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Sarah Girouard '18

“Communication is so vital to our society–that’s why I chose this field. Working with children, you know that what you’re doing is helping them for the rest of their lives.”

With an unwavering sense of purpose, Sarah is confidently bridging her education at Elms into the prestigious master of arts program in speech-language pathology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Analyze the Essentials of Speech, Language, and Hearing

The communication sciences and disorders (CSD) major at Elms empowers you to help people with speech, language, and hearing conditions. CSD students study everything from physiology to neuroscience to understand the factors that influence, and sometimes impede, communication.

A degree in CSD prepares you for careers in speech-language pathology, audiology, or education of the deaf and hard of hearing. In addition to learning the normal processes of speech, language, and hearing, you will cover assessment and intervention strategies for a range of impairments. These include:

  • Voice disorders
  • Articulation problems
  • Fluency problems
  • Phonological problems
  • Aphasia
  • Delays in speech or language
  • Partial hearing
  • Deafness

All of our CSD faculty are licensed professionals currently working in the industry. Our small class sizes lead to lively discussion with peers and faculty, who bring their knowledge and real-world experience into lectures, assignments, and readings.

Whether you’re called to help children develop fluency or counsel young adults on the autism spectrum, our program prepares you to make a positive difference in the lives of diverse individuals. Communication sciences and disorders majors are encouraged to think about CSD from all angles through interdisciplinary coursework, clinical fieldwork, and a senior capstone project. By studying both the theory and practice of communication science, you will feel confident about putting your skills to use in a wide range of careers.

Pre-Professional Preparation

Similar to other undergraduate programs in the region, the Elms CSD major is a pre-professional program. You will gain the academic and clinical experience needed to enter graduate programs in CSD, which are required before earning a license as a certified speech-language pathologist or audiologist.

Elms CSD majors gain a competitive edge by completing 100 clinical practicum hours. With the help of faculty, you will arrange internships with local schools that enable you to apply what you have learned in class to an educational setting.

SLPA Option

Many CSD majors opt to double major in communication sciences and disorders and speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA). With the option of earning either your bachelor of arts or associate of science degree in SLPA, you can increase your job prospects. While CSD graduates typically continue to graduate school right away, SLPA graduates can immediately find employment working in schools and educational settings, assisting speech therapists with vital intervention tasks.

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97% Graduate School Placement

  • Gallaudet University
  • Boston University
  • Penn State
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Emerson College
  • University of Washington
    and others


Cara DeTour '15

BA in communication sciences and disorders
Graduate student at UMass Amherst

Cara Detour HeadshotCara DeTour ’15, now enrolled in the speech language pathology master’s program at UMass Amherst, says Elms College prepared her well to be accepted into this highly competitive and challenging program. “My Elms professors were more than just professors … They were role models, mentors, reliable resources, and kindhearted people.”