Communication Disorders FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions for Undergraduate Students

Eleven Communication Disorders courses are required in order to complete an undergraduate degree.

Students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 in order to become CMD majors. A 3.0 GPA must be maintained departmentally and overall throughout the program.

Students who complete the degree requirements and do not intend to pursue a graduate degree may find immediate entry into positions such as speech assistant, paraprofessional, or aide in public and private school systems. Students might also use this degree as a base for general educational and special education graduate studies or other human services professions, academic programs, and clinical experiences.

Our undergraduate students do not provide "hands on" clinical services. All undergraduate students are required to observe 25 hours of speech language pathology and audiology diagnostic and/or therapeutic sessions as part of their program.

Students will obtain many of the 25 observation hours as part of their course work requirements. Observation hours may take place within the SCSU Center for Communication Disorders Clinic, through the Master Clinician Network, or at an outside site. The therapy must be conducted or supervised by a speech-language pathologist or audiologist who is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Whether or not a student graduates "on time" (defined here as within 4 years after entering college) depends on many factors. The earlier a student begins the Communication Disorders Program, the greater the chances of finishing on time. Transferring sophomores can usually complete the program and graduate within 4 years of starting college (taking at least 15 credits per semester), while juniors and seniors may typically need an additional semester or more in order to complete all requirements. However, if students are willing to take additional courses during the summer and/or spring or winter breaks, it is usually possible to accelerate the completion of the program.

The CMD undergraduate academic advisor meets with all undergraduate students at least twice a year, in order to plan courses for each semester. The advisor maps out the program so that students can anticipate when they will take each course. The advisor can also provide valuable career counseling for students.

The SCSU Department of Communication Disorders Master of Science degree program has an incoming annual class of approximately 40-45 students. There are numerous programs throughout the United States that offer Master's degrees in Communication Disorders. For a complete listing of accredited programs, consult the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) web site.

Further information may be obtained from Dr. Kelly Mabry, Undergraduate Advisor at or 203-392-5986.