Communication Sciences and Disorders Consortium This is a Track

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

TRACK DESCRIPTION

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers the Consortium track leading to the Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

CURRICULUM

The Consortium track in 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 thesis or electives, and 25 credit hours of clinical practice. With regard to requirements for clinical practice, Consortium track students typically complete the full-time clinical practice externship prior to the part-time externship. The full-time externship must be completed in a school setting that is different from the practitioner’s primary employment setting.
 
Total Credit Hours Required:
72 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Prerequisites

All students must complete at least 3 credit hours in statistics with a grade of "C" or better. Undergraduate course work in statistics is a prerequisite to SPA 6805 Research in Communicative Disorders.

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, and statistics. Courses may consist of any number of credits and must be taken outside the discipline.

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 the 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 that they are enrolled.

Additional Program Costs

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

Sample Plan of Study for the Consortium Program with a Nonthesis Option

The Consortium Track requires a prescribed sequence of academic and clinical courses that may vary. Students must meet with the Master's Program Coordinator and Consortium Coordinator to devise a program of study. The following is a sample plan of study.

Summer 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)

Summer 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 lab classes)

Summer 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 lab classes)
  • SPA 6553L Clinical Practice in Differential Diagnosis in Speech and Language Pathology (1 credit hour, taken twice)*

Summer 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 (Fall)

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

Summer Semester 6

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

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

Students in the Consortium Track complete their full-time clinical practice externship in the fall after the fourth summer semester. 

Please direct any questions to Dr. Linda I. Rosa-Lugo, UCF Consortium Faculty Coordinator, at (407) 823-4798 or lrosalugo@ucf.edu.

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.

The Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders program at UCF participates in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service, known as CSDCAS. Prospective students applying to the Communication Sciences and Disorders MA program must apply online using the CSDCAS application. To learn more about the CSDCAS application process, visit http://www.capcsd.org/csdcas-student-page/

Entry Terms: The Consortium track admits for summer term only.  Please note that admission is granted for the summer term only and for this specific track only. Applicants may not change start terms or tracks after an admission decision has been made. If the applicant determines that they cannot accept the offer of admission as presented in the admission letter, they must rescind the offer and may apply to the desired track in the next admissions cycle.

 Step 1: Complete the CSDCAS application for UCF

  • Completed CSDCAS Application (https://csdcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login)
  • One official transcript (in  a sealed envelop) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE score (verbal, quantitative, and written) obtained within the last five years. Use GRE CODE for UCF CSDCAS: 7407. (Do not use the "Institution Code" for GRE listed to the right side of this page).
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation with CSDCAS recommendation forms. One of the three letters of recommendation must be from the district school administrator or program specialist of the Speech-Language Program of the employing school district, one from the school principal, and one from a former professor. Letters of recommendation cannot be dated more than one year prior to the date of 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 current resume.

Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed. 

All application materials MUST be sent directly to CSDCAS. Materials sent to the university or program will not be accepted. Application materials must be received by CSDCAS no later than February 1st for Summer admission.

Step 2: Complete University of Central Florida's Graduate School application

In addition to the CSDCAS application, applicants must also submit a UCF application for graduate admission at https://application.graduate.ucf.edu/. Supporting documents (i.e. transcripts,test scores, etc.) do not need to be submitted to UCF directly. University applications must also be submitted by the stated application deadlines.

Admission to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program is granted on a competitive basis. Approximately 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 webpageAdditionally, 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.  All applicants and admitted students must perform certain Essential Functions in order to participate and complete program requirements.   

 

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 Consortium *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants

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Feb 1

Consortium Track candidates may apply for summer admission only.

International Applicants

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Nov 1

Consortium Track candidates may apply for summer admission only.

International Transfer Applicants

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Dec 15

The spring deadline has been extended to September 1.

Consortium Track candidates may apply for summer admission only.

*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.

FINANCIALS

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 

The program has several options for financial assistance. Full-time students are eligible for a limited number of graduate teaching and research assistantships and for positions providing faculty assistance. In addition, there is an opportunity to be funded through a United States Department of Education (USDOE) personnel preparation grant to support students interested in acquiring knowledge and skills to prepare qualified speech-language pathologists to work with children specifically in the area of listening and spoken language who are deaf and hard of hearing and who come from culturally and linguistically diverse homes. For additional information, consult the department website at www.cohpa.ucf.edu/csd.

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