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Graduate Degree Program

Degrees Offered: Master of Arts/Master of Science in Communication Disorders, (M.A.C.D., M.S.C.D.)

The Department of Communication Disorders offers the Master of Science in Communication Disorders (M.S.C.D.) with a major in communication disorders and the Master of Arts (M.A.) with a major in communication disorders. The time to degree may vary, depending on the undergraduate background of a student, but the M.S.C.D. requires a minimum of 36 academic hours, with 27 hours in the communication disorders major, nine hours in an approved cognate, plus a clinical practicum each term enrolled. The M.A. requires a minimum of 39 academic hours, with 27 hours in the communication disorders major, six hours of thesis, six hours in an approved cognate, plus a clinical practicum each term enrolled.

The major in communication disorders is clinically oriented and is designed to prepare clinicians for employment in hospitals, clinics, private practice, and public schools. The program meets the minimum education and clinical requirements for state licensure as a speech-language pathologist and for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The academic program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the ASHA.

Candidates for the Communication Disorders master’s degree are encouraged to earn a passing score on the Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology before graduation and substitute a passing score for the required departmental graduate comprehensive examination.

Admission Policy

For information regarding admission application requirements and deadlines, please visit our website at www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/codis.html.

Meeting admission requirements for the Graduate College and the Department of Communication Disorders DOES NOT GUARANTEE admission to the graduate sequence in communication disorders.

For any questions or more information on this program, please send emails to: cdisgradprog@txstate.edu 

Background Coursework
The number of hours of background work required is determined in consultation with the Communication Disorders Undergraduate/Leveling Advisor and is dependent on the courses taken at the undergraduate level. For those with a degree in other majors, please refer to the Leveling Course Sequence located on the Department of Communication Disorders website. Upon completion of the required background work (leveling), applicants may apply for admission to the regular graduate sequence for a fall term using this same packet with the Feb 1st deadline.  Completion of the background requirements in the Department of Communication Disorders at Texas State DOES NOT GUARANTEE admission to the TWO-YEAR graduate program.

Immunization Requirements

It is the policy of the College of Health Professions that each student must provide a Health Report completed by a physician, and must take specific immunizations before the student can be placed in a clinical or internship assignment. Information on these requirements and the required forms may be obtained through the program/department/school office.

Background Check and Drug Screening

As a condition for placement in some professional practice sites, some students are required to have a background check and/or drug screening to meet requirements set by individual sites.
Information on the drug screening process will be provided by program/department/school. Previous misdemeanor or felony convictions under various titles of the Texas Penal Code may affect eligibility for practitioner license status following graduation.

Practicum

In order to obtain the required clinical hours for certification, graduate students must enroll for clinical practicum each semester enrolled for study toward the master's degree. Students participating in on-campus clinical practicum in speech-language pathology must enroll in Communication Disorders 5344. Students earning supervised clock hours in audiology must enroll in Communication Disorders 5321. Graduate students earning clinical hours in both speech-language pathology and audiology during the same semester must enroll in both Communication 5344 and Communication Disorders 5321 concurrently. Students participating in off-campus clinical practicum must enroll in Communication Disorders 5689. Individuals completing the various cognates will have additional clinical requirements. Academic hours for clinical practicum do not count toward the degree.

Facilities

The University operates the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic on a twelve-month basis and is nationally known as a treatment center for communication disorders. Graduate students utilize the clinic for research in addition to clinical training experiences.

Communication Disorders (CDIS) Courses
Courses listed below that "do not earn graduate credit" are part of the background coursework for students in the leveling program that have degrees in majors other than Communication Disorders.

5301 Advanced Independent Study in Communication Disorders. (3-0) Discussions of various areas of speech language pathology. Attention to individual needs of the student. Emphasis on independent study in habilitation and rehabilitation of communication disorders. This course is repeatable for credit and can be taught by different faculty covering different topics. Prerequisite: Faculty permission required.

