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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.

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.