Communication Disorders

School of Graduate and Continuing Studies

Program Requirements ♦  Admissions Criteria  ♦  Clinical Hours

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Dear Prospective Students:

The mission of the Master of Science in Communication Disorders Program is to prepare students for licensure and certification in speech-language pathology, contribute to scholarly work in the discipline, provide opportunities for continuing education, and offer direct services to the surrounding community.

The Master of Science in Communication Disorders Program (MSCD) at Stockton University has a curriculum designed to prepare program graduates for certification as speech-language pathologists by the American Speech- Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and for certification as Speech-Language Specialists in the New Jersey Public Schools.

The program requires completion of 60 graduate credits. As the program faculty feel that a background in research skills is necessary for evidence-based practice, a Master’s Thesis is optional.

The Master of Science in Communication Disorders program at Stockton University 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.

Program Requirements

  • 60 credits
  • Minimum of 400 supervised clinical hours
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Students must also register for the PRAXIS examination in Speech-Language Pathology prior to graduation
Required Courses   Total Credits: 54
CMDS 5110 Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders 3 credits
CMDS 5120 Language Disorders in Young Children 3 credits
CMDS 5125 Advanced Clinical Methods 3 credits
CMDS 5220 Language Disorders in School Aged Children 3 credits
CMDS 5230 Augmentative and Alternative Communication 3 credits
CMDS 5310 Disorders of Phonology 3 credits
CMDS 5410 Diagnostic Methods 3 credits
CMDS 5411 Diagnostic Methods Lab 1 credit
CMDS 5420 Clinical Audiology for Speech-Language Pathologists 3 credits
CMDS 5455 Disorders of Voice and Fluency 3 credits
CMDS 5900 Clinical Methods Lab 1 credit
CMDS 5901 Clinical Practicum I 3 credit
CMDS 5902 Clinical Practicum II 3 credits
CMDS 5903 Clinical Practicum III 3 credits
CMDS 5904 Specialty Clinic (May be repeated for credit) 1 credit
CMDS 6110 Research in Communication Disorders 3 credits
CMDS 6210 Acquired Adult Language Disorders 3 credits
CMDS 6430 Dysphagia 3 credits
CMDS 6440 Motor Speech Disorders 3 credits
CMDS 6460 Communication Disorders in Special Populations 3 credits
Electives   6 credits
CMDS 5470 Speech-Language Pathology in the School 3 credits
CMDS 6630 Research Seminar (May be repeated for credit) 2 credits
CMDS 6420 Medical Speech Pathology 3 credits
CMDS 6450 Advanced Linguistic/Cultural Diversity Issues in Communication Disorders 3 credits
CMDS 5904 Specialty Clinic (Beyond required semester) 1 credit
In addition, students may, with permission, enroll in electives offered by related disciplines such as:
EDUC 5320 Survey of Moderate and Severe Disabilities 3 credits
EDUC 5331 Behavior Management and Behavioral Disorders 3 credits
EDUC 5365 Diagnosis of Reading/Language Abilities/Disabilities 3 credits

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Admissions Requirements

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite coursework includes the following courses or equivalents (grade of “C” or better).  Some of this coursework can be completed through the Communication Disorders Preparation program:

  • HLTH 1103 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (4 credits)
  • HLTH 2104 Phonetics (4 credits)
  • HLTH 2106 Speech and Hearing Science (4 credits)
  • HLTH 2119 Introduction to Communication Disorders (4 credits)
  • HLTH 3115 Speech and Language Development (4 credits)
  • HLTH 3122 Introduction to Audiology (4 credits)
  • HLTH 4101 Clinical Methods and Clinical Grad Rounds (4 credits)

Applicants must also document a grade of “C” or better in a course in:

  • Biology
  • Physical Science (e.g. A course dealing primarily with the principles of physics, chemistry, astronomy, or geology).
  • Statistics
  • Social Science (e.g. a course in psychology or sociology)

Application Process

The application process into Stockton's MSCD program is two-fold. You must submit an application through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS) as well as through Stockton's Online Supplemental Application-CAS. Program specific admissions information including prerequisite course requirements can be reviewed on the CSDCAS Stockton Profile page.

Your Application to the CSDCAS application should include:

  1. Official Transcripts from all schools attended (including Stockton)
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Essay, resume, observation hours, and any other additional information
    For details please visit www.csdcas.org.
  4. Official GRE Test Scores sent directly to CSDCAS  (school code: 3872).

Your Stockton Online Supplemental Application-CAS should include:

  1. Online Supplemental Application-CAS (you must create Web ID and Pin)
  2. Signature Page along with the $50 non-refundable application fee (this is an addition to the CSDCAS fee) which can be retrieved once you submit Stockton's Online Supplemental Application-CAS (scroll to the bottom of this page to begin your Stockton Online Supplemental Application-CAS).
  3. Educational Background Form

Please click on the "Graduate Programs" link on the left navigation menu for additional information and links forms.

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Clinical Hours

All Master’s degree candidates must complete 400 clinical hours of supervised clinical experience. Of these 400 hours, 25 must be in supervised observation. Per ASHA certification standards, at least 325 of the 400 clinical hours must be completed at the graduate level. Students will receive clinical experience both on campus at Stockton's Speech and Hearing Clinic and off campus in various clinical placements. Students will be able to graduate having had a variety of clinical experiences.

Students must enroll full-time in the MSCD Program. The requirements are demanding but the outcome is rewarding.

Apply today.  If you have further questions, Request More Information, view Frequently Asked Questions, or call the Graduate Admissions Office at (609) 626-3640 or E-mail gradschool@stockton.edu.

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This page was updated on 4/10/15.