Communication Sciences and Disorders, M.S.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers an innovative professional program leading to the Master's degree. The field of speech-language pathology is broad and increasingly broadening as the profession takes a lead role in emerging clinical problem areas. Accordingly, there is a growing interest in specialization within the field. The UNH Communication Sciences and Disorders Master's Degree program offers students the opportunity to pursue one of four options that best suits their career goals. Irrespective of which of the four options students select, the program of study will prepare them to treat the full range of communication disorders across the life-span and meet the academic and practicum requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in speech-language pathology.
The full-time program spans two years: four academic-year semesters (two fall, two spring), a summer session between years 1 and 2, and one or two J-terms (January Term). During year 1, students will engage in clinical work that directly and simultaneously corresponds to course work. Clinical assignments are completed at the UNH Speech-Language-Hearing Center (SLHC) as well as University-sponsored satellite programs. During year 2, students will complete two semesters of diagnostic clinic at the UNH SLHC along with two externships at two different settings. Students shall participate in at least one externship that corresponds to their selected option in order to develop clinical skills in their area of interest.
During their graduate studies students complete a combination of core, required and elective courses according to their selected option to earn a minimum of 61 credits. The four options include:
- No Option or Generalist Option
- Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders
- Early Childhood Communication Disorders
- Language and Literacy Disorders
Upon completion of the degree, graduates are prepared to practice clinically in a range of employment settings, including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practice and early intervention centers.
In addition to the academic and clinical requirements, the UNH Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders implemented an Essential Functions Policy on June 7, 2010. This policy identifies basic communication, motor, cognitive, sensory and behavioral-social abilities that are necessary for completion of our masters program and successful professional practice. Some of these abilities should be in place when students begin the program, while others will be developed throughout the program.
Early each fall the Essential Functions Policy will be reviewed with new students beginning our program. Students are expected to sign that the have reviewed and understand the policy and will follow the stated guidelines.