Leveling Prerequisites

In-Field Students and Required Coursework

An in-field student is defined as a student who has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in speech-language pathology that included the required prerequisite courses (see below). A student can also be considered as "in-field" if they have completed all of the required leveling courses (see below) for entry into the Master's Degree program. This coursework is necessary so that students are eligible for state licensure and national certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) at the time of graduation. For in-field students, the Master’s Degree program is typically completed in five semesters.

Required ASHA Courses (Standard IV-A) Completed Prior to Entry

  • Biological Science (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science)
  • Physical Science (should include physics or chemistry)
  • Social Sciences (should include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health)
  • Statistics (stand-alone course in statistics is required, research methodology courses in CSD may not be used)

Required Leveling Prerequisite Courses Completed Prior to Entry

  • CSD 2260 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Hearing Mechanism
  • CSD 2361 Phonetics
  • CSD 2366 Communication Development (or language development)
  • CSD 2766 Neuroanatomy and Physiology
  • CSD 3084 Acoustics and Speech Science
  • CSD 3164 Audiology
  • CSD 4162 Structural Analysis of Language (or a linguistics course)
  • CSD 4662 Management of Hearing Disorders
  • Prior to entry students must provide documentation of 25 hours of supervised clinical observation
  • Depending on background additional coursework may be required.

Out-of-Field Students and Required Coursework

An out-of-field student is defined as a student who has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in a field other than speech-language pathology and has not completed the required prerequisite courses (see below).  An additional three semesters are needed in order to fulfill the required leveling coursework in speech-language pathology. This coursework is necessary so that out-of-field students are eligible for state licensure and national certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) at the time of graduation. For out-of-field students, the Master's Degree program is typically completed in eight semesters.

Required ASHA Courses (Standard IV-A). Recommend Completion Prior to Entry

  • Biological Science (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science)
  • Physical Science (should include physics or chemistry)
  • Social Sciences (should include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health)
  • Statistics (stand-alone course in statistics is required, research methodology courses in CSD may not be used)

Required Leveling Prerequisite Courses:

  • CSD 2260 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Hearing Mechanism
  • CSD 2361 Phonetics
  • CSD 2366 Communication Development (or language development)
  • CSD 2766 Neuroanatomy and Physiology
  • CSD 3084 Acoustics and Speech Science
  • CSD 3164 Audiology
  • CSD 4100 Introduction to Clinical Process and Procedures
  • CSD 4162 Structural Analysis of Language (or a linguistics course)
  • CSD 4662 Management of Hearing Disorders
  • Depending on background additional coursework may be required.