Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Total Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 54-59, including 39 credits of academic coursework and 15-20 credits of clinical coursework

Required Courses:

Core Courses
CSCD 5521Foundations in Child Language Disorders3
CSCD 5522Foundations and Management in Phonological Disorders3
CSCD 5524Fndtns-Mgmnt in Motor Sp3
CSCD 5525Foundations and Management in Fluency3
CSCD 5527Foundations and Rehabilitation of Language and Cognitive Disorders in Aphasia3
CSCD 5528Voice Disorders: Theory and Analysis3
CSCD 5531Applications in Audiology1
CSCD 5532Foundations and Management in Hearing Disorders3
CSCD 8722Foundations and Management in Dysphagia3
CSCD 8726Management of Child Language Disorders3
CSCD 8727Written Language Development and Disorders2
CSCD 8729Neurocognitive Language Disorders3
CSCD 8824Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations2
CSCD 8830Seminar In CSD1
HRPR 5001Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions 10
Elective 23
Clinical Practicum 315-20
Total Credit Hours54-59

Proposed Progressive Coursework Outlined by Year and Term1:

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
CSCD 5521Foundations in Child Language Disorders3
CSCD 5522Foundations and Management in Phonological Disorders3
CSCD 5527Foundations and Rehabilitation of Language and Cognitive Disorders in Aphasia3
CSCD 5531Applications in Audiology1
CSCD 8187Basic Practicum in Diagnostic Processes21
CSCD 8287Basic Practicum in Therapy Processes21
HRPR 5001Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions30
 Term Credit Hours12
Spring
CSCD 5528Voice Disorders: Theory and Analysis3
CSCD 8187Basic Practicum in Diagnostic Processes21
CSCD 8287Basic Practicum in Therapy Processes22
CSCD 8726Management of Child Language Disorders3
CSCD 8729Neurocognitive Language Disorders3
 Term Credit Hours12
Summer
CSCD 5525Foundations and Management in Fluency3
CSCD 5532Foundations and Management in Hearing Disorders3
CSCD 8187Basic Practicum in Diagnostic Processes21
CSCD 8722Foundations and Management in Dysphagia3
CSCD 9587Advanced Practicum in Aphasia2
 Term Credit Hours12
Year 2
Fall
CSCD 5524Fndtns-Mgmnt in Motor Sp3
CSCD 8727Written Language Development and Disorders2
CSCD 8830Seminar In CSD1
CSCD 9287Advanced Practicum in Fluency1
CSCD 9387Advanced Field Practicum in Speech Language Pathology - Child3
 Term Credit Hours10
Spring
CSCD 8824Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations2
CSCD 9187Advanced Practicum in Voice1
CSCD 9387Advanced Field Practicum in Speech Language Pathology - Child3
Elective43
 Term Credit Hours9
Summer
CSCD 8147Basic Practicum in Audiology1
CSCD 9487Advanced Field Practicum in Speech Language Pathology - Adult3
 Term Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours: 59

Standards of Scholarship: A graduate student in the M.A. program is expected to perform in accordance with the standards of scholarship of the Temple University Graduate School and of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, including the following:

  1. At the time of graduation, the student must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (equivalent at Temple to the grade of "B").
  2. The student's grades will be averaged after the student has completed 15 graduate credits. Unless her/his average is "B" or better, the student will have one additional term to achieve a total grade average of "B" or better. Any time from the end of that term forward that her/his total grade average falls below a "B," s/he will be dropped from the program.
  3. A student who receives more than two grades below "B-" or more than one grade of "F" is dismissed for failure to maintain satisfactory grades. Although grades of "C+," "C," and "C-" carry academic credit, receipt of such grades indicates that the student is performing at a substandard level. Additionally, ASHA hours are not accumulated in Clinical Courses (Practicum) with earned grades below a "B-."
  4. A student may not graduate without completing all coursework and thus removing any outstanding grades of "I" (incomplete).
  5. An M.A. student in the program may apply no more than 6 graduate credits earned at another institution toward the degree.
  6. Grades in prerequisite courses taken at Temple or elsewhere, while matriculated in the graduate program, will be counted in determining whether a student has satisfied standards of scholarship described in 1-4 above, but prerequisite credits will not count toward the number of credits required for the master’s degree.

Culminating Events:
Students choose between two options: completion of the comprehensive examination or preparation and defense of a master’s thesis.

Comprehensive Examination:
The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to demonstrate the application of accumulated knowledge to the basic science and clinical domains. It is typically taken in the final term of study. Details on procedures can be found in the Student Handbook, available at https://cph.temple.edu/commsci/programs-offered/graduate/speech-language-hearing-ma.

Master’s Thesis:
The thesis option is intended to provide an opportunity for students interested in research to conduct a study of greater scope and rigor than is generally possible in the context of a one-term seminar or independent study. Students electing the thesis option enroll for up to 3 credits of CSCD 9996 Thesis Seminar, typically in the Spring of Year 2.

The thesis involves descriptive and/or experimental research and is supervised by a faculty member selected by the student. Students develop a prospectus (i.e., proposal of research to be conducted) in conjunction with their M.A. committee, which consists of the thesis advisor and two other faculty members. A final presentation is given orally to a symposium of faculty and students. The thesis document is submitted to the Graduate School in accordance with its guidelines. Additional details are found in the Student Handbook, available at https://cph.temple.edu/commsci/programs-offered/graduate/speech-language-hearing-ma.