MS, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Distance Education

Degree Requirements

Academic Courses

The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The Distance Education program of study has the same degree requirements as the campus program. Candidates must complete a minimum of 54 hours of graduate credit and pass a final, comprehensive examination. Forty-two of 54 credits are devoted to academic course work, a minimum of 12 credits are clinical courses. Students have the option of completing an additional 6 credit hours of electives which, in some public schools, may result in placement on a higher payscale. Generally, the program of study will take approximately three years to complete (including the summer terms between each academic year). See General Information for the format of our program delivery.

Clinical Practicum

In addition to the academic course work, the candidate must obtain a minimum of 25 observation hours and 375 supervised clinical hours in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with communication disorders. These hours are required to meet certification and licensure requirements as set forth by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the North Carolina Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The accumulation of supervised clinical hours will begin during the first summer after admission. During semesters 3-9, the student will complete 4-6 clinical internships in their geographical location. Students may be required to complete an internship in Greenville, NC if the student has clinical deficiencies or a suitable site cannot be found. Internships are typically 2-5 days per week. Students cannot work full-time during semesters 3-9 of the DE master's class. It will be the responsibility of the candidate, in conjunction with the Coordinator of External Clinical Education, to secure at least four (4) internship sites in their geographic area with ASHA certified and state licensed (where applicable) supervisors. The department will provide the guidelines for securing clinical sites. In order to meet the clinical hour requirements, it may be necessary for the student to enroll in internship courses beyond the three year projection. There is no guarantee that your clinical internships will be located in your immediate geographic area.

Requirements for Clinical Sites
  • Sites must have ASHA certified supervisors and state licensed (where applicable) supervisors. Supervisors must hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech- Language Pathology.
  • Sites must provide supervision at the level specified by the CAA of ASHA and the ECU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
  • Sites must be willing to enter into a legal agreement with ECU/CSDI for the training of students.
  • A variety of sites is required for each student so that the breadth and depth of clinical experiences are acquired to meet the required competencies.
  • The student's place of employment can be used for one internship. SLP Assistant duties/tasks cannot count as clock hours at the graduate level.