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Communication Disorders Programs of Study Bachelors Degree Masters Degree Minor

Revised: April, 2009

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A TRADITION OF ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND SERVICE The Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU) program in Communication Disorders had its beginnings in 1953 with the first course offerings through the Department of Special Education. In 1959, the program faculty offices, the Speech and Hearing Clinic, the Speech Laboratory, and the classrooms were moved to Armstrong Hall on the new Highland Campus and became a part of the Speech and Theater Arts Department. The program has remained in Armstrong Hall to the present day. In 1976, the program became the Speech Pathology Department, a separate department within the College of Health and Human Performance. Subsequently, the name of the department was changed to the Department of Communication Disorders and the name of the College was changed to the College of Allied Health and Nursing. In 1998, the Department of Communication Disorders merged with the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling. The merged department was renamed the Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services (SHRS). The new department offers three degrees: a BS in Communication Disorders, an MS in Communication Disorders, and a MS in Rehabilitation Counseling. In 1983, the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Clinics became affiliated with the Key City Sertoma Club of Mankato. The affiliation allows access to Sertoma Foundation Programs of Sertoma International. Sertoma is a service organization providing support for individuals with communication and other disabilities. The local Key City Club provides financial support to the clinic service program and Sertoma International sponsors matching grants for service projects and scholarship support for faculty and staff in continuing education. Many of the programs hundreds of alumni have enjoyed careers in academia as well as careers in schools, rehabilitation centers, private practice, medical centers, and hospitals. The department is based on a foundation of academic excellence and clinical competence in serving individuals with communicative disorders. OVERVIEW At MSU, the Communication Disorders Program is housed in the College of Allied Health and Nursing and is a division of the College of Graduate Studies. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered. The undergraduate degree is offered as the Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) and the graduate degree is the Master of Science degree (M.S.). The M.S. has been available since 1970. The program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Preparation in Communication Disorders entails both undergraduate and graduate coursework and clinical practicum experiences. The program of study at MSU is designed to meet all of the requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) issued by ASHA. Attainment of this certification is intended to assure that the individual is fully prepared as a speech-language pathologist. Such preparation also meets or exceeds the speech pathology requirements for teacher licensure and Department of Health licensure in Minnesota. The undergraduate curriculum in Communication Disorders is pre-professional, provides preparation for graduate study in Communication Disorders, and leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. It should be noted that a Masters degree is the entry level degree for SpeechLanguage Pathologists. Employment as a speech pathologist with a Bachelor of Science degree is no longer possible.

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The graduate course of study begins in the Fall Semester of an academic year. The specific courses students must take are partially a function of their preparation at the undergraduate level of study. Students transferring from other institutions usually have little difficulty in establishing a course of study if they have already earned a B.S. or B.A. degree with a major in Communication Disorders. Students without an undergraduate degree in the discipline (i.e., transition students) can expect to take at least an additional year of study to remove deficiencies. The graduate program of study, when combined with undergraduate coursework and practicum experiences, meets the academic and practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) issued by ASHA. Below are selected standards outlining the major requirements for certification (note: many of the standards have related requirements that are also met by the curriculum). The graduate degree program focuses on the acquisition of clinical competency with a variety of specific classes focusing on disorders management and research in Communication Disorders. THE STANDARDS FOR THE CERTIFICATE OF CLINICAL COMPETENCE STANDARD I: DEGREE Effective January 1, 2005, the applicant for certification must have a masters or doctoral or other recognized post-baccalaureate degree. A minimum of 75 semester credit hours must be completed in a course of study addressing the knowledge and skills pertinent to the field of speech-language pathology. All graduate coursework and graduate clinical practicum required in the professional area for which the Certificate is sought must have been initiated and completed at an institution whose program was accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and SpeechLanguage Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in the area for which the Certificate is sought. The CDIS program at MSU is accredited by the CAA. STANDARD II: INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION The graduate degree must be granted by a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Minnesota State University, Mankato is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. STANDARD III: PROGRAM OF STUDY - KNOWLEDGE OUTCOMES The applicant for certification must complete a program of study (a minimum of 75 semester credit hours overall, including at least 36 at the graduate level) that includes academic coursework sufficient in depth and breadth to achieve the specified knowledge outcomes. Note: MSU CDIS program requires completion of a minimum of 51 credits (APP plan) or 52 credits (Thesis plan).

