Communication Sciences and Disorders (MS)

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The Master of Science (MS) in Communication Sciences and Disorders is designed to prepare graduates for the Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY), the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a license for the state of Texas, and eventually independent clinical practice in the profession of speech-language pathology.

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    • Ranked #79 among 300+ national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018
    • Accredited, cutting edge degree program
    • Experienced, dedicated faculty
    • Affordable tuition (ranked #1 in net price among national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018 and #3 most affordable university in America 2018 by BestValueSchools.com)
    • Demonstrated student success in research, professional certification and career advancement
  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

     
    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Personal   statement  (500  words)  detailing  professional   goals   and reasons for pursuing the graduate degree.
    • Three letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources.
    • Resume including educational background and work experience.
    • GRE General Test. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years. A waiver of the GRE requirement will be granted to applicants who show proof of completing a graduate degree (master’s or doctoral).

    Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the Additional Documents for Domestic Applicants who Attend Foreign Universities section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.

    Additional requirements for international applicants:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.
    • Financial   Documentation  showing sufficient funds to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. For additional information, visit the Financial Documentation section of our website.
    • Immigration  documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. For additional information, visit the Immigration Documents section of our website.

    UPDATE ON INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS FROM U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT:

    • SEVP regulations prohibit the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission, effective July 13, 2016. University officials can only issue a Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the program of study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements.

  • Program Contact

    Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Donald R. Fuller

    Phone: (956)-665-2387

    Office: Edinburg Campus, HABW 1264A

    E-Mail: donald.fuller@utrgv.edu

  • Deadlines

    Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
    Application Deadline: February 1 N/A N/A N/A
     
  • Course Requirements

    Choose one of the following options:
     
    Non‐Thesis Option:
     
    Required Courses 58
    COMD 6180: Graduate Practicum: Audiology 1
    COMD 6301: Clinical Practicum I: Speech Pathology 3
    COMD 6302: Clinical Practicum II: Speech Pathology 3
    COMD 6303: Clinical Practicum III: Speech Pathology 3
    COMD 6304: Clinical Practicum IV: Speech Pathology 3
    COMD 6310: Research in Communication Disorders 3
    COMD 6320: Speech‐Language and Hearing Science 3
    COMD 6325: Childhood Language Disorders and Clinical Intervention 3
    COMD 6330: Fluency Disorders 3
    COMD 6335: Language Disorders in Adults 3
    COMD 6340: Phonological Assessment/Intervention 3
    COMD 6345: Voice Disorders 3
    COMD 6350: Audiology II 3
    COMD 6355: Normal and Abnormal Language Development of Culturally Diverse Populations 3
    COMD 6360: Neuromotor Speech Disorders 3
    COMD 6370: Seminar in Speech‐Language Pathology 3
    COMD 6385: Dysphagia 3
    COMD 6395: Advanced Clinical Practicum I 3
    COMD 6396: Advanced Clinical Practicum II 3
    COMD 6397: Augmentative Alternative Communication 3
     
    Completion of Summative Assessment
    Written Comprehensive Examination
    Taking of Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology
    Completion of Clinical Practicum Hours
     
    Total graduate hours for degree: 58
     
    Thesis Option:
    Required Courses
    COMD 6180: Graduate Practicum: Audiology 1
    COMD 6301: Clinical Practicum I: Speech Pathology 3
    COMD 6302: Clinical Practicum II: Speech Pathology 3
    COMD 6303: Clinical Practicum III: Speech Pathology 3
    COMD 6304: Clinical Practicum IV: Speech Pathology 3
    COMD 6310: Research in Communication Disorders 3
    COMD 6320: Speech‐Language and Hearing Science 3
    COMD 6325: Childhood Language Disorders and Clinical Intervention 3
    COMD 6330: Fluency Disorders 3
    COMD 6335: Language Disorders in Adults 3
    COMD 6340: Phonological Assessment/Intervention 3
    COMD 6345: Voice Disorders 3
    COMD 6350: Audiology II 3
    COMD 6355: Normal and Abnormal Language Development of Culturally Diverse Populations 3
    COMD 6360: Neuromotor Speech Disorders 3
    COMD 6370: Seminar in Speech‐Language Pathology 3
    COMD 6385: Dysphagia 3
    COMD 6395: Advanced Clinical Practicum I 3
    COMD 6396: Advanced Clinical Practicum II 3
    COMD 6397: Augmentative Alternative Communication 3
     
