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Graduate Program Descriptions

Master’s Program

A. Research Core (9 credits)
Three courses are taken including Research I, Research II and Statistics. (Statistics may be waived if taken at the undergraduate level).

B. Cultural Diversity Core (3 credits)
Cultural diversity is the hallmark of Howard University’s curriculum. Students enroll in Applied Sociolinguistics.

C. Speech Disorders (13 credits)
Six courses are taken including Neurogenic Speech Disorders, Voice Disorders, Stuttering, Phonological Disturbances and Introduction to AAC.

D. Language Disorders (7 credits)
Three required courses include Neurogenic Language Disorders, Language and Literacy and Early Intervention. 

E. Professional Practice (16 credits)
A variety of didactic and practicum courses include Differential Diagnosis, Dysphagia, Private Practice and Administration, Praxis Review and Clinical Practicum, 1  EV.

F. Non-credit Modules
Two online non-credit modules are required for graduation and state licensure which include counseling and professional ethics. Students are provided with a certificate for contact hours.

Specialization Tracks (2-4 credits)
The specialization courses are electives based on the desired career focus. Students in theEducation Track enroll in School-Age Language Disorders.  Students in the Medical Track takeCommunication Disorders in Aging or Traumatic Brain Injury, as well as Medical Speech-Language Pathology.  Students in the Technology Track take AAC Evaluation and Treatment. Students in theBilingual Track take Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology. 

Thesis Option (1-6 credits)
Completion of a thesis is not required for the master’s degree. Students who wish to advance to the Ph.D. program enroll in additional credits of Thesis I/II wherein the student conducts research, and prepares and defends a thesis.

3-Year Master’s Program

Students who are admitted without the undergraduate major in speech-language pathology take prerequisites before enrolling in the master’s curriculum. A total of 15 courses are required if not taken at the undergraduate level. The 3-year Master’s program is organized as follows:

A. Basic Science Coursework (12 credits)
Basic science coursework may be taken at any accredited institution.  Areas of coursework includeBiological Science, Physical Science, Statistics, and Behavioral/Social Science.

B. Physical and Psychophysical Bases of Communication (10 credits)
These courses are offered in the Department and include Anatomy & Physiology/Lab, Speech & Hearing Science, and Phonetics.

C. Linguistic and Psycholinguistic Bases of Communication (3 credits)
The following course is offered in the Department: Introduction to Language Acquisition.

D. Speech-Language Pathology (12 credits)
These courses are offered in the Department and include Introduction to Fluency & Voice, Introduction to Articulation & Language, Teaching Methods and Tests & Measurement.

E. Audiology (6 credits)
These courses are offered in the Department and include Introduction to Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation.

Accelerated 5-Year Master's Program

This is a new program that was approved by the Board of Trustees in January, 2015 to begin in the fall, 2016. The traditional course of study in speech-language pathology takes two to three years after the undergraduate degree and requires an additional CFY experience for one year for a total of 7 to 8 years, depending upon the undergraduate major. Contrastively, students admitted to the accelerated program will complete all requirements to enter the workplace as independent practitioners in 6 years, including the Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY). Both the traditional and the accelerated program in speech-language pathology are maintained in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The accelerated program is designed for highly motivated students who are beginning their university careers. A minimum grade point average of 3.5 is required for admission and continuation in the program as compared to a minimum of 3.2 for the traditional M. S. program. Incoming students will begin at the pre-professional level (undergraduate) and must complete basic science courses offered in the College of Arts and Sciences and prerequisite courses in speech-language pathology offered in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders within the first three years of the accelerated program. Students who maintain the 3.5 GPA into the third year will be automatically admitted into the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology. The graduate curriculum, to be completed in the fourth and fifth years, will include completion of the 400 clinical clock hours required to earn their clinical certification. At the end of the five years, students will be graduated with the Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Students who choose to opt out of the accelerated program will be given the opportunity to choose a different course of study within the University or another graduate school. All students will be closely monitored and advised throughout their matriculation. Advising will be available through the School of Communications during the first three years and from CSD faculty during the last two years of the program. The accelerated 5-year Master’s program is organized as follows:

A. University Core (28 credits)
The university-wide undergraduate core curriculum includes courses in English composition; African-American studies; mathematics; social sciences; natural sciences; foreign language; speech and physical education.

B. School of Communications Requirements (20 credits)
School of Communications common courses include SOC Orientation; Introduction to Communications; psychology, social science, biology, physical science, linguistics and statistics.

