2017-18 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs

Master of Science in Communication Disorders


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Department of Communication Disorders Faculty
Department Chairperson and Communication Disorders
Graduate Program Director: Dr. Ann Beste-Guldborg


The Department of Communication Disorders offers a Master’s of Science education program in Speech-Language pathology at Minot State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. All faculty members hold the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence for their respective areas. Faculty are also licensed by the North Dakota State Board of Examiners in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

The Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology provides theoretical knowledge as well as clinical, and research experiences to prepare graduates for the diverse field of speech-language pathology. Academic course work along with practicum experiences on campus, in schools, hospitals, and various clinical environments are integral parts of the learning experience at Minot State University.

Mission of the Department of Communication Disorders

The mission of the Department of Communication Disorders is to provide state-of-the-art preservice training, engage students in clinical/research activities, and maximize the quality of life for people with communication problems.

Goals of the Speech-Language Pathology Program

The goals of the master’s program in speech-language pathology are as follows:

  1. To provide course offerings and clinical experiences reflecting pertinent and current content necessary for personal growth and professional competence in the field of speech language pathology.
  2. To provide information and experiences in multicultural, ethnic, and social issues that foster the students’ abilities to serve a diverse clientele.
  3. To facilitate student understanding of hearing, speech, and language development and disorders across the life span.
  4. To create intellectual excitement, curiosity, and student involvement in research activities and encourage application of research evidence into everyday clinical practice.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates completing the master’s program in speech-language pathology will fulfill ASHA’s KASA standards, specifically demonstrating the knowledge and skills needed to provide assessment, intervention, and prevention services in the areas of articulation, language, voice and resonance, fluency, communication modalities, social aspects of communication, cognitive aspects of communication, hearing and swallowing.

Additionally, graduates completing the program will demonstrate the following clinical skills:

  • Effective provision of appropriate clinical services to all persons with communication disorders with minimal need for direct or prescriptive instruction;
  • Professionalism including honesty, trustworthiness, reliability, sensitivity to cultural differences, and maintenance of all ethical standards;
  • Application of previous course work and experience to all clinical assignments;
  • Appropriate verbal language skills with clients, supervisors, family members, and other professionals;
  • Effective written language skills in all professional writing; and
  • Awareness of clinical practices appropriate for multicultural, diverse, and special needs populations.

Graduation Requirements

Prior to being awarded the master’s degree in speech-language pathology, students must meet all of the following university and program requirements:

  • Complete the required coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher;
  • Complete 400 practicum hours, including 25 observation hours;
  • Complete a minimum of one semester of clinical externship in an off-campus setting after completion of all academic and campus clinic requirements (hours earned apply to the 400 practicum hours) earning a grade of B or better;
  • Complete the national praxis examination in speech language pathology; and
  • Complete all requirements for the thesis OR comprehensive examination option:
    1. Comprehensive Examination Option. This is a non-thesis option which requires the student to pass a four-hour written and, if required based on a review of the student's responses on the written exam, a one- to two-hour oral comprehensive examination.
    2. Thesis Option. This option requires the student to complete and successfully defend a master’s thesis. Students who plan to pursue advanced graduate training are strongly encouraged to choose the thesis option.

Retention Requirements and Clinical Practicum Policy

All graduate school policies regarding probation and retention apply. Graduate students must meet the academic retention requirements specified by the MSU Graduate School, maintaining a GPA of 3.00 or better at all times. Students in the CD: SLP graduate program will be allowed only one semester of academic probation at any time throughout their program of study.

In addition, the department holds the following clinical practicum policies.

  1. Students admitted with a C grade in an undergraduate practicum course will be placed on probation and must receive at least a B in their first clinical practicum course in the graduate program to be retained within the master’s program.
  2. Students must repeat, during the next enrolled term, any graduate level clinical practicum course in which a C was earned. The deficiency must be removed prior to enrolling in additional practica.
  3. Only one clinical practicum in which a C was earned may be repeated, and it may be repeated only once.Students earning a grade of C in two clinical practica will be discontinued from the Graduate Program in Communication Disorders.
  4. Students earning a grade of F in any clinical practicum may not repeat the practicum and will be discontinued from the Graduate Program in Communication Disorders.

