Post Baccalaureate Leveling Program

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

Our fully-online leveling program is designed for individuals returning to school with a completed bachelor's degree in a field other than speech-language pathology. This program can be completed in one year 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 audiology.  

Two separate 10-course program options are available; a face-to-face option for students on the University of Montana campus and a fully-online option for students participating at a distance or who prefer flexible scheduling.

The program consists of a series of ten 3-credit courses that can be completed within one year, or all courses can be taken individually.

Upon completion students are eligible to receive a certificate of completion by the Montana Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA), the professional organization of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in Montana recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  Request a certificate of completion


To apply to the CSD Post-Baccalaureate Leveling Program, complete the online application. In addition to completing the online application, students will be prompted to upload

  • One-page essay (12.font, double-spaced) describing why you are interested in participating in this leveling program
  • Transcript indicating that you have earned a Bachelor's Degree (unofficial transcripts and photocopies are fine)
  • There is a $15 application processing fee
Application Submission


Dr. Collins - CSD

For those individuals who choose to attend classes on campus, these courses are offered in a face-to-face classroom setting. Course dates follow the regular Fall and Spring semester schedules. Campus-based students must additionally be formally admitted to the University of Montana as a post-baccalaureate student. Please note: post-baccalaureate students may take courses that are listed as graduate or undergraduate, as defined by the University of Montana course catalog, but will earn only undergraduate credit for these courses. For detailed admission information and a link to the UM post-baccalaureate application, please visit UM Post-baccalaureate Admission.

Campus-Based Semester Schedule


Course Number

Course Title




CSD 210

Speech & Language Development



CSD 222

Introduction to Audiology



CSD 320

Phonological Development & Phonetics

CSD 210



BIOH 330

Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech & Hearing Mechanisms



CSD 460

Language Assessment and Intervention for Children Birth to Preschool

CSD 210, CSD 320



CSD 365

Acquired Speech & Language Disorders

CSD 210, CSD 320



CSD 405

The Clinical Process

CSD 210, CSD 222, CSD 320, CSD 365, CSD 460



CSD 331

Neuroanatomy & Physiology for Communication

CSD 210, CSD 222, CSD 320, BIOH 330



CSD 420

Speech Science

CSD 320, BIOH 330



CSD 450

Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation

CSD 210, CSD 222


Campus-Based Registration

Campus-based students will use Cyberbear to register and pay for these courses. Posted term registration, add/drop, and refund rules apply. For important registration, payment, and drop/add dates and deadlines, please see the Office of the Registrar Calendar of Events. Additional pertinent information can be found on the Office of Registrar homepage under sections: Students; Registration; Important Dates; General Information; and Forms.

Campus-Based Fees

Standard UM resident or non-resident tuition and fees apply.  Links to current fall/spring and current summer terms are available via clicking on the Tuition and Fees button on the Business Services website. Once there, please view the "Post Baccalaureate" section for the cost per credit(s).


CSD - Online Option

These courses are offered fully online (no face-to-face sessions required) and 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. The courses are offered in modules: 8-week (fall and spring); 5-week (summer); and 4-week (winter). Since the course content for each module is the same as in our 16-week semester-long courses, students must plan carefully for the increased amount of lecture and study time needed each week. Course dates are indicated in the schedule below.  To ensure you have the necessary computer system requirements for online courses at the University of Montana, please visit the UM Online Systems Requirements website.

Online Curriculum Schedule

Course Start/End Dates

Course Name


Date Registration Opens

2019 Summer Semester

5/29-7/21 CSD 331: Neuroanatomy & Physiology for Communication BIOH 330 5/01/2018
6/25-7/28 CSD 420: Speech Science CSD 222, CSD 320, BIOH 330 6/01/2018
2018 Fall Semester
08/20/18-10/12/18 CSD 210: Speech & Language Development 7/20/18
10/15/18-12/7/18 BIOH 330: Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech & Hearing Mechanisms 9/15/2018
10/15/18-12/7/18 CSD 320: Phonological Development & Phonetics CSD 210 9/15/2018
2019 Winter Session
1/7/19-3/1/19 CSD 222: Introduction to Audiology 12/7/18
1/7/19-3/1/19 CSD 365: Acquired Speech & Language Disorders CSD 210 12/7/18
2019 Spring Semester
3/4/19-4/26/19 CSD 420: Speech Science CSD 222, CSD 320, BIOH 330 2/4/19
5/6/19-6/28/19 CSD 450: Aural Rehabilitation CSD 210, CSD 222, CSD 460, CSD 365 4/8/19
5/6/19-6/28/19 CSD 460: Language Assessment and Intervention For Children Birth to Preschool CSD 210, CSD 320 4/8/19



Online Registration

Once the CSD Department's Leveling Program Application is received and approved, students will be sent links to register and pay for the courses they intend to take.  Students will register via SELL (School of Extended and Lifelong Learning) through the links provided. Registration deadlines are indicated in the current online leveling program schedule, below. Registration is limited; please register early. Course log-in information for the Moodle course delivery system will be sent to students by email within five business days of each course start date.

NOTE: payment for each course must be received before course log-in information will be provided. Required textbook information will be emailed to students, either along with the course registration link(s) or as soon as available thereafter. Students should purchase textbooks before the first class meeting.

