The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers three plans of study leading to the Master of Arts degree: the Traditional, Consortium (summers mainly) and Accelerated programs.
Each track is intended for those interested in working with children and adults who have communication disorders and is based on the same curriculum and degree requirements but allows students to follow different plans of study. Students enrolled in each track must follow a prescribed sequence of academic and clinical courses.
Each track provides academic and clinical education experiences necessary for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Florida Department of Education, and licensure by the state of Florida. For information on how this program may prepare students for professional licensure, please visit https://healthprofessions.ucf.edu/csd/masters/. The Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the ASHA has accredited the Master of Arts Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders since 1986.
The Communication Sciences and Disorders program strives to educate students to become successful practitioners in the field of speech-language pathology. To that end, the ASHA Code of Ethics is re-enforced throughout the academic curriculum. Students who violate the ASHA Code of Ethics may be subject to academic sanctions or dismissed from the program.
The Traditional track is a two-year, full-time program (six consecutive semesters, including two summers) for students with undergraduate degrees in communication sciences and disorders or speech-language pathology and audiology. For students with undergraduate degrees in other majors (out-of-field), the program requires additional prerequisite coursework. Students must begin the program in the semester for which they are admitted and must enroll full-time each semester.
The Consortium (summers mainly) track is a five-year program, including five consecutive summers of full-time enrollment and occasional enrollment during fall or spring semesters, with prior advisor approval from the master’s program coordinator. The goal of this program is to address the critical shortage of public school speech-language pathologists and is a cooperative effort between the UCF School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Central Florida Public School Consortium. Participating school districts in the Central Florida Consortium are Brevard, Citrus, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia.
The Accelerated track enables highly qualified current UCF undergraduate majors in communication sciences and disorders to achieve a master’s degree in the UCF School of Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program in one less semester than students in the Traditional track. This program is a BA/BS to MA program. Students are able to enroll in 16 credit hours of graduate-level courses while completing the bachelor’s degree.
The Communication Sciences and Disorders MA program consists of a minimum of 72 credit hours, including 38 credit hours of core academic courses, 9 credit hours of electives, and 25 credit hours of clinical practice. Thesis students take 6 credit hours of Thesis and one elective course (3 credit hours).
Total Credit Hours Required: 72 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree
- To be certified to practice by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), all students must have undergraduate transcript credit, which could include course work, advanced placement, CLEP, or examination equivalency, for each of the following areas: biological sciences, physical sciences, social/behavioral sciences, and statistics. Courses may consist of any number of credits and must be taken outside the discipline.
- All students must complete at least 3 credit hours in statistics with a grade of “C” or better. Undergraduate or graduate course work in statistics is a prerequisite to SPA 6805 - Research in Communicative Disorders .
- The program admits qualified in-field applicants, with an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders or speech-language pathology and audiology, and out-of-field applicants, with undergraduate degrees in other majors. Out-of-field students require an additional 32 to 35 credit hours of prerequisite course work that may be completed in approximately two semesters once admitted.
Out-of-field students must complete the following undergraduate prerequisite courses or their equivalents once admitted:
- STA 2014C - Principles of Statistics 3 Credit Hours or
- STA 2023 - Statistical Methods I 3 credit hours
- LIN 3713 - Language Science 3 Credit Hours
- LIN 3716/3716L - Language Development 5 Credit Hours
- SPA 3101 - Physiological Bases of Speech and Hearing 3 Credit Hours
- SPA 3104 - Neural Bases of Communication 3 Credit Hours
- SPA 3112/3112L - Basic Phonetics and Lab 4 Credit Hours
- SPA 3011/3011L - Speech Science I: Production and Lab 4 Credit Hours
- SPA 3123/3123L - Speech Science II: Perception and Lab 4 Credit Hours
- SPA 4032 - Audiology 3 Credit Hours
- SPA 4326 - Hearing Disorders Across the Lifespan 3 credit hours
Required Courses: 38 Credit Hours
Clinical Practice: 25 Credit Hours
Supervised clinical practice is an integral part of the graduate program in communication sciences and disorders. It provides students with an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to the evaluation and management of individuals with a wide variety of communication disorders. Students complete three clinical practica at the UCF Communication Disorders Clinic and other affiliated facilities, as well as externships in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care facilities, community clinics, and private practices. Through these practica and externships, students obtain a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in accordance with the guidelines outlined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Clinical practica and externships vary in length and do not always coincide with the academic calendar.
