Communication Sciences and Disorders

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
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Facilities for student training and research include in-house clinical therapy and diagnostic services, laboratories in speech science and audiology, and affiliated schools and clinics. The program enjoys academic, research, and clinical relationships with a number of related programs at Penn State and draws upon academic work from related areas as part of the graduate training in communication sciences and disorders. Preparation is given for school and professional certifications and licensure. The CSD academic program is accredited by the Council of Academic Affairs of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Master's-level graduate study requires a full-time externship experience, ordinarily occurring during the final semester of study.

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  • Aural Rehabilitation
  • Introduction to Disorders of Articulation and Phonology
  • Introduction to Organic Disorders of Speech and Language
  • An Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Principles of Clinical Management in Communication Disorders
  • Clinical Bases of Language Disorders
  • The Voice and Its Disorders
  • Neuromotor Disorders of Speech
  • Assessment and Intervention in Agumentative and Alternative Communication
Approximately 35 credits are required for admission, distributed among speech pathology, audiology, speech science, education, and psychology, and including a course in statistics. Students entering without an undergraduate degree in CSD will be required to take additional make-up work.Students with a 3.00 junior/senior average (on a 4.00 scale) and with appropriate course backgrounds will be considered for admission. The best-qualified applicants will be accepted up to the number of spaces that are available for new students. Usually students earn a master's degree in communication sciences and disorders prior to being considered for doctoral study, although persons with master's degrees in other fields will be considered for a doctoral program. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80


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