» M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Master of Science education program in speech-language pathology at Chapman University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498- 2071.

The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders program in speech-language pathology at Chapman University has been placed on probation (effective March 15, 2016) by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071. A program on probation is not currently in full compliance with the accreditation standards.

Programs on probation remain accredited but must demonstrate compliance with the standards within one year.

At the annual review meeting of the CAA conducted in February 2016, the CSD graduate program at CU was found to be in “non-compliance” of Standard 1.7, specifically that the accreditation statement published on our website was not accurate.  As indicated by CAA in their report to us, the accreditation statement available on our website does not include (1) the program’s professional area, (2) degree designator, nor (3) the address and phone number to contact CAA.  Website information does not clearly indicate the number and percentage of students completing the program in 3 years, passing the Praxis exam, and employed in the field within one year of graduation.

The CAA’s report also indicated “partial compliance” with Standard 2.2 overall faculty sufficiency.  An update was requested on “hiring additional extern placement supervisors and the search to fill a new faculty line.”  Continued probation could have implications for students' future eligibility to obtain professional credentials, including ASHA Certification of Clinical Competence, state licensure, or certification.

No other areas of non-compliance or partial compliance were identified.

As indicated by CAA, the program has in place some, but not all, of the essential elements necessary to meet all aspects of the standard. We appreciate the agency’s thoroughness and welcome the opportunity to correct these elements. The CSD program has corrected these non-compliance issues and will be submitting a follow-up report to CAA in time for the July 2016 CAA review meeting to explain our corrections.

If you would like to read more detail about these decisions, please use the links below.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) prepares students to become fully credentialed and licensed speech-language pathologists, clinicians and/or supervisors in healthcare and education settings.

This full-time, intensive program is a rich combination of didactic and clinical/fieldwork courses providing carefully guided internships each semester. Placements include hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, private practice, agencies, early intervention programs, and K-12 public schools.  Students have both on-site supervisors and university supervisors assigned for each setting.

Through skillful modeling and leadership, and highly individualized instruction, students develop the necessary professional competencies to:

  • Assess and treat persons with developmental or acquired communication disorder, such as stuttering, deafness/hearing loss, cleft palate, articulation disorder, child language disorder, autism spectrum disorder, voice abnormality, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and swallowing disorders;
  • Counsel and support individuals, their spouses, family members, siblings, educators and other professionals on the use of hearing aids, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants, augmentative and alternative communication systems, and other technology to communicate effectively.

The CSD program is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation Audiology and Speech Language Pathology and approved by the California Council of Teacher Credentials (CTC).  Graduates are eligible for a California Speech Language Pathology Services Credential, a California state license in speech language pathology, and a national Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA.

+ - Program at a Glance

  • 30-student cohort model with entry each fall
  • A 64-unit program designed to be completed in two years (including summer terms) with 10-12 units of coursework and practicum per semester
  • Late afternoon and evening classes
  • Required 400 hours of supervised practicum in education and healthcare settings

CSD Course Sequence (.pdf)

+ - Two Emphases Areas Combined

School-Based Setting Emphasis: 
The school-based setting emphasis prepares candidates to assess and treat preschool through high school students with communication disabilities that adversely affect their academic success. Students will become familiar with federal and state laws, family counseling, evidence-based practice in articulation and language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, language/literacy delays, attention deficit disorders and augmentative and alternative communication.

Medically Related Conditions Emphasis: The medically-related conditions emphasis focuses on the conditions of voice disorder, neuro-physiological syndromes, dysphagia (swallowing), and stroke rehabilitation, and any injury or illness that results in speech language impairment. Speech-language pathologists work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community clinics and private practice.

To combine the two emphasis areas, special clinical training sessions are incorporated into the program each year at no additional cost, e.g. Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center, Illumination Foundation, Head Injury Program at Coastline Community College, AAC Camp, Stroke Survivor Boot Camp, Communication Recovery Group, Literacy for Homeless Students, Feeding for At Risk Infants, Preschool Speech and Language Screenings, Special Olympics Healthy Hearing Screening, Cleft Palate Panel, Sunrise Assisted Living Center Meal and Hearing Aid Programs, Weekend Fluency Sessions, Brain Injury Treatment Program, and more.

