2017-18 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs

Department of Communication Disorders


Ann Beste-Guldborg

Communication Disorders Mission

The study of Communication Disorders prepares students for the professions of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. The undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders is preparatory for the master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. The 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 in the area of Communication Disorders hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence, in their respective areas, from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Faculty are also licensed to practice Speech-Language-Pathology and/or Audiology by the North Dakota State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Communication Disorders Program Goals and Outcomes

The program provides prerequisite training consistent with ASHA standards preparing students to enter a graduate degree program in Communication Disorders with emphasis in Audiology or Speech-Language-Pathology. The curriculum will provide students with:

Goal Outcome
An understanding of normal speech, language, hearing and communication development and usageThe student will maintain academic and clinical progress toward graduation
Theoretical foundations and basic skills in diagnosis and therapy methodologies.Students will demonstrate appropriate clinical skills in clinical practicum.
Information on multicultural, ethnic and social issues relevant to the study and understanding of these factors in relation to Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.Student will academically and clinically be prepared for graduate study.
Information in the basic sciences and in areas of normal development to complement the study of hearing, speech, language development and disorders and to ensure students’ understanding of development across the life span.Students will meet all standards to apply to a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Department Policies

Student may obtain a BS degree with a major in Communication Disorders. Retention polices pertain to all majors in Communication Disorders. Criteria for retention
in the undergraduate degree program follow:

  1. Students earning a grade of ‘D’ or ‘F’ in a CD course must retake the course and earn a grade of ‘C’ or higher.
  2. After the semester in which 11 semester hours of required CD courses have been accumulated, students must have a 2.75 GPA in required CD courses. If the CD-GPA falls below 2.75, students will have only one semester of probation at any time during the undergraduate program to raise the CD-GPA to a minimum of 2.75 or the student will not be retained in the program. If students choose to use transfer credit for Communication Disorders courses, the transferred grades will be used in the same manner as the initial coursework from MSU in computing the CD-GPA for retention purposes.
  3. The student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 to graduate with a degree in Communication Disorders.
  4. Majors must complete the General Education English and Communications Required Core with a minimum grade point average of 2.50, with no grade lower than a ‘C.’
  5. CD majors must complete the speech and hearing screening no later than the first semester in which they enroll in CD classes. Prior to enrollment in CD 324 Techniques in Communication Disorders, students not passing the screening must complete a more thorough evaluation and show evidence of progress in areas requiring remediation. Ongoing progress in identified areas of remediation is required for continued enrollment in practicum courses. Practicum supervisors may request that a student repeat the speech and hearing screening if concerns about a student clinician’s speech, hearing or language arise.
  6. When there is supported evidence of cheating on examinations or other course assignments, the student will receive a failing grade for the course and will not be retained in the major.
  7. Students who perform in an unprofessional or inappropriate manner regarding clinical responsibilities and/or confidential information will receive disciplinary action in the form of grade reduction and will not be retained in the major. Other action consistent with the university honesty policy and/or course syllabi may be taken.
  8. Students are required to enroll in a practicum or related class to receive credit for clincal practice hours, including observation hours.

Public School Restricted SLPP License

Speech-Language Pathology Paraprofessionals  (SLPP) who have completed a Speech-Language Pathology Paraprofessional/Assistant Program may only transfer coursework into the bachelor’s program as approved by the Department of Communication Disorders. For example, students completing the SLPP Program at Williston State College or Lake Region State College will receive transfer credit for Introduction to Communication Disorders only.

Students who complete the B.S. in Communication Disorders may be eligible for licensure as an SLPP. In North Dakota, this licensure is granted through the Educational Standards and Practice Board. See the Department Chair or a CD Faculty Advisor for specific details.

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Communication Disorders

A BS degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the requirements listed below:

I. General Education- Required Core (15 SH) and Foundational Content (23 SH) as well as all Development Content requirements

II. Required CD Courses (38-41 SH)

Introduction to Communication Disorders
Introduction to Phonetics
Language Development
Speech Sound Disorders
Techniques in Communication Disorders
Language Disorders in Children
Speech & Hearing Science
Introduction to Audiology
Clinical Practicum *may take twice depending on availability
Neurology for Communication Disorders
Anatomy and Phys for Communication Disorders
Advanced Communication Disorders
Aural Rehabilitation

III. Additional Required Courses (24-31 SH)

Introduction to Statistics 1
Elementary Statistics
Child Psychology
Adolescent Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Educational Psychology
Technology in Teaching
Introduction to Exceptional Children
American Sign Language I 1
Manually Coded English
Introduction to High Incidence Disabilities
Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in America

 May be used for General Education requirements

IV. Psychology Component: Choose 3 (9 SH)

Psychology of Adjustment
Abnormal Psychology
Social Psychology
Introduction to Counseling
Theories of Learning
Sensation and Perception
Physiological Psychology
Behavior Modification

V. Aging Component: Choose 1 (3 SH)

Psychology of Adult & Aging
Death & Dying

 VI. Literacy Component: Choose 1 (2-3 SH)

ECE 313The Emergent Reader2
ELED 352Foundations of Reading3
ENGL 238Children's Literature3
ENGL 338Topics in Adolescent Lit3

Post-Baccalaureate Program

The Post-Baccalaureate Program (Post-Bac) is intended for individuals who have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than in Communication Disorders. Typically, Post-Bac students have earned degrees in English, education, psychology, or linguistics although students who have completed a bachelor's degree with any major may apply for the post-bac program.