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STANDARD IV: PROGRAM OF STUDY - SKILLS OUTCOMES Standard IV-A: The applicant must complete a curriculum of academic and clinical education that follows an appropriate sequence of learning sufficient to achieve the skills outcomes in Standard IV-G. Standard IV-C: The applicant for certification in speech-language pathology must complete a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in the practice of speechlanguage pathology. Twenty-five hours must be spent in clinical observation, and 375 hours must be spent in direct client/patient contact. Note: The program requirement for total clock hours is 410 hours. Standard IV-D: At least 325 of the 400 clock hours must be completed while the applicant is engaged in graduate study in a program accredited in speech-language pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. STANDARD V: ASSESSMENT The applicant for certification must demonstrate successful achievement of the knowledge and skills delineated in Standard III and Standard IV by means of both formative and summative assessment. Standard V-A: Formative Assessment The applicant must meet the education programs requirements for demonstrating satisfactory performance through ongoing formative assessment of knowledge and skills. Standard V-B: Summative Assessment The applicant must pass the national examination adopted by ASHA for purposes of certification in speech-language pathology. STANDARD VI: SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY CLINICAL FELLOWSHIP After completion of academic coursework and practicum (Standard VI), the applicant then must successfully complete a Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellowship (SLPCF). ACCREDITATION Minnesota State University, Mankato is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The undergraduate program in Communication Disorders is nested under this accreditation. Graduate program accreditation is performed by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION Students may be admitted to the program upon completion of the following courses: Speech and Language Development (312); Phonetics (392); Applied Anatomy and Physiology (394); Speech and Hearing Science (322) with a 3.00 GPA or better and no more than one final grade of "C" across these courses (a grade of "C" must be re-taken for a grade of "B" or better sometime before finishing the program). Upon completion of this requirement, students should see the department secretary for unconditional admission. Prior to completion of the four courses, students are temporarily admitted to the program with the consent of their advisors. GRADUATE ADMISSION To be admitted to the Graduate Major Program in Communication Disorders, applications must be received before February 1 for the following Fall Semester. Applications will not be processed until all five of the items listed below are received. Please note that some application materials are sent to the college of graduate studies and some are sent directly to the department (see below). Send the following items to the Office of the Dean; College of Graduate Studies; Minnesota State University, Mankato; 125 Wigley Administration Center; Mankato, MN 56001. 1. Graduate Studies application form. 2. Two official transcripts of previous academic credit (undergraduate and graduate, if applicable). 3. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Note: The College of Graduate Studies will not forward the students application to the department for processing until the scores are received. Send the following items to the Coordinator of Graduate Programs; Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services; Communication Disorders Program; Minnesota State University, Mankato; 103 Armstrong Hall; Mankato, MN 56001. 4. A letter of intent. 5. Three letters of recommendation (MSU-Mankato students are exempt from this requirement). Letters may be sent directly to the Coordinator of Graduate Programs, Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services, Communication Disorders Program, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 103 Armstrong Hall, Mankato, MN 56001. No forms are necessary for the letters of recommendation or for the letter of intent. Program admissions are made for the Fall Semester only, unless vacancies occur during the academic year. (Spring admissions occur only rarely.) Students are accepted for admission on a competitive basis among other applicants. The minimal standard for admission is a GPA of 3.0. Applicants can expect to be competing with students who have a GPA of 3.40 or better.

