Communication Sciences & Disorders

School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Graduate Program Overview

To become a certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), it is necessary to earn a Master’s Degree, complete a Clinical Fellowship Year, and pass the Praxis II. Our master’s program is designed to fulfill the academic and practicum requirements for clinical certification established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), as well as for licensure in most states.

 

Graduate Degree Requirements for a Masters of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders

  1. A minimum of 58 credit hours, including 43 hours of academic course work and 15 hours of graduate practicum.
  2. 400 clinical clock hours, including 25 observation hours and 375 hands-on hours. A minimum of 325 hours must be earned under the direction of the University of Mississippi CSD faculty and/or approved offsite supervisors. Under special arrangements, portions of practicum can be completed elsewhere.
  3. Graduate students must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average in the department to maintain enrollment, to qualify for graduation and to qualify for department financial aid consideration.
  4. Full-time students are expected to be enrolled in the program for 6 semesters over the course of two years, including summers.

 

2020 Cohort:  Students wishing to receive a clinical placement in the fall 2018 semester must complete CSD 613 in the Summer 2 session (July of 2018) or CSD 505 in the August intersession (August of 2018). Students who do not take either of these courses will begin their clinical placement in the spring of 2018. Students are encouraged to register for one or both of the summer courses.

Summer 2018 (June 28-July 27)

Class – 2020 cohort Hours
CSD 613: Communicative Disorders:   Research Design & Analysis (OPTIONAL) 3

 

August Intersession 2018 (June 28-July 27)

Class – 2020 cohort Hours
CSD 505: Neurophysiology and Genetics of Communication (OPTIONAL) 3

 

Fall 2018

Class – 2020 cohort Hours
CSD 523: Phonological Disorders 3
CSD 541: Child Language Development and Assessment 3
CSD 625: Autism and Developmental Disabilities 3
CSD 505: Neurophysiology and Genetics of Communication (IF NOT TAKEN IN SUMMER) 3
CSD 613: Communicative Disorders:   Research Design & Analysis (IF NOT TAKEN IN SUMMER) 3
CSD 695: Graduate Practicum (UMSHC) (ONLY IF 505 AND/OR 613 ARE TAKEN IN SUMMER) 2

 

Spring 2019

Class – 2020 cohort Hours
CSD 521: Disorders of Fluency 3
CSD 526: Neurogenic Disorders of Language 3
CSD 622: Voice and Resonance Disorders 3
CSD 642: Child Language Diagnostics and Intervention 3
CSD 695:  Graduate Practicum (UMSHC or Educational: 3 credits if 695 was not taken in Fall 2018) 2 or 3

 

Summer2019

Class – 2020 cohort Hours
CSD 513: Speech Science 3
CSD 557: Audiology for Speech Language Pathologist 3
CSD 605: Counseling Theory and Practice 2
CSD 695:  Graduate Practicum (UMSHC or Educational: 3 credits if 695 was not taken in Fall 2018) 2 or 3

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Fall 2019

Class – 2020 cohort Hours
CSD 620: Disphagia 3
CSD 627: Neurogenic Disorders of Speech and Augmentative and Alternative Communication 3
CSD 695:  Graduate Practicum (UMSHC or Educational: 4 credits if 695 was not taken in Fall 2018) 3 or 4

 

Spring 2020

Class – 2020 cohort Hours
CSD 690: Professional Ethics, Licensure, and Current Trends 3
CSD 624: Craniofacial Anomalies 2
CSD 695:  Graduate Practicum (Full Time Graduate Practicum) 6