CSD Course Progression Plan (.pdf)

+ - Admissions

Application Process

The entire application process for Chapman University’s M.S Communication Sciences and Disorders is completed through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS).
Website: https://csdcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login

Fall 2017 Application Cycle will open on: August 2, 2016

Deadline to submit your application to CSDCAS: January 15, 2017 at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time

The admissions committee only reviews applications that are submitted and verified. This means that all items required (see below) has been submitted and verified by CSDCAS.  The verification process turnaround time increases during the months of December – February. 

Please turn everything in early to avoid any delays in the application reviewing process.

Required documents include:

  • Official Transcripts for all schools attended – Sent directly to CSDCAS
  • Official GRE scores –  Test scores sent directly to CSDCAS ( Chapman’s GRE Code:0690)
  • Personal Statement – This is included in the CSDCAS Application
  • Three Letters of Recommendation – Forms are included in the CSDCAS Application
  • All documents listed above need to be sent directly to CSDCAS

*Chapman University does not require a supplemental application

*There is no additional fees. You only need to pay the CSDCAS Fee

Undergraduate Degree/ Post Bac Requirements

  • An Undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or the Post Baccalaureate (leveling courses) equivalent is required for this program.
  • All leveling courses must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States
  • Undergraduate degrees, minors or leveling courses completed outside of the United States will not be accepted. 

ASHA 2014 SLP Certification Requirements

The ASHA 2014 SLP Certification requirements must be completed in order to receive your CCC’s. 

You do not need to complete these requirements to be accepted in the program. But we highly recommend completing these requirements before you complete the program.

2005 SLP Certification Standards 2014 SLP Certification Standards
Standard III-A: The applicant must have prerequisite knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and the social/behavioral sciences. Standard IV-A: The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences.
Course work in math could include, among others, statistics and non-remedial mathematics.  Statistics will now be required (Note: Statistics was previously a generic mathematics requirement.) Research methodology courses in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) may not be used to satisfy the statistics requirement. The statistics course must be a stand-alone course and open to all members of the college/university population. 
Appropriate course work in biological sciences could include, among others, biology, general anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, and genetics. 
  • Acceptable courses in biological sciences should emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences (e.g. biology, human anatomy and physicology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterniary science.)
  • Courses in biological and physical sciences specifically related to communication sciences and disorders (CSD) may not be applied for certification purposes to this category unless the course fulfills a university requirement in one of these areas. 
Course work in physical sciences could include, among others, physics and chemistry.  Acceptable courses in physical sciences should (a) include physics or chemistry, (b) emphasize the principles of physics or chemistry, and (c) provide the student with knowledge applicable to the provision of services in the speech-language pathology field. 
Course work in behavioral sciences could include, among others, psychology, sociology, and cultural anthropology. Acceptable courses in social/behavioral sciences should include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health. 

Website Sourse: http://www.asha.org/Certification/2014-Speech-Language-Pathology-Certification-Standards/

Facts about the CSD Program:

  • We recently moved to a new-state-of-the-art facility at Rinker Health Science Campus, Irvine, CA
  • This is full-time, two year program (Fall, Spring and Summer)
  • We do not offer online courses nor part time status
  • We only accept students once a year and that is during the fall trimester
  • The minimum GPA required : 3.0
  • The minimum GRE Scores:
    Verbal: 150         Qualitative: 150      Writing: 4.0
  • Based on the last incoming class ( Fall 2016)
    Average GPA: 3.74    Verbal: 151   Quantitative: 149   Writing: 4.0
  • Our students and faculty are very much involved with the community, scholarship, leadership and legislative advocacy. Due to this our Chapman University NSSLHA Chapter
  • We received the Gold Chapter Honors for the fifth year in a row!

+ - Program Director and Faculty

Judy Montgomery, PhD CCC-SLP, Full Professor, has four decades of experience as a speech language pathologist, federal grant director, school principal, director of special education and professor.  She earned her bachelor of science degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; her master’s degree in communication disorders from California State University-Long Beach and her doctorate from Claremont Graduate School. She has been a full professor at Chapman University for 22 years, teaching in the masters program in Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders and at the doctoral level in Disability Studies.

An active researcher, Dr. Montgomery has written 13 books, 18 peer-reviewed journal articles, one standardized test and over 50 other book chapters and scholarly publications in the field. She is the editor-in-chief of an international journal, Communication Disorders Quarterly, with SAGE Publications.  She is an ASHA Board Specialist in Child Language and consults frequently with school districts, state departments of education and international speech language hearing entities.

