Students completing the master’s program will have fulfilled the academic and clinical practice requirements for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and for Maryland licensure. In order to qualify for professional certification, students must also complete basic courses in 4 areas: biological science, physcial science, social science, and statistics. Acceptable courses in biological sciences should emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science). Acceptable courses in physical sciences should include physics or chemistry. Acceptable courses in social/behavioral sciences should include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health. A stand-alone course in statistics is required. Research methodology courses in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) may not be used to satisfy the statistics requirement. A course in biological and physical sciences specifically related to CSD may not be applied for certification purposes to this category unless the course fulfills a university requirement in one of these areas. More information from ASHA can be found here. Students who have not completed these courses will be required to complete them in addition to the degree requirements of the master’s program. We also recommend taking a technical writing course before entering into the master's program.
By the end of the two-year, full-time program, students will have completed a course of study addressing the knowledge and skills pertinent to the field of speech-language pathology. Knowledge and skills addressed cover the principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders. These clinical areas encompass: articulation, fluency, voice and resonance, receptive and expressive language in speaking, listening, reading, writing and manual modalities, the impact of hearing on speech and language, swallowing, cognitive aspects of communication, social aspects of communication and knowledge of augmentative and alternative communication techniques and assistive technologies. In addition to the above mentioned clinical areas, students will also possess knowledge in the areas of research, contemporary, professional issues, standards of ethical conduct and information on professional credentials.