Speech-Language Pathology (MS)

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Beaver College of Health Sciences

comdis.appstate.edu

Lauren Renkert, Interim Chair
renkertle@appstate.edu

Kim McCullough, Program Director
mcculloughkc@appstate.edu

 The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (leads to North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Advanced Licensure and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certification) (Major Code: 821A/51.0203) [T].

The Speech-Language Pathology program is offered for persons who are interested in working with children and adults who have communication and swallowing disorders. The program is designed to provide students with the academic and clinical practicum experiences necessary for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the North Carolina state licensure in Speech-Language Pathology. Students planning to obtain the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology must complete State Department of Public Instruction requirements for the "S and G" Advanced (Graduate) level license in Speech-Language Impaired. All students must complete an individualized program of study and admission to candidacy, have these forms approved by their advisors, and file the forms with the Graduate Records.

Admission to the Speech-Language Pathology Program is on a competitive basis. Students who wish to be admitted to this program must submit evidence of satisfactory performance in all undergraduate course work and on the general GRE test. The Program does not permit deferred admissions. Students who are offered admission for a given term, and who cannot accept admission for that term, must reapply and be considered at a later time. To be given consideration, applications for Fall admission must be submitted and complete on or before February 1.

In-Field: An in-field student is defined as a student who has completed a Bachelor's Degree in speech-language pathology. For in-field students, the Master's Degree program is typically completed in five semesters. In-field students should have completed the following required courses for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the required leveling courses in their undergraduate curriculum:

Required ASHA Courses (Standard IV-A) Completed Prior to Entry

  • Biological Science (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science)
  • Physical Science (should include physics or chemistry)
  • Social Sciences (should include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health)
  • Statistics (stand-alone course in statistics is required, research methodology courses in CSD may not be used)

Required Leveling Prerequisite Courses Completed Prior to Entry

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (3 sh)
  • Phonetics (3 sh)
  • Basic Speech and Hearing Science (3 sh)
  • Communication Development (or language development) ( 3 sh)
  • Structural Analysis of Language (or a linguistics course) (3 sh)
  • Neuroanatomy ( 3 sh)
  • Audiology (3 sh)
  • Management of Hearing Disorders (3 sh)

Any courses listed above that were not included in a student's undergraduate curriculum will be required as part of the graduate program course of study. Additional semesters may be required to complete these courses.

Out-of-Field: An out-of-field student is defined as a student who has completed a Bachelor's Degree in a field other than speech-language pathology. Out-of-field students should have completed required basic science course work for ASHA certification in their undergraduate curriculum. For out-of-field students, the Master's Degree program is typically completed in seven to eight semesters. The additional two to three semesters is needed in order to fulfill the prerequisite undergraduate coursework in speech-language pathology. The prerequisite courses are completed before enrolling in the standard graduate coursework sequence. Prerequisite courses include:

Required ASHA Courses (Standard IV-A) Completed Prior to Entry

  • Biological Science (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science)
  • Physical Science (should include physics or chemistry)
  • Social Sciences (should include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health)
  • Statistics (stand-alone course in statistics is required, research methodology courses in CSD may not be used)

Required Leveling Prerequisite Courses Completed in Additional Two to Three Semesters
(taken summer and fall semesters before beginning the standard graduate coursework sequence)

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (3 sh)
  • Phonetics (3 sh)
  • Basic Speech and Hearing Science (3 sh) Lab to be Determined
  • Structural Analysis of Language or Linguistics Course (3 sh)
  • Communication Development (3 sh)
  • Neuroanatomy (3 sh)
  • Audiology (3 sh)
  • Management of Hearing Disorders (3 sh)

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

This program leads to NC Licensure and ASHA Certification.

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; letter of intent*.

*In the one-page letter of intent students must comment on (1) their undergraduate courses of study and performance; (2) their goals and aspirations for graduate study in the SLP program; (3) if applicable, their post baccalaureate study and performance.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Admission is on a competitive basis; not all students who exceed this requirement will be offered admission.

Location: On Campus

 Course Requirements for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (Code: 821A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 60
 
Required
Courses
  • CSD 5561: Introduction to Clinical Procedures I (3)
  • CSD 5565: Clinical Practicum II (3)
  • CSD 5566: Clinical Practicum III (3)
  • CSD 5569: Clinical Practicum IV (3)
  • CSD 5660: Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Sciences and Disorders (3)
  • CSD 5661: Assessment and Evaluation (3)
  • CSD 5663: Disorders of Fluency (3)
  • CSD 5666: Voice and Resonance Disorders (3)
  • CSD 5669: Speech Sound Disorders (3)
  • CSD 5675: Preschool Language Disorders (3)
  • CSD 5676: School-Age Language Disorders (3)
  • CSD 5851: Motor Speech Disorders (3)
  • CSD 5852: Dysphagia (3)
  • CSD 5900: Internship (12)
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Thesis Option
(CHOOSE ONE)

With Thesis (6 s.h.)

  • CSD 5999: Thesis (3)
  • 6 s.h. of approved graduate electives selected with approval of the major advisor in speech-language pathology or related areas such as counseling, early childhood education, psychology, reading and special education

OR
Without Thesis (9 s.h.)

  • 9 s.h. of approved graduate electives selected with approval of the major advisor in speech-language pathology or related areas such as counseling, early childhood education, psychology, reading and special education
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Other Requirements for the MS in Speech-Language Pathology:

  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required; see an assigned academic advisor for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
  • Comprehensive: PRAXIS II (NTE) in Speech Language Pathology serves as the comprehensive examination. Minimum score 162.
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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