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.
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.
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 major in Communication Sciences and Disorders (B.A.).
Students must also complete all core course requirements of the college.
Major in Communication Sciences and Disorders
# of Credit Hours
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
Introduction to CSD
Sign Language I
Sign Language II
Professional Communication in CSD
Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism II
Phonetics and Phonology
Introduction to Linguistics
Speech and Language Acquisition
Observational Methods and Procedures
Speech and Language Disorders: Pediatric Population
Speech and Language Disorders: Adult Population
Seminar in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Counseling Methods in Communication Disorders
Students may enroll in one or more clinical practicum only with permission of the program director
# of Credit Hours
Clinical Practicum in Schools I
Clinical Practicum in Schools I Lab
Clinical Practicum in Schools II
Clinical Practicum in Schools II Lab
Additional Course Requirements (30 credits)
# of Credit Hours
MAT 1008 (formerly MAT 108) College Math, MAT 1009 (formerly MAT 109) Elementary Statistics, MAT 1200 formerly (MAT 120) Pre-Calculus, or MAT 1301 (MAT 131) Differential Calculus
Health Care Ethics
Physics or Chemistry course
Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
Human Behavior Social Environment
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 Religions
Sarah Girouard '18
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.