CMU provides the academic and clinical experience needed to become an audiologist or speech-language pathologist. These key features distinguish CMU's training programs in communication sciences and disorders:

A professional staff including faculty, clinical supervisors and on-site technical support

Extensive clinical experiences and opportunities at about 30 on-campus and off-campus sites

Research opportunities with faculty members

An undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders and a master's program in speech-language pathology as well as a professional doctoral program in audiology

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Communication Sciences and Disorders
Technical Standards for CSD Major Program


Communication Sciences and Disorders


Clinical Doctorate in Audiology
Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Areas of Study
Through undergraduate and graduate courses, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will prepare students for careers in one of the following areas:

Audiology. An audiologist evaluates people with hearing and vestibular problems. They provide treatment that may include speech reading, auditory training, hearing aid evaluation and fitting, cochlear implant therapy, counseling and industrial hearing conservation.

Speech-Language Pathology. Speech-language pathologists work with people who have speech and language voice, fluency, and swallowing problems related to hearing loss, brain injury, emotional problems, and other physical and learning disorders.

Undergraduate Study
To meet requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology or audiology granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the student will need to earn a master's degree or doctoral degree. Therefore, four years of undergraduate study is the pre-professional training to prepare for graduate education.

During the undergraduate program, students will complete university requirements in the humanities, social, and natural sciences. They will learn about the development and use of speech, language, hearing, and learn fundamentals of assessing and managing communication disorders. Students who major in Communication Sciences and Disorders will complete a core of undergraduate courses  (approximately 40 semester credits) and demonstrate the attributes and meet the expectations listed in the  Technical Standards for CSD Major Program. Near the end of the four years of undergraduate education, students should apply for a master's degree program in speech-language pathology (SLP), or a professional doctorate degree program in audiology (Au.D.). Contact the The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions admissions office for more information.

Graduate Study
Students will be able to earn a master's degree in speech-language pathology, or professional doctorate degree in audiology (Au.D.) at CMU. Students interested in the speech-language pathology graduate program with an undergraduate major in Communication Sciences and Disorders can apply for admission.  Students who have an undergraduate degree in another field of study, will need to complete a core of undergraduate courses (approximately 29 semester credits) to provide the necessary background for graduate work. Completion of the master's degree in speech-language pathology takes approximately two years. CMU was the first university in the country to offer a professional clinical doctorate degree in audiology (Au.D.). This professional doctorate degree program will provide you with excellent preparation through coursework, doctoral projects, and a two-semester clinical residency. The  Au.D. is designed for students entering the program with a bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or other undergraduate majors, and takes approximately four years.


Undergraduate Major in Communication Sciences and Disorders Mission Statement:  The Undergraduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Central Michigan University is committed to the development of students who are well prepared for graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology and/or Audiology and have a foundation for becoming professionals devoted to improving the lives of persons with communication disorders. Our program provides student-centered learning opportunities through coursework, clinical experiences, service learning activities, and faculty-guided research opportunities designed to promote critical thinking, high ethical standards, a commitment to lifelong learning, an understanding of the clinical process, and knowledge of speech, language, and hearing development, disorders, and differences.

Program Goals:

1.         Graduates will have a knowledge of the characteristics of speech, language, and hearing development, disorders and differences.

2.         Graduates will have a knowledge of the materials and procedures used for the prevention, assessment, and intervention of speech, language, and hearing disorders.

3.         Graduates will know how to use information gathered from the client, clinician, and literature to make evidence-based clinical decisions.

4.         Graduates will understand the professional and ethical requirements of speech-language pathologists and audiologists.