Graduate Study Plan

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Requirements for Master of Arts in Communication Disorders

The degree requirements in Communication Disorders are designed to meet the academic and clinical standards established by the Council for Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Completion of the degree requirements constitutes one component toward the establishment of the student’s eligibility for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).

It is the student’s responsibility to confer with his/her academic advisor regarding recent changes (if any) in academic or clinical standards. Also, it is the student’s responsibility to complete any additional requirements for the CCC-SLP beyond completion of the degree and to submit proper documentation of all required components.

The following courses and sequence are required:

1st Year, Fall Semester

CD625 Research Methodology in Communication Disorders (3)
CD620 Developmental Articulatory and Phonological Disorders (2)
CD635 Language, Cognitive, Social Communication Disorders in School-Age Children (3)
CD603 Advanced Clinical Practicum in Communication Disorders (3)

1st Year, Spring Semester

CD651 Neurogenic Speech Disorders (2)
CD630 Language and Cognitive Disorders in Adults (3)
CD656 Craniofacial Anomalies and Resonance Disorders (2)
CD603 Advanced Communication Disorders Clinical Practicum (3)

1st Year, Summer Semester

CD612 Instrumental Analysis of Speech (3) (8-Week)
CD643 Augmentative, Alternative, and Assistive Communication Modalities (2) (4-Week)
CD634 Language and Cognitive Disorders in Infants and Preschool Children (2) (4-Week)
CD603 Advanced Communication Disorders Clinical Practicum (3)

2nd Year, Fall Semester

CD641 Voice Disorders (3)
CD652 Swallowing Disorders (2)
CD642 Fluency Disorders (3)
CD510 Multicultural Issues in Communication Disorders (3)
(if not taken at undergraduate level)
CD669 Externship in Communication Disorders (3)
CD683 Research in Communication Disorders (3)

2nd Year, Spring Semester

CD525 Aural Rehabilitation (3) (if not taken at undergraduate level)
CD669 Externship in Communication Disorders (3)
CD683 Research (3) (Nonthesis Students) or CD695 Thesis (3) (Thesis Students)
GR698 (Nonthesis Students) or GR699 (Thesis Students) Comprehensive Examination (0)

Notes:

  • CD669 may not be taken in fall semester if CD510 is required
  • CD660 may be taken as one of the following options during the spring semester
    1. one 16-week externship, 3 days/week (requires a 2nd externship during another semester)
    2. two 8-week externships, 5 days/week (placement in different sites/may meet 2-externship requirement during same semester)
    3. one 16-week externship, 5 days/week (placement at one site/may meet 2-externship requirement during same semester)
  • CD510 and CD525 are required only if they were not taken at the undergraduate level
  • Two externships are required and KASA standards must be met; graduate assistants must defer one of the externships to the summer of the 2nd year; GAs may only select option “a” for CD669 during spring semester of 2nd year
  • Grades of “C” may necessitate repeating a course if GPA drops below 3.0