School of Health Sciences Communication Sciences and Disorders Program
Speech and Hearing Clinic - IM 275
Program Director Office - IM 339
Elizabeth Domholdt, PT, EdD., FAPTA
Director, School of Health Science
Myrita Wilhite, PhD/AuD, CCC-A
Director, Communication Sciences and Disorders Program
The Master of Arts degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders provides students with the necessary clinical and academic expertise to obtain employment as a Speech-Language Pathologist in clinical and/or research positions. The program maintains an active speech-language and hearing clinic and has student externship liaisons with many hospitals, clinics, and schools in the Greater Cleveland area. The graduate academic program holds accreditation from the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Faculty Research and Publications
Faculty members are active in a wide variety of research areas, and their research is published in international and national scholarly journals. The program features state-of-the-art clinic and audiology facilities for research, instruction, and service delivery. Graduate students are encouraged to pursue independent research by completing a master’s thesis.
Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.
The program offers graduate assistantships funded by University and grant support. Any student interested in applying for a graduate assistantship should complete the appropriate portion of the Application for Graduate Admission. Please refer to the section on Expenses and Financial Aid: Graduate Assistantships in this Catalog.
Graduates of the program meet the requirements for candidacy for ASHA certification, state of Ohio licensure, and, if opted for, the Ohio Department of Education pupil services license. Graduates hold positions in public schools, hospitals, community clinics, and long-term care facilities. Increasingly, experienced speech-language pathologists are establishing themselves as private practitioners. Program graduates also may elect to pursue a doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology at another university and/or employment at a university or research facility.
Admission to the program is selective and limited. In addition to meeting College of Graduate Studies requirements for admission, applicants to the program must do the following:
- Submit an application through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) by January 15. A completed CSDCAS application includes: official undergraduate transcripts; results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or clinical performance; and a personal statement of interest that describes the applicant’s capabilities and career goals.
- Complete the CSU Application for Graduate Admissions and send official undergraduate transcripts to the Graduate Admissions Processing Center. By the time of admission, the applicant must have attained a confirmed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and with an overall GPA of 3.00 or better.
- Students whose undergraduate major was not communication sciences and disorders, must complete the following eight undergraduate courses or their equivalents before admission is possible.
- CSD 228 - Phonetics
- CSD 349 - Speech and Language Development for Majors
- CSD 231 - Introduction to Communication Disorders
- CSD 232 - Introduction to Audiology
- CSD 335 - Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders
- CSD 351 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
- CSD 485 - Speech and Hearing Science
- CSD 481 - Aural Rehabilitation
All applicants must have completed four courses (or their equivalent) as required for ASHA certification. One course in each category listed below is required. Recommended courses at CSU are listed.
- Biological sciences
- BIO 101 - The Living World
- BIO 102 - Human Genetics, Reproduction and Development
- BIO 104 - The Brain
- BIO 106 - Human Biology in Health and Disease
- Social sciences
- SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology
- SOC 201 - Race, Class and Gender
- SOC 203 - Sociology of Poverty
- PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology
- PSY 180 - Introduction to Gerontology
- PSY 220 - Child Development
- Physical sciences
- PHY 101 - The Flying Circus of Physics: Motion and Heat
- PHY 102 - The Flying Circus of Physics: Sound and Light
- CHM 151 - Chemistry Around Us
- STA 147 - Statistical Concepts with Application
- PSY 217 - Behavioral Science Statistics: Description