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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Speech - Language Pathology (M.A.)

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Admissions Information  

The Master’s degree (M.A.) in Speech-Language Pathology is a two-year post-baccalaureate program consisting of four semesters of didactic coursework (including one summer session) and clinical practicum and a minimum of two semesters of external, full-time clinical placements. The master’s (M.A.) education program in speech/language pathology and the doctoral (Au.D.) education program in audiology at the University of South Dakota are 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 toll free or 301-296-5700.

Master of Arts, Speech-Language Pathology: Total 60-78 credit hours*

All graduate students working toward the completion of graduate degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders must meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in their area of emphasis (Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology) by the end of their degree program. The ASHA requirements may be waived for international students. In addition, all graduate students are required to pass a comprehensive examination in the final semester of their graduate study. The Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty will determine the content, form, and the length of the examination. Specific academic and clinical practicum requirements for the degrees and national certification are contained in the department’s Student Handbook. Consult your advisor or the department chairperson.

Major Area Coursework

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will exhibit knowledge and skills in the areas of foundations of clinical practice, including professional codes of ethics, credentialing, and health care and educational service delivery systems.
  2. Students will conduct prevention, screening, and evaluation/diagnostic procedures (including selection of appropriate evaluation materials and interpretation of results) in each disorder area (articulation/phonology, fluency, voice/resonance, language, swallowing, hearing, cognition, communication modalities)
  3. Students will develop, implement, and monitor the effectiveness of setting-appropriate intervention plans with measurable and achievable goals that meet clients’/patients’ needs in each disorder area (articulation/phonology, fluency, voice/resonance, language, swallowing, hearing, cognition, communication modalities)
  4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of processes used in research and the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practice.
  5. Graduates from the MA SLP program will demonstrate sufficient knowledge to meet national certification requirements.

Courses or Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification

The University of South Dakota as of July 1, 2020, cannot confirm whether any particular course or program meets educational prerequisites for professional licensure or certification in states other than South Dakota. If you are planning to apply for licensure/certification in a state other than South Dakota after completion of your program, contact the academic department offering your major or CDE at 605.658.6152 or by email at USD is working to comply with these requirements and will provide up-to-date information as it becomes available.

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage below.

Information about State Authorization & Professional Licensure

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