Post-Baccalaureate Communicative Sciences and Disorders Leveling Certificate Program

Program Overview

Are you interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist or audiologist? Do you need to complete courses to make you eligible for a graduate program? 

Our fully-online Post-Baccalaureate Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Leveling Certificate program is designed for individuals returning to school with a completed bachelor's degree in a field other than speech-language pathology or audiology. The purpose is to provide students with foundational knowledge in the areas of speech, language, and hearing development in order to be eligible to apply to graduate programs in speech-language pathology and/or audiology. 

The CSD Leveling Certificate Program consists of ten online courses for a total of 29 credits. These ten courses can be completed within one calendar year and are offered fully online (no face-to-face sessions required). The courses have an asynchronous learning environment, which means students can work on courses at times that best fit their schedule. However, instructors may assign deadlines for assignments, course projects, and exams.   

CSD Leveling Certificate Program Course Requirements, Credits & Prerequisites

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Online Registration

Click HERE to fill out the CSD Leveling Certificate program’s preliminary inquiry form to reserve your spot in our program with limited seats. Once the preliminary inquiry form is processed, you will be contacted by the CSD Leveling advising team who will instruct you in the next application steps and registration.  

Tuition and Mandatory Fees 

Cost of tuition will follow the University of Montana’s tuition and fees matrix found HERE, fees are subject to change per academic school year with Board of Regents’ approval. CSD Leveling Certificate program online tuition and fees are delineated on the Online Undergraduate and Post Baccalaureate matrix. For an estimation of total tuition and fees, contact Student Accounts within Business Services at UMstudentaccts@mso.umt.edu  

** If you are looking for the previous or upcoming SELL course schedule and registration links, please contact Academic Advisor Meghann Schroeder (meghann.schroeder@mso.umt.edu) **

Please do not wait to register until the Friday, Saturday or Sunday before courses that start on Monday. Due to limitations of our registration system, registrations received on those days cannot be guaranteed access to the courses on the first day.  

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certification Requirements

In addition to the University of Montana’s CSD Leveling Certificate program course requirements, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requires that upon graduation from the Master's program, a student must demonstrate knowledge of statistics, biological, physical, and social/behavioral sciences. ASHA also requires demonstration of multicultural competencies for certification upon graduation. You may already have completed this coursework in your Bachelor’s program. If, however, you still need to complete any of this coursework, you can fulfill requirements through additional UM distance learning options. Also, our School of Speech, Language, Hearing, & Occupational Sciences (SLHOS) includes a distance opportunity to complete a multicultural course.  

The following suggested courses, or approved equivalent courses, must be documented on your transcripts with a passing grade: 

  1. Physical Science: Physics or chemistry.
  2. Biological Science:  Science of living things (human or animal):  biology, general anatomy & physiology, neuroanatomy & neurophysiology, human genetics, or veterinary science (must be non-CSD courses)
  3. Social/Behavioral Science: Psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health.
  4. Statistics: Prerequisite for UM graduate research methods course.  One stand-alone course is required.  UM’s graduate research methods course does not count for statistics. Psychology, Math, or Social Statistics; Statistics also meets the previous math course category.
  5. Multicultural: UM’s CSD 480 Multicultural Issues (or approved course); must be a cross-cultural course rather than emphasis on one single culture.

*Advanced placement, CLEP, or exam of equivalency may be used, but transcripts must be provided.


*Other courses may be acceptable based on departmental approval. Any of these courses may be completed in an on-campus or online format through the University of Montana, as well (see the Course Catalog for specific courses).  

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the Post- Baccalaureate CSD Leveling Certificate Program Online

What is the deadline to apply? 
  • We accept CSD Leveling Certificate Program preliminary inquiries for both online and campus-based students throughout the year. The link for this preliminary inquiry form is HERE
  • However, see UM Admissions (HERE) for specific deadlines to apply to the University of Montana in order to start your coursework in either Fall or Spring Semesters. We recommend that you apply a minimum of one month prior to the start date of the course in which you intend to enroll. 
Am I required to begin in the Fall? 
    • Most Online and all On-campus students start in the Fall to finish in one year.  
    • A Spring start option is available online, however, this option does not guarantee you will finish in one year.  
Am I eligible for federal financial aid if I am enrolled in this CSD Leveling Certificate Program? 
    • Unfortunately, no. Federal financial aid is only available for degree-seeking programs. Many students in the leveling program opt to secure a private alternative loan. This type of loan is a non-federal educational loan through a private lending institution. 
Do I have to take all courses? 
    • All courses are required to achieve the full CSD Leveling Certificate.  
    • Some students may only need to take a few courses and single courses are available if prerequisites are met. You will need to go through the preliminary inquiry process and indicate the single courses requested.   
Do I need to log-in at certain times to join a virtual classroom if I am taking online courses? 
    • No. Although, there are set dates when assignments and quizzes must be completed, the online leveling program was designed for individuals who are interested in completing the coursework, but need to work at their own pace around work and family schedules. The exact format of each course may vary; please contact the course instructor about questions regarding exams, proctoring, assignments, etc. 
If I have taken similar courses at a different university- can these courses count toward this CSD Leveling Certificate program, or do I need to retake them at UM? 
    • It depends. If you think that you have covered the content in one of our CSD Leveling Certificate program courses in another program (and earned a grade ≥C), fill out THIS Course Equivalency form and return it along with the course syllabus/syllabi to our Academic Advisor (meghann.schroeder@mso.umt.edu) for review.  
If I take CSD Leveling Certificate program courses at the University of Montana, will these courses be accepted at other graduate programs? 
    • The content for most prerequisite courses is relatively standardized nationally across CSD programs. Our courses are meant to meet the standards and requirements for admissions in speech-language pathology and audiology graduate programs across the country. The ultimate decision to accept prerequisite coursework is decided by your chosen institution. If you have concerns, we recommend that you verify with your intended graduate institution(s). 
How much time should I devote to each class? 
    • For every one credit hour in which you enroll in the campus-based program, you will spend approximately two to three hours outside of class studying (i.e., one 3-credit course = 6-9 hours per week of studying over 15 weeks, for a total of 90-135 hours per regular university semester). 
    • The same amount of content is covered in each of the courses in the online leveling program, but the duration of each course is shorter. Keep in mind that you will still need to study for approximately 90-135 hours during the duration of the course (e.g., for an eight-week course, plan to study 11-17 hours per week). 

CSD Leveling Certificate Program Contact Information

Meghann Schroeder || Undergraduate Academic Advisor || 

Curry Health Center 032   ||   Missoula, Montana   || 

t: (406) 243-6105   ||   e: Meghann.schroeder@mso.umt.edu   || 

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