College of Health and Human Development
- Chair: J. Stephen Sinclair
- Monterey Hall (MH) 301
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M.S., Communication Disorders
Requirements for the Master of Science Degree
A. Requirements for Admission to the Program
Potential graduate students must apply simultaneously and separately to the University and to the Department. Those who meet both the University’s and the Department’s minimum requirements will be con- sidered by the Department in a competitive process for admission as Conditionally Classified or Classified graduate students.
Graduate applicants who meet the University minimum require- ments but do not meet the Department’s minimum requirements may be offered an opportunity to enroll in undergraduate prerequisite courses in either a Pre-Communication Disorders and Sciences status or a seat in a specific course(s) through Open University. These oppor- tunities are limited by the enrollment capacity of the Department for currently matriculated students. The Pre-CDS and Open University are intended to assist students in meeting the minimum admission require- ments of prerequisite courses for the Department’s graduate programs (see below). Courses in the Masters Degree program itself are restricted to graduate students in Classified or Conditionally Classified gradu- ate status. Students with a baccalaureate degree in a major other than Communication Disorders and Sciences are not enrolled in a second
baccalaureate degree in this field. Students having a baccalaureate degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences or equivalent may not pursue a second baccalaureate degree in the Department. Potential Pre-CDS and Open University CDS students should discuss options with a Department advisor as access to Pre-CDS and Open University status may change according to University admission policies.
An applicant to the Department’s graduate program who currently is in Pre-CDS status will need to apply to the Department, but not again to the University, for consideration for admission to the graduate program once the minimum admission requirements have been fulfilled.
Application Materials: Department materials and detailed instructions for application to the graduate programs may be obtained from the department office; information is also accessible through the Department’s homepage. The Department requires that applicants must use the Department application form and the forms for letters of recommendation. Completed Department application materials must be returned directly to the Department.
B. Minimum Requirements for Consideration for Department Admission
The following requirements must be met:
1. Completion of a B.A. degree; 2. Completion of approved undergraduate courses in Communication
Disorders and Sciences, including the specific course prerequisites
described below; 3. Submission of the department graduate application; 4. Submission of three letters of recommendation on Departmental
forms; 5. Submission of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
It is understood that some of the required academic and/or clinical courses may be in progress at the time of application, but that they would be completed before the anticipated starting date.
Students with an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from a university other than CSUN may have minimal deficiencies in meeting the above requirements and may be considered for admittance as a Conditionally Classified graduate student. If admitted, the applicant must complete all identified con- ditions by the time that 12 units of graduate-level course work have been completed in adherence to the University’s policies and will not be allowed enrollment in subsequent graduate course work until all conditions have been fulfilled. Eligibility should be discussed with a Department academic advisor.
C. Prerequisites for admission to the Graduate Program and Advancement to Classified Graduate Status:
Emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology:
1. Admission to Graduate Program
a. Overall, applicant must possess 30 semester units (including courses in progress) of qualifying course work in Communication Disorders and Sciences, to include: i. 12 semester units of Basic Communication Sciences (including CD 405, 410, 415 and 442 or the equivalent).
ii. 3 semester units in diagnostic methods, including CD 469A or equivalent; iii. 9 semester units of course work in the management of
Communication Disorders and Sciences, including CD 450, 451 and 462 or equivalents;
iv. 6 semester units of courses in basic audiometry and auditory rehabilitation, such as CD 445 and 446 or equivalent; b. Applicants requesting to substitute equivalent course work must submit transcripts, course descriptions and course syllabi for evaluation. Students admitted to the Graduate Program with the above completed course work are admitted as Conditionally Classified. 2. Advancement to Classified Graduate Status a. Prior to completion of 12 units of graduate degree-granting course work, students must attain Classified Status by completing any and all outstanding qualifying course work. In addition to the 30 units listed in the Admission to Graduate Program section, additional qualifying course work includes:
i. CD 480 and 485 or equivalents. ii. 25 supervised observation hours (CD 469O or equivalent). iii. Basic science requirements as identified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (1 college-level course in the Biological Sciences, 1 college-level course in the Physical Sciences, 1 college-level course in the Social Sciences, 1 college-level course in Math). (Note: These areas of study must involve courses taken at CSUN or are eligible for transfer to CSUN.) iv. Passing score on the CSU Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam.
b. Statement of consulting academic advisor for final determination of eligibility of courses for Classified status
Emphasis in Audiology: Admission to the graduate program in Audiology is suspended while a new clinical doctorate program is developed.