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ADMISSION WITHOUT AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE IN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS

The following coursework must be completed or scheduled prior to consideration for graduate admission: Normal Process Coursework

Take all of the following courses or their equivalents prior to enrolling in 4/500 level courses. # 290 201 312 322 392 394 220 Title: Intro. to Communication Disorders (fall, spring) Observation of Human Comm. (fall, spring) Speech & Language Development (fall) Speech & Hearing Science (fall) Phonetics (fall) Applied Anatomy & Physiology (fall) Basic Audiology (spring) These 4 courses must be completed before enrolling in any CDIS courses at the 4/500 levels. Notes:

Disorders Coursework

Select three courses or their equivalents from the list below. NOTE: Additional deficiency courses may be required as part of your graduate program plan of study. If so, deficiencies would be identified on the acceptance notification. # 4/502 4/503 4/516 4/517 4/538 4/521 4/544 Title: Language Disorders in Children (fall) Language Disorders in Children - LAB (fall) Voice and Resonance Disorders (fall) Stuttering (spring) Speech Sound Disorders (spring) Aural Rehabilitation (spring) Appraisal & Diagnosis (fall) These courses are likely to be required as deficiencies in the graduate plan of study if not completed prior to application General Education Coursework Take one college-level course in each of the following areas Mathematics Biological Science Physical Science Social/Behavioral Science Selection of these courses facilitates enrollment in practicum Notes:

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UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM - GENERAL EDUCATION All students are expected to fulfill general education coursework. See the current Minnesota State University, Mankato Undergraduate Bulletin for details. MSU Gen. Ed. courses can be used to fulfill ASHA requirements. As an option, they can be taken for P/N if allowed by department offering course. In the process of earning General Education credits, students should note that at least one college level course is needed for ASHA certification in each of the following areas: math, biological science, physical science, and social/behavioral science. Remedial courses (skill improvement courses) and methodology courses (such as methods of teaching mathematics) may not be used to satisfy this requirement. If you have not fulfilled the MSU cultural diversity requirement, at least one of the courses below should be Cultural Diversity (CD) core or related. MATH- Choose one course from the following math courses.

Gen. Ed. Categories: 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

NOTES 1. If students are considering a Ph.D., Psych 201 - Statistics for Psych. is recommended (prerequisite is Math 112). Psych. 201 does not fulfill a general education category. 2. Math 112 or higher requires an ACT score of 19 or higher, or a sufficient math placement score (contact registrars office).

Course #: Math 110 Math 112 Math 113 Math 115 Math 130 Math 201 Stat 154

Title: Perspectives in Mathematics College Algebra Trigonometry Precalculus Mathematics Finite Math and Its Application Elements of Mathematics I Elementary Statistics

# Credits: 3 4 3 4 3 3 3

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE - Choose one from the following biological science courses (all fulfill MSU General Ed. requirements also).

Course #: Biol 100 Biol 102 Biol 103 Biol 105 Title: Our Natural World Biology of Women Introduction to Biotechnology General Biology I # Credits: 4 3 3 4 Gen. Ed. Categories: 3 3 1C, 3 1C, 3 Cult. Div. Core ()

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PHYSICAL SCIENCE - Choose one from the following physical science courses (all fulfill MSU General Ed. requirements also).

Gen. Ed. Categories: 3 3 2, 3 3 3 2, 3 3, 9 3 3 3 3, 10 3, 10 3, 10 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 related Cult. Div. Core ()

Course #: Ast 101 Ast 102 Ast 115 Chem 100 Chem 106 Chem 111 Chem 131 Chem 132 Chem 134 EET 112 Geog 101 Geol 100 Geol 121 Geol 122 Phys 100 Phys 101 Phys 102 Phys 105 Phys 107 Phys 110

Title: Introduction to Astronomy Introduction to the Planets Life in the Universe Chemistry in Society Introduction to Chemistry- Allied Health Chemistry of Life Processes (pre req) - H.S. Chem or Chem 105) Forensic Science Chemistry of Energy Mind Altering Substances Elementary Electronics Introduction to Physical Geography Our Geologic Environment Physical Geology Earth History Cultural Physics Introductory Physics Physics and the World Around Us Time, Atomic Clocks, and Relativity Physics of Flight (3) (GE 3) Physics and Our Audio Environment

# Credits: 3 3 2 4 3 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3

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SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE - Choose one from the following social/behavioral science courses (all fulfill MSU General Ed. requirements also).

