The Master of Communication Disorders degree consists of a minimum of 49 semester hours beyond the Bachelor's degree including credit for clinical practice. Clinical practice consists of direct clinical experience supervised by the Communication Disorders faculty and/or clinical instructor. Each candidate and the adviser will plan and design a program of study to ensure that professional requirements will be met. Deficiencies in undergraduate preparation may be assigned as prerequisites (see MCD Check Sheet link at the bottom of this page). The successful student is expected to have demonstrated expertise and in-depth knowledge of the normal communication processes, development, and disorders thereof; evaluation procedures to assess the bases of such disorders; and clinical techniques that have been shown to improve or eradicate them. In addition, competency must be demonstrated in the related areas of human anatomy and physiology, psychological dynamics, and research. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in areas other than communication disorders must meet deficiency requirements prior to application for MCD program admission. Specific requirements can be found here: Post-Degree Information
Students admitted to the MCD program are required to read and submit documents from the Graduate Program Handbook to verify understanding of program policies and requirements. Please use the link to open the document and print the needed pages for submission.
REQUIRED ACADEMIC COURSES
CD 6001 Instrumentation in CD
CD 6503 Intervention in CD
CD 6053 Research in CD
CD 6153 Voice Disorders
CD 6713 Swallowing Disorders
CD 6303 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
CD 6363 Language and Learning Disorders
CD 6603 Diagnosis in CD
CD 6513 *Advanced Aural Rehabilitation*
CD 6243 Motor Speech
CD 6743 Neurogenic Language and Associated Cognitive Disorders
CD 6353 Language Intervention for At-Risk Infants/Toddlers
CD 6653 *Contemporary Issues in CD*
CD 680V (1-3) Independent Study
*CD 689V (1-6) Thesis (if selected, replaces marked courses)
Thesis option: Students who select the thesis option may substitute six (6) semester credit hours of thesis in lieu of enrollment in CD 6513 Advanced Audiology and CD 6653 Contemporary Issues in CD.
REQUIRED CLINICAL PRACTICUM COURSES
CD 5751 Clinical Practicum I
CD 676V(1) Clinical Practicum II
CD 677V(3) Clinical Practicum III
CD 6787 Clinical Practicum IV
All candidates for the MCD, prior to commencement, must take the appropriate PRAXIS II Examination required for licensure in Arkansas (by the Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology) and for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association). A copy of the PRAXIS scores must be sent to: Department of Communication Disorders, Attn: Chair, P.O. Box 910, State University, AR 72467-0910.
Note: Additional requirements for the CCC include, but are not limited to, a nine-month period of Clinical Fellowship (CF) under the supervision of a licensed professional.