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Communication Sciences and Disorders MA

College : Health and Public Affairs Degree :MA
Department : Communication Sciences and Disorders Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Websites : http://www.cohpa.ucf.edu/csd

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers three plans of study leading to the Master of Arts degree: the Traditional, Consortium (summers mainly) and Accelerated programs.

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CURRICULUM

The Communication Sciences and Disorders MA program consists of a minimum of 72 credit hours, including 38 credit hours of core academic courses, 9 credit hours of electives, and 25 credit hours of clinical practice. Thesis students take 6 credit hours of Thesis and one elective course (3 credit hours).

Total Credit Hours Required:
72 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Prerequisites

  • To be certified to practice by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), all students must have undergraduate transcript credit, which could include course work, advanced placement, CLEP, or examination equivalency, for each of the following areas: biological sciences, physical sciences, social/behavioral sciences, physics and mathematics or statistics. Courses may consist of any number of credits and must be taken outside the discipline.
  • All students must complete at least 3 credit hours in statistics with a grade of "C" or better. Undergraduate or graduate course work in statistics is a prerequisite to SPA 6805 Research in Communicative Disorders.
  • The Department admits qualified in-field applicants, with an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders or speech-language pathology and audiology, and out-of-field applicants, with undergraduate degrees in other majors. Out-of-field students require an additional 32 to 35 credit hours of prerequisite course work that may be completed in approximately two semesters once admitted.

Out-of-field students must complete the following undergraduate prerequisite courses or their equivalents once admitted

  • STA 2014C Principles of Statistics (3 credit hours) or STA 2023 Statistical Methods I (3 credit hours)
  • LIN 3713 Language Science (3 credit hours)
  • LIN 3716/3716L Language Development (5 credit hours)
  • SPA 3101 Physiological Bases of Speech and Hearing (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 3104 Neural Bases of Communication (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 3112/3112L Basic Phonetics and Lab (4 credit hours)
  • SPA 3011/3011L Speech Science I: Production and Lab (4 credit hours)
  • SPA 3123/3123L Speech Science II: Perception and Lab (4 credit hours)
  • SPA 4032 Audiology (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 4326 Hearing Disorders Across the Lifespan (3 credit hours)

Required Courses—38 Credit Hours

  • SPA 6204 Articulation/Phonological Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6211C Voice Disorders (4 credit hours)
  • SPA 6225C Fluency Disorders (4 credit hours)
  • SPA 6236 Motor Speech Disorders in Adults and Children (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6327 Aural Habilitation/Rehabilitation (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6410 Aphasia and Related Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6474 Assessment and Management of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6496 Language Disorders in Children and Adolescents (6 credit hours)
  • SPA 6559 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6565 Feeding and Swallowing Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6805 Research in Communicative Disorders (3 credit hours)

Clinical Practice—25 Credit Hours

Supervised clinical practice is an integral part of the graduate program in communication sciences and disorders. It provides students with an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to the evaluation and management of individuals with a wide variety of communication disorders. Students complete three clinical practica at the UCF Communication Disorders Clinic and other affiliated facilities, as well as externships in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care facilities, community clinics, and private practices. Through these practica and externships, students obtain a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in accordance with the guidelines outlined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Clinical practica and externships vary in length and do not always coincide with the academic calendar.

  • SPA 6551 Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level I (1 credit hour)
  • SPA 6503 Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level II (1 credit hour)
  • SPA 6503L Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level II Application (1 credit hour, taken twice)
  • SPA 6553L Clinical Practice in Differential Diagnosis in Speech and Language Pathology (1 credit hour, taken twice)
  • SPA 6942 Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level III (1 credit hour)
  • SPA 6942L Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level III Application (1 credit hour, taken twice)
  • SPA 6943C Clinical Practice: Level I (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6946 Clinical Practice: Level II (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6946 Clinical Practice: Level III (10 credit hours)

Thesis Option—9 Credit Hours

  • SPA 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)
  • Elective (3 credit hours)

Students who elect this option complete a thesis in Communication Sciences and Disorders for 6 credit hours and select one elective in consultation with a faculty adviser.. 

