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Communication Disorders

School of Graduate and Continuing Studies

Curriculum  ♦  Admissions Requirements ♦  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 the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey 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 the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey 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.


Curriculum


MSCD Curriculum- 60 Credits

Year 1- Fall Semester Year 1- Spring Semester
CMDS 5310 Disorders of Phonology CMDS 5110 Neurological Bases of Communication
CMDS 5125 Advanced Clinical Methods CMDS 5220 Language Disorders in School-Aged Children and Adolescents
CMDS 5120 Language Disorders in Young Children CMDS 5410 Diagnostic Methods
CMDS 5101 Clinical Observation Lab if needed CMDS 5201* Clinical Practicum I (on campus)
   
Year 1- Summer Session
CMDS 5420 Audiology CMDS 5201* Clinical Practicum I (on campus)
Elective (CMDS 5470 or other approved elective)
   
Year 2- Fall Semester Year 2- Spring Semester
CMDS 5201* Clinical Practicum I (on campus) CMDS 5301 Clinical Practicum II
CMDS 6110 Research in Communication Disorders CMDS 6210 Acquired Adult Language
CMDS 6430 Dysphagia CMDS 6120 Thesis I or Approved Elective
CMDS 6440 Motor Speech Disorders  
Year 2- Summer
CMDS 5450 Disorders of Voice CMDS 5460 Disorders of Fluency
   
Year 3- Fall Semester
CMDS 6450 Communication Disorders in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations CMDS 6130 Thesis II or Approved Elective
CMDS 5401 Clinical Practicum III  

 *Students may enroll for Clinical Practicum I: Spring I, Summer I, or Fall 2 semester according to the plan developed with their preceptor.  Students may also enroll in Clinical Practicum II or III during the second summer.

For course descriptions, please visit The College's Course Catalog.

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Admissions Requirements

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:

  • CMDS 1101 or CMDS 5101 Phonetics
  • CMDS 1102 or CMDS 5102 Speech Science I
  • CMDS 1103 or CMDS 5103 Speech Science II
  • CMDS 2115 or CMDS 5115 Language Acquisition
  • CMDS 2119 or CMDS 5119 Introduction to Communication Disorders.

In addition to the above courses, you will also need to document a grade of “C” or better in a course in:

  • Biology ( e.g. BIOL 1200, HLTH 2221)
  • Physical Science (e.g. A course dealing primarily with the principles of physics or chemistry is preferred).
  • Statistics
  • Social Science (e.g. a course in psychology or sociology)

Please click on the Graduate Programs link on the left to view additional application requirements and 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 policy, at least 325 of the 400 clinical hours must be completed at the graduate level. Students will receive clinical experience both on campus in the 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, visit the MSCD  Program's Web site, call the Graduate Admissions Office at (609) 626-3640 or E-mail gradschool@stockton.edu.

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