Course #:

Title:

# Cr:

Gen. Ed. Categories: 1C, 5 1C, 5 1C, 5 1C, 5 1C, 5 1C, 2 1C, 9 5, 8 5, 8 5, 7 5, 7 7 5 5 5, 7 5, 8 5, 7 5, 7 8, 9

Cult. Div. Core () related

Writing Intensive ()

Anth 250W Ethn 201W Ethn 202W Ethn 203W Ethn 204W Pysc 103W Wost 120W Anth 101 Anth 240 Ethn 100 Ethn 101 Ethn 150 Psych 101 Psych 206 Soc 150 Soc 101 Soc 208 Wost 110 Wost 220

Portraits of Culture Intro to African American Studies Intro to American Indian Studies Intro to Asian American Studies Intro to Latino/Hispanic Studies Psychology Today Violence and Gender Introduction to Anthropology Language and Culture American Racial Minorities Intro to Multicultural and Ethnic Studies Multicultural/Ethnic Experience Psychology The Human Mind Social Problems Introduction to Sociology Courtship, Marriage and Family Introduction to Womens Studies Global Perspectives on Women and Change

4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 3

related related

related

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OTHER GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES Students who need to fulfill MSU general education requirements may wish to select courses that have some pertinence to the Communication Disorders major. The following courses may be considered for MSU general education requirements, but they do not fulfill CDIS/ASHA general education requirements.

Course #: Cdis 205 Fcs 140 Gero 200 Hlth 210 Hlth 310 Phil 110 Phil 112 Phil 115 Phil 120 Phil 205 Phil 222 Rehb 110 Spee 100 Spee 102 Spee 203 Sowk 190 Sowk 255 Beginning Signing Introduction to Nutrition Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives First Aid and CPR Drug Education Logic and Critical Thinking Logic of Scientific Method Philosophy of Race, Class and Gender Introduction to Ethics Culture, Identity, and Diversity Medical Ethics Sensitivity to Disability Fundamentals of Speech Communication Public Speaking Intercultural Communication Social Welfare Services Global Responses to Human Need Title: # Credits: 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 Gen. Ed. Categories: 11 3 7 11 5 2, 4 2, 4 1C, 6, 7 1C, 6, 9 1C, 6, 8 6, 9 1C, 7 1B 1B 7, 8 5, 9 5, 8 related related related related Cult. Div. Core ()

Speech, Hearing, and Rehab. Services offers several courses which can be taken as electives:

Course #: RHB 110W CDIS 205 CDIS 206 CDIS 207 CDIS 291 Title: Sensitivity to Disabilities Beginning Sign Language Intermediate Sign Language Advanced Sign Language Hearing Dis./Dimensions Deaf. # Credits: 3 3 3 3 3 Gen. Ed. Categories: 7 11 Writing Intensive ()

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UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR REQUIREMENTS IN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS

Course #: 201 312 220 322 290 392 394 402 403 416 417 421 431 434 438 444 495 4/545 4/546 Title: Observation of Human Communication Speech and Language Development Basic Audiology Speech and Hearing Science Introduction to Communication Disorders Phonetics Applied Anatomy and Physiology Child Language Disorders Child Language Disorders Lab Voice and Resonance Disorders Stuttering Aural Rehabilitation Orientation Lab Orientation to Clinical Practicum Speech Sound Disorders Appraisal and Diagnosis Clinical Practicum: Speech/Language Grand Rounds Foundation Grand Rounds Presentation # Credits: 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 1 3 3 3 1 2 3 3 2 1 2

Students who need to take elective courses to fulfill graduation requirements may wish to select courses that compliment the Communication Disorders major. The following courses are recommended as electives. These courses do not fulfill general education requirements.