    Completion of Summative Assessment 6
    Graduate Thesis
    COMD 7300: Thesis I 3
    COMD 7301: Thesis II 3
    Taking of Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology
    Completion of Clinical Practicum Hours
     
    Total graduate hours for degree: 64
     

    Course Descriptions:

    COMD 5320: Advanced Sign Language I               [3‐0]

    This elective, dual undergraduate and graduate-level course allows students to develop in-depth skills in American Sign Language and develop increased knowledge regarding the deaf community. Emphasis in the course is upon acquisition of comprehension and production skills.

    Prerequisites: Beginning and/or Intermediate Sign Language at the undergraduate level or consent of the instructor.

    COMD 5330: Advanced Sign Language II              [3‐0]

    This elective, dual undergraduate and graduate‐level course allows students to develop higher level American Sign Language skills for advanced communication with deaf and hard‐of‐hearing persons.

    Prerequisites: Beginning and Intermediate Sign Language at the undergraduate level, or Advanced Sign Language I at the graduate level.

    COMD 6180: Graduate Practicum: Audiology              [1‐0]

    Supervised clinical practice in audiology.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program.

    COMD 6301: Clinical Practicum I: Speech Pathology              [0‐3]

    Supervised clinical practice in the UTRGV Speech and Hearing Center. Treatment of Mild to Moderate articulation, phonological & language disorders. Students should be available for a minimum of 12 hours each week during operating hours of the Speech and Hearing Center so that they may accrue their required clinical practicum hours.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program.

    COMD 6302: Clinical Practicum II: Speech Pathology              [0‐3]

    Supervised clinical practice in the UTRGV Speech and Hearing Center. Treatment of Moderate to Severe articulation, phonological & language disorders. Students should be available for a minimum of 12 hours each week during operating hours of the Speech and Hearing Center so that they may accrue their required clinical practicum hours.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program, and COMD 6301.

    COMD 6303: Clinical Practicum III: Speech Pathology              [0‐3]

    Supervised clinical practice in the UTRGV Speech and Hearing Center. Evaluation & Treatment of Mild to Moderate articulation, phonological, language, fluency & voice disorders. Students should be available for a minimum of 12 hours each week during operating hours of the Speech and Hearing Center so that they may accrue their required clinical practicum hours.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program, and COMD 6301, 6302.

    COMD 6304: Clinical Practicum IV: Speech Pathology              [0‐3]

    Supervised clinical practice in the UTRGV Speech and Hearing Center. Evaluation & Treatment of moderate to severe articulation, phonological, language, fluency & voice disorders. Students should be available for a minimum of 12 hours each week during operating hours of the Speech and Hearing Center so that they may accrue their required clinical practicum hours.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program and COMD 6301, 6302, 6303.

    COMD 6310: Research in Communication Disorders              [3‐0]

    A study of the major methods of research in communication disorders. Basic statistical concepts will be introduced. Students will critique research projects that have been completed and published. Students will select a topic for research; write a clear statement of the problem; write a comprehensive review of the literature and outline the method proposed for addressing the problem.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program.

    COMD 6320: Speech‐Language and Hearing Science              [3‐0]

    A study of embryology and neurology and their relation to the speech and language processes and the physics of sound. Modern studies and research in the sciences related to speech and language will be addressed.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program.

    COMD 6325: Childhood Language Disorders and Clinical Intervention              [3‐0]

    Following a brief review of characteristics of special populations that exhibit abnormal language development, an in-depth study of language development and methods language intervention will be presented. Family-based assessment and intervention will be addressed.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program.

    COMD 6330: Fluency Disorders              [3‐0]

    A study of theories, research findings, rationales and techniques for clinical intervention of fluency disorders.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program.

