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Students must successfully complete 45 semester hours of graduate credit (40 academic credit hours, 5 practicum credit hours) to earn a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. All courses are three credit hours unless stated otherwise. 

Required Courses
Students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders must take the following prerequisite courses during fall and spring semesters before starting the graduate curriculum:

  • CDS 105 Speech/Language Development of the Normal and Exceptional Child
  • CDS 201 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech/Hearing Mechanisms
  • CDS 211 Nature of Language (or other basic linguistics course)
  • CDS 220 Phonetics
  • CDS 231 Speech Science
  • CDS 302 Phonological and Articulation Disorders
  • CDS 311 Introduction to Language Disorders
  • CDS 410 Audiology
  • CDS 414 Auditory Rehabilitation OR CDS 555 Pediatric Audiology and Habilitation 
  • CDS 548 Clinical Methods OR undergraduate clinical methods course 

Degree requirements
a) Required Core Courses (25 semester credit hours):

  • CDS 500 Introduction to Research Methods-- taken in first year of program 
  • CDS 520 Voice and Motor Speech Disorders
  • CDS 522 Seminar in Craniofacial Anomalies 
  • CDS 526 Seminar in Fluency Disorders 
  • CDS 527 Adult Neurogenic Language and Cognitive Disorders
  • CDS 535 Assessment Issues in Communication Disorders-- taken in first year of program 
  • CDS 570 Comprehensive Seminar in Communication Disorders-- taken each of last two semesters
  • CDS 577 Clinical Aspects of Dysphagia 
  • CDS 580 Practical Applications of Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology

b) Minimum 2 of the following four courses:

NOTE: Students who have not previously taken an undergraduate (3 credit) course in child language disorders must take either CDS524 or 532; CDS 534 is required for any student who has not taken a 3 credit course in the area of articulation/phonology disorders.

  • CDS 524 Language of the School-Aged Child
  • CDS 532 Seminar in Early Childhood Language 
  • CDS 534 Seminar in Sound System Disorders (Required if student has not taken 3 ch UG course)
  • CDS 566 Language and Literacy in Children “At Risk” 

c) Clinical Practicum Requirements

  1. Practicum assignments are to be arranged through the clinical director.
  2. All Practicum must be taken for academic credit, with a total of 5 credit hours counting toward the degree.
  3. ASHA Certification requires 400 clock hours, 325 of which must be earned at the graduate level. 
  4. Register consecutively for:
  • CDS 540-546 Graduate Clinical Practicum (1 billed credit hr. per semester)
  • CDS 547 Public School Practicum (generally 1 billed credit hr. per semester)

d) Elective Courses

Students may choose any of the courses listed below, in addition to any of the above courses not selected to meet the minimum in area (b) to fulfill the required 40 academic credits. 

  • CDS 523 Intervention with Children Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
  • CDS 529 Language and Cognition
  • CDS 531 Communication Development for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing 
  • CDS 552 Counseling Issues in Communication Disorders
  • CDS 555 Pediatric Audiology and Habilitation
  • CDS 556 Auditory Technology and Cochlear Implants 
  • CDS 560 Clinical Research in Communication Disorders (1-3 credit hours)
  • CDS 565 Directed Readings in Communication Disorders (1-3 credit hours)

e) Portfolio or Thesis

All Students will compile a professional portfolio during the final semester of their graduate program. The content of the portfolio will include:

  1. Seven artifacts with an accompanying essay, each related to a professional indicator that is tied to ASHA certification        requirements.
  2. A copy of the student's professional resume
  3. Verification of registration for or completion of the PRAXIS exam
  4. Verification of completion of clinical hours and competencies
  5. Verification of completion of all KASA requirements
  6. Verification of having submitted a proposal for a poster or technical session to the annual convention of the Missouri State Speech-Language-Hearing Association or a poster session to the Phi Kappa Phi Student Scholarship Event, both of which are held during the spring semester

Students may request permission to do a master's thesis during their final year in the program. If permission is granted, the thesis takes place of the portfolio. A thesis typically takes three semesters to complete, beginning with the summer term before the final year of the program. 

f) Professional Seminars

There will be a number of mandatory seminars scheduled across the final fall and spring semesters of the graduate program. Topics covered during these meetings will include: writing a professional resume, job interview skills, creation of a poster/technical session, ethics of the profession, professional licensure and certification, and other professional issues.

Courses by Semester

500 Research  500 Research    523 Int. Deaf/HOH
520 Voice/Motor Speech 522 Craniofacial 548 Clinical Methods
524 Lang School-Aged 526 Fluency 555 Ped Aud/Rehab
527 Adult Neuro Lang 529 Language & Cognition 566 Lang & Literacy
531 Comm Dev D/HOH 534 Sound System Disorders 577 Dysphagia
532 Early Child Lang 556 Aud Tech/Coc Imp 580 Aug/Alt Comm
535 Assessment 566 Lang & Literacy  
552 Counseling 570 Comp Seminar  
580 Aug/Alt Comm 577 Dysphagia  
580 Aug/Alt Comm 577 Dysphagia  
570 Comp Seminar    

Printable Curriculum Guides Available:

SLP Grad Curriculum Guide Sheet (pdf)

M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology with an Emphasis in Deafness/Hearing Impairment (pdf)

M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology Curriculum Guide Sheet Emphasis in Adult Neurogenic Language Disorders (pdf)