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 Graduate College

Speech-Language Pathology (MA)

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
230 Communication Arts Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0356

Head: Dr. Carlin Hageman
Phone: (319) 273-2497

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Bruce Plakke
Phone: (319) 273-3695

Read the UNI Catalog description:

The professional program in speech-language pathology is a program of both undergraduate and graduate courses leading to a Master of Arts degree. The program is designed to prepare students for careers as speech-language pathologists providing remedial services to the speech, language, and hearing disabled in a wide variety of settings including schools, hospitals, clinics, and care centers for the elderly.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders for other admission requirements.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed.  No exceptions will be made.

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 43 semester hours is required for the thesis option. A minimum of 42 hours is required for the non-thesis option. A minimum of 6 hours of CSD 6299 (51C:299) is required for the thesis option. A minimum of 32 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required.

Students may select a thesis or non-thesis option upon consultation with their graduate advisor. In the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, all students must have the signature of their advisor for registration for classes, including all adds and drops. Students who are suspended by the Graduate College may not enroll for major courses within this department.

All students must abide by the policies and procedures found in the Graduate Student Handbook, which is published by and available in the department.

The student, in consultation with the advisor, must choose courses designed to meet the standards of the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association academic requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence. Recommendation for clinical certification will be given only upon successful completion of all academic and clinical requirements.

The student must complete a minimum of 400 clock hours of which 25 are observation and 375 are in direct patient contact in the supervised clinical practicum; at least 325 of the 400 clock hours must be at the graduate level. Certificates in specialty areas will be awarded to students who complete the core and a minimum of 6 additional hours in one or two areas of emphasis. Students should consult with their advisor concerning the specialty certificates.

Based on satisfactory completion of an undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders or the equivalent, course work, clinical assignments, and the internship experience will ordinarily take four semesters and one summer.

Students seeking endorsement #237 by the Iowa Department of Education must enroll in Human Relations TEACHING 4170/5170 (280:170g). In addition, students are required to complete a minimum of 10 semester hours of course work in professional education, to be selected under guidance of the major academic advisor, and 10 semester hours of practicum in a public school internship.

Requirements for this major include both graduate and undergraduate courses considered essential to certification and the master's degree. Asterisked (*) courses will normally have been completed at the undergraduate level; if not, the student and departmental graduate academic advisor will determine how such incomplete requirements will be met. Students must complete 25 clock hours of supervised clinical observation prior to beginning clinical practice.

Students are expected to earn grades of B- or better in  CSD 6560 Diagnostics in Communication Disorders and each of the two required credits of CSD 6660 Advanced Diagnostics in Communication Disorders and each of the four required credits of CSD 6500 (51S:255) Advanced Clinical Practice. Students who do not earn a B- grade will be required to meet with the clinic director and department head for review and consultation. Students who demonstrate significant difficulties in the clinical courses, such as failing to meet the B- requirement, may be asked to take an additional semester of either CSD 6500 (51S:255) Advanced Clinical Practice  or CSD 6560 Diagnostics in Communication Disorders.

Communicative Disorders courses typically completed as an undergraduate:

CSD 3100 (51C:106)

Language Acquisition in Children: Birth to 5 Years


CSD 3101 (51C:107)

Language Analysis Lab


CSD 3120 (51C:111)

Phonetics in Communicative Disorders


CSD 3135 (51C:114)

Anatomy and Physiology of Speaking Mechanism


CSD 3200/5200 (51C:127g)

Language of School-aged Children


CSD 3220 (51C:125)

Disorders of Speech Sounds


CSD 3250/5250 (51C:162g)

Speech Science


CSD 3260/5260 (51C:175g)

Hearing Science


CSD 3270/5270 (51C:177g)

Introduction to Audiology


CSD 3650 (51C:152)

Clinical Processes


CSD 3700/5700 (51C:168g)

Communication Disorders and Differences Across the Lifespan


CSD 3900/5900 (51C:180g)

Aural Rehabilitation


CSD 4500 (51C:155)

Clinical Practice


Speech Language Pathology core (as a graduate student):



CSD 6000 (51C:200)

Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

CSD 6100 (51C:282)

Professional Issues

CSD 6300 (51S:222)

Treatment of Child Language Disorders

CSD 6400 (51S:226)

Disorders of Voice

CSD 6450 (51S:230)

Motor Speech Disorders

CSD 6500 (51S:255)

Advanced Clinical Practice (4 hrs. required)

CSD 6560

Diagnostics in Communication Disorders

CSD 6600 (51S:229)

Dysphagia (2 hrs. required)

CSD 6650 (51S:228)

Aphasia and Related Disorders

CSD 6660

Advanced Diagnostics in Communication Disorders (2 hrs.)

CSD 6700 (51S:232)

Clinical Phonology

CSD 6800

Fluency Disorders


CSD 6299 (51C:299)



Thesis Option (6 hrs.)

Non-thesis Option (1-3 hrs.)


CSD 6580 (51C:257)

Internship in Clinical Settings



TEACHING 6250 (280:250)

Advanced Laboratory Practice (10 hrs.)



CSD 6289 (51S:289)

Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology (minimum 2 hrs. is required)

and other courses as approved by the graduate advisor.

Thesis option (5 hrs.)

Non-thesis option (9 hrs.)

Total hours non-thesis


Total hours thesis