Master of Science

Master of Science

Program Description

The Department of Communication Disorders offers a Master of Science degree which is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology  of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Communication Disorders majors at the graduate level follow a prescribed program leading to eligibility for national certification in Speech-Language Pathology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensure by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Students wishing to be eligible for West Virginia certification as public school speech-language pathologists must also meet the requirements for such certification.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Program/Degree Requirements

A minimum of 33 graduate credit hours of academic coursework is required in addition to clinical practicum. All practicum necessary to complete certification requirements must be completed prior to graduation. Minimum practicum requirements include 15 graded academic hours plus 9 CR/NC hours. Students who apply for clinical practicum assignments are expected to fulfill the responsibilities of these assignments for the full semester. Students who fail to do so may not be assured of future assignments.

The student and advisor will develop a Plan of Study or blueprint for graduation requirements. The Plan of Study must be on file in the Graduate College office before the student registers for the 12th semester hour.

The Speech-Language Pathology specialty area exam of the ETS Praxis Series (NESPA) serves as the comprehensive examination required for all students. A score of 620 or better is considered passing. In addition to the comprehensive examination, a candidate who writes a thesis will be required to pass an oral examination on the thesis.

Students should consult the department chair, their Communication Disorders academic advisor, and the clinic handbook regarding all academic and clinical requirements and standards specific to the program

Curriculum

CD 601 Introduction to Graduate Studies 3
CD 622 Phonological Processes & Disorders 3
CD 570 Clinical Practicum I 3
CD 624 Foundations in Neurogenic Communication & Swallowing Disorders 3
CD 629 Child Language Disorders: School Age/Adolescent 3
CD 660 Special Populations: Clinical Considerations 3
CD 571 Clinical Practicum II 3
CD 628 Child Language Disorders: Infant/Preschool 3
CD 691 Motor Speech & Swallowing Disorders 3
CD 625 Acquired Aphasia 3
CD 630 Cognitive Communication Disorders 3
CD 670/671 Advanced Clinical Practicum I/II 6
CD 620 Communication Disorders Related to Cleft Palate & Voice 3
CD 623 Fluency Disorders 3
CD 672/673 Clinical Practicum in the Schools 6
     
TOTAL Degree Semester Hours: 57

Graduate Specialization Requirements

Student Outcome Data 

Financial Aid

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Communication Disorders (CD) offers a limited number of graduate assistantships (GAs) each year. GAs in the CD program are awarded half-time (10 hours per week in the department) assistantships, which include a partial tuition benefit and a stipend. As a practice, the department does not award full-time assistantships, requiring 20 hours per week, due to heavy curricular and clinic demands.

Graduate assistants provide support to the department in a number of ways, which could include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center (MUSHC) and the Luke Lee Listening, Language, and Learning Lab
  • Assisting faculty with teaching undergraduate classes or scholarly research
  • Assisting with community service
  • Assisting in department administrative duties

The CD Department is fortunate to have Graduate Assistantship stipends made available through outside funding sources. Current funding sources are:

  • St. John's House after school program in cooperation with St. John's Episcopal Church
  • Luke Lee Listening, Language, and Learning Lab
  • The Kristin McComis Parsons Memorial Graduate Assistant established by LinguaCare Associates, Inc.

Scholarships

Students in the Communication Disorders department are eligible to apply for the following scholarships:

  • The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Foundation Scholarship established by the West Virginia Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Foundation, Inc
  • The Stephanie Dyer Memorial Scholarship established by the Dyer family
  • West Virginia Speech, Language and Hearing Association Scholarship

Average scholarship awards are $500-$1,000; however, award amounts will vary annually.