C. Speech-Language Pathology Pre-professional Courses (37 credits)
These courses are offered in the Department and include Phonetics; Introduction to Fluency & Voice Disorders; Introduction to Articulation & Language Disorders, Teaching Methods; Tests & Measurement; Anatomy & Physiology/Lab, Speech & Hearing Science; Language Development; Bases of Audiology; Aural Rehabilitation and Clinical Practicum I and II.

D. Minor (9-12 credits)
Students select a minor such as psychology to complement the speech-language pathology focus.

E. Graduate Courses (59-60 credits)
During the fourth and fifth years, students follow the Master’s curriculum as listed above.

Typical 5-Year Accelerated Curriculum

Year 1 Fall (18 credits) SCOM 100 SOC Orientation; ENGL 002 English; Physical Education; BIOL 101 General Biology/Lab; social science; two minor courses. 

Year 1 Spring (16 credits) COMC 101 Principles of Speech; ENGL 003 English; Physical Education; Introduction to Psychology or minor course; MATH 006 College Algebra I; COSD 261 Phonetics.

Year 2 Fall (17 credits) Physical Education; COMC 012 Introduction to Communication/Mass Communication; African American studies requirement; COSD 263 Anatomy & Physiology/Lab; COSD 241 Language Development; COSD 262 Speech & Hearing Science.

Year 2 Spring (14 credits) Foreign language; COSD 361 Introduction to Articulation & Language Disorders; minor course; Physical Education; linguistics course; COMP 003 Physical Science.

Year 3 Fall (15 credits) Foreign language; COSD 362 Introduction to Fluency & Voice Disorders; COSD 367 Bases of Audiology; Statistics; COSD 464 Clinical Practicum I.

Year 3 Spring (15 credits) COSD 469 Teaching Methods; COSD 467 Tests & Measurements; COSD 468 Aural Rehabilitation; minor course; COSD 465 Clinical Practicum II.

Year 4 Fall (15 credits)
First-year fall Master’s sequence.

Year 4 Spring (15 credits)
First-year spring Master’s sequence.

Year 4 Summer (4 credits)
Clinical Practicum
Year 5 Fall (12 credits)
Second-year fall Master’s sequence.

Year 5 Spring (13 credits)
Second-year spring Master’s sequence.

Ph.D. Program

Doctoral study involves a minimum of 72 credits beyond the Baccalaureate, of which 24 credits may be carried from the master’s degree in speech-language pathology. The Department requires additional credits for the PhD. Degree beyond the minimal requirements. Students select a specialization in either the Child Language Track or the Adult Neurological Track. The doctoral curriculum is organized as follows:

A. Core Courses
The following courses are taken by all students regardless of specialization:  

Research Core (12 credits) includes Experimental Research; Research Design; Advanced Seminar in Research; and Statistics.
Cultural Diversity Core (3 credits) includes Multicultural Issues in Communication Disorders.

Speech-Language Pathology Core (6 credits) includes Biological and Cognitive Foundations of Communication Disorders; and Contemporary Policies in Education & Health.

B. Specialization Seminars (6 credits)
Two Specialization Seminars are taken in either the Child Language or Adult Neurological track.  

Students in the Child Language Track take Topical Seminar in Child Language where they select one course in Language Development, Bilingualism, or Language and Literacy.  In addition, forTopical Seminars in Language Disabilities, students select a seminar in AAC, Autism/ABA or Auditory Processing Disorders.

Students in the Adult Neurological Track take Topical Seminar in Communication Science where they select one course in either Speech Science, Diseases of the Head and Neck, Laboratory Instrumentation, or Aging. In Topical Seminar in Neurological Disorders, one course is taken in either Swallowing or Traumatic Brain Injury.
C.  Cognate Courses (9 credits)
Three graduate-level cognate courses are required to augment the doctoral curriculum. It is suggested that students take these courses in areas such as Psychology, Special Education, Neurophysiology, Linguistics, Reading, etc.  Students may opt to take Topical Readings in Communication Disorders in lieu of one cognate course.
D.   Dissertation (12 credits)
Satisfactory completion of a dissertation is the culmination of the student’s doctoral study.  Through the dissertation process, students demonstrate the ability to conduct an original, in-depth research project.
E.   Support Courses
A variety of 1-credit support courses undergird the doctoral experience and prepare students for the demands of their careers.  Support courses include Research Practicum, Dissertation Writing, Social and Professional Ethics, Grant Writing, Scientific Writing, and Technology & Applications.
F. Unclassified Courses 
Unclassified courses allow students to construct and modify their curriculum according to their particular interests, and to receive credit for activities outside the curriculum. Unclassified courses include Independent Study, Doctoral Internship, and Semester Abroad.