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The Graduate Certificate Program in Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) is designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline different from Communication Sciences & Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology.

The 28-credit Program of Study consists of ten (10) prerequisite courses in speech, language, and hearing senses and development. Students must successfully complete all prerequisite courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of “C” in each class.

Students in the Graduate Certificate in CSD track are required to be continuously enrolled in at least two courses per semester (except when taking the last course in the certificate program). All students are required to complete the certificate within four continuous semesters, which includes summer semesters.

Courses & Syllabi

Graduate Certificate courses include:

  • Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Acoustics of the Sciences of Speech and Hearing
  • Clinical Observation
  • Graduate Introduction to Linguistics

Visit the FIU Catalog for full course descriptions and program requirements:

  • Navigate to the current academic year
  • Enter the Course Code in the “Search Bar” OR select “Graduate”
  • Select “Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences”

Enrolled students can download the program syllabi from FIU Sharepoint – CSD Programs

Total Credits Required: 28

  • SPA 5113: Advanced Applied Phonetics (or LIN 5206 Phonetics, or LIN 5211 Applied Phonetics, offered through the Linguistics program) (3 credits)
  • SPA 5012: Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders (3 credits)
  • SPA 5102: Advanced Human Anatomy & Physiology of Mechanisms of Communication (3 credits)
  • SPA 5102L: Laboratory in Advanced Human Anatomy & Physiology of Mechanisms of Communication (1 credits)
  • SPA 5009: Normal Communication Development & Disorders (3 credits)
  • SPA 5150: Acoustics of the Sciences of Speech and Hearing (3 credits)
  • SPA 5051: Clinical Observation, Management, and Procedures in Communication Disorders (3 credits)
  • SPA 5035: Disorders of Hearing and Audiological Sciences (3 credits)
  • SPA 6322: Aural Habilitation and Rehabilitation (3 credits)
  • LIN 5018: Graduate Introduction to Linguistics (3 credits)

These prerequisites are offered only to those who have applied and been admitted into the Graduate Certificate in CSD program. Students who completed their undergraduate degree at FIU must still apply and be admitted to the program to take the courses.

All courses are typically offered every semester, including summers. These courses meet the requirements to apply for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) degree program. A minimum grade of “B” is required in certificate courses that are eligible for transfer to the MS-SLP. However, please note that successful completion of the certificate does not guarantee acceptance into the MS-SLP program.