North Carolina is the home of six (6) high-quality graduate programs in the speech, language and hearing sciences. The programs enable students with a wide range of interests to pursue education and training that matches their personal career goals with market needs and opportunities.
The Communication Disorders Program at Appalachian State is located in the Department of Language, Reading and Exceptionalities in the Reich College of Education and is devoted to the study of human communication and associated disorders. Licensure and certification as a speech language pathologist or audiologist by the State of North Carolina and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association require successful completion of a master's degree. The Communication Disorders Program is a limited enrollment program that requires applicants to meet a specific core of admission requirements. This Master of Arts program requires five semesters for students with undergraduate degrees in speech-language pathology. For students entering the program with undergraduate degrees in other fields, a summer session and fall semester will be necessary to complete the undergraduate prerequisites before enrolling in graduate coursework.
Programs within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders allow students to concentrate in speech-language pathology or audiology. They prepare students for immediate placement in public schools and clinical, academic, and research positions. Our excellent faculty are well grounded in both research and clinical practice.The renown of the faculty is underscored by the fact that they were the first ot offer the Ph.D degree in communication sciences and disorders in North Carolina. We also offer a complete Distance Education program for a masters in speech-language pathology.
NCCU's program is designed to prepare graduates to provide diagnostic and rehabilitative services to persons exhibiting disorders of speech and language. Completion of the program prepares graduates for speech-language pathology services in settings ranging from public school and hospitals to community, state, and federal agencies. Graduates are eligible to apply for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, for licensure by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists, and for the graduate license issued by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction. The Communication Disorders Department has a full service accredited clinic, the NCCU Speech and Hearing Clinic, that provides services from birth through adult ages.
UNC Chapel Hill's Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences prepares clinicians, scholars, and researchers in speech-language pathology and audiology in both the theoretical and applied aspects of human communication sciences and disorders. Established in 1969 as the Institute for Speech and Hearing Sciences, the program became the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences (DSHS) in 1980, one of the seven divisions in the Department of Allied Health Sciences within the School of Medicine. There are three degree programs in the DSHS: a Masters of Science (M.S.) in speech-language pathology, a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) in clinical audiology, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).
Approximately 60 students are enrolled in the CSD graduate program in speech-language pathology. Admission to this program is extremely competitive and is based on undergraduate grades, GRE scores, letters of recommendation and a written Statement of Purpose. At the time of admission, each student will be notified as to the approximate length of their program, 2 or 3 years, based on their prior academic background. Meetings with faculty advisors will determine the exact coursework and clinical practicum undertaken during the Master´s degree program. During enrollment in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, each student will be provided with academic and clinical experiences that are sufficient for ASHA certification, Board of Education licensure and Department of Public Instruction certification.
Western Carolina University has been a CAA accredited program since 1992, and is proud to have a faculty and staff of 10 exceptionally talented and friendly people. They value their students and make a strong effort to provide them with exemplary educational and clinical opportunities. As an extra plus, these opportunities occur in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. The graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders leads to the MS degree. Students without an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders must complete additional coursework.