M.S. in Communicative Disorders

The MS in Communicative Disorders is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Students interested in admission to the program may apply through the Graduate School at UofL. For further information: http://louisville.edu/medicine/degrees/speechpathology.

Please note that the teacher certification option is under review due to changes in Kentucky certification requirements. Admission to the teacher certification option is postponed until further notice.

The Master of Science in Communicative Disorders is offered by the University of Louisville Medical School. As a division within the Department of Surgery, the program is uniquely positioned to offer ties with the Louisville medical community. From observations of surgeries and lectures by visiting physicians, to opportunities for interation with colleagues in the Department of Surgery's Otolaryngology Division, students benefit from the knowledge of noted experts in related fields.

For more information about the program, including program options, course offerings, admission requirements, and more, go to Speech-Language Pathology.

Teacher Certification Option

In addition to obtaining the MS in Communicative Disorders, students may choose to complete the coursework necessary to obtain teacher certification. Teacher certification is not currently required to work in the Kentucky Public School System for those graduates who have ASHA certification.

However, the courses and experiences required for teacher certification are valuable to students who plan to work in the schools, and will help them to be more competitive candidates for employment in Kentucky as well as other states which may require teacher certification for employment. In addition to student teaching, the education classes necessary to obtain certification are listed below:

  • EDSP 540 Introduction to Exceptional Children (3.0)
  • EDSP 637 Transdisciplinary Collaboration for Inclusion (3.0)

If you believe you have completed an equivalent course(s) through another accredited institution, please contact Betty Hampton, Director of Initial Teacher Certification Student Services, at (502) 852-0411 or betty.hampton @ louisville.edu. You will be asked to submit a course description for faculty review.

Accreditation: Alternate Certification (Masters - MAT) programs are fully accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) (now Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation [CAEP]), and approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.

For information on program accreditation click here.

Helpful Links

For details about curriculum information, visit the Graduate Catalog.

Teacher education candidates must be enrolled in UofL's Master of Science in Communicative Disorders program or hold a graduate degree in Communicative Disorders from UofL or another accredited institution.

Candidates to initial teacher certification programs are required to submit credentials supporting their academic ability, creativity and collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills, positive disposition, and commitment to the teaching profession. These credentials include test scores, transcripts, writing samples, and letters of recommendation as well as a formal, faculty interview

Candidates for admission should review the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Certified Personnel [PDF] and the Character and Fitness Questionnaire [PDF], since candidates will be required to uphold the expectations and requirements of the teaching profession.


Questions about the application should be directed to teacher@louisville.edu. Candidates will be notified via e-mail regarding the admission decision no later than six weeks after the application deadline.

Application Deadlines:

Fall Admission: June 1st by 5:00 p.m.
Spring Admission: October 1st by 5:00 p.m.

Please note: If the application deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, we will accept the admission portfolio on the Monday after the deadline by 5:00 p.m.

Admission Criteria

Candidates who meet the following criteria may be eligible to apply to teacher education. Admission is competitive. Candidates who meet minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission.

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  1. Application to Graduate School/MAT ProgramNot required for students currently enrolled in the MS program for Communicative Disorders!
  2. Passing Test Scores
    Please note:
    when submitting test scores through ETS, use the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
  3. Bachelor's Degree from Accredited College or University with a Minimum 2.75 Grade Point Average. (official transcripts required) Current UofL students do not need to submit transcripts!
  4. Oral Communication Proficiency
  5. Written Communication Proficiency
  6. TOEFL
  7. Professional Statement
  8. Letters of Recommendation. Current UofL students do not need to submit additional letters of recommendation.

Contact Us

M. Gay Masters
Department of Surgery
Communicative Disorders
University of Louisville

Deb Bauder
Department of Special Education
College of Education and Human Development
University of Louisville

Betty Hampton
Education Advising Center
College of Education and Human Development
University of Louisville

General Information

For general information on financial aid resources, please visit the University of Louisville's Student Financial Aid office. The College of Education and Human Development has it's own web page dedicated to financial aid that contains some extra information not listed here.

When considering the cost of higher education, please consider the following items:

Awards can be combined with institutional aid up to the University's total direct cost of attendance. Direct costs include tuition, room, board, and books. The University of Louisville is required to adhere to all federal, state, and institutional guidelines. Policy information is available on-line at UofL's Student Financial Aid office.

College of Education & Human Development (CEHD) Scholarship

The CEHD has a long history of offering scholarships to prospective and current students pursuing an education degree program. The CEHD provides over $225,000 annually and selects recipients three times per year. Scholarship selection is competitive and applies to tuition only. Apply online for a CEHD Scholarship before the deadline (March 1st, June 1st and/or October 1st). Applicants should expect notification in four to five weeks after the posted deadline.


Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides up to $4,000 per year to those who intend to teach in a public or private school that serves students from low-income families. Teachers must be certified in a high-need field. (Amount is pro-rated based on part-time or full-time status up to a maximum of $8,000 for graduate students.)

Applicants must complete the FAFSA (although financial need is not required) and be admitted to a teacher certification program. Applicants must score above the 75th percentile on a college admission test or maintain a cumulative gpa of 3.25 for eligibility.

Recipients must teach for a minimum of four years within eight calendar years of completing the teacher certification program. Those who fail to complete the service obligation must re-pay the loan, with interest charged form the first date of disbursement.

Minority Teacher Scholarship Program

Since 1985, the Minority Teacher Recruitment Project (MTRP) has been addressing the shortage of minority teachers in our nation's classrooms. The program is a partnership among the University of Louisville's College of Education and Human Development, the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), and the schools of the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC).

Scholarships of up to $5,000 annually are available to qualifying full- or part-time students of color pursuing initial teacher certification at UofL. Visit the MTRP webpage to view more information about the scholarship program.