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RECOMMENDED COURSES FOR ELECTIVES:

Cult. Div. Core ()

Course #

Title: Intro to Business Communications. (meets first two weeks of class, remainder online & self-paced Neurobiology (pre req. Biol 220 and 230) Introduction to Assistive Technology Interpersonal Helping Skills Practical Grammar Technical Communication (Pre Req.: Eng 101) English Structure and Pedagogical Grammar I English Structure and Pedagogical Grammar II Language and Culture in TESL Individuals with Exceptional Needs Medical Terminology Child Care Psychology Interpersonal Communication Effective Listening Interviewing

# Credits:

Bed 120 Biol 324 Coms 201 Csp 471 Eng 285 Eng 271 Eng 482 Eng 483 Eng 485 Sped 405 Hlth 321 Psyc 230 Spee 101 Spee 315 Spee 325 -

3 3 2 3 2 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 related

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REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS Students who wish to complete a minor in Communication Disorders complete a total of 16 credits. There are two required courses and the remaining courses may be chosen from the undergraduate curriculum (see below).

Course #: Title: REQUIRED COURSES 290 445 Introduction to Communication Disorders Grand Rounds-Foundation (minor capstone) SELECT A MINIMUM OF 12 CREDITS FROM BELOW 201 205 206 207 312 220 322 291 291 392 394 402/403 416 417 421 438 444 Observation of Human Communication Beginning Sign Language Intermediate Sign Language Advanced Sign Language Speech and Language Development Basic Audiology Pre-Req. CDIS 222 Speech and Hearing Science Dimensions of Deafness Hearing Disorders Phonetics Applied Anatomy and Physiology Language Disorders in Children & Lab (taken simultaneously) Voice and Resonance Stuttering Aural Rehabilitation Speech Sound Disorders Appraisal and Diagnosis 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 # Credits:

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PLANS OF STUDY FOR CDIS UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS Note: For practicum courses, contact the clinic director one year in advance to indicate when you plan to take the course.

UNDERGRADUATE 2 YEAR PLAN OF STUDY YEAR 1 FALL SEMESTER Options #: Title: Cr. sem 312 394 322 392 201 Speech & Lang. Development Applied Anatomy & Physiology Speech & Hearing Science Phonetics Observation of Human Comm. 3 3 3 3 3 Yr 4/538 4/517 220 290 201 Speech Sound Disorders Stuttering Basic Audiology Intro. to Communication Dis. Observation of Human Com. 3 3 3 3 3 #: Title: Cr. sem Yr SPRING SEMESTER Options

YEAR 2 FALL SEMESTER Options #: Title: Cr. sem 4/544 4/516 4/502 4/503 4/534 4/531 Appraisal & Diagnosis Voice & Resonance Disord. Child Language Disorders Child Language Dis. - LAB Orientation to Clinical Prac. Orientation to Clinic - LAB 3 3 2 1 2 1 Yr 4/538 4/517 4/521 4/695 4/545 4/546 Speech Sound Disorders Stuttering Aural Rehabilitation Clinical Practicum Grand Rounds-Foundation Grand Rounds-Presentations 3 3 3 2 1 2 #: Title: Cr. sem Yr SPRING SEMESTER Options

Note: Courses where options are checked for semester, can be taken either fall or spring, and courses where option is checked for year can be taken either first or second year.

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- CONTINUEDUNDERGRADUATE 3 YEAR PLAN OF STUDY YEAR 1 FALL SEMESTER Options #: Title: Cr. sem 312 201 322 Speech & Lang. Development Observation of Human Comm. Speech & Hearing Science 3 3 3 Yr 290 201 220 YEAR 2 FALL SEMESTER Options #: Title: Cr. sem 394 392 Applied Anatomy & Physiology Phonetics 3 3 Yr 4/538 4/517 YEAR 3 FALL SEMESTER Options #: Title: Cr. sem 4/502 4/503 4/544 4/516 4/534 4/531 Child Language Disorders Child Language Dis. - LAB Appraisal & Diagnosis Voice & Resonance Disord. Orientation to Clinical Prac. Orientation to Clinic - LAB 2 1 3 3 2 1 Yr 4/521 4/695 4/545 4/546 4/517 Aural Rehabilitation Clinical Practicum Grand Rounds-Foundation Grand Rounds-Presentations Stuttering 3 2 1 2 3 #: Title: Cr. sem Yr SPRING SEMESTER Options Speech Sound Disorders Stuttering 3 3 #: Title: Cr. sem Yr SPRING SEMESTER Options Intro. to Communication Dis. Observation of Human Comm Basic Audiology 3 3 3 #: Title: Cr. sem Yr SPRING SEMESTER Options

Note: Courses where options are checked for semester, can be taken either fall or spring, and courses where option is checked for year can be taken either first or second year.

