Courses

Our 54-credit curriculum, with the option to add up to 18 credits of foundational coursework, is designed with each student’s unique prior experience in mind. Whether you have an undergraduate background in Communication Sciences and Disorders or have no prior experience in the field, we will work with you to tailor your curriculum based on your academic needs.

The curriculum is a combination of: 

  • 18 credits of foundational coursework
  • 54 credits of applied coursework
    • 45 credits of academic coursework
    • 4 credits of clinical methods
    • 5 credits of clinical practicum 

Foundational Courses

We require completion of the following undergraduate courses (within 5 years) before starting the 54 credits of applied coursework. 

  • Courses can be completed as part of your bachelor’s degree or at any institution (online or in-person). 
  • Courses must be approved with a grade of B- or better. 
  • You are not required to complete these courses by the time you apply, but they must be completed by the time the applied coursework for the program begins in the fall.
  • Emerson offers all foundational coursework for admitted students in the summer in an online, accelerated format:
    • Students who enroll in at least 2 foundational courses through Emerson will be able to apply their Federal Financial Aid package to their foundational coursework.
Foundational Courses
Course CodeTitleDescriptionCredits
CD 625Structures and Functions for Speech, Hearing, and SwallowingCovers anatomy and physiology of the speech, language, swallowing, and hearing mechanisms3
CD 626Language DevelopmentCovers language development from birth to adulthood3
CD 627Survey of Communication Disorders Across the LifespanIntroduces students to the broad range of speech, language, hearing disorders across the lifespan3
CD 629Speech Sounds: Phonetics and AcousticsCombines phonetics and speech science3
CD 630Foundations of AudiologyAn introductory course in audiological assessment and disorders of hearing3

 

Sample Curriculum Map

Our Communication Disorders MS program can be completed full-time in 2 years. This sample curriculum map is designed to give you an idea of your course load as a full-time student over 2 years. For full course information review our Course Catalog.

 

May Graduates
Course CodeTitleCredits

First Year Fall

CD 601Clinical Methods I1
CD 609Research Methods and Measurements3
CD 611Clinical Practicum1
CD 625Culturally Responsive Frameworks for CSD1
CD 680Neurologic Bases of Communication3
CD 686Preschool Language Disorders3

First Year Spring

CD 602Clinical Methods II1
CD 612Clinical Practicum1
CD 642Autism: Social Communication3
CD 645Language and Literacy Disabilities3
 One of the following: 
CD 635Speech Sound Disorders3
CD 690Aphasia3

First Year Summer

CD 613Clinical Practicum 1
CD 653Counseling for SLP1
CD 684Augmentative and Alternative Communication3
 One of the following: 
CD 635Speech Sound Disorders3
CD 690Aphasia3

Second Year Fall

CD 603Clinical Methods III1
CD 614Clinical Practicum1
CD 640Culturally Responsive Practices1
CD 641Dysphagia3
CD 692Cognitive Communicative Disorders3
 One of the following: 
CD 623Fluency Disorders3
CD 677Voice Disorders3

Second Year Spring

CD 604Clinical Methods IV1
CD 615Clinical Practicum1
CD 650Motor Speech Disorders3
CD 689Language and communication for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH)3
 One of the following: 
CD 623Fluency Disorders3
CD 677Voice Disorders3
August Graduates
Course CodeTitle Credits

First Year Fall

CD 600Intro to Clinical Methods*1*
CD 680Neurologic Bases of Communication3
CD 686Preschool Language Disorders3
CD 609Research Methods and Measurements3

First Year Spring

CD 601Clinical Methods I1
CD 611Clinical Practicum1
CD 625Culturally Responsive Frameworks for CSD1
CD 642Autism: Social Communication3
CD 684Augmentative and Alternative Communication3
 One of the following: 
CD 635Speech Sound Disorders Aphasia3
CD 690 3

First Year Summer

CD 612Clinical Practicum1
CD 689Language and communication for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH)3
 Students will take one of the following: 
CD 635Speech Sound Disorders3
CD 690Aphasia3

Second Year Fall

CD 602Clinical Methods II1
CD 613Clinical Practicum1
CD 641Dysphagia3
CD 645Language and Literacy Disabilities3
CD 653Counseling for SLP1
 Students will take one of the following: 
CD 623Fluency Disorders3
CD 677Voice Disorders3

Second Year Spring

CD 603Clinical Methods III1
CD 604Clinical Methods IV1
CD 614Clinical Practicum1
CD 640Culturally Responsive Practices1
CD 650Motor Speech Disorders3
CD 692Cognitive Communicative Disorders3
 One of the following: 
CD 623Fluency Disorders3
CD 677Voice Disorders3

Second Year Summer

CD 615Clinical Practicum1

*CD 600 is only required if you begin the program without 25 hours of clinical observation. It is a non-tuition course.

Accreditation

Accreditation

The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology (residential and distance education) at Emerson College 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, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Any concerns specific to the program's accreditation status should first be addressed to the program and Emerson College and then to the CAA.

Students who wish to have classroom-related course concerns addressed are expected to follow the Informal Grievance Process.

Council on Academic Accreditation Logo

Last updated November 6, 2023.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certification

Upon completion of the program and passing the national Praxis exam, students are qualified to begin a Clinical Fellowship, which leads to obtaining a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA.

The following information is provided in good faith to applicants as of August 24, 2020.

Massachusetts License in Speech-language Pathology

The residential Speech Language Pathology program leads to a Master of Science in Communication Disorders. The designed outcome is to lead applicants to begin their clinical fellowship, the first step to eligibility as a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist within Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Educator License

Applicants who wish to practice in a school setting must coordinate their licensure and approval efforts with the state or local department of education, should requirements differ.

The list below provides information about comparable clinical licenses, including a determination of eligibility for licensure by State. This information provided is designed as a baseline determination of whether the program meets individual state-specific requirements. Other licenses, including those for working in a school system, may be more applicable and/or require additional standards. Licensure requirements and appropriate pathways are subject to change and may differ based on individual student backgrounds, including coursework taken outside the scope of the program. Students should do their own due diligence and determine the appropriate pathway and license type for themselves.

The Emerson College residential Communication Sciences and Disorders program meets the educational requirements for licensure to practice in all states EXCEPT:

  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee

All graduate students are encouraged to obtain the Massachusetts educator license, which is honored reciprocally in many states, often without requiring additional coursework. To qualify for the initial license, students must have a school practicum placement; must pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), Communication and Literacy Skills Test section; and apply for the license.