5 - Number of faculty members receiving FLASHA's "Honors of the Association Award" (statewide)
248 - Number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2015-16
81 - Number of master's degrees awarded in 2015-16
~2,000 - Number of clients served by the Communication Disorders Clinic in 2015-16
11 - Number of faculty members who are fellows of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida P.O. Box 162215 4364 Scorpius Drive Orlando, FL 32816-2215
Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders
The Department of Communication Sciences and
Disorders offers professional education leading to a Master of Arts
in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The primary goal of this
clinical master's degree program is to prepare speech-language
pathologists for work in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation
centers, community clinics, and private practices with children,
adolescents and adults who experience a variety of communication
and associated disorders. To accomplish this goal, much of the
educational programming at the master's level takes place at the
UCF Communication Disorders Clinic and in more than 200
practicum/internship sites throughout the greater Orlando area and
the state of Florida. Following completion of the master's degree,
some graduates continue on to pursue doctoral
The program requires the equivalent of two years full-time
attendance, including summers, and is designed to meet the
certification requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing
Association (ASHA) and licensure by the state of
Florida. The Master of Arts in
Communication Sciences and Disorders education program in
Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Central Florida is
accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology
and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research
Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or
The program targets knowledge and skills required by ASHA
standards in a prescribed sequence of courses. Supervised clinical
practica are offered in the Communication Disorders Clinic as
well as in external settings throughout the greater Orlando area
Goal 1: To prepare speech-language pathologists who
have the knowledge and skills to provide quality services to
diverse populations in a variety of settings for individuals with
communication disorders across the lifespan.
Goal 2: To prepare speech-language pathologists who will
conduct themselves ethically and professionally.
Goal 3: To prepare speech-language pathologists to work
collaboratively with other professionals.
Goal 4: To prepare speech-language pathologists who will
advocate for individuals with communication disorders as well as
for appropriate prevention, assessment and intervention services in
a variety of settings.
Goal 5: To provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to
seek and find appropriate employment.
Goal 6: To instill in students an appreciation for life-long
Programs of Study
The Department of Communication Sciences and
Disorders offers four plans of study leading to the Master of Arts
degree: the Traditional, Consortium (Summers Mainly) Out-of-Field
and Accelerated programs. Each program is intended for those
interested in working with children and adults who have
communication disorders and is based on the same curriculum of
course work and degree requirements but allows students to follow
different plans of study. Students enrolled in each program must
follow a prescribed sequence of academic and clinical courses
developed by their faculty advisors. A thesis option is
Students enrolled in the program follow a prescribed sequence of
academic and clinical courses. To learn more and review the plan of
study, see the program description in the
UCF Graduate Catalog.
The Traditional program is a two-year, full-time program (six
consecutive semesters, including two summers) for students with
undergraduate degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders or
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Admission into
the Traditional program is offered every Summer, Fall, and
UCF also offers a Consortium Option (or "Track") in its Master
of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders program.
The Consortium Track is available to applicants who have a
bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and are
currently employed in one of the participating counties and have
been employed for at least one semester as speech language
pathologists. Admission into the Consortium Track is offered
during the Summer semester only.
The participating school districts are listed below:
When applying to the Consortium program, applicants must
submit a letter of recommendation from the district school
administrator or program specialist of the Speech-Language Program
on official school district letterhead.
Consortium Track students will complete the majority of their
coursework in the summers and a small amount of coursework in the
fall or spring semesters. With regard to requirements for clinical
practice, Consortium Track students typically complete the
full-time internship prior to the part-time internship. The
full-time internship must be completed in a school setting that is
different from the practitioner's regular assignment. The
Consortium Track takes approximately five years to complete.
Out of Field
For students with undergraduate degrees in other majors
(out-of-field), the program requires additional prerequisite course
work prior to enrolling in graduate courses. Students with
undergraduate degrees in majors other than Communication Sciences
and Disorders, would appy to the traditional track, which admits
students every semester (Summer, Fall, and Spring). Students
are required to meet with and academic advisor, as well as, their
faculty advisor to design a prescribed plan of study.
The Accelerated Program enables highly qualified undergraduate
majors in Communication Sciences and Disorders to achieve a
master's degree in the UCF Department of Communication Sciences and
Disorders graduate program in one to two fewer semesters. This
program is a B.A./B.S. to M.A. program. Students enroll in 16
credit hours of graduate-level courses while completing the
Admission to the Masters of Arts in Communication Sciences and
Disorders program is competitive, based on evaluation of the
applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations and the
match between the applicant's stated career goals and the
department's graduate program mission.
Admission into the graduate program occurs three times a year in
the fall, spring, and summer. Students must submit all required
materials by the published deadlines for consideration.
Summer and Fall - February 1st
Spring - October 1st
official transcripts from all previously attended colleges
official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five
three letters of recommendation, at least two from current
or former instructors. If applying to the Consortium
Program (Summer Only) one letter is required from the district
school administrator, Principle of the school you are currently
working at or program specialist of the Speech-Language
Program and one letter is required from your direct
A letter of intent describing educational background,
professional experiences, interest in the field, future career
goals, and any other relevant information you think the admissions
committee might need to know about your qualifications, as well
as,.how you will embody and uphold the ASHA Code of Ethics (http://www.asha.org/code-of-ethics/) in your
Upon admission, a background check must be completed and
scheduled through the clinic. Admitted students will receive more
information about this requirement at orientation.
Being "certified" means holding the Certificate of Clinical
Competence (CCC), a nationally recognized professional credential
that represents a level of excellence in the field of
Speech-Language Pathology(CCC-SLP). The certification requirements can be
found on the ASHA website.
Those who have achieved the CCC-ASHA certification-have
voluntarily met rigorous academic and professional standards,
typically going beyond the minimum requirements for state
licensure. They have the knowledge, skills, and expertise to
provide high quality clinical services, and they actively engage in
ongoing professional development to keep their certification
NSSLHA gives me the opportunity to connect with young professionals who share a similar passion as well as volunteer in our community to promote awareness about disorders and the role of a speech-language pathologist.
— Kristina D'Errico,
president of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association at UCF
Being an SLP-ELL scholar enabled me to gain the knowledge and skills I need to be a better SLP working with English Language Learners. I feel confident in my abilities thanks to the master's program and SLP-ELL grant.
— Amber Suarez ,
M.A. in communication sciences and disorders with a federal grant-funded specialization ('14)
Aphasia House offered me unique therapy not available anywhere in our region.
— Denette Schweikert,
artist, stroke survivor and former Aphasia House client
Aphasia House provided me with a unique and memorable experience where I was able to experience being a clinician, in a real world setting, working with clients and their families.
— Ashley Mignon,
M.A. in communication sciences and disorders ('14)