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PLAN OF STUDY FOR CDIS GRADUATE MAJORS Practicum-related notes: For practicum courses, contact the clinic director one year in advance to indicate when you plan to take the course. Please Note: Practicum requires at least one rotation through the Twin Cities Aphasia Group, which is a component of the MSU clinic. University vehicles are provided for travel beyond 50 miles. Practicum in SLP may not be taken concurrently with internships.

GRADUATE PLAN OF STUDY YEAR 1 FALL #: Title: Cr. Int. Req #: SPRING Title: Cr. Int. Req #: SUMMER Title: Cr. Int. Req

619 Adult Lang. Disord.

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621 Motor Speech Dis.

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540 Org. & Mgmt.-CDIS Clinical Prac-SLP (2 enrollments)

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615 Sem. Sp. Snd. Dis.

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577 Aug/Alt. Comm.

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695

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518 Sem. Stuttering 610 Research in CDIS 695 Clinical Prac.-SLP (2 enrollments) Clinical Prac.-AUD (1 enrollment)

2 4 2

613 N. Eval Child Lang 614 Lang. Tx - Child 695 Clinical Prac-SLP (2 enrollments) Clinical Prac.-AUD (1 enrollment) YEAR 2

3 3 2

692 Dysphagia 694 Alt. Plan Paper 699 Thesis

3 2 3

2

2

FALL #: Title: Cr. 3 2 2 6 3 Int. Req #:

SPRING Title: Cr. Int. Req #:

SUMMER Title: Internship (2 enrollments) Cr. Int. Req

675 Counseling-CDIS 694 Alt. Plan Paper 695 698 Clinical Prac-SLP (2 enrollments) Internship (2 enrollments)

688 Multicultural Issues 698 Internship (2 enrollments)

3 6 2 2 3

698

6 2 3

694 Alt. Plan Paper 699 Thesis

616 Seminar Voice 694 Alt. Plan Paper 699 Thesis

699 Thesis

Note: Completion of Thesis and Alternate Plan Paper during summer must be approved by advisor.

Note: Courses where "int, Req." is checked must be completed prior to internship.

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GRADUATE DEGREE INFORMATION The courses listed in the graduate plan of study are required of all graduate majors in Communication Disorders unless 1) substitute credits from other communication disorders programs accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American SpeechLanguage-Hearing Association are accepted as transfer credits or 2) the student can demonstrate that the topic for a given course has been adequately covered by undergraduate coursework. In the latter case, the student may substitute a 500 level course within the department or a graduate level course from another department, with the approval of his/her advisor. Of the graduate credits, at least 21 semester credits must be in courses concerning speech or language disorders. All programs of study require a minimum of two years of full-time enrollment. Graduates should note that 50% or more of their graduate program should accrue in 600 level courses. Further, no more than 6 credits are allowed in 677, Individual Study. Students are required to file a plan of study no later than the time at which they complete their 20th graduate credit. CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS The graduate curriculum includes a clinical education component (i.e., internship) that requires criminal background checks on students prior to placement at internship sites. Failure to pass a criminal background check may preclude completion of the clinical education component which is required for clinical certification. GRADUATE THESIS VS. ALTERNATE PLAN Students choosing the Thesis Plan or Alternate Plan Paper (APP) follow the same curriculum requirements. The only differences are that the Thesis Plan student is required to enroll for 3 credits in 699, Thesis and the Alternate Plan students enroll for 2 credits in 694, Alternate Plan Paper. In general, the thesis project is more rigorous than the alternate plan paper. Those considering pursuing a terminal degree are advised to complete a Thesis. COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION Minnesota State University, Mankato requires that all graduate students pass a comprehensive examination. The Communication Disorders Program uses ASHAs PRAXIS examination as the comprehensive. Alternately. students may elect to request a comprehensive essay exam offered by the program. The policy for requesting the comprehensive essay exam is available from the department secretary, chair, and/or Coordinator of Graduate Programs. GENERAL INFORMATION LENGTH OF PROGRAMS Typically, the undergraduate major can be expected to complete the requirements for the B.S. degree in four academic years, beginning the major coursework in the Sophomore year. All courses in the major are offered only once a year; therefore, careful planning is needed.

