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Pre-Requisites Courses at Lehigh Valley Campus

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East Stroudsburg University Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders provides a 21-credit prerequisite concentration at the Lehigh Valley Center, 60 West Broad St., Bethlehem, PA

This is designed for students holding a bachelor's degree in another major who need prerequisite courses to apply to a master's program in speech-language pathology or communication sciences and disorders.

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Communication Sciences & Disorders Prerequisite Student Information Sheet

Taking these classes does not guarantee acceptance into the ESU Communication Sciences & Disorders Master's Degree program.

  • Classes at the Lehigh Valley Center begin in May of each year
  • Interested students must register
    • Check the schedule of classes on the ESU Lehigh Valley website
    • Non ESU students may register as non ESU students
  • Students currently enrolled at ESU may register through the ESU portal
  • Any questions should be directed to Dr. Elaine Shuey,
  • To apply as a non-degree student, contact Millie Roman-Buday,

Undergraduate preparation to include the following prerequisites, section "A" is the list of the classes offered at the Bethlehem center:

  1. Speech-Language Pathology or Communication Disorders courses:
    1. Introduction to Communication Disorders
    2. Speech and Language Development
    3. Phonetics or phonology
    4. Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
    5. Introduction to Audiology
    6. Articulation/Fluency Disorders
    7. Speech Science
  2. Other undergraduate courses:
    1. Child development or developmental psychology
    2. Statistics
    3. College level math course (other than statistics)
    4. English composition/writing
    5. Natural sciences (6 credits), including a physical science & biology
    6. Behavioral sciences (6 credits)
  3. Observation hours: Students need 25 observation hours that can be obtained at a variety of facilities, such as: schools, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation hospitals, and private practice.The prospective student must observe ASHA certified SLPs. Students should consult the department chair about the details of this requirement. These hours must be completed prior to beginning any graduate program in speech-language pathology or communication sciences and disorders.

Prospective students who do not have the above undergraduate courses or their equivalents may choose to complete them at any accredited university. It should be noted that not all applicants who meet the above admission requirements will be accepted into the program due to limitations in the number of student seats available at the time of acceptance.