Graduate Program - Speech Language Pathology

The Master of Science degree with a major in Speech-Language Pathology prepares students to practice in public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practice as speech-language pathologists.

The educational program includes instruction in a broad array of diagnostic and treatment paradigms as well as supervised hands-on experience in the department's unique Center for Communication Disorders and at selected off-campus sites including schools and hospitals.

The Master of Science program in Speech-Language Pathology at Southern Connecticut State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 220 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland, 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The current accreditation cycle expires in November 2026.

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Individuals who enter the graduate program with all prerequisite coursework can complete the graduate program in six semesters, full-time (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer). Individual programs for all students are designed to meet the requirements for certification in speech-language pathology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Connecticut licensure, and special endorsement in speech-language pathology for Connecticut public schools. Students who are missing prerequisite coursework will require up to three additional semesters to complete the program. The Graduate Program Coordinator will review students’ prior coursework to determine which prerequisite courses are needed to fulfill all requirements.  

Students must maintain an overall and departmental GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program. A “B-” or higher must be achieved in all academic courses and clinical practica.

ASHA Prerequisite Coursework

Biological (human or animal)
Physical Science (physics or chemistry)
Social/Behavioral Science (psychology, sociology, anthropology, public health) - 2 courses

Required Pre-Professional Coursework – minimum of 21 credits

Phonetics and Phonological Systems
Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
Language Development
Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Science 
Neurological Bases of Communication 
Speech Science 
Clinical Practice of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

25 hours of observation documented by a practitioner with ASHA certification

School Certification Coursework

Speech-language pathologists who work in Connecticut public schools must have school certification (Special Endorsement in Speech-Language Pathology)

Special Education - 3 credits
Professional Education – 6 credits (e.g. psychology: child, educational, developmental, adolescent, or cognitive/learning; foundations in education; classroom instruction and management)

Graduate Requirements

  1. Completion of all courses in a planned program with a GPA of at least 3.0 within the six-year limit.
  2. Pass Praxis II test for speech-language pathology; have pass indicator placed on the transcript.
  3. Complete all clinical hours and practica requirements to meet ASHA and department standards.
  4. Complete capstone - Either pass CMD 605 - Special Projects or successfully complete thesis (approved by School of Graduate Studies).
  5. Apply for graduation through Registrar's Office (online).
  6. Information on applying for CT State Licensure, Teacher Certification, and ASHA certification. (link to be updated)