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Leveling Program

Admission Policy for Leveling Students

Individuals who have undergraduate degrees in majors other than communication disorders should apply to the Graduate College to complete the required background work. This is done prior to applying to the regular graduate program. The Leveling Program consists of a total of 10 CDIS classes, 5 in the fall semester and 5 in the spring semester. In addition, there are 5 non-CDIS classes that must appear on a college transcript. These outside classes are not part of the Leveling Program.

Upon successful completion of the required background work, individuals may apply to admission to the regular graduate program to start during a fall semester. Successful completion of the background requirements in the Department of Communication Disorders at Texas State DOES NOT GUARANTEE admission to the regular graduate program. It is strongly recommended that students apply to multiple graduate programs for completion of the graduate degree.

The background courses taken during the Leveling Year do not count towards a master’s degree at Texas State University. Any background work must be completed prior to starting the regular graduate program. If accepted, a student may transfer up to 6 hours of background communication disorders classes from another university to substitute for 6 hours of leveling courses at Texas State. This is done in conjunction with the Graduate Advisor once a student has been admitted.

All application materials for students wanting to complete their background coursework must be received here at Texas State by April 1st of every year.

Please note: The Dept of Communication Disorders does not schedule individual visits for prospective leveling or graduate students, due to the high volume of requests. We will hold a virtual Graduate Information Day on Friday, October 2,2020, where applicants can learn more about our Graduate and Leveling Programs. Please click here for more information. You can also contact us at or 512-716-2624 with any questions about the program

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Leveling Course Sequence Updated 5/2020

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.

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.

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.

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.

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