Capstone Certificate

in Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Capstone Certificate

2014-2105 Academic Year
Program Director: Professor Katherine Hustad


The UW-Madison Certificate in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) 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 students to get to know the faculty and for 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:


  • CSD201: Speech Science (3 cr.)
  • CSD202: Normal Aspects of Hearing (3 cr.)
  • CSD240: Language Development in Children and Adolescents (3 cr.)
  • CSD315: Speech Pathology I (3 cr.)
  • CSD320: Introduction to Audiology (3 cr.)
  • CSD371: Pre-Clinical Observation of Children and Adults (2 cr.)
  • CSD425: Auditory Rehabilitation (3 cr.)
  • CSD440: Child Language Disorders, Assessment and Intervention (3 cr.)
  • CSD699: Independent Study (1 cr. From CSD318, 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 CSD371 (second semester of the Capstone sequence), students must earn a 3.0 grade-point average across the same three “gateway” courses (CSD201, CSD202, CSD240) in which undergraduates must earn an average GPA of 3.0 to declare their major as Communication Sciences and Disorders. Capstone Certificate students who do not earn a GPA of at least 3.0 across these three courses will not be allowed to enroll in CSD371 (Spring semester), and therefore will not be able to earn the Certificate, although they can (if they choose) continue to take the remaining program coursework. Prospective Capstone Certificate Program students should also be aware that The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) standards have changed for 2014, and Standard IV-A now specifies a course in Biological Sciences (such as Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Genetics, and so forth), Physical Sciences (Physics or Chemistry), and a Statistics course as requirements for clinical certification. Whereas many students who apply for the Capstone Certificate will already have some or all of this coursework, the prospective student should know that these requirements must be fulfilled prior to the student’s application for ASHA certification (typically applied for following the master’s degree and a clinical fellowship).

Financial Aid

Capstone Certificate students are classified by the University as post-baccalaureate, non-degree students. As a Capstone student you would be eligible for student hourly positions and to apply for Financial Aid through the Campus Financial Aid Office.

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Admission - Apply for this Capstone Certificate as a University Special student through the Division of Continuing Studies 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. Only students with a current or final GPA of 3.0 in their undergraduate programs will be considered for admission to the Capstone program. An official, current transcript can serve as proof of the above.

Mail transcripts to:
Post-Bac Capstone Certificate Program
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1975 Willow Drive, Room 318
Madison, WI 53706-1103
(608) 262-6464

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.

Questions about the Capstone Certificate should be directed to Professor Hustad.