The Post-Bac Program is a two or three-semester plan in which the student takes all the undergraduate classes in Communication Disorders. To meet ASHA standards, the student is required to have one class in the following six categories: (1) statistics, (2) biology, (3) physical science (physics or chemistry), (4) social/behavioral Science (psychology, sociology, or anthropology), (5) sign language, and (6) ethnic diversity. Any of these classes which are lacking from post-bac students' transcripts may be taken prior to, during, or after the Post-Baccalaureate Program. They are not required to apply for the Post-Baccalaureate Program.

Application to the Post-Bac Program must be completed through Enrollment Services by March 1. Students accepted into the program must demonstrate a strong commitment to apply to the master’s program; however, successful completion of the Post-Bac program does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate program. Students may enroll in the Post-Bac Program only once. A minimum 3.00 grade point average must be earned in the fall semester to be allowed to continue in the spring semester. The decision on how many students will be accepted into the Post-Bac Program will be made by the CD Department based on total enrollment, available space, and potential success of the candidates. Students are not required to complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to enter the program but must complete it during the fall semester if they plan to apply for the master’s program.

Post-Baccalaureate Admission Procedures

  1. Post-Baccalaureate Admission Procedures

    1)      Complete and Submit the MSU Undergrad Online Application to the Post-Baccalaureate Program with $35 (US) application fee.

    a)       Type of Application: Undergraduate Transfer

    b)      Major/Program: Communication Disorders

    c)       Degree/Plan: BS-Communication Disorders

    d)      Answer Yes to Supplemental Question: Are you applying to the Post-Baccalaureate Communication Disorders Program?

    Submit the following documents by March 1:

    All non-academic documents can be emailed to msu.admissions@minotstateu.edu, faxed to 701/858-3888 or mailed to: Minot State University, Enrollment Services, 500 University Ave W, Minot, ND 58707.

    2)      Original Official Transcripts

    a)       Submit official transcripts from all universities attended and currently attending. Candidate must have a 3.0 GPA at the undergraduate level or a 3.3 GPA for the last 60 undergraduate hours.

    3)      Three Recommendations

    a)       The online application will direct you to electronically submit three names of persons who will complete your online recommendation forms. Choose persons who can attest to your ability to complete the intensive one-year Post-Baccalaureate Program and potential success at the graduate level.

    4)      Autobiography

    a)       Submit an autobiography to describe current status and reasons why you want to pursue a career in Speech-Language Pathology.

    5)      Provide proof of two doses of immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella.

    a)       Can be submitted after acceptance into the Post-Baccalaureate Program

    International and Canadian Applicants only:

    6)      I-20 and Financial Documents

    a)       International and Canadian Applicants need to submit the I-20 form and proof of financial support for an Undergraduate degree as part of their application package

    b)      Canadian

    i)        http://www.minotstateu.edu/international/documents/app_can_i20_and_cfr.pdf.

    c)       International:

    i)        http://www.minotstateu.edu/international/documents/app_int_i20_and_cfr.pdf

    Please Note:  North Dakota state policy requires us to collect evidence of financial support before an International applicant’s file can be reviewed. You are required to undergo a financial certification process prior to acceptance into the post baccalaureate program; however, this is not an indicator of the department’s decision.

Retention Criteria in Post-Baccalaureate Program

  1. Student may not continue enrollment in this program if any grade lower than a “C” in department coursework is earned.
  2. Student must have and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA (“B” average).
  3. Students who do not meet the above criteria for retention may not enroll in additional coursework in the Department of Communication Disorders.
  4. Students must demonstrate adequate speech and hearing or show evidence each semester from the Department of Communication Disorders that progress is being made in the required remediation.

Post-Baccalaureate Program Options (2 or 3 semesters):

1. CLINICAL PRACTICUM Option- 3 semesters (Recommended for anyone planning graduate study at MSU)

Fall Semester: 11 semester hours (+ any missing courses)

Introduction to Communication Disorders
Introduction to Phonetics
Speech Sound Disorders
Neurology for Communication Disorders

Any other undergraduate courses required to meet ASHA certification standards:  physical science (chemistry or physics), biological science, statistics, sign language, diversity.

Spring Semester: 20 hours

Language Development
Speech & Hearing Science
Techniques in Communication Disorders
Language Disorders in Children
Anatomy and Phys for Communication Disorders
Advanced Communication Disorders
Aural Rehabilitation

Summer Semester: 7 hours

Introduction to Audiology
Clinical Practicum

2. NO CLINICAL PRACTICUM Option- 2 semesters

Fall Semester: 15 hours (+ any missing courses)

Introduction to Communication Disorders
Introduction to Phonetics
Speech Sound Disorders
Introduction to Audiology
Neurology for Communication Disorders

Also any other undergraduate courses required to meet ASHA certification standards:  physical science (chemistry or physics), biological science, statistics, sign language, diversity.

