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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Communication Disorders

Page address: https://grad.mnsu.edu/programs/bulletin/cd.html

College of Allied Health & Nursing
Department of Speech, Hearing, and
Rehabilitation Services
314 Clinical Sciences Building
507-389-1414

Communication Disorders MS

Communication Disorders is a discipline in human services offering graduates rewarding careers in speech and language pathology. A Master of Science program is available for students who have an undergraduate major in communication disorders or its equivalent. Individuals without an undergraduate degree in CDIS who are interested in a Master of Science degree in CDIS should contact the department graduate coordinator. Employment opportunities are commonly available in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practice. The thesis or the alternate plan programs, when combined with students' undergraduate preparation, lead to the academic and practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology issued by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Effective January 1, 1994, all graduate work applied toward the CCC must have been initiated and completed at a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA).  The Master's (MS) education program in speech-language pathology at Minnesota State University Mankato is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Program Purpose

It is the purpose of the Master of Science Program in Communication Disorders to provide a high quality of student preparation leading to careers in human services for persons with communication disorders and to promote scientific investigation in the normal and abnormal development and use of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing.

Admission
Applications for admission are competitive and must be received by February 1st for the following fall semester. If a vacancy occurs during the academic year, mid-year admission is possible. Approximately 15 new admissions are accepted each year. To take graduate level courses, applicants must have been admitted by the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Competitive applicants should have attained (1) a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of at least 400 on the verbal and quantitative test sections (writing scores considered on a case-by-case basis), (2) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, and (3) professional coursework. Applicants who have not attained the above GPA (3.0) may be admitted provisionally on the basis of their performance on the GRE (contact department for specific requirements and prior experience). Three statements of recommendation are also required as well as submission of a writing sample in the form of a letter of intent.

Financial Assistance
A limited number of graduate assistantships in Communication Disorders are available. Applications can be obtained online from the College of Graduate Studies and Research and should be filed by February 1st for the following academic year or until positions are filled.

Additional Information
Graduate study in Communication Disorders is fundamentally different than undergraduate work, as graduate students are expected to demonstrate superior academic performance. To be recommended by the faculty for graduation, each student's Plan of Study is reviewed individually for deficiencies.

Since ASHA allows both graduate and undergraduate credits to be applied to certification in speech, graduate students must complete the residual course credits between their undergraduate credits and the total ASHA requirements, as well as the University minimums for theses or alternate plan paper options. Similarly, they must meet the ASHA standard for clock hours of clinical practicum and at least 325 of these hours must be earned at the graduate level. At least 50 percent of students' academic credits must be at the 600-level, excluding the thesis and APP credits. With its emphasis on competency in becoming a speech-language pathologist, students must have experienced clinical supervision by at least two different faculty supervisors. Graduate students are required to enroll in two nonconcurring sections of CDIS 695. Assignments for CDIS 695 will involve an off-campus facility that requires travel. Two semesters of Internship 698 are also required of all graduate students.

Honesty Policy
As members of Minnesota State University, Mankato community, students assume the responsibility to meet the academic obligations in a fair and honest manner. This responsibility includes avoiding such activities as cheating, plagiarism, or collusion. Please refer to the University policy on academic honesty for definitions of terms and explanations.

 

Communication Disorders MS

(Thesis Track - 53 credits; Alternate Plan Paper Track - 52 credits)

Common Core

  • CDIS 522 Clinical Practicum - Audiology (1)
  • CDIS 540 Organization & Management of Clinical Speech Programs (2)
  • CDIS 577 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (2)
  • CDIS 610 Research in CDIS (3)
  • CDIS 613 Naturalistic Eval Child (3)
  • CDIS 614 Language Therapy Children (3)
  • CDIS 615 Seminar: Speech Sound Disorder (2)
  • CDIS 616 Seminar: Voice Problems (2)
  • CDIS 617 Stuttering (3)
  • CDIS 619 Adult Language Disorders (3)
  • CDIS 621 Motor Speech Disorders (3)
  • CDIS 688 Multicultural Issues in Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Services (3)
  • CDIS 692 Dysphagia (3)

Restricted Electives

Choose 3 credits.

  • CDIS 675  Seminar: Selected Topics (1-3)

Choose 2 credits. Course may

Common Core
Thesis Track is 53 credits. Alternate Plan Paper (APP) Track is 52 credits.
CDIS 522 * Clinical Practicum - Aud 1
CDIS 540 Organization & Management of Clinical Speech Programs 2
CDIS 577 Augmentative and Alternative Communication 2
CDIS 610 Research in Communication Disorders 3
CDIS 613 Naturalistic Eval Child 3
CDIS 614 Language Therapy Children 3
CDIS 615 Sem: Speech Sound Disorder 2
CDIS 616 Sem: Voice Problems 2
CDIS 617 Stuttering 3
CDIS 619 Adult Language Disorders 3
CDIS 621 Motor Speech Disorders 3
CDIS 688 Multicultural Issues in Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Services 3
CDIS 692 Dysphagia 3


Restricted Electives
Choose 3 Credit(s).