Thesis hours cannot be counted toward graduation requirements if students fail to complete or successfully defend their thesis. For additional information, thesis students and their advisory committees should refer to the thesis requirements in the UCF Graduate Catalog.

Nonthesis Option—9 Credit Hours

  • Electives (9 credit hours)

Students who elect this option must select three electives in consultation with a faculty adviser.

Comprehensive Examination

Passing a Departmental Comprehensive Examination is a requirement for completion of the master's degree in communication sciences and disorders. 

Equipment Fee

Students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders MA Program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester they are enrolled.

Additional Program Costs

The program requires students to pay additional, one-time fees for the required background checks, clinic uniform, and registration for the academic/clinical competencies tracking system.

Sample Plan of Study for the Traditional Program

The Traditional MA program requires a prescribed sequence of academic and clinical courses which may vary according to the semester of entry. The following is a sample plan of study.

Semester 1

  • SPA 6204 Articulation/Phonological Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6211C Voice Disorders (4 credit hours)
  • SPA 6496 Language Disorders in Children and Adolescents (6 credit hours)
  • SPA 6551 Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level I (1 credit hour)

Semester 2

  • SPA 6225C Fluency Disorders (4 credit hours)
  • SPA 6410 Aphasia and Related Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6559 Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6503 Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level II (1 credit hour)
  • SPA 6503L Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level II Application (enroll in two 1 credit hour classes)

Semester 3

  • SPA 6327 Aural Habilitation/Rehabilitation (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6565 Feeding and Swallowing Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6805 Research in Communicative Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6942 Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level III (1 credit hour)
  • SPA 6942L Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level III Application  (enroll in two 1 credit hour classes)
  • SPA 6553L Clinical Practice in Differential Diagnosis in Speech and Language Pathology (1credit hour, taken twice)*

Semester 4

  • SPA 6236 Motor Speech Disorders in Adults and Children (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6474 Assessment and Management of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6943C Clinical Practice: Level I (3 credit hours)
  • Elective (3 credit hours)

Semester 5

  • SPA 6946 Clinical Practice: Level II (3 credit hours)
  • Elective (3 credit hours)
  • Elective (3 credit hours)

Semester 6

  • SPA 6946 Clinical Practice: Level III (10 credit hours)

*SPA 6553L must be taken in two semesters during either the third, fourth or fifth semesters.

Independent Learning

All students in the Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders program engage in independent learning through inquiry, dialogue, and practice. Experiences such as client case studies, scholarly reviews, research projects, clinical practica and externships provide students independent learning opportunities to attain knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors. In capstone externships, students bridge university classroom and clinic lessons to real-world educational and health-related settings.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE score (verbal, quantitative, and written)  taken within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably two from former professors. Letters of recommendation cannot be one year older than the application deadline.
  • A letter of intent describing educational background, professional experiences, future goals, and how you will embody and uphold the ASHA Code of Ethics (http://www.asha.org/code-of-ethics/) in your professional career.
  • A resume.

The program only accepts one application from each prospective student per application deadline. Applicants must choose to apply to either summer or fall.

Admission to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program is granted on a competitive basis. Thirty-five (35) students are admitted each semester.  Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. The recent class statistics are listed on the Graduate Program Profile webpage.  Additionally, the program reserves the right to deny admission or dismiss a student after admission to the program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student fails to demonstrate and/or uphold the ASHA Code of Ethics (http://www.asha.org/code-of-ethics/) during coursework and/or practice in the field.   A background check is required for all new students during their first semester in the program. 

Application Deadlines

The Traditional Track admits students three times per year in the fall, spring, and summer. The Consortium Track admits students once per year in the summer.

Communication Sciences and Disorders MA *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Feb 1Oct 1Feb 1

Traditional Track

International Applicants Dec 15Dec 15Jul 1Nov 1

Traditional Track

International Transfer Applicants Dec 15Dec 15Jul 1Nov 1

Traditional Track

*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

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