Communication Sciences and Disorders
What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?
Speech-language pathologists (sometimes called speech therapists or SLPs) assess, diagnose, treat and help to prevent cognitive, communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Speech, language and swallowing disorders can happen as a result of a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, Parkinson’s disease, cleft palate, or autism. SLPs are valued members of health and education teams.
Program DescriptionsMaster of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
The speech-pathology curriculum is an intensive five-semester program of coursework comprising 60 semester hours. The Master of Science Degree in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Students with undergraduate backgrounds in other fields must complete leveling courses prior to beginning the MS program.
Communication Sciences and Disorders-Speech-Language Pathology (ASLP), BA/MS
Distinguished from academic standards, the essential functions refer to the cognitive, physical, and behavioral abilities that are necessary for satisfactory completion of all aspects of the curriculum, as well as the development of professional attributes required by the faculty of all students at graduation. The essential skills required by the curriculum are in the following areas: motor, sensory, communication, intellectual/cognitive (conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities for problem solving and diagnosis), and behavioral/emotional aspects of professional practice for speech-language pathologists.
Students take the Praxis exam during their final semester of graduate school and upon achieving a passing score become eligible for licensure in most states. Upon graduation, students can apply for full membership in ASHA. Students completing their MS in SLP and meeting all requirements set forth by the Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) are eligible for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).
The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology at Harding University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) 2200 Research Boulevard # 310, Rockville, MD 20850, telephone 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
Admission Requirements (CSDCAS)
The minimal admission requirements for the Master of Science program in speech-language pathology are as follows:
- Completed CSDCAS application form
- Academic transcript indicating an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Evidence of successful completion of academic coursework in normal language development, phonetics, anatomy and physiology of communication, speech science, phonological and articulation disorders, audiology, and aural rehabilitation, statistics, biological science, physics or chemistry, and social/behavioral science
- Competitive GPA on undergraduate academic courses (the average undergraduate GPA for students admitted to our Fall 2020 cohort was 3.7)
- Competitive GRE score (Due to Covid-19, the GRE score will be waived for the 2020-2021 academic year)
- Three letters of evaluation, two of which must be academic in nature
The Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program partners with the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). Applications to this program are sent to and processed by CSDCAS. Our absolute deadline for applications is February 1 of the spring semester prior to fall enrollment. The CSDCAS portal will open on July 15, 2020.
To be considered and eligible for review, a CSDCAS application must be verified with required letters of evaluation, transcripts, and all applicable documents (test scores, etc.), submitted in the directed manner to CSDCAS and received by our office by the program deadline date (February 1).
Please note that the CSDCAS verification process can take 4-6 weeks. It is important to keep this information in mind when determining if you will meet the deadline.
Catalog, Handbooks and Policies
Catalog, Handbooks, and Policies
HIZ-Path (Current Harding Graduate Students)
Center for Health Sciences
The the typical progression of courses is outlined below. Students will be assigned an academic advisor who will assist with any deviations from the standard course progression.
FALL- SEMESTER I (15 hours academic credit)
CSD 6110 - Birth to 5 (5 hrs)
CSD 6120 - Neurology (3 hrs)
CSD 6150 - Research and Writing (3 hrs)
CSD 6170 - Counseling (1 hr)
CSD 6190 - Clinical I (3 hrs)
SPRING - SEMESTER II (13 hrs academic credit)
CSD 6220 - School Age (5 hrs)
CSD 6230 - Dysphagia (3 hrs)
CSD 6240 - Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing (2 hrs)
CSD 6290 - Clinical II (3 hrs)
SUMMER I - SEMESTER IIIa (4 hrs academic credit)
CSD 6320 - Multicultural (1 hr)
CSD 6390 - Clinic III (3 hrs)
SUMMER II - SEMESTER IIIb (5 hrs academic credit)
CSD 6350 - Communication Modes (2 hr)
CSD 6380 - Special Populations (3 hrs)
FALL - SEMESTER IV (11 hrs academic credit)
CSD 6450 - Adult (5 hrs)
CSD 6460 - Fluency (2 hrs)
CSD 6480 - Special Topics (1 hr)
CSD 6490 - Clinical IV (3 hrs)
SPRING - SEMESTER V (12 hrs academic credit)
CSD 6510 - Professional Issues and Business Practices (2 hrs)
CSD 6530 - Adolescent (5 hrs)
CSD 6570 - Ethics (2 hrs)
CSD 6590 - Clinical V (3 hrs)
Program Total = 60 academic hours
- Completion of the M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology curriculum (totaling 60 semester hours) with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, no academic class grade less than a “C” and no clinical class grade less than a “B” (see Academic Progression, and Academic Probation and Dismissal sections of the Student Handbook for additional details).
- Completion of 400 clinical clock hours, which includes a maximum of 50 hours of undergraduate clinical experiences and 25 hours of observation with satisfactory ratings from all clinical supervisors.
- Completion of the Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA) form with each competency marked as acquired and certified by the program director.
- Passing score on the comprehensive examination.
- Satisfactory evidence of good interpersonal relations and ethical professional conduct.
Mission of the Speech-Language Pathology Program
The educational mission of the Speech-Language Pathology Program at Harding University is to prepare highly competent speech-language pathologists in a rigorous academic curriculum with an emphasis on Christian living. The program is designed to reflect the University’s goal of integrating faith, learning and living in order for the students to function within professional and global communities.