James Madison University

Online M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

Pre-requisite Coursework in Communication Sciences and Disorders

All prerequisite coursework MUST be completed prior to beginning the graduate program.

The following core CSD pre-requisite courses must be completed, with a grade of C or better. The required pre-requisites include:

  • Language Development - The study of language acquisition, development, structure and function in normal children. The development of language in all cultures and the universal nature of the developmental process is the foundation for continued study in speech-language hearing
  • Anatomy & Physiology of Ear and Voice - A detailed study of the anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism.
  • Phonetics - Instruction in various transcription techniques for phonetic and phonemic analysis of speech production.
  • Phonological and Language Disorders - An introduction to phonological and language disorders in children and adults. Etiological and maintaining factors are discussed, and an overview of assessment and (re)habilitation procedures is presented
  • Introduction to Audiology - An introduction to the symptoms, causes and treatment of hearing disorders. Hearing test instrumentation and interpretation in clinical situations are emphasized.
  • Acoustics of Hearing and Speech - Introduction to acoustics of speech and hearing. Introduction to physical acoustics, sound generation and transmission, resonance, speech acoustics, and speech perception.

Basic Sciences

Students are also required to complete a course in Statistics, Physics OR Chemistry, Biological Science, and Behavioral/Social Science for consideration of certification in speech-language pathology. JMU strongly recommends that you complete the basic science coursework with a minimum grade of C, prior to enrollment in the program.

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