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Ordinarily the student who enters the Graduate Program without deficiencies may be expected to complete his/her studies in two calendar years of full-time enrollment. CLASS SIZES Undergraduate courses range in size from approximately 12 to 25 students, with a few exceptions. "Graduate only" course sizes range from 6 to 15. Double numbered 400 and 500 courses may range up to 25 students because they are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. FACILITIES The Armstrong Hall facilities include 26 rooms housing the faculty offices, the departmental office, the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinics, the major classroom, and the Audiology Lab & Speech Pathology Lab. The facilities include three sound attenuating booths and closed circuit TV between the clinic treatment rooms, the faculty offices, the classroom and an observation room. Off-campus facilities at cooperating clinical sites are varied, including major medical centers, small private offices, and school settings. HOUSING Campus residential housing is available to students on a limited basis. Students interested in campus housing should contact the Residential Life Housing Office at the Crawford-McElroy Commons or phone (507) 389-1011. Off-campus housing is also available nearby. Inquiry for off-campus accommodations may be made to the Commuter Affairs office located in the Student Union or by calling (507) 389-2124. FINANCIAL AID AND ONLINE ASSISTANCE A variety of application and student financial aid resources are available at the College of Graduate Studies web site: http://www.mnsu.edu/supersite/prospective.html These include graduate assistantships and need-based financial aid programs. Student wishing to make further inquiry should contact the College of Graduate Studies office at (507) 389-2321 or contact the Financial Aids Office at Room 101 Wigley Administration Building at (507) 389-1185. If you wish to apply for a graduate assistantship in the Communication Disorders program, contact the CDIS graduate coordinator. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION For persons requiring further information please contact the director of the graduate program by writing to the Coordinator of Graduate Programs, Department of Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Services, Communication Disorders Program, Minnesota State University, Mankato , 103 Armstrong Hall, Mankato, MN 56001 or telephone (507) 389-1414. DEPARTMENT WEB SITE The department web site features information about the faculty and a variety of helpful links. The web site is located at: http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/depthp/shrs.html

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STUDENT COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

As part of the programs accreditation by the ASHA Council on Academic Accreditation, the Communication Disorders program is required to maintain a student complaint process. Students who wish to resolve a complaint are directed to follow the CDIS student complaint procedure that is illustrated on the following flow chart. As an initial step, the student should determine with whom the complaint should be discussed first. The student should judge whether the issue is related to clinic, an individual course, or whether it is a program-related issue. Clinical Issues: These may include, but are not limited to client assignments, supervision problems, clock hour issues, clinic paperwork, etc. Course Issues: These may include, but are not limited to class assignments, tests, grades, availability of instructor, etc. Please note: If a student complaint involves grades, the student is advised to follow the university procedure for grade appeal which is outlined in each course schedule book. CDIS Program Issues: These may include, but are not limited to admission decisions, removal from the program, curricular requirements, problems with the physical facilities, etc. Complaints of another nature may be covered by other university policies including discrimination and harassment which are outlined in the Graduate and Undergraduate Bulletins.

CDIS Students have the right to file a complaint with the ASHA Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA). The CAA can be reached at (301) 571-5700. Should you wish to file a complaint, the contact information for the CAA is listed below. Council on Academic Accreditation American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852 301-571-5700 (voice/TTY) 301-571-0457 (fax)

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Please Note: If your complaint is not resolved at a particular step, proceed to the next step.

STEP #1

SHRS STUDENT COMPLAINT PROCEDURE Determine with whom the complaint should be discussed first. (NOTE: Individuals may choose to keep records of your complaint for purposes of documentation). If the problem involves:

Clinic/Practicum Internal (Dept.)