5312 Neuroanatomy for Communication Disorders. (3-1) This is a lecture course that examines the organization of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system. Significance of the areas of the nervous system that are primary or secondary for speech, language, and hearing are the main focus of this course. This course does not earn graduate degree credit.

5321 Clinical Practicum in Audiology. (1-3) Supervised clinical practicum in audiology. Focus is on both diagnostic and rehabilitative audiological management of diverse populations. Must be taken every term that a student participates in supervised audiology practicum. May be repeated for credit but not counted toward graduate degree credit. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis. Prerequisites: CDIS 4420 and CDIS 4370 or equivalents; instructor approval.

5325 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Production System. (3-0) Description of structure and function of the speech production system with emphasis on physical problems in speech,language, and hearing. This course does not earn graduate degree credit.

5330 Speech and Language Development. (3-0) Course to acquaint students with acquisition of speech and language in children. Basic information from linguistics, psycholinguistics, psychology, and communication are examined for children in various stages of development. This course does not earn graduate degree credit.

5331 Stuttering Therapy. (3-0) Description of therapeutic intervention with children and adults who stutter. Techniques of assessment, management, and counseling are emphasized.

5333 Language Disorders in School-Age and Adolescence. (3-0) This introductory-level course will review assessment and intervention for language disorders in the school-age and adolescent population. The relationship between language and literacy will be discussed. Students will engage in detailed narrative analyses. Evidence-based practice and collaborative models of intervention will be emphasized.

5334 Articulation and Phonological Disorders: Assessment and Intervention. (3-0) Study of normal, delayed, and disordered child phonology in English and select dialects/languages. Course covers etiologies, characteristics, and anatomic/physiologic bases of delays/disorders, as well as their potential impact on phonological awareness and subsequent development in reading/writing. Prevention, assessment, and treatment of disorders will be discussed.

5335 Bilingual Phonology and Phonological Disorders. (3-0) Typical development of Spanish-English bilingual/bidialectal children’s articulation and phonology will be discussed. Assessment and intervention of articulation and phonology with bilingual/bidialectal children will also be addressed. The information and theoretical foundations serve as a guide for students to critically evaluate and clinically apply research in bilingual populations.

5336 Neuromotor Disorders of Speech: Description and Rehabilitation. (3-0) The course reviews the neuroanatomic mechanisms underlying speech production and surveys the etiology, symptomatology, epidemiology, course, and prognosis of speech disorders resulting from impairment of the central and/or peripheral nervous system. Emphasis is placed on apraxia and the dysarthrias. Clinical application in assessment and rehabilitation of patients with neurogenically-based motor speech deficits is stressed. Prerequisite: CDIS 3312 or equivalent.

5337 Vocal Rehabilitation. (3-0) Assessment of vocal function and disorders; rehabilitation of the patient with vocal abnormalities due to vocal abuse, psychological, and/or organic etiologies, including laryngectomy.

5339 Dysphagia. (3-0) A review of anatomic and physiologic disturbances of swallowing in neurologically impaired and post-surgical head and neck cancer patients will be presented. Instrumentation, techniques of evaluation, and radiograph examination of deglutition will be reviewed. Rehabilitation procedures will be described in detail.

5340 Cognitive Rehabilitation in Traumatic Brain Injury. (3-0) This introductory-level course will review neuropathology and neurophysiology of traumatic brain injury and dementia, introduce relevant terms and models in cognitive rehabilitation, provide a framework for assessment and treatment, and discuss the functional impact of cognitive-communicative disorders on the patient and others. Prerequisites: CDIS 5336, 5342.

5342 Aphasia and Related Disorders. (3-0) The course develops an understanding of the etiology, symptomatology, assessment, remediation, and recovery patterns of acquired communication disorders that result from impairment of the central nervous system, with a focus on the aphasias and traumatic brain injuries. Coexisting problems caused by damage to cortical/sub-cortical structures will also be addressed. Recent advances in relevant clinical research and technology will be surveyed. Prerequisite: CDIS 3312 or equivalent.

