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Autism Concentration


Ms. Renee Wendel

Dr. Amy Louise Schwarz

Ms. Jessica Bowers

The Autism Concentration at Texas State provides students with:

  • Offers a specialized concentration in the treatment and assessment of individuals of the autism spectrum
  • Assessment & intervention experiences serving persons on the autism spectrum
  • High quality, evidence-based academic and clinical training
  • Evidence based research experiences for graduate students


  • At least 100 clock hours with individuals who are on the autism spectrum are required
  • First year:
    • Attend biweekly concentration meetings to learn various issues regarding Autism.
  • Second year:
    • CDIS 5392- Evidence-Based Practice in Autism

Bilingual Concentration

Dr. Maria Resendiz

Dr. Maria Gonzales

Ms. Ceci Perez

Mr. Jason Tipps

The Bilingual Concentration provides students with:

  • Multi-faceted exposure to and experiences with clinical bilingual and bicultural issues including populations other than Spanish-English bilinguals
  • Interaction with bilingual speech-language pathologists currently serving diverse populations
  • Community involvement through Bilingual Interest Group student organization providing resources to underserved populations
  • Providing bilingual and bicultural diagnostic services to local School districts for their students with speech and language disorders


  • For Spanish/English bilingual speakers, a minimum of 125 hours must be with bilingual clients
  • Langauges other than Spanish require 25 clinical clock hours.
  • Additional graduate coursework includes:
    • CDIS 5335- Bilingual Speech Sound Disorders
    • CDIS 5391- Evidence-Based Practice in Second Language Acquisitions

Fluency Concentration


Dr. Farzan Irani

Ms. Jennifer Johnson

The Fluency Concentration provides students with:

  • Assessment and intervention for people who stutter (PWS) across the life-span
  • Advanced clinical and academic training for students in assessment and intervention for PWS
  • Opportunities to utilize telepractice, which is the use of telecommunications technology at a distance by connecting clinicians to clients who may have difficulty to access of services and provide them with assessment, intervention, and/or consultation


  • 50 clinical hours of assessment and intervention in fluency disorders
    • 40 hours of direct clinical contact
  • First year:
    • Meet with the concentration supervisor for two hours at an interval of four weeks
    • Complete advanced readings on the treatment and assessment of fluency disorders 
    • Participate in the 10-day Comprehensive Stuttering Therapy Program (CSTP) in the capacity of graduate student clinicians
  • Second year:
    • CDIS 5393- Evidence-Based Practice in Stuttering

Neurogenic, Voice, & Swallowing Concentration


Dr. Valarie Fleming

Ms. Jennifer Johnson

The Neurogenic, Voice, & Swallowing Concentration provides students with:

  • A special concentration in the treatment and assessment of individuals with medical-based communication/swallowing impairments
  • Hands-on experience with instrumentation related to the assessment of individuals with communication/swallowing impairments

Concentration Requirements:

  • Students will complete advanced reading and modules related to the assessment and treatment of individuals with medical-based communication/swallowing impairments
  • First year:
    • Meet with their mentor for two hours at an interval of four weeks beginning their first semester of graduate school. The meetings will expose students to the interdisciplinary nature of medical speech language pathology
  • Second year: 
    • Hands-on experience with instrumentation related to the assessment of individuals with communication/swallowing impairments
    • CDIS 5394- Evidence-Based Practice in Neurogenic, Voice, & Swallowing

Versatility in Practice Concentration


Dr. Maria Diana Gonzales 

Ms. Linda Johnson

The Versatility in Practice Concentration provides students with:

  • A specialized concentration in the treatment and assessment of individuals with varied speech and language disorders throughout the lifespan


  • At least 25 hours must be accrued with clients in each of the following age ranges across the lifespan:
    • birth-to-five
    • school-age
    • adults
  • First year: 2-3 meetings per long semester including 
    • advanced reading and clinical modules applicable to assessment and treatment of disorders across lifespan
    • visit to various clinical settings that speech pathologists may work in
  • Second year: Independent Study or Seminar course with professor whose research addresses general speech and language differences and disorders.
    • CDIS 5395-Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders Across the Lifespan
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The Master of Science in Communication Disorders (MSCD) and the Master of Arts (MA) in Communication Disorders education programs in speech-language pathology at Texas State University are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700