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Communication Sciences Graduate Program
The master of science in communication sciences and disorders allows students to enter careers in speech-language pathology. Graduates are also prepared to pursue the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). The degree includes a total of 54 semester hours of academic coursework and clinical practice. Applications to the graduate program should be postmarked by January 15th for the following fall semester.
Consistent with the mission of the university and the goals of the College of Health Professions, the overall mission of this master's degree program is to educate individuals whose skills and knowledge in the area of speech-language pathology services meet the challenges of a rapidly changing field. Graduates will meet the expanding need in South Georgia, the state, region, and nation. The program will work collaboratively with the speech-language pathology community to improve the quality of speech-language pathology services and enhance the scientific basis of professional practice.
Graduates of this program will:
- Demonstrate the knowledge and principles necessary for evaluation and treatment of communication impairments across the lifespan
- Analyze factors important to diagnosis and treatment plan development
- Document and effectively communicate their findings to the clients, their families and other professionals
- Meet legal and professional standards of competence and ethics
- Employ active learning methods that encourage self-reliance and promote continuous professional development
- Integrate theoretical knowledge and therapeutic competencies through group discussions, laboratories and clinical practice
- Knowledge of computers and computer software applications
- Demonstrate the highest qualities of character and ethical behavior as well as the knowledge, skills, and disposition that support scholarship, professionalism, technology, and diversity
- Meet the minimum 400 clinical clock hours as described by ASHA for the Certificate of Clinical Competency
The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program is accredited in the area of speech-language pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). National accreditation ensures that the program meets specified standards in the areas of administrative structure and governance, faculty and instructional staff, curriculum, students, assessment, and program resources. Students graduating from an accredited program are eligible for state and national certification.