Communication Science & Disorders

Work to identify and treat speech, language, voice, and hearing disorders. The Capstone Certificate in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepares those with degrees in other fields for master’s degree study in this field.


Is this program right for you?

Taught by an outstanding and accessible faculty, and featuring a close-knit cohort, the one-year, accelerated Capstone Certificate in Communication Sciences and Disorders program from UW–Madison will position you for master’s degree study in communication studies and disorders.

The bulk of the coursework is that taken by students who major in Communication Sciences and Disorders. It also allows you to interact closely with faculty and learn more about the practice by observing professionals at work in the University of Wisconsin Speech and Hearing Clinic on campus.

The Capstone Certificate in Communication Studies and Disorders affords students a chance to gain a depth of knowledge in this critical field after gaining their undergraduate degree in another discipline. The program also features a day-long orientation and social events scheduled during the year to help you get to know faculty and graduate students even better in social settings.

Although the capstone certificate program does not guarantee admission to the UW–Madison master’s program, students typically go on to pursue clinical master’s degrees after successfully completing the program.

Is this program right for you?

Taught by an outstanding and accessible faculty, and featuring a close-knit cohort, the one-year, accelerated Capstone Certificate in Communication Sciences and Disorders program from UW–Madison will position you for master’s degree study in communication studies and disorders.

The bulk of the coursework is that taken by students who major in Communication Sciences and Disorders. It also allows you to interact closely with faculty and learn more about the practice by observing professionals at work in the University of Wisconsin Speech and Hearing Clinic on campus.

The Capstone Certificate in Communication Studies and Disorders affords students a chance to gain a depth of knowledge in this critical field after gaining their undergraduate degree in another discipline. The program also features a day-long orientation and social events scheduled during the year to help you get to know faculty and graduate students even better in social settings.

Although the capstone certificate program does not guarantee admission to the UW–Madison master’s program, students typically go on to pursue clinical master’s degrees after successfully completing the program.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have an undergraduate degree with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Provide proof of satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree that will be completed before admission to the program.
  • Provide an English proficiency test score if your native language is not English or if your undergraduate instruction was not in English.

To apply:

  • Online application to UW–Madison as University Special Student.
  • Official transcripts.

Applications are accepted for fall enrollment.

Program Highlights

  • Our program is accelerated so you can finish your certificate in just one year, ready to continue to your education through a master’s or PhD program.
  • The program features a day-long orientation and social events scheduled during the year to help you get to know faculty and graduate students even better in social settings.
  • You will be able to interact closely with faculty as you learn about speech, language, voice, and hearing approaches to disorders. You will also be able to assess and determine treatment in a real-world clinical setting.

How You'll Learn

  • Two semesters of full-time study on campus to earn your certificate.
  • Work in teams and individually alongside a close-knit cohort to complete coursework and gain the knowledge in communication sciences and disorders that will serve as a platform for obtaining a master’s degree.

Sample Curriculum

Semester 1

  • Speech Science
  • Normal Aspects of Hearing
  • Language Development in Children and Adolescents
  • Speech Pathology

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Audiology
  • Pre-Clinical Observation of Children and Adults
  • Auditory Rehabilitation
  • Child Language Disorders, Assessment, and Intervention

Job Outlook

Market Salary
$76K in 2018

Projected Job Growth
17.8% for Speech Language Pathologists

Job Postings
27,565 in 2018

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2019.
Burning Glass Technologies’ Market Salary is an estimated expected salary. Market Salary uses machine learning algorithms to account for experience, skill, and education among other factors that may impact individual salaries.

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