MS, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Distance Education

General Information


The MS Degree in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, delivered via distance learning strategies, is a clinical degree designed for the individual who holds an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology (or has the undergraduate prerequisite courses),resides in the continental United States and Alaska and, because of the distance (more than 75 miles), is unable to enroll in our on-campus program. Individuals desiring to take courses for purposes of Continuing Education or transfer to another university's degree program may be enrolled based upon space availability. (See Information for Non-degree Seeking Students)

Program Description

The distance education master's degree in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders emphasizes the need to develop leaders in the profession. Through inquiry, education, and practice, the graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (formerly Speech, Language and Auditory Pathology), will build a culture of leadership among the students. The shared values of respect, authenticity, accountability, teamwork, and a commitment to serve others will be fostered.

The MS degree is a 3 year, 54-60 credit hour program of study. The academic coursework is delivered mostly on-line; the clinical component is accomplished by completing direct patient contact hours in a variety of clinical settings. Graduation requirements include completion of at least 54 graduate credit hours and 400 clinical hours. Students must also achieve a passing score (160) on the PRAXIS II examination in speech-language pathology. Students may take additional electives which, in some public school systems, may result in placement on a higher pay scale.

Program Delivery

The basic course delivery method is asynchronous utilizing an electronic learning model which consists of actual course lectures. Students can view the lectures live or on demand on their own computers. Course documents (syllabi, hand-outs, exams) are made available through the use of Blackboard, typically. Some courses provide for synchronous learning through the use of online technologies such as Centra or discussion boards. Some instructors may require proctored examinations. Clinical internship experiences are required to earn 400+ clock hours of diagnostic and therapy experiences. These internships are done in the student's geographical location 2-5 days per week, typically. Some courses require assignments or projects to be completed out in the community.

Equipment Requirements

Our lectures may be viewed live or on demand. High speed internet access is required to view these lectures. If you are not sure if you have high speed internet contact your service provider. East Carolina University at the present time is using Mediasite System to stream the lectures. Windows Media Player is used for playback.

Required Computer Skills

Students must have skills in word processing (MS Word), using the internet, downloading files and sending attachments via e-mail. Students need to be familiar with Blackboard before starting classes. The ECU Blackboard Resource Link is: Once admitted to the CSDI graduate program, students register themselves for classes through BANNER.