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2018-2019 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
  Jun 22, 2024
2018-2019 Graduate Studies Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Speech-Language Pathology, M.C.D.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes across the life span.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of human communication and swallowing disorders and differences across the life span.
  • Students will collaborate with other professionals in case management and provide counseling regarding communication and swallowing disorders to clients/patients, family, caregivers, and relevant others.  They will adhere to the ASHA Code of Ethics and behave professionally, meeting additional departmental standards for professional responsibility, interactions, and attitude.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of processes used in research and of the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practice.

Degree Requirements (Minimum 69 Hours)

Course Work and Clinical Experiences

The department’s master’s degrees are designed to ensure that its graduates obtain the academic course work and clinical experiences necessary to meet the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) standards for the Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). As such, the curricula require a minimum of 69 semester hours of academic course work plus the completion of 375 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum. Virtually all master’s degree graduates, however, exceed these minimums, with most completing as much as 80 semester hours of study. Courses comprising the master’s degree curriculum fall within three basic content areas: Basic Communication Sciences, Professional Coursework, and Clinical Practicum. In addition, the following courses have been verified by the State of South Carolina, Department of Education, Office of Educator Services, to meet the South Carolina Literacy Competencies (Administrators/Speech Language Therapist) for the Read to Succeed pre-service 6-credit requirements:

II. Professional Course Work

Of the minimum 45 semester hours of professional course work, a minimum of 30 semester hours must be within the area of Speech-Language Pathology. MCD and MSP students must also take PUBH 700  .

  • Speech Disorders (Minimum 6 semester hours at the graduate level, with 9 semester hours overall at the undergraduate and graduate levels)
  • Language Disorders (Minimum 9 semester hours)
  • Other Speech Pathology Courses (Minimum 15 semester hours)
  • Audiology (Minimum 6 semester hours at the graduate level)
  • Cochlear Implants (Minimum 3 semester hours)

III. Clinical Practicum

Minimum 24 semester hours.