Requirements for the M.S. Degree
Once admitted to the Department’s graduate programs, a student must attain Classified graduate status, submit a department-approved plan of study (i.e., the Master’s Degree Contract) to the Graduate School for review and approval, satisfactorily complete all courses on the plan and pass a final, comprehensive examination. It is noted that for state licen- sure, professional certification and state education credentials, additional graduate courses are taken as part of the course of study. A thesis option is available that fulfills a portion of the final, comprehensive examina- tion requirement. Students interested in writing a thesis must consult the Department’s graduate coordinator for option criteria prior to submission of a Department-approved Master’s Degree Contract.
1. Required Courses (36 units)
Distance Learning Program Only: CD 500 Background Leveling in Communication Disorders
and Sciences (3)
Core curriculum for all majors (15 units)
CD 502 CD 552 CD 558
Interviewing and Counseling in Communicative Disorders (3) Research in Communicative Disorders (3) Language Disorders II (3)
Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Speech, Language and Hearing (3) Pediatric Audiology (3)
2. Speech-Language Pathology Emphasis (21 units)
CD 659 CD 660 CD 651
CD 661 CD 662 CD 663 CD 668
Neurogenic Disorders of Cognition and Language (3) Structural and Neurogenic Speech Disorders (3) Advanced Study of Articulation and Phonological Disorders in Children (3)
Voice and Disorders of Voice (3) Seminar in Developmental Language Disorders (3) Adult and Pediatric Swallowing/Feeding Disorders (3) Advanced Diagnostics in Speech-Language Pathology (3)
3. Audiology Emphasis (15 units)
CD 660 Structural and Neurogenic Speech Disorders (3) CD 670A Electrophysiology of the Audio-Vestibular System (3)
CD 670B CD 671 CD 675 Comprehensive Exam/Thesis: Successful completion of a comprehensive written examination cov- ering speech and hearing science, speech-language pathology and audiology; student must register for CD 697.
Electrophysiology of the Audio-Vestibular System (3) Seminar in Amplification for the Hearing-Impaired (3) Pathologies of the Auditory System (3)
Successful completion of an acceptable thesis and its oral defense, along with successful completion of a comprehensive written examina- tion in areas of speech and hearing sciences, speech-language pathology and audiology in the areas not covered by the thesis topic; student must register for CD 698.
Requirements for the Clinical-Rehabilitative Services Credential
The Speech Language Pathology Services Credential (Language, Speech and Hearing Services and Audiology) is designed for persons who wish certification to serve exceptional individuals as language, speech and hearing specialists, and/or as audiologists.
Admission to the credential program requires admission to the Master’s program in the Department of Communicative Disorders. Applicants for graduate status must possess either a baccalaureate degree in Communicative Disorders or complete 30 semester units of prerequi- site courses, the Graduate Record Examination or Miller’s Analogy, and submit recommendations, transcripts and the Departmental application.
B. Pre-Clinical Phase
For students who wish to obtain the credential but lack the required baccalaureate degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences for admission to graduate studies, the first step in qualifying for admission is to complete the Pre-Clinical Phase courses. Refer to the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences’ for description of the requirements for the Pre-Clinical and Clinical Phases of instruction. Note that all entering undergraduate and post-baccalaureate unde- clared majors (which also includes Pre-CDS majors) are regarded as Pre-Clinical Phase students. All majors, including credential candi- dates, are required to have academic advisement by the Department during pre-registration activities each semester.
