Communication Sciences and Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology

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Master of Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology

Alana Mantie-Kozlowski, SLP Graduate Program Director
Professional Building, Room 237
Phone 417-836-5368

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, Speech-Language Pathology option

Completion of course work for speech-language pathology requires two academic years (fall, spring) and one summer;  enrollment in two summer sessions is encouraged.  This option prepares students for a career in an educational setting (i.e., public school, special school, special school district);  a clinical setting (i.e., hospital, guidance center, rehabilitation center or nursing home); an industrial setting; a private setting; or others.  Entry into a Ph.D. program is also possible after completion of this program.  

Admission requirements

Completed application must be received by CSDCAS and noted as complete by January 15 to be considered for the 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. A Bachelor's degree in CSD.  (For those with a non-CSD undergraduate degree, please contact the department at 417-836-5368). 
  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.  GRE scores must be submitted through CSDCAS by choosing the MSU designation (code 0741).

CSDCAS application service.  Students will submit applications through a site called CSDCAS.  Instructions for the application process are available on the CSDCAS site.

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 58 semester hours in Speech-Language Pathology shall be completed, including the following:

  1. Graduate course work to meet academic requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CCC).
  2. Clinical practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CCC).
  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. Students will also be required to provide their Praxis examination scores to the department prior to graduation.
  3. EDHH students eligible for student teaching (CSD 796) will be placed in approved sites and in locations to be determined by the CSD faculty.

Accumulation of "C" grades

The accumulation of more than 9 hours of "C" or below in academic and/or practicum courses will result in dismissal from the program.

Retention requirements

  1. To remain in the program, a student must maintain a GPA of 3.00.
  2. No course with a grade below a “C” may be applied to a graduate degree.
  3. Any grade below a “C” in any given course, didactic or clinical, is not acceptable and may be grounds for dismissal from the CSD program.
  4. The accumulation of more than 9 hours of “C” or below in academic and/or practicum courses will result in dismissal from the program.
  5. Students must progress satisfactorily through the levels of clinical practicum as defined in the Clinic Handbook.
  6. Clinical hours from clinical classes where a grade of “C” or less was earned will not be counted toward required clinical experiences.
  7. 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, 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.

Speech-Language Pathology Masters Curriculum

58 total hours required

Summer 1

Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 718 Fluency Disorders 2 hrs
CSD 729 Cognitively-Based Communication Disorders  2 hrs
CSD 720 Voice Disorders  2 hrs
Fall 1
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 728 Advanced Study of Phonological (Speech Sound) Disorders in Children 3 hrs
CSD 712 Child Language I  3 hrs
CSD 713 Child Language II  3 hrs
CSD 724 Aphasia 3 hrs
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice (Clinical Practicum)   2 hrs
Spring 1
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 702 Research Methods in Communication Disorders 3 hrs
CSD 725 Motor Speech Disorders 3 hrs
CSD 732 Speech and Language Assessment and Treatment for Special Populations 3 hrs
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice (Clinical Practicum) 4 hrs
Summer 2
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 718 Fluency Disorders (if not taken Summer 1) 2 hrs
CSD 720 Voice Disorders (if not taken in Summer 1) 2 hrs
CSD 784 Non-Thesis Project OR 1 hr
CSD 799 Masters Thesis 2 hrs
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice (Clinical Practicum) 3 hrs
Fall 2
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 741 Dysphagia 3 hrs
CSD 733 Introduction to Augmentative & Alternative Communication 3 hrs
CSD 784 Non-Thesis Project OR  1 hr
CSD 799 Masters Thesis 2 hrs
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice (Clinical Practicum)  4 hrs
Spring 2
Course Code Course Title Credits
CSD 791 Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology 3 hrs
CSD 784 Non-Thesis Project OR 1 hr
CSD 799 Masters Thesis 2 hrs
CSD 797 Speech-Language Pathology Externship 6 hrs