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Master of Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Karen Engler, EDHH Graduate Program Director
Professional Building, Room 258
Phone 417-836-6674

Program description

The Masters program in Communication Sciences and Disorders offers two options;  education of the deaf and hard of hearing (EDHH) and speech-language pathology (SLP). The program is designed to prepare students to make intelligent decisions and take appropriate, thoughtful action. The program is organized to encourage students to use critical thinking and problem-solving to identify and meet the communication needs of individuals and families. The SLP option is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  The EDHH option is approved by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED).

Master of Science in CSD, Education of the Dead and Hard of Hearing option

The EDHH option contains two tracks. Students will work with their academic advisor to determine which track is best suited for their needs. Track one is designed to lead to teacher certification in the State of Missouri and national certification issued by the Council on Education of the Deaf. It is the track that most students will select. Within track one there is also an accelerated master's option available which provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to begin graduate course work during the senior year, and complete the program in three graduate semesters following coursework in the junior and senior years.

Admission requirements - EDHH

Students applying to the Master's program in EDHH will not be using the CSDCAS, but will need to apply through the MSU GradCas system.  The application deadline is February 15 to be considered for the following fall semester.

The number of students who can enter the program each year is limited.  Admission to the program is competitive.

Full admission to the program shall be based on the following components and application requirements/deadlines:

  1. To be eligible to apply for admission to this program, a student must have an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders, education, or related area.
  2. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better (4.00 scale).  Additionally, GPA within the CSD undergraduate major must be a 3.00 or better.
  3. Graduate Record Examination.  GRE scores are considered along with GPA and other application components.  
Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing additional admission requirements

The following 3 components should also be submitted.

  1. Three letters of recommendation directly from individuals able to speak of the applicant's academic and/or practicum achievements.
  2. A Personal Statement.  This can be a hard copy of the statement from the application or a letter of intent. 

Essential functions

The Essential Functions of Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists and Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing establish the expectations and requisite abilities considered necessary for professionals in the field of audiology, speech-language pathology and education of the deaf and hard of hearing. Students in the MSU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders are to achieve the level of competency required for graduation and practice. It is recognized that degrees of ability vary widely among individuals. Admission candidates who feel they may not be able to acquire the essential functions set forth are encouraged to contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Any admission candidate who may require academic accommodations to fulfill the essential functions due to a disability is encouraged to contact the Disability Resource Center at 417-836-4192 (voice) or 417-836-6792 (TTY). The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Missouri State University seeks to ensure that qualified persons with disabilities are not denied admission or subject to discrimination in admissions. The Department is committed to enabling students by any reasonable means or accommodations to complete their course of study.

The following Essential Functions are consistent with the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association or Council on the Education of the Deaf clinical skill performance guidelines and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines expected of the first year speech-language therapists in public schools. All essential functions are introduced and coached within CSD coursework and practicum.

Physical Abilities:

  • Participate in professional responsibilities/activities for up to four-hour blocks of time with one or two breaks.
  • Be self-sufficient when moving to, from and within the work setting.
  • Complete diagnostic or instructional evaluation/assessment.
  • Effectively implement necessary treatment plan/lesson plan. including use of materials/instrumentation and data collection.
  • Provide a safe environment for others in responding quickly to emergency situations including fire, medical and environmental (e.g. weather related) emergencies and in applying universal precautions (standardized approach to infection control).
  • Provide appropriate model of language and speech according to the needs of individual clients.
  • Visually and auditorally monitor patient responses and materials.
  • Make accurate judgments about speech and/or acoustic signals.

Behavioral and Social Attributes:

  • Maintain composure and emotional objectivity in demanding situations.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with people in person, by phone, and in written form by considering the communication needs and cultural values of the listener.
  • Understand and respect supervisory authority.
  • Maintain appropriate professional behavior, including punctuality, regular attendance and prompt completion of responsibilities.
  • Comply with administrative, legal and regulatory policies in multiple clinical and educational settings.
  • Demonstrate compassion, integrity and motivation in delivering professional services.
  • Collaborate with peers and other professionals.

Intellectual Abilities:

  • Solve clinical problems through critical analysis.
  • Seek relevant case information, synthesize, and apply concepts and information from various sources and disciplines.
  • Write discipline-specific papers and clinical reports in standard edited English at an appropriate level.
  • Analyze, synthesize, interpret and retain ideas and concepts in academic and diagnostic/treatment/classroom settings.
  • Maintain attention and concentration for sufficient time to complete clinical activities for up to eight hour blocks of time.

