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Master of Arts Program

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur philosophy is to develop highly competent clinical practitioners. The intent is to educate students to embody the best of the clinician’s rigorous approach to problem solving using the scientific method. The academic program provides a broadly-based fund of knowledge in communication sciences and disorders, with emphasis on a processing framework that helps the students analyze and synthesize information.

Our mission is to graduate future leaders in the clinical and research community of communication sciences and disorders that is in-line with the unique mission of the department. Our program objectives are 1) to graduate students who demonstrate critical thinking skills and the ability to synthesize fundamental concepts and apply them to clinical practice at the professional level; 2) to provide students with a strong theoretical foundation utilizing state-of-the-art technology, experiential learning, and research training; and 3) to provide students with a foundation in professional ethics, an understanding of the need for self-reflection, and an understanding of the importance of life-long learning.

The M.A. program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Upon completion of the master’s degree program, graduates will meet the academic and clinical requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology from ASHA and the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 42 credit hours of graduate coursework and 375 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum. In addition, they must satisfactorily pass written and oral examinations or complete a master’s thesis. Students who select the thesis option must enroll in six hours of thesis credit and pass an oral defense of their thesis.

An individual plan of study is designed with each student, based on his or her undergraduate background and professional goals.Students interested in applying to the graduate program are not required to have an undergraduate degree in communication disorders, however they are required to take additional undergraduate coursework to meet the requirements for ASHA certification. Although the actual number of classes will vary depending on the student’s prior area of study, the following courses or their equivalent are required:

COSI 211 Phonetics and Phonology COSI 313 Language Development
COSI 321 Speech and Hearing Sciences COSI 325 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech
COSI 352 Introduction to Clinical Practice

 

The master’s Communication Sciences education program in speech-language pathology at Case Western Reserve University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.