To prepare speech-language pathologists for general practice and ultimately certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), ASHA requires a clinical practicum component to the master’s degree program in communication sciences and disorders. Students must obtain a minimum of 375 hours of direct client/patient contact across nine areas within the scope of practice for the profession as identified by ASHA. These nine disorder areas include articulation, voice, fluency, receptive and expressive language, communication modalities, social communication, cognitive communication, swallowing, and hearing.
Clinical Education at UCF
At UCF, clinical education is viewed as a continuum of learning. It begins with academic foundations and advances to the application of acquired knowledge and skills to the evaluation and treatment of individuals with a variety of communication disorders across the life span. The ultimate goal is to prepare speech-language pathologists to work in diverse educational, health care and rehabilitation settings.
Master’s students complete three clinical practicum in the UCF Communication Disorders Clinic and other affiliated facilities. They are directly supervised by UCF clinical faculty members who are certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists and experienced clinical educators. Many are recognized nationally and internationally for their contributions to the field. Additionally, students complete two internship experiences in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care facilities, community clinics and private practices. Clinical course work is required to be taken in a prescribed sequence. Each practicum course requires that students successfully complete core academic courses in order to proceed to respective practicums.
Clinical courses at UCF include:
- SPA 6551 Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level I (1 credit hour)
- SPA 6503 Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level II (1 credit hour)
- SPA 6503L Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level II Application (1 credit hour, taken twice)
- SPA 6553L Clinical Practice in Differential Diagnosis in Speech and Language Pathology (1 credit hour, taken twice)
- SPA 6942 Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level III (1 credit hour)
- SPA 6942L Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level III Application (1 credit hour, taken twice)
- SPA 6943C Clinical Practice: Level I (3 credit hours)
- SPA 6946 Clinical Practice: Level II (3 credit hours)
- SPA 6946 Clinical Practice: Level III (10 credit hours)
Upon completion of the master’s program, students will meet all of the requirements for certification by ASHA and the Florida Department of Education and for state licensure by the Florida Department of Health.
Step 2: Complete University of Central Florida’s Graduate School Application
In addition to your CSDCAS application, applicants must also submit a UCF application for graduate admission at https://application.graduate.ucf.edu. Supporting documents (i.e. transcripts,test scores, etc.) do not need to be submitted to UCF directly. University applications must also be submitted by the stated application deadlines.
Admission to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program is granted on a competitive basis. Approximately thirty-five (35) students are admitted each semester. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. The recent class statistics are listed on the Graduate Program Profile webpage. Additionally, the program reserves the right to deny admission or dismiss a student after admission to the program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student fails to demonstrate and/or uphold the ASHA Code of Ethics (http://www.asha.org/code-of-ethics/) during coursework and/or practice in the field. A background check is required for all new students during their first semester in the program. All applicants and admitted students must perform certain Essential Functions in order to participate and complete program requirements.