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M.A. Speech-Language-Hearing Admissions

Admissions

The Master's Program in Speech-Language-Hearing uses the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). The department requires all applicants to the Program to make use of this system. The system can be accessed at the CSDCAS website. A supplemental application submitted to Temple University is also required.

Criteria for Admission

  • A Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Scores on the verbal, quantitative and writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), as documented by official ETS score reports.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or above in all previous post-secondary academic work, as documented by official transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • At least two letters of recommendation from persons able to assess realistically the applicant's potential for graduate study.
  • A personal statement addressing one’s interest and aptitude for this area of study including both academic and clinical considerations.

In a limited number of cases, exceptions are made to the requirements noted in the second and third bullet points above. That is, some students present credentials showing that they can bring special or unusual strengths to the program, and we do take such factors into consideration.

Complete applications with all required supporting materials must be submitted to CSDCAS by January 15.

Additionally, foreign students who are not native speakers of English must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Score criteria are those established by the Graduate School and published in the Graduate Bulletin. Foreign applicants must also document their financial ability to study at Temple in order to receive a student visa. Forms for this purpose are available from the Office of International Services, 1700 N. Broad 203B, Temple University 062-57, Philadelphia, PA. 19122. Finally, foreign students must be engaged in full time study.

Prerequisites

Entering graduate students are required to demonstrate knowledge in certain content areas regarded as prerequisite to successful graduate study in speech, language, and hearing. While these prerequisite requirements have been determined by the Department faculty, they closely parallel requirements established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Because these prerequisites are stated in terms of academic content rather than specific coursework, it is possible to meet them either by showing evidence of prior coursework of appropriate depth and rigor or by examination. The prerequisite areas are listed below, together with the Temple undergraduate courses that fulfill them.

Students entering the Graduate Program with a Baccalaureate degree in speech-language-hearing will usually have sufficient prior coursework to fulfill all or nearly all prerequisites. Those who enter from other fields, or from undergraduate speech and hearing programs with markedly different requirements, will usually find that they must take a substantial number of undergraduate courses and/or examinations to satisfy these requirements. Students who are admitted to the Program with a small number of prerequisites not fulfilled may make arrangements to complete them in their first year of graduate study. Students who need to fulfill greater than 75% of the prerequisites should expect to spend at least one additional year of study in the program. Students in the M.A. program who are not waived from the following academic pre-requisite courses will be required to take the UG courses before they begin the Graduate courses for which they are the pre-requisite.  Although credit for these courses are Undergraduate credit and do not apply toward the M.A. degree, students who are matriculated as a Graduate student will be assessed tuition for these UG courses at the Graduate rate.  

Academic Prerequisite Areas (includes Temple undergraduate coursework which fulfills requirement): (32 UG s.h)

Area 1: Structure of Language
CSCD 2209 Phonetics & Phonology
CSCD 2219 Psycholinguistics

Area 2: Speech and Language Development
CSCD 3301 Speech and Language Development

Area 3: Anatomy, Physiology, Neurology, and Physical Aspects
CSCD 3233 Basic Speech Science
CSCD 3234 Basic Hearing Science
CSCD 3235 Human Neuroscience

Area 4: Quantitative Methods and Research
CSCD 2201 Research Methods in Communication Science

Area 5: Clinical Processes
CSCD 4301 Principles of Audiology
CSCD 4396 Orientation to Clinical Management

Required Graduate Courses and Sequence:

The M.A. in Speech Language Hearing requires successful completion of 54-59 semester hours at the graduate level with 39 semester hours (s.h.) of academic courses (36 required; 3 elective) and 15-20 s.h. of clinical coursework to complete a minimum of 375 hours of supervised clinical practicum. All graduate coursework and clinical practicum required in the professional area for which the Certificate is sought must have been initiated and completed at an institution whose program is accredited by the CAA in the area for which the Certificate is sought.

The graduate program should be completed in 2 calendar years, which includes 2 academic years and the summers that follow them. The following is a typical sequence of courses required for our M.A. program in Speech-Language Pathology. The specific Advanced clinical courses will vary according to needs of the student and the Temple University Speech Language Hearing Center (TUSLHC).