Course(s)

SHRS Program Issues

Informal (discussion)

STEP #2

Discuss informally with your Clinical Supervisor

Discuss informally with your Course Instructor

Discuss informally with the Dept. Chairperson

STEP #3

Discuss informally with the Clinic Director

Formal (written)

STEP #4

Written Complaint to Dept. Chairperson

Written Statement to Dept. Chairperson

Written Statement to Dept. Chairperson

External (Dean CAHN)

STEP #5

Written Statement to Dean of CAHN

Written Statement to Dean of CAHN

Written Statement to Dean of CAHN

Appeal (Academic Affairs)

STEP #6

Written Appeal to Academic Affairs

Written Appeal to Academic Affairs

Written Appeal to Academic Affairs

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LONG TERM STRATEGIC PLAN

University Mission Statement:

Minnesota State University, Mankato promotes learning through effective undergraduate and graduate teaching, scholarship, and research in service to the state, the region and the global community.

Long-term goal #1: Serve the needs of the region by preparing students for entry into the workforce (Speech-Language Pathology) through effective didactic and clinical education.

Objective:

Strategies:

Method(s) of Assessment:

Examine list of students enrolled for current & prior yr. Calculate % of students leaving the program prior to completion. Incorporate questions re: placement into Alumni Survey

Schedule:

Annually & reviewed @ assessmen t mtg.

Contribute to the workforce by Maintain graduation rate of 90% > graduating and placing a high percentage of students who enroll in the program. Maintain 90 % or > placement rate

Every 2 yrs.

Long-term goal #3: Strive to use state-of-the-art educational methods by staying abreast of new or developing trends in technology and pedagogy.

Objective:

Strategies:

Method of Assessment:

Schedule:

Maintain modern Seek funding for acquiring modern laboratory software & laboratory equipment. equipment

Maintain inventory of equipment including Maintain modern information about Instructional date of purchase, Seek funding for acquiring instructional software & equipment. equipment & upgrades, and Ongoing software common uses (e.g., laboratory Maintain modern Seek funding for acquiring equipment & software for clinical assignments, clinical use (e.g., A/AC, Acoustics, Aerodynamics, therapeutic clinical use, in-class equipment & software, language analysis software, etc.) instruction, etc.) software Use modern and effective communication & instructional strategies for Use web-based technology to maintain communication & students who learning for students who are completing field-based learning. are completing off-campus field placements (internship).

Seek feedback from students on this method of communication & learning.

Annually & reviewed @ assessment mtg.

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Long-term goal #2: Facilitate a strong program-community relationship by offering clinical services to the community in a variety of settings using outreach and partnerships with local and regional organizations.

Objective:

Provide supervised clinical education in a variety of oncampus settings and service delivery formats. Provide supervised clinical education in a variety of offcampus settings and service delivery formats.

Strategies:

Instruct students in the on-campus MSU SLP & Audiology clinics Instruct students participating in the Brain Injury and aphasia groups (Southern MN) Instruct students participating in the Stuttering Group (National Stuttering Found.) Instruct students participating in the Spasmodic Dysphonia Grp. (Nat. Spasmodic Dysphonia Assoc.)

Method(s) of Assessment:

Schedule:

Calculate percentage of graduate students Instruct students participating in hearing screenings (Womens involved in each (tally # participating expo, Mall, Childrens house, etc.) in each divided by Instruct students participating in Aphasia Groups (MN Stroke number of first year Association) graduate students). Instruct students participating in the Developmental Behavior Clinic (MN Dept. of Health) Instruct students participating in the Screening Committee (Blue Earth County) Instruct students participating in Head Start Liaison program (MN Valley Action Council)

Annually & reviewed @ assessment mtg.

Dissemination of Plan & Results The programs web site will include the programs long-term strategy and results of regular assessment.

POLICY ON EQUITABLE TREATMENT

As a member of the university community, the Communication Disorders program adheres to the following university policy on nondiscrimination: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or sexual orientation.

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