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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 refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders for other application 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 51 semester hours is required for both options. A minimum of 6 hours of CSD 6299 (51C:299) is required for the thesis option. A minimum of 47 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required.

Students may select the 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 of two areas of emphasis. Students should consult with their advisor concerning the specialty certificates.

Based on satisfactory completion of an undergraduate degree in Communication 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 typically complete course requirements as undergraduates, including SOCFOUND 3119 (260:119) Schools and American Society and TEACHING 4170/5170 (280:170g) Human Relations: Awareness and Application, as well as additional hours of specified major courses and course work in professional education. To complete the requirements for an endorsement, graduate students enroll in TEACHING 6250 (280:250) Advanced Laboratory Practice during their internship semester. Graduate students who need to complete course requirements for endorsement #237 should consult with their major academic advisor.

Requirements for certification and licensure 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 CSD 6660 Advanced Diagnostics in Communication Disorders and each of the seven required credits of CSD 6500 (51S:255) Advanced Clinical Practice: Full Semester/CSD 6510 Advanced Clinical Practice: 8 Week. 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: Full Semester  or CSD 6660 Advanced Diagnostics in Communication Disorders.

To meet the requirements for professional certification and licensure, students must attend professional issues lectures and demonstrations addressing topics such as professional ethics, medical and school practices, resumes/interviewing, the PRAXIS examination, professional certification and licensure, etc. Completion of this requirement will be tracked via the CALIPSO system.

Communication Disorders courses typically completed as an undergraduate:

CSD 3100 (51C:106)Language Acquisition in Children: Birth to 5 Years3
CSD 3120 (51C:111)Phonetics in Communicative Disorders3
CSD 3135 (51C:114)Anatomy and Physiology of Speaking Mechanism3
CSD 3200/5200 (51C:127g)Language of School-aged Children3
CSD 3220 (51C:125)Disorders of Speech Sounds3
CSD 3250/5250 (51C:162g)Speech Science3
CSD 3260/5260 (51C:175g)Hearing Science3
CSD 3270/5270 (51C:177g)Introduction to Audiology3
CSD 3650 (51C:152)Clinical Processes2
CSD 3700/5700 (51C:168g)Communication Disorders and Differences Across the Lifespan3
CSD 3900/5900 (51C:180g)Aural Rehabilitation3
CSD 4500 (51C:155)Clinical Practice1
Speech Language Pathology core (as a graduate student):
CSD 6000 (51C:200)Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology2
CSD 6300 (51S:222)Treatment of Child Language Disorders3
CSD 6400 (51S:226)Disorders of Voice3
CSD 6450 (51S:230)Motor Speech Disorders2
CSD 6500 (51S:255)Advanced Clinical Practice: Full Semester (Repeated for 6 hrs. required)6
CSD 6510Advanced Clinical Practice: 8 Week1
CSD 6560Diagnostics in Communication Disorders2
CSD 6600 (51S:229)Dysphagia2
CSD 6650 (51S:228)Aphasia and Related Disorders3
CSD 6230Structural Disorders - Craniofacial and Head & Neck Cancer3
CSD 6289 (51S:289)Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology2
CSD 6660Advanced Diagnostics in Communication Disorders2
CSD 6700 (51S:232)Clinical Phonology3
CSD 6800Fluency Disorders2
To obtain required content in cognitive disorders, students must take one of the following seminar topics: Acquired Cognitive Disorders or Degenerative Diseases.
CSD 6299 (51C:299)Research2 or 6
Thesis Option (6 hrs.)
Non-thesis Option (2 hrs.)
CSD 6580 (51C:257)Internship in Clinical Settings (4 hrs. if combined with TEACHING 6250; otherwise 9 hours)9
TEACHING 6250 (280:250)
Advanced Laboratory Practice (10 hrs.)
Electives0 or 4
Non-thesis option (4 hrs.)
Minimum 4 credits in addition to required CSD 6289 (51S:289) seminar for non-thesis option; no additional electives required for thesis option; courses as approved by the graduate advisor.
Total hours non-thesis51-56
Total hours thesis51-56