SLP and child with flash cardsThe master of arts education program in Speech-Language Pathology at Central Michigan 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;  800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology offered by CMU's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders leads to eligibility for clinical certification.  The program focuses on preparing professionals to assess, diagnose and clinically treat people with a variety of communication disorders.  The following links are available to learn more about ASHA accreditation, professional certification, or to write to ASHA with issues regarding academic preparation.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers students a multitude of opportunities to gain clinical experience both on- and off-campus. The research facilities within the department include specialized speech, voice, language and acoustic laboratories, computers and software programs.
Several clinical programs offered through the department give students the opportunity to conduct research projects and work with a patient population ranging from infants to the elderly. Through the department's Speech-Language and Hearing Clinics, students may provide clinical services to people throughout central and northern Michigan. The services offered by the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinics include a voice and swallowing clinic, aphasia clinic, speech-language pathology and audiology clinics, augmentative and alternative communication services and pre-school programs. In addition, students may gain clinical experience through the Summer Speech-Language Specialty Clinics.
The Summer Speech-Language Specialty Clinics is a specialized five-week treatment program for children and adolescents with all types of communication disorders. The Augmentative and Alternative Communication Lab provides students with evaluation, research, and clinical experience with those in need of augmentative and alternative communication services, particularly literacy and device selection issues. In addition, there are numerous off-campus sites available for students to gain hands-on training including schools, rehabilitation centers and hospitals.

Our Mission

The Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program at Central Michigan University is committed to the development of exemplary speech-language pathologists through a threefold mission of 1) teaching, 2) service, and 3) research. A committed faculty helps students develop critical thinking, high ethical standards, and state-of-the-art skills to guide them throughout their professional careers. The faculty demonstrate these qualities through supporting student involvement in clinical service and applied research that focus on understanding or improving all forms of communication, and through community outreach that enhances the lives of individuals with diverse communication abilities by responding as effective professionals and contributing citizens in a multicultural society.

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Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology Curriculum Outline

Summer II -  9 credits required courses

Fall - 9 credits required courses,   3 credits of therapy practicum

Spring - 9 credits required courses, 3 credits of therapy practicum

Summer I - 3 credits required courses, 3 credits of therapy practicum

Summer II - 2 credits elective course, 3 credits of therapy practicum

Fall - 9 Credits required courses,  3 credits of therapy practicum

Spring - 6 credits of internship

* for detailed breakdown of course information, click on Core Graduate Courses on the right pane of this page.

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