The Department is committed to enabling students by any reasonable means or accommodations to complete the course of study leading to the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders or an AuD degree.

Program requirements

Non-Thesis Option:  A minimum of 46 semester hours in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing or a minimum of 58 semester hours in Speech-Language Pathology shall be completed, including the following:

  1. Graduate course work to meet academic requirements for the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED).
  2. Clinical practicum requirements for the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED).
  3. Completion of a master’s project.
  4. Comprehensive Examinations.

Thesis Option: Requirements included in items 1 and 2 above shall pertain.  Completion of the Master's Thesis and oral defense shall replace items 3 and 4 listed above.

Additional program requirements

  1. Students must pay for and pass both a background/crime records check and drug test prior to their first clinical placement. The CSD Background Check and Drug Testing Policy and Procedure document is available in the CSD Department Office (Professional Building, room 237).
  2. EDHH students eligible for student teaching (CSD 796) will be placed in approved sites and in locations to be determined by the CSD faculty.
  3. Successfully complete the state approved exit assessments.

Retention requirements

  1. To remain in the program, a student must maintain a GPA of 3.00.
  2. Per policy of the graduate college, no course with a grade "C-" or below may be applied toward a graduate degree or graduate certificate.  A graduate student becomes ineligible for graduate study if more than 9 semester hours of "C+" or lower are earned in graduate courses taken in the degree program.
  3. Students must progress satisfactorily through the levels of clinical practicum as defined in the Clinic Handbook.
  4. Clinical hours from clinical classes where a grade of “C” or less was earned will not be counted toward required clinical experiences.
  5. While grades are important, the student’s continuation in the CSD Program is based on the composite picture of the ability of the student to perform satisfactorily in the clinical phase of training as well as the academic components.

The CSD Department reserves the right to refuse enrollment or program continuation to any student.  This refusal will be determined by the judgment of the CSD Graduate Faculty and CSD Department Head based upon the student’s ability to successfully complete clinical practicum assignments or to assume patient care responsibilities and/or function as a clinician/teacher.  Additionally, if a student has failed to demonstrate an attitude of professionalism as judged by the CSD Graduate Faculty and CSD Department Head, a student may be dismissed from the program.

According to the Missouri State University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities http://www.missouristate.edu/StudentConduct/12331.htm, The Codes of Ethics of American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and requirements of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, academic integrity and honesty are the foundation of the University community.  Students are expected to practice academic and clinical integrity in all assigned work.  Students are also expected to be honest in all interactions with other students, faculty, and staff, and be professional in attitude, actions and attire.

The University, and the CSD department, has the inherent right to promulgate appropriate rules and regulations for the orderly conduct of University business and the protection of the health and safety of the University community.  Students are expected to comply with all published and stated rules and regulations.  If a student is accused of violating any code (theft, academic dishonestly, possession of drugs, etc.) they will be subject to warnings, loss of privileges, probation, suspension, and/or dismissal.

EDHH certification requirements 

Contact your advisor or the Department Head for the requirements and coursework necessary to meet state and national certification requirements.  Students pursuing certification in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be required to complete additional education coursework through the College of Education and are required to collect and assemble materials for completion of a professional portfolio.

In order to be recommended for state certification, each student must:

  1. Successfully complete all Practicum requirements with a grade of “B” or better
  2. Successfully complete the graduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing option).
  3. Successfully complete the state approved exit assessment.
  4. Complete all state certification requirements in effect at the time a recommendation is made.

46 total hours required

EDHH Masters Curriculum - Track 1 (Traditional timeline)

Fall 1
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 760 Language Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing I 3 hrs
Spring 1
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice 3 hrs
CSD 762 Speech Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
CSD 763 Auditory Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice 1 hrs
Summer 1
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 758 Early Intervention Assessment: Deaf & Hard of Hearing 2 hrs
CSD 759 Early Intervention: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 2 hrs
CSD 761 Language Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing II 3 hrs
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice 2 hrs
Fall 2
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 764 Instructional Strategies: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
CSD 765 Reading: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice Off-Site 3 hrs
CSD 784 Non-Thesis Project 3 hrs
  OR  
CSD 799 Master's Thesis 3 hrs
CSD 766 Counseling: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
Graduate spring
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 796 Supervised Teaching 8 hrs
CSD 784 Non-Thesis Project 1 hrs
  OR  
CSD 799 Master's Thesis 3 hrs

Accelerated Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing additional program entrance requirements

To be eligible to apply for admission to this program, the student must:

  1. have junior standing and an overall GPA of 3.25 or better;
  2. have completed general education requirements; and
  3. have completed the following courses: SPE 310, CSD 330, CSD 312, CSD 360 and CSD 321 prior to applying to graduate school in the spring of their junior year.

After successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in CSD requirements, all students in the accelerated master’s program will receive the BS and will be granted full admission to the graduate college.

Please see admission requirements in the Graduate Catalog under Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders for a complete list of application requirements and deadlines.

EDHH Masters curriculum - Track 1 (Accelerated timeline)

Junior fall
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 312 Normal Language Acquisition (also offered in fall & summer) 3 hrs
CSD 321 Conceptually Accurate Signed English I (also offered in the spring) 3 hrs
CSD 330 Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) 3 hrs
CSD 380 Development, Diversity and Deafness 3 hrs
CSD 360 Hearing Science 3 hrs
RDG 318 Foundations of Reading Instruction 3 hrs
Junior spring
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 322 Conceptually Accurate Signed English II 3 hrs
CSD 331 American Sign Language (ASL) II 3 hrs
CSD 370 Audiology 3 hrs
CSD 562 Psycho-Social Implications of Being Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
CSD 572 Aural Rehabilitation 3 hrs
Senior fall
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 497 Observation Clinical Practicum (MSU Preschool Program for D/HH) 3 hrs
CSD 760 Language Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity 3 hrs
MTH 320 Foundations of Mathematics for Teachers 3 hrs
Senior spring
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice 3 hrs
CSD 762 Speech Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing I 3 hrs
CSD 763 Speech Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing II 3 hrs
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice 1 hrs
RDG 474 Reading and Creative Writing in the Content Field 3 hrs
Graduate summer
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 761 Language Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing II 3 hrs
CSD 758 Early Intervention Assessment: Deaf & Hard of Hearing I 2 hrs
CSD 759 Early Intervention: Deaf and Hard of Hearing II 2 hrs
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice 2 hrs
Graduate fall
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 764 Instructional Strategies and Assessment: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
CSD 765 Reading: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice Off-Site 3 hrs
CSD 784 Non-Thesis Project 3 hrs
  OR  
CSD 799 Master's Thesis 3 hrs
CSD 766 Counseling: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
Graduate spring
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 796 Supervised Teaching 8 hrs
CSD 784 Non-Thesis Project 1 hrs
  OR  
CSD 799 Master's Thesis 3 hrs
Mixed credit course options

If accepted to the accelerated program, the following 12 hours of courses may apply to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees: CSD 760, 762, 763 and 795.

Before enrolling in a course to be counted toward both undergraduate and graduate credit and to count the course toward the masters degree, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and receive prior approval from the graduate advisor, Department Head of CSD, and the Dean of the Graduate College using a Mixed Credit Form. Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.

EDHH Masters curriculum - Track 2

Track two of the EDHH option is an alternative designed for students who wish to receive a masters degree, but do NOT wish to pursue teacher certification (primarily for international students). Track two will not lead to teacher certification in EDHH. Students who are interested in pursuing teaching certification in the area of Education of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing should choose track one of the EDHH option. Five of the graduate courses (14 of the 48-50 hours) are online classes. There is not a seated option for these classes.

EDHH masters degree only without teaching certification curriculum

Fall 1
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 636 American Sign Language I 3 hrs
CSD 780 Development, Diversity and Deafness 3 hrs
CSD 497 Observation Clinical Practicum (MSU Preschool Program of D/HH) 3 hrs
CSD 760 Language Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing I 3 hrs
Spring 1
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 637 American Sign Language II 3 hrs
CSD 669 Psycho-Social Implications of Being Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
CSD 762 Speech Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing I 3 hrs
Summer 1
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 761 Language Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing II 3 hrs
CSD 758 Early Intervention Assessment: Deaf and Hard of Hearing I 2 hrs
CSD 759 Early Intervention: Deaf and Hard of Hearing II 2 hrs
Fall 2
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 764 Instructional Strategies and Assessment: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
CSD 765 Reading: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
CSD 784 Non-Thesis Project 1 hrs
  OR  
CSD 799 Master's Thesis 3 hrs
CSD 766 Counseling: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
Spring 2
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice (MSU Preschool Program for D/HH 3 hrs
CSD 763 Speech Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing II 3 hrs
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice (MSU Preschool Program for D/HH 1 hr
CSD 784 Non-Thesis Project 3 hrs
  OR  
CSD 799 Master's Thesis 3 hrs