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Communication Disorders Program

Deadline for Fall Admission
Fall is our only semester for admission. The deadline for Fall applications is February 1st.

Welcome to the Communication Disorders (CD) Program at North Carolina Central University! Established in 1976, the CD Program is celebrating over 35 years of service to Durham and the surrounding communities. While we are a graduate level program, we also offer the undergraduate prerequisite courses needed for graduate programs in speech-language pathology.

Our Master's of Education (M. Ed) degree in speech-language pathology is a full-time program designed to prepare graduates to provide preventative, diagnostic and rehabilitative services to persons exhibiting speech and language disorders. Completion of the program prepares graduates for employment as speech-language pathologists in settings ranging from public school and hospitals to community, state, and federal agencies. Our program is unique in our focus and commitment to prepare all students to work with diverse populations including bilingual speakers and users of assistive and augmentative communication devices.

The academic program is nationally accredited in Speech-Language Pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association (ASHA). Graduates are eligible to apply for certification by ASHA, for licensure by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists, and for the graduate license issued by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction.

Student Outcome Data (PDF)

CAA Accreditation

The Communication Disorders program is nationally accredited in Speech-Language Pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association (ASHA). We currently have an enrollment of 80 graduate students and 11 faculty members with expertise in a wide range of areas. A few areas of specialization include bilingualism, cultural and linguistic diversity, dysphagia and feeding disorders, autism, augmentative and alternative communication, literacy, early intervention, aphasia and traumatic brain injury. Known for our expertise in the areas of Bilingualism, Assistive Technology and Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, we offer two specialty tracks in these areas; the Bilingual Track and the CREATT Track (Culturally Responsive Early Intervention in Assistive Technology Training).

Students without a Communication Disorders Background

Our graduate program accepts students with and without a background in communication disorders. Students without a background and students with an incomplete number of prerequisite hours enroll in our prerequisite classes. Prerequisite classes include anatomy and physiology, phonetics, audiology, aural rehabilitation, speech and language development, observation, and speech science.

Students with a Communication Disorders Background

Students with a background and completion of all prerequisite courses including 25 observation hours will immediately begin graduate level courses. These students also begin practicum their first semester. NCCU's Speech and Hearing Clinic features a number of specialty clinics such as Hablemos! the bilingual preschool clinic for Spanish speaking preschoolers; AT: PLAY, a therapeutic play group for children with autism; ATIPP, the Assistive Technology for Infants and Preschoolers Program; NAG, the Neurogenic Adult Group; SportsTalk, a program that supports college athletes, and LLEAD, Language and Literacy Enrichment and Development.

Graduates enroll in a broad range of required and elective courses as well as seminars, and graduate with a total of 62 credit hours.

On-line Application

We have now moved to a Fall only enrollment with February 1st as our application deadline. Students apply online at http://www.nccu.edu/futurestudents/applynow.cfm.

Visitation and Tours

We invite you to visit our campus. Program tours can be scheduled during our monthly tour dates. Contact Ms. Deborah Mitchell at dmitchell@nccu.edu or phone (919) 530-7299 for dates and further information.

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