Dr. Montgomery has held the position of President of four national professional organizations – including the 180,000-member American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in 1995. Recently, she served as the Chair of the Scientific and Professional Education Board of ASHA, and the Global Clinical Coordinator of the Special Olympics Healthy Hearing Program in Washington DC. 

She has received numerous awards including the Chapman University Scudder Award (twice), the John and Annie Glenn SLP School Leadership Award (2008), the California Speech Language Hearing (CSHA) Honors of the Association (2010), the ASHA Honors of the Association (2010), and the Orange County Board of Education Outstanding Education Award (2014).


Adjunct Faculty

Clinical Supervisors

  • Chris Switzer, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Deborah Warren, MA CCC-SLP
  • Katherine Bowman, MS CCC-SLP
  • Liz Eszlinger, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Tracy Kerns, MA CCC-SLP
  • Katie Kolstad, MA  CCC-SLP
  • Angie Torres, MA CCC-SLP
  • Leslie Sierra-Guzman, MA CCC-SLP
  • Laura Garcia-Maxey, MA CCC-SLP
  • Denise Schwartz, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Deanna  Teramoto. MS, CCC-SLP

+ - CSD Board of Counselors

The CSD Board of Counselors is both an advisory board and a student and faculty support organization comprised of community members and professionals with a deep interest and commitment to the field, and specifically this CSD Program at Chapman University.  Members meet twice a year with the Program Director and the Dean to discuss important activities and needs within the program, and hear directly from graduate students and alumni.

  • Gilbert R. Herer, Ph.D.  - Audiologist, Professor Emeritis, George Washington University, Washington DC.
  • Sharlene Goodman, MA - Speech Language Pathologist, Chief Executive Officer, Newport Language and Speech Center, Mission Viejo, CA
  • Larry Goodman - President, WinWays, Transitional Living for Individuals with Brain Injuries, Orange, CA
  • Bill Macatee - Sports Commentator, ESPN and Tennis Channel
  • Betty L. McMicken, Ph.D. - Speech Pathologist, California State University - Long Beach
  • James Stansell - Retired, son of the Founding Faculty member of original CSD Program at Chapman University Dr. Barbara Stansell, San Diego, CA
  • Harry Rosenberg - Retired Aerospace Engineer, Boeing, Los Angeles.
  • Ron Wenkart. JD - General Counsel, Orange County Department of Education, Costa Mesa, CA.
  • Cathy Jones - Executive Director, Hear the World Foundation
  • Frankie Rosario - Vice President, Extron Co., Orange, CA.

+ - Post-Baccalaureate CSD Certificate Program

This accelerated Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Cohort program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is offered through the Office of Extended Education and is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and need to complete the pre-requisites (leveling courses) necessary to apply for a masters degree at Chapman University or another institution. This post-baccalaureate program is essential for students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology or Communication Disorders.

Students admitted to Chapman University's Post-Baccalaureate CSD cohort program will complete ten courses in five consecutive eight-week terms.  Two courses are taught each term. Each course are 3 credits, for a total of 30 credits. Students will meet Friday evenings from 5-9:30 p.m. with a ½-hour break and Saturdays from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. with a 1-hour break. Students must successfully complete this program in its entirety to receive a certificate.  Courses from another institution are non-transferable into this cohort program.

Please visit the Office of Extended Education’s Post-Bac CSD website for more information.

+ - Student Organization

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional membership association that consists of graduate and undergraduate students involved in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  It is the only national student organization in the field that is recognized by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).  NSSLHA helps raise awareness about the profession of speech-language pathology, and promotes the awareness of speech and/or language disorders.  The members of NSSLHA engage in a variety of community service and volunteering opportunities in the local community and the greater Los Angeles area, such as the Relay for Life, MS Walk, Autism Walk, Surfer Healing, Down Syndrome Organization, BRAIN, and the Special Olympics.

The organization collects dues, elects officers, raises funds, and provides leadership opportunities within Region 10 in the US. The CU student chapter has been awarded National Gold Status for the last 3 years.  

Visit Chapman's NSSLHA website to learn more about NSSLHA as well as the students and recent events.

+ - Contact Us

For additional information about our M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, please contact:

MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders front desk
(714) 516-4598

For additional admission information, please contact: 
Office of Graduate Admission 
888-CU-APPLY / (714) 997-6711
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