CD 635 Speech Sound Disorders Aphasia 3
CD 690   3
First Year Summer
CD 689 Aural Rehabilitation for the Speech-Language Pathologist 3
CD 612 Clinical Practicum 1
  The department will assign students to take either of the two following courses  
CD 635 Speech Sound Disorders 3
CD 690 Aphasia 3
Second Year Fall
CD 602 Clinical Methods II 1
CD 613 Clinical Practicum 1
CD 641 Dysphagia 3
CD 645 Language and Literacy Disabilities 3
  The department will assign students to take either of the two following courses  
CD 623 Fluency Disorders 3
CD 677 Voice Disorders 3
Second Year Spring
CD 603 Clinical Methods III 1
CD 604 Clinical Methods IV 1
CD 614 Clinical Practicum 1
CD 650 Motor Speech Disorders 3
CD 692 Cognitive Communicative Disorders 3
  The department will assign students to take either of the two following courses  
CD 623 Fluency Disorders 3
CD 677 Voice Disorders 3
Second Year Summer
CD 615 Clinical Practicum 1

The course sequence is slightly different this year (2021–2022) as we are transitioning to this new sequence.

*CD 600 is only required if you begin the program without 25 hours of clinical observation. It is a non-tuition course.

Accreditation

Accreditation

The Master’s of Science (MS) education program in speech-language pathology at Emerson College is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Any concerns specific to the program's accreditation status should first be addressed to the program and Emerson College and then to the CAA.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certification

Upon completion of the program and passing the national Praxis exam, students are qualified to begin a Clinical Fellowship, which leads to obtaining a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA.

The following information is provided in good faith to applicants as of August 24, 2020.

Massachusetts License in Speech-language Pathology

The residential Speech Language Pathology program leads to a Master of Science in Communication Disorders. The designed outcome is to lead applicants to begin their clinical fellowship, the first step to eligibility as a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist within Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Educator License

Applicants who wish to practice in a school setting must coordinate their licensure and approval efforts with the state or local department of education, should requirements differ.

The list below provides information about comparable clinical licenses, including a determination of eligibility for licensure by State. This information provided is designed as a baseline determination of whether the program meets individual state-specific requirements. Other licenses, including those for working in a school system, may be more applicable and/or require additional standards. Licensure requirements and appropriate pathways are subject to change and may differ based on individual student backgrounds, including coursework taken outside the scope of the program. Students should do their own due diligence and determine the appropriate pathway and license type for themselves.

The Emerson College residential Communication Sciences and Disorders program meets the educational requirements for licensure to practice in all states EXCEPT:

  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee

All graduate students are encouraged to obtain the Massachusetts educator license, which is honored reciprocally in many states, often without requiring additional coursework. To qualify for the initial license, students must have a school practicum placement; must pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), Communication and Literacy Skills Test section; and apply for the license.