5344 Advanced Clinical Practicum. (1-8) Clinical practicum for graduate students focusing on assessment and remediation of communication disorders in children and adults. Required each term enrolled. Repeated for credit but not counted toward graduate degree credit. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.

5350 Multicultural Issues in Communication Disorders. (3-0) Addresses the social, cultural, and linguistic factors that impact the clinical service delivery provided to culturally and linguistically diverse populations. A primary focus of the course will be to address general principles of assessment and intervention as they relate to the clinical management of individuals with communication disorders from diverse cultural and language backgrounds.

5362 Introduction to Research in Communicative Disorders. (3-0) Designed to acquaint the student with research protocol in behavior science, with an emphasis in speech-language pathology. Topics include research design, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and obtaining external funding. Emphasis on critical analysis of professional literature.

5363 Language Disorders in the Birth-to-5 Population. (3-0) This introductory-level course will review assessment and intervention for language disorders in the birth-to-5 population. Use of assessment information to determine language disorders versus language difference will be addressed. Students will engage in detailed language sample analyses. Creating effective intervention plans using assessment data will be discussed.

5370 Aural Rehabilitation. (3-0) Principles and procedures in the habilitation and rehabilitation of hearing-impaired children and adults. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Prerequisite: CDIS 5420.

5390 Seminar in Communication Disorders. (3-0) Examination of current theoretical and clinical issues in Communication Disorders. Issues may include family management in communication disorders, language and literacy, issues in health care rehabilitation, instrumentation and entrepreneurship. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor and graduate advisor.

5420 Introduction to Audiology. (3-2) Relates anatomy and physiology of the auditory system and the science of acoustics to the study of normal, pathological auditory function. Laboratory experience in administration and interpretation of audiological tests. Discussion of professional opportunities in the field of Audiology and provision of audiological service to special populations. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Prerequisite: CDIS 5469.

5459 Phonemics and Phonetics. (3-1) Analysis of normal and abnormal phonological processes in children and adults. Proficiency in transcription using the alphabet of the International Phonetic Association emphasized. This course does not earn graduate degree credit.

5462-MP Remediation of Articulatory and Phonological Disorders. (3-2) This course prepares students to manage articulation and phonological disorders. Current therapeutic models are reviewed. Observation of therapy and instruction in preparation of written clinical reports are required. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Prerequisites: CDIS 5325 and 5459.

5466 Clinical Management of Language Disorders. (4-2) Study of principles and procedures for the identification, description, assessment, and remediation of language disorders in infants, children, and adolescents. Students will observe demonstrations of assessment procedures and types of language disorders within the context of clinical procedures. Describing observed behaviors and analyzing language samples are emphasized. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Prerequisite: CDIS 5330.

5469 Introduction to Hearing Science. (3-2) Study of acoustics, auditory physiology, and perception of sound. Includes discussion of auditory sensitivity, signal detection, psychoacoustic methods, perception of pitch and loudness, binaural hearing, and speech perception. Associated laboratory promotes reinforcement of concepts addressed in lecture through review, problem-solving, and weekly assignments. This course does not earn graduate degree credit.

5475 Speech Science. (3-2) Normal processes of speech production will be addressed from anatomic, physiologic, kinematic, aerodynamic, acoustic, and perceptual perspectives. Measurement and analysis techniques, instrumentation, and experimental paradigms used to study speech production and perception will be emphasized. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Prerequisites: CDIS 5325 and 5459.

5689 Internship in Communication Disorders. (1-30) Laboratory and clinical practicum at selected therapeutic sites used to provide additional breadth to therapeutic experiences. Dependent on approval of faculty advisor. May be repeated for credit but will not count towards graduate degree. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.

Thesis Courses

5199B Thesis. (1-0) This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
5299B Thesis. (2-0) This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
5399A Thesis. (3-0) This course represents a student’s initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until the student has completed the thesis in Communication Disorders 5399B. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
5399B Thesis. (3-0) This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
5599B Thesis. (5-0) This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
5999B Thesis. (9-0) This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.