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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
communications disorders philadelphia pennsylvania temple university

Top Ranked Masters / Doctoral Degree Program in most recent U.S. News & World Report ranking

100% Praxis Exam Pass Rate between May 2013-May 2014

Working within our community to improve communication

Understanding speech and hearing

Understanding Speech

Communication is an essential core of the human experience and the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is central to understanding this unique phenomenon.

Whether they become researchers and academics, or help diagnose and treat speech and hearing disorders for people of all ages, CSD graduates are well prepared for vital careers in healthcare, research, or education. 

CSD career paths include:

  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Audiologists
  • Special education teachers
  • Linguists
What makes us distinct:
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked Temple’s Master’s/Doctoral Degree programs in speech-language pathology program as 29th in the nation.
  • In 2012-2013, 100 percent of the students who sat for the Certificate of Clinical Competency's Praxis exam required by The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association had a 100 percent pass rate and a higher median score than the national average.
  • The Master's program in Speech-Language-Hearing Science has been accredited in Speech-Language Pathology since 1970 by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • In 2012-2013, 100 percent of the students who graduated that year finished within the published time frame and all landed employment in their profession.
  • Faculty regularly present at the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association conferences.

Outreach and Innovation

We have four programs that serve the local community as they continue to contribute to innovations to the field.


The Master of Arts program in Speech Language Hearing Science (MA-SLH) has consistently exceeded the required benchmarks (80%) set by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) for Student Outcomes.  

In the past academic year, 2013-2014, the M.A. in Speech Language Hearing (SLH) Science was conferred on 23 students of which 22 (95%) completed the program within the program’s published time frame (6 semesters for those who enter with an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders and 8-9 semesters for those from other fields of study who must take pre-requisite undergraduate coursework).  One additional student in this cohort elected not to complete the degree requirements.

Graduates nationwide are required to pass (score of 600 or better) the Praxis exam in Speech-Language Pathology to qualify for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).  The 2013-2014 annual Praxis Report shows 12 graduates of Temple’s MA-SLH program taking the Praxis exam with a 100% pass rate.  They achieved an average of  744 with a median score of  750 (range 690-810) compared to the national average of 693 and national median of 700.

During the 2013-2014 academic calendar (within 1 year of graduation),   100% of the 31 graduates from the Classes of 2012-2013 found employment in the profession.

Click for Data from the last three years for these measures of Student Outcomes.