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Graduate Record 2023-2024 
Graduate Record 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Communication Sciences and Disorders, M.Ed.

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The M.Ed. in Communication Sciences and Disorders is a clinical degree. The focus of the master’s program is applying clinical research to develop clinical expertise, as well as understandings of client values, for providing best clinical services to (a) individuals with a communication disorder as well as (b) their families, teachers, and caregivers. The ultimate goal of the program is to prepare graduates for successful entry into the professional marketplace.

The M.Ed. program provides academic and clinical instruction for establishing the knowledge and skill base necessary for (a) completing the master’s degree, (b) becoming a credentialed speech-language pathologist, and (c) practicing speech-language pathology in an entry level position. That knowledge and skill base conforms to the Scope of Practice as defined by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).


Prior to beginning the M.Ed. program, students are expected to have completed the following undergraduate courses with a B- or better grade:

  • At least one 3 credit biological science course with content related to the study and characterization of living organisms and the investigation of the science behind living things. Broad areas include: anatomy, biology, cell and molecular biology, computational biology, ecology and evolution, environmental biology, forensic biology, genetics, marine biology, microbiology, molecular biosciences, natural science, neurobiology, neurology, physiology, and zoology. 
  • At least one 3 credit physical science course: chemistry or physics
  • At least one 3 credit social/behavioral science course such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health
  • At least one 3 credit course is statistics

Coursework from massive open online courses (MOOCs) are not accepted. Examples of MOOCs include, but are not limited to: Educause, MOOC.org, edX, Coursera, and Khan Academy.

Program Requirements

Individuals with an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders complete the master’s degree with 69 credit hours.

Individuals with an undergraduate degree in something other than communication disorders complete the program in 82 credit hours.

Required Core Courses

Culminating Experience

EDHS 8801 Speech-Language Pathology Capstone is the culminating experience for the master’s degree. Requirements include successfully completing the comprehensive examination and fulfilling the American Speech Language Hearing Association requirements for certification, including training across the complete lifespan and full scope of practice in speech language pathology, along with a minimum of 375 clock hours of clinical training under the supervision of a qualified speech language pathologist.

The comprehensive examination is completed in two stages. First, a student must complete the Praxis Examination #5331 (Speech-Language Pathology). 

The second component of the comprehensive examination is an oral presentation before faculty members concerning the details of a real-life clinical case that a student encounters in the course of the clinical internship. 

Public Professional Licensure Disclosure

As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)). 

Upon completion of the Master of Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the UVA School of Education and Human Development, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state.

Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))

Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).