The master of arts degree in speech-language pathology offered by CMU's Department of Communication Disorders leads to clinical certification and is accredited by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association's (ASHA) Council on Academic Accreditation. The program focuses on preparing professionals to assess, diagnose and clinically treat people with various communication disorders.
Students complete a set of core courses in language disorders and learning disabilities, motor speech disorders, aphasia and acoustic phonetics. Other coursework in the student's area of interest is chosen in consultation with an advisor. Speech-language pathology students complete a capstone experience of a thesis, an independent study or an internship experience prior to graduation.
Students are also required to complete a minimum of 400 clinical hours under the direct supervision of an ASHA certified supervisor, with 325 of these hours completed at the graduate level. In addition, graduate students complete a clinical practicum each semester and participate in the Summer Speech-Language Specialty Clinics as clinicians during the summer following their first year in the graduate program.