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Communication Sciences & Disorders Capstone

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 sciences 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 Sciences 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 sciences 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 Sciences 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 a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Provide proof of satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree that will be completed before admission to the program.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

To apply:

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

Applications are accepted for fall enrollment.

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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

Top Job Titles
  • Speech language pathologists
  • School speech language pathologist
  • Speech therapist
  • Audiologist
  • Pediatric speech language pathologist
Top Industries
  • Health care and social assistance
  • Administrative and support, waste management and remediation Services
  • Educational services
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services

Market Salary
$80.2K in 2021

Projected Job Growth
26.6% (2020-2030)

Job Postings
12,606 in 2021

Top Locations

CA, TX, FL, IL, MA, GA, MI, WA, PA, NC

Top Employers
  • Soliant Health
  • ProCare Therapy
  • Genesis Healthcare
  • Sunbelt Staffing
  • HealthPRO Heritage

Source: Lightcast™ 2022 and alumni data.

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