Once a course has started, students should notify the instructor if wishing to add or drop the course. The refund schedule below applies to students who need to drop a course. Please note that in order to process refunds for payments made by check, the University of Montana requires a "Substitute W-9 Form," which requires the student's Social Security Number.

  • Deadline:  100% refund
  • Withdraw during week #1:  50% refund
  • No refunds after week #1

Online Fees

Each 3-credit course is offered at a rate of $950, which includes all tuition and fees, but does exclude textbooks. This rate applies to both Montana resident and non-resident students.

Online Registration Links, Instructors, and Textbook(s)

CSD 210: Speech & Language Development

Instructor: Dana Fitz Gale


Required Text: "Language Development from Theory to Practice" by Pence Turnbull and Justice 2nd or 3rd edition. Feel free to buy a used copy, rent it from a textbook rental service or get it as an ebook (don't worry if it does not come with the access code for the online supplements). EITHER the second or third edition is permissable. 

CSD 320: Phonological Development & Phonetics

Instructor: Dr. Amy Glaspey


Registration Link

Required Textbook & CD

Small, L. H. (2015). Fundamentals of Phonetics: A Practical Guide for Students (4th ed.). Pearson (Allyn & Bacon) AND accompanying CD.

If you don't have a CD player, you can purchase a CD player for around $10-$15 dollars at various stores.

Additional readings and materials will be posted throughout the term on the course website (Moodle).  In addition, several sessions will involve interaction with media.  Please follow the detailed course information that will be released each week on Moodle.


BIOH 330: Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech & Hearing Mechanisms

Instructor: Al Yonovitz


Registration Link

Required Textbook

Anatomy & Physiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing, 5th (with Anatesse Software Printed Access Card), 5th Edition

  1. Anthony Seikel, Ph.D.David G. Drumright, B.S.Douglas W. King, Ph.D.

Published: © 2016

Print ISBN: 9781285198248

The 5th edition comes with a student resource guide and activities that you may not be able to get with the older additions. The activities won't be required, but are a great pract to support understanding of material.

You may purchase the 4th Edition if you'd like. Page numbers will be a bit off, but the general information is still there. 


CSD 222: Introduction to Audiology

 Registration Link

CSD 365: Acquired Speech & Language Disorders

 Registration Link

CSD 450: Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation

Instructor: Catherine Drescher



CSD 405: The Clinical Process

Instructor: Kimberly Ramsey



CSD 331: Neuroanatomy & Physiology for Communication

Instructor: Laurie Slovarp



CSD 420: Speech Science

Instructor: Ashley Bourque Meaux

Required Textbook: Ferrand, C. (2014). Speech Science: An integrated approach to theory and clinical practice (3rd ed.). Pearson (Allyn & Bacon Series). 

ISBN-13: 978-0132907118

ISBN-10: 0132907118

Registration Link


The post-baccalaureate program is specifically designed to provide the requisite speech-language pathology courses necessary to be considered for admission into any graduate program of speech-language pathology, however, other liberal arts and sciences courses (often part of many baccalaureate degrees) are required for graduate study. These include the following course areas: math, statistics, physical science (e.g., physics, chemistry), life science (e.g., biology, general anatomy, physiology) and behavioral science (e.g., psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology). 

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).

Finally, at the completion of the graduate program, students must also have a course related to multicultural issues which may be included in leveling coursework.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the CSD Post-Baccalaureate Leveling Program

  1. Am I eligible for federal financial aid if I am enrolled in this leveling program?
    • Unfortunately, no. Federal financial aid is only available for degree-granting 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.
  2. Am I eligible for tuition waiver if I am an employee of the University of Montana?
    • If you are taking courses in the campus-based leveling program, you might be eligible for a tuition waiver. Contact Human Resource Services to see if you are eligible.
    • The tuition for courses taken through the online leveling program cannot be waived.
  3. Do I have to take all 10 courses?
    • No. Although most students enrolled in the leveling program elect to complete the 10-course sequence, some students may only need to take a few courses. Students are welcome to take as many or as few courses as they choose.
  4. Can I take some classes online and some classes on the University of Montana campus?
    • Yes. Please note that you must apply to the University of Montana as a post-baccalaureate student if you wish to enroll in campus-based courses, but students planning to take courses in the online leveling program do not.
  5. Does it matter that I am an out-of-state student?
    • Not at all. We have students from numerous different states (and countries) who are enrolled in our online leveling program. Courses offered through the online leveling program are offered at a flat rate of $950 per 3-credit course, regardless of the student's state (or country) of residence. Out-of-state students are welcome to apply to the University of Montana as a post-baccalaureate student, but some non-resident fees may apply.
  6. 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 page around work and family schedules.
  7. I have taken some CSD classes from another institution alread. Do I need to retake these?
    • It depends. If you think that you have taken a course that is equivalent, send a copy of that course syllabus and the year it was taken. The CSD faculty will review the syllabus for you and determine if the same content is sufficiently covered.
  8. If I take leveling courses at the University of Montana, will these courses be accepted at other graduate programs?
    • The content for most prerequisite courses is relatively standardized across CSD programs. Our courses are meant to meet the needs of many students, not just those enrolling in the CSD graduate program at the University of Montana. Of course, the ultimate decision to accept a course lies with your chosen institution. If you have concerns, we recommend that you verify with your intended graduate institution(s).
  9. 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 Program Contact Information

Ginger Collins, PhD, CCC-SLP

Director of the CSD Post-Baccalaureate Leveling Program


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