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Communication Sciences and Disorders

677 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 625
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: (808) 692-1581
Fax: (808) 566-6292


*Graduate Faculty

*H. Lew, MD, PhD (Chair)—audiology
V. Chinen, MS—speech-language pathology
*S. Goo-Yoshino, MS—speech-language pathology
J. Hall, PhD—audiology
*J. Hiu, MS—speech-language pathology
*A. Lower, MS—speech-language pathology
K. Maemori, MS—speech-language pathology
*P. Mashima, PhD—speech-language pathology
*C. McManus, AUD—audiology
L. Taniguchi, AuD—audiology
*B. Ward, MS—speech-language pathology

Adjunct Faculty

C. Bell, MD, PhD—geriatric medicine
S. Birer, MS—speech-language pathology
S. Chen, MD, PhD—physical medicine and rehabilitation
S. Ching, AuD—audiology
A. Davis, PhD—speech-language pathology
C. Fiestas, PhD—speech-language pathology
L. Hsieh, PhD—speech-language pathology
*R. Ito, AuD—audiology
M. Kahili-Heede, MLIS—library & information science
H. Kaniho, MS—speech-language pathology
J. Kawahigashi-Oshiro, MS—speech-language pathology
K. Mays, MS—speech-language pathology
B. Schwartz, MS—speech-language pathology
C. Tanaka, PhD—audiology
G. Wallace, PhD—speech-language pathology
J. Yamashita, MS—speech-language pathology

Degrees Offered: MS in communication sciences and disorders

The Academic Program

The UH Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (UH CSD) prepares students to work as speech-language pathologists, to prevent, diagnose, and treat speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

The Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is required to practice as a speech-language pathologist (SLP). The UH CSD program is the only program in Hawai‘i that is accredited by ASHA’s Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). The CAA establishes accreditation standards and facilitates continuous quality improvement of the programs it accredits. Graduates of CAA-accredited programs are educated in a core set of skills and knowledge required for entry into independent professional practice.

Students who earn an MS degree from UH CSD are eligible to apply for the ASHA CCC-SLP after successful completion of a post-graduate Clinical Fellowship. The UH CSD program is typically completed in 2 years across 6 semesters including summer sessions. Credit hours range from 77 credits (Plan B-Non Thesis) to 84 credits (Plan A-Thesis). The following are required for graduation:

  • Complete required course work in the UH CSD Program of Study with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and a minimum passing grade of B- (80%) for all required courses and clinical practicum
  • Earn a minimum of 400 clock hours in clinical practicum (25 hours of clinical observation, 375 hours in direct client/patient contact, at least 325 hours while engaged in graduate study)
  • Demonstrate achievement of the UH CSD Program and Student Learning Outcomes (PSLO) to fulfill standards for Clinical Certification in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from ASHA
  • Earn a passing score on the Praxis® Exam in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Fulfill the research requirement (Plan A or Plan B).

The UH CSD department defines its mission using the C.A.R.E.S. Model to establish a center of excellence for:

  • Clinical services for people challenged with speech-language, cognitive, swallowing, hearing and related disorders
  • Administrative infrastructure for internal and external collaboration and support
  • Research to support evidence-based practice
  • Education to prepare highly qualified professionals in communication sciences and disorders
  • Service to increase public awareness and promote participation at the university, state, national, and international levels

Academic Advising

Academic advising for UH undergraduate students is available from the Pre-Health Pre-Law Advising Center ( undergrad/PAC/). Students who are interested in pursuing a master's degree in CSD may contact the UH CSD department by email ( or telephone (808-692-1581). The UH CSD website ( provides information on the program, faculty, and its admission requirements.

CSD Prerequisite Certification Program (PCP) and Undergraduate Courses

The UH CSD PCP offers eight online undergraduate courses for partial fulfillment of prerequisites required for graduate programs in SLP. Students can complete the online courses within one year through the UH Outreach College.

Clinical Practicum

Students complete initial clinical training at the University of Hawai‘i Speech and Hearing Clinic (UHSHC) under the supervision of certified, licensed speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Students work directly with clients and provide speech, language, cognitive-communication, and hearing services to children and adults. After successful completion of the internship at the UHSHC, students are placed in externships in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, and early intervention programs.

Research Project (Plan B) and Thesis (Plan A)

Students complete either an individualized directed research project (Plan B) or thesis (Plan A) with a research mentor or thesis advisor. Fulfillment of the research requirement provides students with the foundation to engage in evidence-based practice.

Praxis Examination

Students are required to pass the Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology in order to graduate from the UH CSD program. The exam assesses knowledge and current practices in SLP, and is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS),

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