Preparation for Graduate Study in Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Certificate

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Start your journey to SLP

It’s not too late to become a speech-language pathologist (SLP) - someone who helps people with speech and language disorders.

If you didn’t major in communication sciences and disorders, but now have your eyes on the field, this certificate is for you.

About the preparation for graduate study in speech-language pathology certificate

This certificate will improve your credentials for admission into speech-language pathology graduate programs, including Missouri State’s SLP program.

You can complete the certificate 100% online in two semesters, once you’ve finished the prerequisite coursework.

Apply online

Apply to this certificate through a central application: GradCAS. Review the sections below before you begin.

Certificate in Preparation for Graduate Study in Speech-Language Pathology

Alana Mantie-Kozlowski, Graduate Program Coordinator
Professional Building, Room 237; Phone 417-836-5368

Program description

This certificate is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than communication sciences and disorders, but who wish to be considered for entry into graduate programs in speech language pathology. This certificate offers prerequisite coursework needed to apply to the MSU graduate program, though may be suitable for admission consideration to other speech-language pathology graduate programs across the nation. The entire certificate is offered online and can be completed in two semesters once prerequisite coursework is complete.

Admission requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  2. A cumulative GPA (of all coursework) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  3. Completion of the following coursework or the equivalent with a grade of C or higher:
    1. Normal Language Acquisition CSD 312
    2. Cultural and Linguistic Diversity CSD 388
    3. Hearing and Speech Science CSD 360

Required courses (16 hrs)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
CSD 602 Acquired Disorders and Their Neuropathological Bases 2 hrs
CSD 611 Phonetics 2 hrs
CSD 619 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech 3 hrs
CSD 627 Developmental Disorders of Speech and Language 2 hrs
CSD 634 Hearing and the Impact on Speech and Language 1 hr
CSD 651 Medical Terminology for Communication Sciences and Disorders 3 hrs
CSD 686 Introduction to Clinical Methods 3 hrs

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