Are you ready to take your education to the next level to begin a career in Communication Disorders? Do that here.

The Communication Disorder Program is a nationally-accredited program where graduates are sought after by employers. Graduates of the program will pass the national Praxis exam, qualify for state licensure, meet ASHA certification requirements, and find employment opportunities in either educational or medical settings.  

Each year, we receive over 100 applications and only 18 students are accepted to the program. Students will receive comprehensive coursework, a variety of clinical opportunities, and research experiences. Scholarships and graduate assistantships are available for both first- and second-year graduate students. 

What You’ll Do  

Graduates of the program pass the national Praxis exam, qualify for state licensure, meet ASHA certification requirements, and find immediate employment opportunities in both educational and medical settings. Why are graduates so successful? Because during the program, they: 

  • Engage in comprehensive coursework. 
  • Work closely with faculty mentors who themselves are leaders in the field. 
  • Gain invaluable experience through a variety of clinical opportunities and research experiences.  

What Can You Do with an M.A. in Communication Disorders?

Employment rates are typically 100% with graduates accepting positions in Missouri and other states around the nation. Employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 25% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Employers of Recent Graduates

  • Paragon Speech Pathology Services; Blue Springs, MO
  • Local School Districts: Cape Girardeau, Jackson, St. Louis and St. Charles Missouri; Kentucky; Illinois; Virginia, Indiana
  • Pathways Health Center for Children; Sarnia, Ontario
  • National Healthcare Corporation; Milan, TN
  • Life Care Center of St. Louis, MO
  • St. Francis Medical Center; Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Southeast Outpatient Rehabilitation; Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Beginning Concepts; Jackson, MO
  • ABC Pediatric Therapy; O’Fallon, IL
  • The Speech and Language Center; Columbia, MO
  • Innovative Rehabilitation Corporation; Jackson, MO
  • MU Children’s Therapy; Columbia, MO
  • EBS; Memphis, TN

Outcomes & Careers 

  • 100% 

    Graduation outcomes

    One hundred percent of students in the Communication Disorders program successfully have graduated from Southeast. 

  • $80k 

    Median annual salary for Speech-Language Pathologist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) earn an average annual salary of $80k. 




  • $50k

    Annual salary for a Basic Language Instructor

    A basic language instructor can earn an average of $50k per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 



  • $77k

    Potential earnings for an Applied Behavior Analyst

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that an Applied Behavior Analyst or Psychologist can earn approximately $77k+ annually. 

Communication Disorders Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

What You'll Study

  1. Hold an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders (or equivalent area) from a regionally accredited college or university
    1. Note: Generally, individuals with undergraduate degrees from another discipline (e.g., nursing, education, biological sciences) may be required to complete prerequisite coursework to include content knowledge, skills, and experiences.
  2.  An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or a minimum GPA of 3.0 during the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study
  3. GRE scores (no minimum required)
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Application with personal statement
  6. Fifteen minute web-based interview

Communication Disorders (MA) Curriculum - 57 Hours

Required Courses:

  • CD603 Advanced Communication Disorders Clinical Practicum (3 enrollments) (9)
  • CD608 Clinical Methods in Speech Language Pathology (2)
  • CD616 Literacy Essentials for Speech Language Pathologists (3)
  • CD620 Developmental Articulatory & Phonological Disorders (2)
  • CD625 Research Methodology in Communication Disorders (3)
  • CD629 Neuroscience of Communication Disorders (2)
  • CD630 Language &Cognitive Communication Disorders in Adults (2)
  • CD634 Language & Cognitive Disorders in Infants & Preschool Children (2)
  • CD635 Language, Cognitive & Social Communication Disorders in School-Aged Children (3)
  • CD641 Voice Disorders (3)
  • CD642 Fluency Disorders (2)
  • CD643 Augmentative/Alternative Communication Systems (2)
  • CD651 Neurogenic Speech Disorders (2)
  • CD652 Swallowing Disorders (3)
  • CD653 Pediatric Feeding & Swallowing (1)
  • CD656 Craniofacial Anomalies & Resonance Disorders (2)
  • CD659 Speech & Language Services for Special Populations (3)
  • CD669 Externship in Communication Disorders (2 enrollments) (6)
  • CD685 Professionals Issues in Communication Disorders (2)

Choose one of the following options: 

Non-Thesis Option 

  • CD683 Research in Communication Disorders (2 enrollments) (6) 
  • GR698 Master’s Final Comprehensive Examination (0) 

Thesis Option 

  • CD695 Thesis (3) 
  • GR699 Master’s Oral Examination (0) 

Additional requirements:* 

  • CD510 Multicultural Issues in Communication Disorders (3) 
  • CD512 Speech & Hearing Science (3) 
  • CD525 Aural Rehabilitation (3) 

*If the student did not have CD510, CD512 and/or CD525 or equivalent courses as an undergraduate, the student must take these courses as a graduate student. 

The degree requirements in Communication Disorders are designed to meet the academic and clinical standards established by the Council for Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Completion of the degree requirements constitutes one component toward the establishment of the student’s eligibility for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).

It is the student’s responsibility to confer with his/her academic advisor regarding recent changes (if any) in academic or clinical standards. Also, it is the student’s responsibility to complete any additional requirements for the CCC-SLP beyond completion of the degree and to submit proper documentation of all required components.

Graduate Assistantships

The graduate assistantship (GA) is designed to provide support during full-time graduate study. It’s an opportunity for the graduate students to serve in a professional role while establishing a professional relationship with faculty and administrators. In addition to a per year stipend, GAs gain valuable experience. There are two kinds of assistantships: teaching and administrative.

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Clinical Practicum

Graduate majors in communication disorders are required to three semesters of on-campus clinical practicum prior to any externship experiences. One credit hour of this enrolled class consists of clinical seminars conducted via a weekly clinical meeting. These meetings cover important clinical and professional issues.

Department Accreditations

  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

College of Education, Health and Human Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is housed within the College of Education, Health and Human Studies. The college boasts programs that train students in mind, body, and soul. So, whether you want to teach, to care, to support, or to fix, we have a program to get you there.

Graduate Coordinators

Graduate coordinators serve as the contact for graduate programs. The coordinators are most often faculty within the college which houses the program, helping you to get questions answered and first-hand knowledge of the degree requirements and placement opportunities.

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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