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Why Elms for your CSD degree?

  • Gain extensive clinical practicum experience — 100 hours or more.
  • Take advanced classes like neuroscience and counseling.
  • Master your skills in our student speech and hearing lab.
  • Enter a rewarding field — by 2026 an estimated 25,900 jobs will open for speech language pathologists, and audiologists will experience 21% employment growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Learn to Treat Speech, Language, and Hearing Conditions

The communication sciences and disorders (CSD) major at Elms empowers you to help people with speech, language, and hearing conditions. CSD majors study human physiology, neuroscience, and speech and language disorders to diagnose and treat the factors that affect communication.

Our program is unique for its strong focus on clinical practicum experience. As a CSD major you will:

  • Gain 100 hours or more of hands-on experience, working alongside a local speech language pathologist (SLP) in a school setting.
  • Become an expert at applying the theories, diagnostics, and treatments that you learn about in the classroom by working with diverse student populations.
  • Have the option to bridge your practicum experience into a graduate program — many schools will accept up to 75 practicum hours toward a master’s or doctoral degree.

Pre-Professional Preparation

To become a licensed SLP or audiologist, you’ll need to earn your master’s degree or doctor of audiology (Au.D.) degree. Our program gives you a competitive edge for applying to grad school by emphasizing academic rigor, clinical experience, interdisciplinary coursework, and personalized teaching from expert faculty. Our small class sizes enable you to collaborate with your professors and benefit from personalized instruction.

Whether you’re called to help children develop fluency or counsel young adults on the autism spectrum, the CSD major at Elms prepares you to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals with speech, language, and hearing disorders.

  • What is a Speech-Language Pathologist? SLPs work to prevent, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.
  • What is a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant? An SLPA provides support and performs tasks related to the treatment and intervention of speech and language impairment as directed and supervised by a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist.
  • What is an Audiologist?Audiologists are the primary healthcare professionals who work to educate, prevent, diagnose, and manage hearing loss and balance disorders in children and adults.

Quick Info

Degree Option

BA-CSD; BA-SLPA

  • Elms also offers a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA). With an SLPA degree, you’re immediately qualified to support speech therapists with treatment.
  • CSD and SLPA majors can join the Elms College local chapter of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) to network, complete community service projects, and support local organizations.
  • Our program has a 97% graduate school placement rate. Students have gone on to attend Boston University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Penn State, University of Washington, and others.

Click to view course requirements for the Communication Sciences and Disorders (B.A.).

Students must also complete all core course requirements of the college.

Major in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
ASD 3001ASD 301Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder3
CSD 1001CSD 101Introduction to CSD3
CSD 1003CSD 103Sign Language I3
CSD 1004CSD 104Sign Language II3
CSD 2000CSD 200Professional Communication in CSD3
CSD 2002CSD 202Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism3
CSD 2003CSD 203Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism II3
CSD 2004CSD 204Phonetics and Phonology3
CSD 2007CSD 207Introduction to Linguistics3
CSD 3001CSD 301Hearing Science3
CSD 3004CSD 304Speech Science3
CSD 3005CSD 305Speech and Language Acquisition3
CSD 3006CSD 306Audiology3
CSD 3007CSD 307Observational Methods and Procedures4
CSD 3008CSD 308Diagnostic Procedures3
CSD 4003CSD 403Speech and Language Disorders: Pediatric Population3
CSD 4004CSD 404Speech and Language Disorders: Adult Population3
CSD 4005CSD 405Aural Rehabilitation3
CSD 410CSD 410Seminar in Communication Sciences and Disorders3
CSD 4104CSD 414Counseling Methods in Communication Disorders3
CSD 4200CSD 420Neuroscience3

Students may enroll in one or more clinical practicum only with permission of the program director

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
CSD 4008CSD 408Clinical Practicum in Schools I3
CSD 4008LCSD 408LClinical Practicum in Schools I Lab1
CSD 4105CSD 415Clinical Practicum in Schools II3
CSD 4105LCSD 415LClinical Practicum in Schools II Lab1

Additional Course Requirements (30 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
BIO 1005BIO 1053
MAT 1008 (formerly MAT 108) College Math, MAT 1009 (formerly MAT 109) Statistics, MAT 1200 (formerly MAT 120) Pre-Calculus, or MAT 1301 (formerly MAT 131) Differential Calculus3
PHI 2408PHI 248Health Care Ethics3
Physics or Chemistry course3
PSY 1001PSY 101General Psychology3
PSY 2002PSY 202Statistics for Behavioral Sciences3
PSY 2004PSY 204Human Behavior Social Environment3
REL 2104 (formerly REL 214) World Religions: Eastern Traditions, REL 2105 (formerly REL 215) World Religions: Western Traditions, or REL 3002 (REL 302) Spirituality World Religions3

Sarah Girouard '18

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After double majoring in CSD and SLPA — and gaining over 100 hours of practicum experience — Sarah Girouard ’18 was accepted to the master’s program in speech-language pathology at UMass Amherst. Read more about Sarah’s experience at Elms.