The following is presented as a model for progression through the Master of Science program. Individual plans for progression will be determined for each student in consultation with the student’s adviser and the Program Director.
The Communication Sciences and Disorders Student Handbook contains program-specific guidelines and procedures for progression and is available through the Mylasalle Portal.
The model curriculum contains a minimum of 51credits, which includes clinical practicum requirements and successful completion of the Master’s Comprehensive Examination. Only six credits of clinical practicum can be counted toward the 51 credit minimum. Most SLP students graduate with more credits to meet both ASHA Certification and Pennsylvania Teacher Certification Requirements.
Students must meet with their advisers each semester to discuss registration and to review their progress in meeting KASA. The KASA must be completed, approved, and signed by the Director of the Program to complete graduation requirements. When a graduate student enters his/her final semester of study, the student’s academic and clinical record is examined by the student’s adviser for compliance with La Salle University SLP Program requirements and ASHA requirements. Typically, the capstone (COSD 635) course is completed during the student’s final semester in the program. Part of the SLP requirements for graduation includes taking the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology (NESPA) examination while enrolled in the capstone course (COSD 635). Any deviation from this sequence must be approved by the Program Director.
Students are responsible for making sure that they follow ASHA guidelines for course selection. Selection of courses is made with an adviser and includes undergraduate transcript review. If students have deficiencies in undergraduate prerequisites, in accordance with ASHA guidelines, these courses must be completed. Please note: Students must meet the 2014 ASHA Standards for Certification. Please contact the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at 800.498.2071 or http://www.asha.org/certification/ for more information about certification standards. Graduate students who take longer than three years to finish the M.S. degree will be subject to meeting the curriculum requirements in place at the time of graduation.