Capstone Certificate in Communication Sciences and Disorders

School:  Letters and Science
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders
Contact:  Program Director -  Professor Katherine Hustad;

The UW-Madison Certificate in Communication Sciences and Disorders is offered to students who have completed, or will complete, an undergraduate degree in a field other than Communication Sciences and Disorders, and who wish to prepare themselves for admission to a graduate training program in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The certificate is designed primarily for students who wish to pursue a clinical graduate degree (M.S. in Speech-language Pathology, or Au.D. in Audiology), but is also appropriate for students from other fields who wish to pursue a research graduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Benefits of an On-site Capstone Program
The Capstone Certificate in Communication Sciences and Disorders not only offers students the bulk of the course sequence taken by our undergraduate majors,  it also—because it is  an on-site  program—affords  opportunities  for the student to get to know the faculty and for the faculty  to get to know the students. In addition, the give-and-take of classroom and office-hours communications is likely to produce a much broader and deeper knowledge base than is typically provided by on-line coursework. Furthermore,   face-to-face learning from our world-class faculty is a good foundation for requesting and obtaining positive recommendations to graduate programs. 

The certificate is earned upon completion of the following nine courses, over the course of one academic year:
CD201:   Speech Science (3 cr.)
CD202:   Normal Aspects of Hearing (3 cr.)
CD240:  Language Development in Children and Adolescents (3 cr.)
CD315:  Speech Pathology I (3 cr.)

CD320:  Introduction to Audiology (3 cr.)
CD371:  Pre-Clinical Observation of Children and Adults (2 cr.)
CD425:  Auditory Rehabilitation (3 cr.)
CD440:  Child Language Disorders, Assessment and Intervention (3 cr.)
CD699:  Independent Study (1 cr. From CD318, craniofacial module)

Most Capstone Certificate students will take all nine courses (24 credits total), but in some cases one or two courses may be waived depending on coursework taken previously, during the undergraduate degree;  the minimum number of credits required for the certificate is 18.

To qualify for enrollment in CD371 during the second semester of the Capstone sequence, students must have a 3.0 grade-point average across CSD201, CSD202, and CSD240. A 3.0 grade-point average in these classes qualifies the student to take CSD371 in the Spring semester. To earn the Capstone Certificate, CSD371 must be completed in the Spring semester.

Admissions Requirements and Process

Apply for this Capstone Certificate as a University Special student through the Division of Continuing Studies using the online application. In addition to completing the online application please send to Maureen Garity (, Graduate Studies Coordinator in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, proof of your undergraduate degree, or proof of satisfactory progress toward your undergraduate degree that will be completed prior to beginning the Capstone Certificate Program.  An official, current transcript can serve as proof of the above.

Applications are accepted any time during the academic year, but we encourage prospective students to submit applications no later than May 1 prior to the intended academic year of enrollment.  Notification of acceptance to the program will be sent within four weeks of receiving an application.