In order for a student to qualify for admission to Clinical Privileges (Clinical Phase), the Pre-Clinical Phases courses must be completed with a grade of B or better in each course. The student then sub- mits a formal application for Clinical Privileges to the Department. Evaluation for Clinical Privileges includes an assessment of academic and clinical potential, supported by letters of recommendation, aca- demic transcripts and satisfactory completion of the Pre-Clinical Phase courses. Application forms and instructions are found in the Communicative Disorders Department Office.
As soon as the candidate is accepted for Clinical Privileges (Clinical Phase), the student is eligible to enroll in the following courses: EPC 314 Psychological Foundations, K-12 (3) FCS 330 Child Growth and Development I (3)
C. Requirements for Good Standing
Once admitted to Clinical Privileges (Clinical Phase), under- graduate and graduate majors in Communicative Disorders must continue to meet the standards for Clinical Privileges as described by the Department of Communicative Disorders. Additionally, once admitted, all candidates must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA in the major. Failure to maintain good standing may result in dismissal from the credential program.
D. Graduate Requirements for the Credential
The Clinical-Rehabilitative Services Credential (Language, Speech and Hearing Services and Audiology) requires completion of the Master of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders, with the appropriate option in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. In order to take the advanced (500- and 600-level) courses for the Master’s degree, a student must be admitted to Conditionally Classified or Classified graduate status by the Department. Consult with the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences for admission requirements, deadlines and forms. Note that admission to Classified graduate status by the Department requires completion of conditions as described in the Departmental section of this catalog. Also note that admission to the Audiology option has been suspended until a new clinical doctor- ate program is developed and accredited.
In addition to prerequisite courses and the Master’s Degree, the fol- lowing courses are required for the Credential:
1. Core Curriculum:
For Speech-Language Pathology only:
CD 480: Early Speech-Language Intervention (3)
2. Other Requirements:
All Credential candidates must satisfactorily complete the CBEST and
the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam.
3. Special Class Authorization (Aphasic)
A program by which a candidate for the Clinical-Rehabilitative Services (Language, Speech and Hearing) Credential may add the Special Class Authorization (Aphasia) has been developed at CSUN and been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The following courses are required:
MATH 210 SPED 438
Severe Language Handicapped and/or Aphasic Pupils in the Classroom (3) Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (3)
Elementary School Mathematics Education (2) Basic Number Concepts (3) CDA Student Teaching in Severe Language Handicapped/Aphasic (4)
Total units: 15
State Licensure and ASHA Certification
CD 576/577 CD 672A/B
Special notes: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association requires a total of 75 units in specified areas of course work for the Certification of Clinical Competence in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, while 60 units are required by California
For state licensure and ASHA certification, additional courses include the following (Department advisement is required for individual needs of students): CD 566/567
Clinical Practicum in Speech Pathology II, III (2,2) Clinical Practice in Audiology II, III (2,2) Advanced Clinical Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology I, II (3/3)
Special notes: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association requires a total of 75 units in specified areas of course work for the Certification of Clinical Competence in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, while 60 units are required by California for state licensure. The most current entry standards for ASHA CCC in Speech-Language Pathology were issued in 2008, and in 2007 for Audiology, specifying requirements for academic courses, clinical clock-hour practica, and specifically for Audiology, the requirement for an entry-level doctoral degree. At the time of writing for the Catalog, it is not known whether California state licensure standards will change to reflect the changes in CAA-ASHA accreditation or ASHA CCC entry-level requirements. Therefore, persons considering application and students presently pursuing the graduate degrees must consult regularly with an academic advisor in order to ensure that the program of study that is being pursued will continue to meet these education standards. Currently enrolled students must be aware that licensing and certification agencies do not provide “grandfathering” provisions. Therefore, applications for licenses and certifications must meet requirements in force at the time of application, not at the time enrollment in the program began or when a student graduated.
Regarding the application for state licensure and ASHA certification: The Department and the University do not confer a license to practice or professional certification. The graduating student must apply to the appropriate state agency having jurisdiction over the intended practice for a license and must apply to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for certification. It is emphasized that practice without a license is a violation of state law, unless the employment is within specified exempt settings. The Department provides advisement on the requirements and processes for licensure and certification.