 Spring Semester: 20 hours

Language Development
Speech & Hearing Science
Techniques in Communication Disorders
Language Disorders in Children
Anatomy and Phys for Communication Disorders
Advanced Communication Disorders
Aural Rehabilitation


CD 150. Profession of Com Disorders. 2 Hours.

An introduction into the profession of Communication Disorders. Contents will describe the progression from the preprofessional student level to the expert-consultant level. Major topics will include development of interpersonal skills, professional skills, problem-solving skills, technical skills and knowledge/experience.

CD 299. Special Topics In Comm Disorders. 1-8 Hour.

CD 310. Introduction to Communication Disorders. 3 Hours.

A survey of various communication disorders: language, phonology, fluency, voice, hearing impairment, cleft palate, cerebral palsy, aphasia. Eight hours of clinical observation is required.

CD 320. Introduction to Phonetics. 3 Hours.

A study of the sounds of American English and the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to record normal and disordered articulatory production.

CD 321. Language Development. 3 Hours.

The study of those events and processes which combine in relatively predictable and obdervable ways and are evidenced in the acquisition of language.

CD 322. Speech Sound Disorders. 3 Hours.

The study of the types, causes, and treatment of speech disorders including articulation and phonological disorders, voice and fluency. Eight hours of clinical observation are required. Prerequisite: Student must complete CD 310 and 320 before enrolling in this class.

CD 324. Techniques in Communication Disorders. 3 Hours.

Therapy approaches and techniques for planning and carrying our clinical practicum. This course includes a required laboratory experience and is a prerequisite for CD 411. Prerequisite: CD 322.

CD 331. Language Disorders in Children. 3 Hours.

The study of deviant language patterns and patterns associated with cultural diversity. Language evaluation with emphasis on linguistic analysis and the development of language programming appropriate to language problems will be covered. Five hours of clinical observation are required. Prerequisite: Student must complete CD 321 before enrolling in this class.

CD 341. Speech & Hearing Science. 2 Hours.

Fundamentals of acoustice, speech production, speech perception, and basic instrumentation. Prerequisite: CD 310.

CD 342. Introduction to Audiology. 4 Hours.

A study of the basic tests of hearing with emphasis on test administration and interpretation. It includes anatomy and physiology of the auditory system and its relationship to various types and degrees of hearing loss. Prerequisite: CD 310.

CD 394. Independent Study General Cd. 1-4 Hour.

CD 410. Audiology Practicum. 1 Hour.

This practicum course will provide the undergraduate student in Communication Disorders, who has an interest in Audiology, the opportunity to participate in Audiology diagnostics in the CD clinic. The student will initially observe the audiologic diagnostic/patient management protocols in the clinic and will gradually be required to participate in greater measure. The goal is for the student to acquire greater understanding of audiologic test administration, interpretation, and patient counseling. Pre-requisite: CD 342.

CD 411. Clinical Practicum. 3 Hours.

Supervised practicum in a clinical setting. Prerequisite: CD 324.

CD 412. Neurology for Communication Disorders. 2 Hours.

This course provides an overview of the role of neuroanatomy in speech and language. Attention is given to the structures of the brain and spinal cord, the ascending and descending pathways, cranial nerves, and the vascular supply to the brain. The role of these structures in the communication process is discussed. Prerequisites: CD 310, 341.

CD 413. Anatomy and Phys for Communication Disorders. 3 Hours.

This course provides an overview of the anatomical and physiological bases of communication. Attention is given to the structures and functions of the respiratory, phonatory, resonatory and articulatory systems. Prerequisites: Students must complete CD 310, 341, and 412. May take concurrently with advisor's consent.

CD 420. Advanced Communication Disorders. 3 Hours.

This course will provide a general overview of neurologically-based communication disorders, dysphagia, voice disorders, and stuttering. Course work will emphasize characteristics, procedures for assessment, and general treatment approaches for these communication disorders. Five hours of clinical observation are required.

CD 424. Language Development. 3 Hours.

CD 426. Speech Language Development and Disorders for the Teacher. 4 Hours.

The study of speech language development and disorders of children. Inter-relationships among personal, social, academic, speech, and language skills are covered. Academic modifications and coordination with specialized personnel are emphasized. For non-majors.

CD 427. Aural Rehabilitation. 3 Hours.

Study of the rehabilitative philosophies and methodologies of individuals with hearing impairments.

CD 494. Independent Study Honors Cd. 1-8 Hour.

CD 499. Special Topics In Comm Disorders. 1-8 Hour.


Communication Disorders Faculty

Ann Beste-Guldborg, Ph.D., CCC/SLP
Associate Professor Department Chair

Tom Froelich, MS, CCC-A
Assistant Professor

Leisa Harmon, MS, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor

Lesley Magnus, PhD, CCC-SLP, R

Eileen Salvekoul, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor

Lisa Roteliuk, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinic Coordinator, Assistant Professor

Mary Huston, MS, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor

Erin Holt, MS, CCC-SLP