Thesis Option: 9 Credit Hours
Students who elect this option complete a thesis in Communication Sciences and Disorders for 6 credit hours and select one elective in consultation with a faculty adviser..
Thesis hours cannot be counted toward graduation requirements if students fail to complete or successfully defend their thesis. For additional information, thesis students and their advisory committees should refer to the thesis requirements in the UCF Graduate Catalog.
- SPA 6971 - Thesis 6 Credit Hours
- Elective 3 Credit Hours
Nonthesis Option: 9 Credit Hours
Students who elect this option must select three electives in consultation with a faculty adviser.
Passing a School Comprehensive Examination is a requirement for completion of the master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders.
Students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders MA Program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester they are enrolled.
Additional Program Costs
The program requires students to pay additional fees for the required background checks, clinic uniform, and registration for the academic/clinical competencies tracking system.
Sample Plan of Study for the Traditional Program
The Traditional MA program requires a prescribed sequence of academic and clinical courses which may vary according to the semester of entry. The following is a sample plan of study.
- SPA 6946 - Clinical Practice: Level II 3 Credit Hours
- Elective 3 Credit Hours
- Elective 3 Credit Hours
- SPA 6946 - Clinical Practice: Level III 10 Credit Hours
*SPA 6553L must be taken in two semesters during either the third, fourth or fifth semesters.
All students in the Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders program engage in independent learning through inquiry, dialogue, and practice. Experiences such as client case studies, scholarly reviews, research projects, clinical practica and externships provide students independent learning opportunities to attain knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors. In capstone externships, students bridge university classroom and clinic lessons to real-world educational and health-related settings.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
The Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders program at UCF participates in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service, known as CSDCAS. Prospective students applying to the Communication Sciences and Disorders MA program at UCF must apply online using the CSDCAS application in addition to the UCF online application. To learn more about the CSDCAS application process, visit http://www.capcsd.org/csdcas-student-page/
Step 1: Complete the CSDCAS application for the UCF program
Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.
All application materials MUST be sent directly to CSDCAS. Materials sent to the university or program and not to CSDCAS will not be accepted. Application materials must be received by CSDCAS no later than October 1st for Spring admission, January 15th for Summer admissions, February 1st for Fall admission.
Students are responsible for their CSDCAS application being complete and verified. FAQ’s on starting your CSDCAS application can be found here: https://help.liaisonedu.com/CSDCAS_Applicant_Help_Center/Starting_Your_CSDCAS_Application
Step 2: Complete University of Central Florida’s Graduate School application
In addition to your CSDCAS application, applicants must also submit a UCF application for graduate admission at https://application.graduate.ucf.edu/. Supporting documents (i.e. transcripts,test scores, etc.) do not need to be submitted to UCF directly. University applications must also be submitted by the stated application deadlines.
Admission to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program is granted on a competitive basis. Approximately thirty-five (35) students are admitted each semester. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. The recent class statistics are listed on the Graduate Program Profile webpage. Additionally, the program reserves the right to deny admission or dismiss a student after admission to the program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student fails to demonstrate and/or uphold the ASHA Code of Ethics (http://www.asha.org/code-of-ethics/) during coursework and/or practice in the field.
The Traditional Track admits students three times per year in the fall, spring, and summer. The Consortium Track admits students once per year in the summer.
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|*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.
Full-time students are eligible for a limited number of graduate teaching and research assistantships and for positions providing faculty assistance. In addition, there may be opportunities for funding through faculty grants or special incentivies. For additional information, consult the School website.