Tentative First Year

Fall:

CSCD 5521 Foundations in Child Language Disorders (3 sh)
CSCD 5522 Foundations and Management in Phonological Disorders (3 sh)
CSCD 5526 Foundations in Adult Language Disorders (3 sh)
CSCD 5531 Applications in Audiology (1 sh)
CSCD 8187 Basic Practicum in Diagnostics (1 sh) or
CSCD 8287 Basic Practicum in Therapy (2 sh)

Spring:

CSCD 8726 Management of Child Language Disorders (3)
CSCD 5528: Foundations and Management in Voice (3)
CSCD 8724: Management of Adult Language Disorders (3)
CSCD 8187 Basic Practicum in Diagnostics (1)
CSCD 8287 Basic Practicum in Therapy (2)

Summer:

CSCD 8722: Foundations and Management in Dysphagia (2)
CSCD 5532: Foundations and Management in Hearing Disorders (3)
CSCD 5525: Foundations and Management in Fluency (3)
CSCD 8721: Foundations & Management in Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) (2)
CSCD 8187 or 8287: Basic Practicum in Diagnostics or Therapy, as needed (1 or 2)
CSCD 9587 Adv Practicum in Aphasia (2)

Tentative Second Year

Fall:

CSCD 8830: Seminar in CSCD (1)
CSCD 8727: Written Language Development & Disorders (2)
CSCD 5524: Foundations & Management in Motor Speech Disorders (2)
CSCD 9387: Advanced Field Practicum in SLP (3)
CSCD 9287: Adv Practicum in Fluency (1)

Spring:

CSCD 8824 Assessment & Treatment of Diverse Populations (2)
CSCD 9387: Advanced Field Practicum in SLP (3)
CSCD 9187 Adv Practicum in Voice (1)
Electives (3)

Summer:

CSCD 9387: Advanced Field Practicum in SLP (3)
CSCD 8147: Basic Practicum in Audiology (1)


Clinical Practicum Sites

Temple University's graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology offers a multitude of clinical practicum placements. Placements provide students with exposure to clients ranging in age from infants to older adults, to a wide range of communicative disorders, and to ethnically diverse populations.

The City of Philadelphia and the surrounding regions (including Northeastern PA, Southern New Jersey, Northern Delaware) are rich in teaching institutions, hospitals, rehabilitation sites, and professional service agencies. Students therefore are exposed to a variety of clinical settings as well. We consider the breadth and depth of clinical practicum experiences that we offer to be one of the great strengths of our program.

 

Special Program Options

Master's Thesis

Students interested in conducting a major piece of supervised research may elect to write a Master's thesis under the advisement of a member of the departmental faculty. Up to six elective credits may be used for thesis research, and the finished work is presented orally to a meeting of faculty and students.

Bilingual Emphasis Program

The Bilingual Emphasis Program (BEP) is an emphasis area devoted to training students to provide clinical services to individuals of Latino descent. The objective of the BEP is to provide M.A. level bilingual students with the competencies they will need to provide appropriate services to monolingual (English or Spanish) and bilingual (English and Spanish) Latino children. Although students do not have to be native speakers of Spanish, their proficiency should be high enough to provide clinical services in Spanish. In order to receive the BEP Certificate of Completion, students must complete the following: 4 elective academic credits focusing on service delivery to bilinguals and at least 2 clinical practica that largely serve Latinos. For more information, contact Dr. Carol Scheffner Hammer.

Non-Degree Student Policy

Non- Degree seeking students (formerly referred to as Non-matriculated) are those students who have not been accepted into a degree program.  Non-degree students are permitted to register for selected courses with departmental permission after priority registration for matriculated students has completed.  Non-degree students must have a baccalaureate degree and come to the department to meet with an advisor.  In order to be granted access to the Self Service Banner system for registration, the student must complete The Statistical Record for New and Continuing Students and present a copy of their driver’s license or other official form of identification and an official transcript from their undergraduate institution.  A Non-degree student will be classified as a Non-degree Grad student and will be assessed tuition at the Graduate rates even if they are taking Undergraduate courses. 

Non-degree students are typically interested in taking the Undergraduate courses which are pre-requisite to the Graduate courses (see list above.).  They must satisfy any pre-requisite requirement for a course before registering.

Non-degree students are also permitted to register for select Graduate level courses.  They must also meet with an advisor and bring the same credentials as those registering for Undergrad courses.  In addition, these non-degree students must have attained a grade of "B-" or better in the prerequisite class(es) and have an overall undergraduate GPA greater than 3.0. If these requirements are met, non-degree students, with permission of the Department (advisor), are permitted to take 3 of the following courses:

(1) CSCD 5521: Foundations in Child Language Disorders (Fall);
(2) CSCD 5522: Foundations & Management in Phonological Disorders (Fall);
(3) CSCD 8726: Management in Child Language Disorders (Spring);
(4) CSCD 5525: Foundations and Management in Fluency (Summer).

In the event, the non-degree student does matriculate into a degree program, no more than 9 semester hours of graduate coursework taken as a non-degree student may be counted toward the degree. 
 

*Contact Ms. Dawn Dandridge, Coordinator of Student Services, for more information.