Master of Science in Communication Disorders: Speech Language Pathology
Department website: http://www.minotstateu.edu/cd
(701) 858-3031/1 (800) 777-0750 ext. 3031
Department Chairperson and Communication Disorders Graduate Program Director: Dr. Ann Beste-Guldborg
The Department of Communication Disorders offers a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders, a Master's Degree in Communication Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology, and Post-Baccalaureate Program for individuals with an undergraduate degree in another discipline who wish to pursue graduate level study in speech language-pathology .
The Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology program 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.
This degree 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 other clinical environments are integral part of the learning experience at Minot State University.
All faculty hold the ASHA Certificate for Clinical Competence for their prospective area and are licensed by the North Dakota State Board of Examiners in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
Mission of the Department of Communication Disorders
The mission of the Department of Communication Disorders at Minot State University is to provide entry level speech language professionals who meet the needs of the state and region by:
- Providing students with high quality educational and clinical experiences
- Encouraging active engagement through a variety of community service and clinical experiences
- Delivering integrated experiences that allow students the opportunity to connect theory with practice, work in teams, respect the diversity of today’s world, and understand connections between research, evidence-based practice, and the therapeutic environment
Goals of the Graduate Program in Communication Disorders: Speech Language Pathology:
1. To provide course offerings and clinical experiences reflecting pertinent and current content preparing students for personal
growth and professional competence as a beginning practitioner in the field of speech language pathology.
2. To offer information and experiences in factors that foster students’ abilities to serve a diverse clientele considering cultural and social variables as well as language exposure/acquisition on clients/patients and their families.
3. To facilitate student understanding of communication, cognitive, hearing, speech, language, literacy, and swallowing
development and disorders across the life span.
4. To create intellectual excitement, curiosity, and student involvement in community service and inter-professional activities as
well as encourage application of research evidence into everyday clinical practice.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Graduates completing the Master of Science in Communication Disorders: Speech Language Pathology program will have fulfilled ASHA Standards I through V necessary for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology:
1. Students will use evidence-based information to effectively plan, conduct, and interpret assessments that identify and assist people with communication and swallowing disorders across the discipline and lifespan.
2. Students will apply evidence-based information to effectively develop and implement intervention plans for diverse clinical populations with communication and swallowing disorders across the discipline and lifespan.
3. Students will communicate effectively and professionally both orally and in writing.
4. Students will exhibit respect the needs of a diverse clientele and provide culturally sensitive services.
5. Students will provide effective counseling to clients and families with diverse backgrounds and needs.
6. Students will collaborate with others and work as an effective team member.
7. Students will adhere to the ASHA Code of Ethics and demonstrate appropriate professional behavior.
Prior to being awarded the Master of Science in Communication Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology degree, students must meet all of the following university and program requirements:
- Complete 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 following completion of all academic and campus clinic requirements 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:
A. Comprehensive Examination Option: This option requires the student to pass a four-hour written and a one- to two-hour oral comprehensive examination.
B. Thesis Option: This option requires the student to complete and successfully defend a master’s thesis. Students
who plan to pursue advanced graduate study are strongly encouraged to choose the thesis option.
Retention Requirements and Clinical Practicum Policy
All graduate school policies regarding academic probation and retention apply. Students must meet the academic retention requirements specified by the MiSU Graduate School, maintaining a GPA of 3.00 or better. 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.
- 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 program.
- Students must repeat, the following semester, any graduate level clinical practicum course in which a “C” was earned. Deficiencies must be remediated prior to enrollment in additional clinical practicum experiences.
- Any grade of "C" in subsequent practicum experiences will result in dismissal from the program.
- Students earning a grade of "D" or “F” in any clinical practicum experience will be dismissed from the program.
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 in communication disorders or completion of post baccalaureate coursework in communication disorders from an accredited college or university with an academic grade point average as specified in the criteria below.
Students who don’t meet these coursework requirements have the following options:
- Apply to the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Communication Disorders at MSU. This is a two-semester leveling program which provides students with prerequisite information necessary for graduate study in the field of speech-language pathology. Additional information about the Post-Baccalaureate program can be found in the Minot State University Undergraduate Catalog ./undergraduate/collegeofeducationandhealthsciences/departmentofcommunicationdisorders/#postbactext
- Complete a second undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders /undergraduate/collegeofeducationandhealthsciences/departmentofcommunicationdisorders/#bachelorstext
To be considered for admission, applicants must have:
- A minimum 3.25 grade point average for the last four years or in the last 60 semester hours of study;
- Completed the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with a minimum score of 3.5 on the writing portion; and
- Three letters of recommendation from academic instructors and/or supervisors (two from within the communication disorders major and one external evaluator) who can attest to the individual’s ability, skill, inter-personal relationships, and characteristics that lead to success in a graduate program.
Potential students are advised of the following:
A. Applications received by February 15 will receive priority consideration.
B. Applications received after February 15 will be considered only if student slots remain available.
C. Admission to the Communication Disorders Graduate Program is a competitive process.
Qualified applicants will be rank-ordered based on GPA, 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 residency. In addition, students who have completed an undergraduate degree or post-baccalaureate program at Minot State will receive additional priority consideration.
D. 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 Faculty may recommend and the Department Chairperson may approve the acceptance of persons who do not meet the stated minimum requirements for acceptance.
If a student enters the program on a full-time basis and has met ASHA requirements for the biological sciences, basic chemistry or physics, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences, then it is possible to complete the degree in five semesters. Students will be on campus for four semesters and will complete an external practicum in their fifth semester.
Master of Science in Communication Disorders: Speech Language-Pathology Program Academic Honesty and Clinic Ethics Policy
The Department of Communication Disorders follows Minot State University policies regarding academic honesty. 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 face possible dismissal from the graduate program.
Academic Honesty and Clinic Ethics Appeal Policy
Dismissal for academic dishonesty or serious clinical violation 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 as listed in this catalog under Graduate School Policies and Regulations. All requests for review of a grade must be submitted according to the timelines established by the Graduate School for this process.
Master of Science in Communication Disorders: Speech Language Pathology (63 SH Minimum)
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|CD 513||Assessment Practicum||3|
|CD 520||Fluency Disorders||3|
|CD 522||Neurogenic Communication Disorders||3|
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|CD 530||Cleft Palate||1|
|CD 524||Motor Speech Disorders||3|
|CD 526||Applied Phonology||3|
|CD 528||Assessment in SLP||3|
|CD 532||Voice Disorders||3|
|CD 534||Adolescent Language Disorders||2|
|CD 536||AAC: Multiple Disabilities||3|
|CD 538||Language and Literacy||3|
|CD 539||Audiology for the SLP||2|
|CD 540||Professional Issues||2|
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|Speech-Language-Pathology Development and Disorders|
Dr. Lesley Magnus
Dr. Ann Beste-Guldborg
Department Chair & Graduate Program Director
Ms. Leisa Harmon
Ms. Lisa Roteliuk
Ms. Erin Holt
Ms. Mary Huston
Dr. Eileen Savelkoul
Ms. Robyn Walker
Ms. Kayla Fisher
Ms. Chelsie Haaland
Dr. Edward Malazdrewicz
Adjunct Professor, Audiology