Department Application and Acceptance Policy

Acceptance as a candidate for the Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology at Minot State University requires an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an academic grade point average as specified in the criteria below.

Students who have an undergraduate degree in communication sciences/disorders and meet the course and competency requirements of Minot State University may be able to complete the master’s program in five terms, including a one-semester off-campus final externship.

Since an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders is required for acceptance to the master’s degree program, students who do not have such a degree must complete one of the following options before applying:

Potential students are advised of the following:

  1. Applications received by February 15 will receive priority considerations.
  2. Applications received after February 15 will be considered only if student slots remain available.
  3. Admission to the Communication Disorders Graduate Program is a competitive process. To be considered for admission, applicants must have
    • a minimum 3.25 grade point average for the last four years or last 60 semester hours;
    • completed the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with a minimum of 3.5 on the writing portion; and
    • three positive letters of recommendation from previous instructors and/or supervisors who can attest to the individual’s ability, skill, inter-personal relationships and characteristics which will lead to success in the graduate program.
      Qualified applicants will then be rank-ordered based on the last 60-hour grade point average, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. When two or more students receive the same ranking, priority consideration will be given to students with North Dakota or Minnesota residency. In addition, students who have completed their undergraduate degree or post-baccalaureate program at Minot State will receive additional priority consideration.
  4. Under rare circumstances, with substantial evidence that a person’s undergraduate record does not appropriately and accurately represent a student’s abilities and promise, the Department Faculty may recommend and the Department Chairperson may approve the acceptance of persons who do not meet the listed minimum requirements for acceptance.

Communication Disorders Program Academic Honesty Policy

When there is supported evidence of cheating on examinations or other course assignments or a serious violation of privacy laws or the ASHA Code of Ethics, the student will receive a failing grade for the course or practicum and will not be retained in the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology.

Academic Honesty Appeal Policy

Dismissal for academic dishonesty can be appealed. A student who wishes to appeal his/her dismissal should follow the appeal process established by the Graduate School and listed in this catalog under Graduate School Policies and Regulations.

Grade Appeal Policy

The process and conditions for a grade appeal follow the definitions and schedules of the Graduate School. All requests for review of a grade must be submitted according to the timelines established by the Graduate School for this process.

Speech Language Pathology (60 SH Minimum)

Required Courses
CD 501Introduction to Graduate Studies3
CD 502Early Inter-Interdisciplinary Study2
CD 511Clinical Practicum: Therapy3
CD 511Clinical Practicum: Therapy3
CD 511Clinical Practicum: Therapy3
CD 513Assessment Practicum3
CD 520Fluency Disorders3
CD 522Neurogenic Communication Disorders3
CD 516Public School Practicum: Speech-Language-Pathology6-12
CD 530Cleft Palate1
CD 524Neuro Based Speech Disorders3
CD 526Applied Phonology3
CD 528Assessment in SLP3
CD 532Voice Disorders3
CD 534Adolescent Communication2
CD 535Dysphagia3
CD 536AAC: Multiple Disabilities3
CD 538Language and Literacy3
CD 539Audiology for the SLP2
CD 540Professional Issues2
Optional Courses
Grad Seminar In Research
Speech-Language-Pathology Development and Disorders
Public School Methods in SLP
Special Topics
Independent Study
Continuing Enrollment
Total Hours57-63



Dr. Lesley Magnus

Associate Professors

Dr. Ann Beste-Guldborg
Department Chair

Assistant Professors

Mr. Thomas Froelich

Mr. Leisa Harmon

Ms. Lisa Roteliuk

Ms. Mary Huston

Dr. Eileen Savelkoul


Ms. Erin Holt