CDIS 675 Sem: Selected Topics 1-3
Choose 2 Credit(s).
Course may be repeated in different semesters

CDIS 695 Clinic Prac: Comm Disord 1
Choose 12 Credit(s).
Internship credits may be completed in multiple semesters

CDIS 698 Internship 1-12
Capstone
Choose 2 - 3 Credit(s).

CDIS 694 Alternate Plan Paper 1-2
CDIS 699 Thesis 3

Unrestricted Electives
RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE. CDIS 677-Individual Study (1 Credits) is offered every semester as a Praxis Review for credentialing.

be repeated in different semesters.

  • CDIS 695 Clinical Practicum - SLP (1)

Choose 12 credits. Internship credits may be completed in multiple semesters.

  • CDIS 698 Internship (1-12)

Capstone - Choose 2 - 3 credits.

  • CDIS 694 Alternate Plan Paper (1-2), or
  • CDIS 699 Thesis (3)

Unrestricted Electives
RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE.

  • CDIS 677 - Individual Study (1 ).  Offered every semester as a Praxis Review for credentialing.

Course Descriptions

CDIS 502 (2) Child Language Disorders

Types and characteristics of language disorders in children.

Prerequisite: admission to major or concurrent enrollment in CDIS 503, consent of instructor, special education majors F

CDIS 503 (1) Child Language Disorders Lab

Lab associated with CDIS 4/502. Practice in applying course content to the language of children.

Prerequisite: admission to major, or concurrent enrollment in CDIS 502, consent of instructor, special education majors F

CDIS 509 (3) Literacy Foundations and Disorders for Speech-Language Pathologists

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in the areas of literacy foundations, development, assessment, intervention and disorders for speech-language pathologists. Students will engage in both a service learning (tutoring component) as well as complete a mini research project on reading or writing.

CDIS 522 (1) Clinic Practicum: Audiology

Clinical practice with audiometry, tympanometry, and patient counseling.

Prerequisite: admission to major; CDIS 301, 421; GPA 2.8 in major F,S

CDIS 540 (2) Organization & Management of Clinical Speech Programs

Delivery of clinical services in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and other settings.

CDIS 577 (2) Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Explains and demonstrates the use of augmentative and alternative communication in the acquisition of knowledge about human communication disorders. S

CDIS 610 (3) Research and Information Technology in Communication Disorders 

Strategies for identifying, designing, and critiquing research and professional information from classic and evidence-based practice perspectives. 

CDIS 613 (3) Naturalistic Eval Child

Non-standardized, informal assessment techniques of children's language disorders.

Prerequisite: CDIS 402 S

CDIS 614 (3) Language Therapy Children

Remedial procedures and intervention programs for language impaired children.

Prerequisite: CDIS 402 S

CDIS 615 (2) Sem: Speech Sound Disorder

Advances in basic research and practices as they pertain to speech sound problems.

Prerequisite: CDIS 438 S

CDIS 616 (2) Sem: Voice Problems

Advances in basic research and practice related to voice and resonance problems.

Prerequisite: CDIS 416 S

CDIS 617 (3)  Stuttering

Description, etiology, assessment, and management of fluency disorders.

CDIS 619 (3) Adult Language Disorders

Advances in basic research and practice related to aphasia traumatic brain injury, right hemisphere dysfunction, and the dementias. F

CDIS 621 (3) Motor Speech Disorders

Apraxia and dysarthia of speech and dysphagia. Causes, assessment, and management.

Prerequisite: CDIS 410 S

CDIS 675 (1-3) Sem: Selected Topics

Course content varies among communication disorders topics with each offering. V

CDIS 677 (1-6) Individual Study

Advanced individual study in a specific area. All terms

CDIS 688 (3) Multicultural Issues in Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Services

Recognition and differentiation of linguistic and cultural differences and disorder in the multicultural population.

CDIS 692 (3) Dysphagia

Description, etiology, assessment, and treatment of swallowing disorders across the life span. Bedside and instrumental techniques for the study of swallowing are presented.

CDIS 694 (1-2) Alternate Plan Paper

CDIS 695 (1) Clinic Practicum: Communications Disorders

Supervised delivery of clinical services.

Prerequisite: admission to graduate program and 25 hours of observation

CDIS 698 (1-12) Internship

Prerequisite: CDIS 692 and a minimum of 25 clinical hours.

CDIS 699 (3) Thesis