The MA program is a full-time, residential program spread over a two and one-half year period for students with a background in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (SLP) or in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). Students complete a series of clinical practica at the Montclair State University Center for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, externships at a variety of sties in the New Jersey-New York area including hospitals, public schools, and rehabilitation facilities.
The requirements include a minimum of 62 semester credit hours, successful completion of
- a minimum of 46 semester hours in the academic core, 11 semester credit hours in the clinical practicum sequence, 4 semester credit hours of non-core courses;
- a minimum of 400 clinical practicum hours including 25 hours of observation and at least 350 clinical hours at the graduate level;
- a culminating project;
- a speech and voice screening provided by the clinical staff in the Speech-Language Pathology program*;
- a Basic Life Support (BLS) course;
- required HIPAA and Universal Precautions training.
*Graduate students must demonstrate communication skills that will not interfere with clinical practice. A student who is judged to have questionable skills will be referred to a faculty panel for further evaluation. If necessary, a student will be referred for assistance. Students requiring assistance must be re-evaluated before they can enroll in clinical practica. Enrollment in clinical practica will be postponed until communication skills are judged to be sufficient.