Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders is a preprofessional program

Upon its completion, students must pursue a master's degree before gaining employment as a certified speech-language pathologist.

  • Required major courses: SPPA 101, 113, 121, 214, 231, 312, 331, 341, 342, 361, 414, 457, plus one upper division SPPA elective.
  • Students in upper division classes (342, 361, 414, 457) must get police check, FBI clearance, and child abuse clearance. Students must also be formally admitted into the department to complete their degree

SPPA electives include the following


Academic Criteria

  • All incoming students (freshmen, transfers, etc.) must meet with the department chair to set up their education plan leading to formal admission into the CSD Department.
  • Students may choose to complete their bachelor's degree in three years. Incoming freshmen must speak to the department chair if they are interested in a three-year undergraduate program, which will involve taking classes during the summer.
  • All transfer students, both ESU and other institutions, must have a 3.0 cumulative quality point average to declare CSD as their major. Transfer students will work with the department chair on an individual basis to set up education plans that can be completed in a timely manner.
  • A 3.0 quality point average in the major and a 3.0 cumulative quality point average are required for admission to the clinical portion of the program.
  • Admission to the clinical portion of the program is required for approval to enroll in SPPA 342, 414, and 457.
  • At least 24 of the required 33 credits in SPPA must be taken at ESU, including all courses above the 100 level, unless waived by the department chair.
  • Students maintaining a 3.7 cumulative average by the first semester of their senior year may qualify for early acceptance into the graduate program. Students wanting to be considered for early acceptance must take the GRE by the summer between their junior and senior year. Following early acceptance students must complete the undergraduate program before the fall graduate entry date.

Professional Licensure Disclosures and Distance Learning State Authorization: Applicants who are applying to programs that may lead to licensure in states other than Pennsylvania must be aware of the various state professional licensure requirements. Please see ESU's professional licensure disclosures, Evaluation of Conduct Record, and check licensure requirements by occupation and state at CareerOneStop.

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For more information about our programs, please contact our office at (570) 422-3247.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Monroe Hall
(570) 422-3247
(570) 422-3850 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Department Chair
Rachel Wolf
(570) 422-3929