Jun 10, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

For more information about degree offerings, visit the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders webpage.


The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to provide a high-quality educational experience, clinical training, and research opportunities for students pursuing professional careers in speech-language pathology, audiology, and other related fields. The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in speech-language pathology combines academic coursework and practical experience to prepare students to evaluate, treat, and conduct research with persons with communication and swallowing disorders in any professional setting.


The program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Graduate Academic Programs

The faculty of communication sciences and disorders offer programs leading to the Master of Science (M.S.)  degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills required for certification in speech-language pathology by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), licensure in many states and school certification in many states. Students who successfully complete the program will qualify for a clinical fellowship position in a medical facility, education facility, or private practice setting.

Students who successfully complete the master’s program in speech-language pathology will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental and linguistic and cultural bases. The applicant must have demonstrated the ability to integrate information pertaining to normal and abnormal human development across the life span.
  • Knowledge of communication and swallowing disorders and differences, including the appropriate etiologies, characteristics, anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental and linguistic and cultural correlates in the following areas:
    • speech sound production, to encompass articulation, motor planning and execution, phonology, and accent modification.
    • fluency and fluency disorders.
    • voice and resonance, including respiration and phonation
    • receptive and expressive language to include phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics (language use and social aspects of communication), prelinguistic communication, paralinguistic communication (e.g., gestures, signs, body language), and literacy in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
    • hearing, including the impact on speech and language
    • swallowing/feeding, including structure and function of orofacial myology, oral, pharyngeal, of orofacial myology, oral, pharyngeal, laryngeal, pulmonary, esophageal, gastrointestinal, and related functions across the life span. 
    • cognitive aspects of communication (attention, memory, sequencing, problem-solving and executive functioning)
    • social aspects of communication (including challenging behavior, ineffective social skills and lack of communication opportunities)
    • augmentative and alternative communication modalities
  • For each of the areas specified above, students must demonstrate current knowledge of the principles and methods of prevention, assessment and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders, including consideration of anatomical/physiological, psychological, developmental and linguistic and cultural correlates.
  • The student must demonstrate knowledge of standards of ethical conduct.
  • The student must demonstrate knowledge of processes used in research and of the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practice.
  • The student must demonstrate knowledge of contemporary professional issues.
  • The student must demonstrate knowledge of entry level and advanced certifications, licensure and other relevant professional credentials, as well as local, state and national regulations and policies relevant to professional practice.
  • The student must demonstrate skills in oral and written or other forms of communication sufficient for entry into professional practice.
  • The student must demonstrate the following skills outcomes:
    • Evaluation
      • Conduct screening and prevention procedures (including prevention activities).
      • Collect case history information and integrate information from clients/patients, family, caregivers, teachers and relevant others, including other professionals.
      • Select and administer appropriate evaluation procedures, such as behavioral observations, nonstandardized and standardized tests and instrumental procedures.
      • Adapt evaluation procedures to meet client/patient needs.
      • Interpret, integrate and synthesize all information to develop diagnoses and make appropriate recommendations for intervention.
      • Complete administrative and reporting functions necessary to support evaluation.
      • Refer clients/patients for appropriate services.
  • Intervention
    • Develop setting-appropriate intervention plans with measurable and achievable goals that meet clients’/patients’ needs. Collaborate with clients/patients and relevant others in the planning process.
    • Implement intervention plans (involve clients/patients and relevant others in the intervention process).
    • Select or develop and use appropriate materials and instrumentation for prevention and intervention.
    • Measure and evaluate clients’/patients’ performance and progress.
    • Modify intervention plans, strategies, materials or instrumentation as appropriate to meet the needs of clients/patients.
    • Complete administrative and reporting functions necessary to support intervention.
    • Identify and refer clients/patients for services as appropriate.
  • Interaction and Personal Qualities
    • Communicate effectively, recognizing the needs, values, preferred mode of communication and cultural/linguistic background of the client/patient, family, caregivers and relevant others.
    • Collaborate with other professionals in case management.
    • Provide counseling regarding communication and swallowing disorders to clients/patients, family, caregivers and relevant others.
    • Adhere to the ASHA Code of Ethics and behave professionally.


Suzanne Stanton

Associate Professors
Lori Davis
Laura Wilson

Applied Associate Professor
Julie Hyland


Clinical Associate Professors
Kris Foyil
Sarah Launchbaugh
Ronda Marfechuk
Suzanne Stanton

Graduate Program Advisor
Kris Foyil




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