    COMD 6335: Language Disorders in Adults              [3‐0]

    An in-depth study of adult language disorders, including aphasia, head injury and the degenerative diseases. Includes intervention strategies for these disorders.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program.

    COMD 6340: Phonological Assessment and Intervention              [3‐0]

    Following a review of phonological theory, a variety of phonological assessment and intervention techniques will be presented. Apraxia of speech will be addressed.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program.

    COMD 6345: Voice Disorders              [3‐0]

    Following a review of anatomical and physiological bases for voice production, causes of voice disorders, characteristics, and approaches to intervention for a wide variety of voice disorders will be addressed.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program.

    COMD 6350: Audiology II              [3‐0]

    Theories and principles of advanced audiological diagnostic measurement. Participation in advanced clinical activities with application of theoretical concepts to various hearing impairments in children and adults.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program.

    COMD 6355: Normal and Abnormal Language Development of Culturally Diverse Populations       [3‐0]

    An in-depth analysis of normal and abnormal speech and language acquisition for bilingual and monolingual children. A review of cultural factors that affect the delivery of speech language pathology services to culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Particular emphasis is placed on differentiating communication disorders vs. differences.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program.

    COMD 6360: Neuromotor Speech Disorders              [3‐0]

    Underlying pathophysiology and symptomatology of neuromotor speech disorders will be examined in the context of efficient and thorough evaluation of patients with neuromotor disorders, including aspects of differential diagnosis. Speech treatment methodologies for clients with dysarthria or apraxia will be covered in an evidenced-based approach.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program.

    COMD 6365: Language Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations              [3‐0]

    The study and application of current identification and assessment techniques for communication disorders in culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Special attention given to differential diagnosis of communication disorders vs. communication differences.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program.

    COMD 6370: Seminar in Speech‐Language Pathology              [3‐0]

    The study of principles, methods and procedures for speech language theory, assessment and/or intervention. Subject matter varies from semester to semester, so that specific communication problems may be studied in depth. The course may be repeated for credit when subject matter changes. With approval, this elective may be substituted for a required course providing the requirement has a similar focus and providing that ASHA’s minimum requirements are not compromised. Maximum credit: Six hours.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program.

    COMD 6385: Dysphagia              [3‐0]

    Seminar includes contemporary research in normal and disordered processes of eating and swallowing, anatomy and physiology of the mechanisms, and evaluation and treatment procedures from infancy to geriatric.

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program.

    COMD 6395: Advanced Clinical Practicum I

    Students are required complete Advanced Clinical Practicum activities at a minimum of two distinctly different off-campus sites. Practicum applications must be submitted before the published deadline. Advanced Clinical Practicum I involves providing clinical services to individuals with Maximum to
    Moderate supervision. An off-campus supervisor will direct and evaluate the experience, with the assistance of a UTRGV faculty as assigned.

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of COMD 6301, 6302, 6303, 6304 and all COMD courses.

    COMD 6396: Advanced Clinical Practicum II

    Students are required to complete Advanced Clinical Practicum activities at a minimum of two distinctly different off‐campus sites. Practicum applications must be submitted before the published deadline. Advanced Clinical Practicum II involves providing clinical services to individuals with Minimum supervision. An off‐campus supervisor will direct and evaluate the experience, with the assistance of a UTRGV faculty as assigned.

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of COMD 6301, 6302, 6303, 6304 and all COMD courses.

    COMD 6397: Augmentative Alternative Communication              [3‐0]

    This graduate‐level course addresses new AAC technology and its communicative application to those handicapped individuals in need of augmentative and alternative systems and devices. Students will acquire practical skills in applying this technology.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program.

    COMD 7300: Thesis I              [3‐0]

    A guided research project on topic of the student’s area of interest. Exact guidelines are detailed in the Thesis Manual. May repeated for credit. Thesis credit may not count toward ASHA’s minimum requirements.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the COMD graduate program.

    COMD 7301: Thesis II              [3‐0]

    A guided research project on topic of the student’s area of interest. Exact guidelines are detailed in the Thesis Manual. May repeated for credit. Thesis credit may not count toward ASHA’s minimum requirements.

    Prerequisite: COMD 7300.