Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Waters College of Health Professions

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

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*located on the Armstrong Campus

The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders provides students with the knowledge and skills to prevent, assess, diagnose and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Evidenced-focused, team-orientated, problem-based instruction prepares graduates to enter the workforce as clinical fellowship-ready speech-language pathologists. Graduates are also prepared to pursue the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). The degree includes a total of 54 semester hours of academic coursework and clinical practica.

Graduates of this program will:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and principles necessary for evaluation and treatment of communication impairments across the lifespan
  • Analyze factors important to diagnosis and treatment plan development
  • Document and effectively communicate their findings to the clients, their families and other professionals
  • Meet legal and professional standards of competence and ethics
  • Employ active learning methods that encourage self-reliance and promote continuous professional development
  • Integrate theoretical knowledge and therapeutic competencies through group discussions, laboratories and clinical practice
  • Knowledge of computers and computer software applications
  • Demonstrate the highest qualities of character and ethical behavior as well as the knowledge, skills, and disposition that support scholarship, professionalism, technology, and diversity
  • Meet the minimum 400 clinical clock hours as described by ASHA for the Certificate of Clinical Competency

Professional License Disclosure

Upon graduation, students who complete the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program at Georgia Southern University will be eligible to apply for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). The CCC is considered the gold standard for employment in speech-language pathology and is required in most employment settings. States may also require a license to practice. The state license is required in addition to the CCC. Some states also require an additional teacher certification to work in the K-12/school setting. 

The CSD program at Georgia Southern University is intended to prepare students to meet requirements for ASHA certification and Georgia state licensure. Admission into the program or completion of the program does not guarantee that students will obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) or state licensure. Certification and licensure requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with Georgia Southern University. In addition, certification and licensure requirements can change at any time.

State Licensure: Georgia Southern University has not determined whether its CSD program meets other states’ educational and/or professional requirements for state licensure. Students enrolled in our program who are planning to pursue licensure in other states are responsible for determining whether they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure. Individual state requirements may be viewed at: http://www.asha.org/advocacy/state/info/.

K-12/School Certification: Georgia Southern University has not determined whether its CSD program meets other states’ educational and/or professional requirements for K-12 certification. Students who complete the Master of Science program in speech language pathology are eligible to apply for K-12 certification as a service provider in the state of Georgia. Instructions regarding the certification process are provided to all students in the fall of the second year of graduate study. In addition, the rules as prescribed by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for Speech-Language Pathology can be found here. Some states require that teacher certification applicants be eligible for certification in the state from which the Master’s degree was earned. As a result, completion of the credentialing process for the state of Georgia is optional but highly recommended. Students enrolled in our program who are planning to pursue certification in other states are responsible for determining whether they will meet their state’s requirements for certification.


The Master of Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders at Georgia Southern University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301- 296-5700. National accreditation ensures that the program meets specified standards in the areas of administrative structure and governance, faculty and instructional staff, curriculum, students, assessment, and program resources. Students graduating from an accredited program are eligible for state and national certification. For more information, visit the website at http://www.asha.org/academic/accreditation/AboutCAA/.</font size=”1″>

Last updated: 11/11/2020

Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus 

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences Dept # 4902
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419