Missouri State University

Program Requirements

Non-Thesis Option: A minimum of 44 semester hours in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing shall be completed, including the following:  

  1. Graduate course work to meet academic requirements for the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED).
  2. Clinical practicum requirements for the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED).
  3. Completion and approval of CSD portfolio.
  4. Completion of a Master's project.
  5. Comprehensive Examinations

Thesis Option: Requirements included in items 1, 2 and 3 above shall pertain. Completion of the Master's Thesis and oral defense shall replace items 4 and 5 listed above.


Certification Requirements – Deaf and Hard of Hearing Emphasis

Contact your advisor or the Department Head for the requirements and coursework necessary to meet state and national certification requirements.  Students pursuing certification in Education of the Deaf and Hearing Impaired will be required to complete additional education coursework through the College of Education and are required to collect and assemble materials for completion of a professional portfolio.

In order to be recommended for state certification, each student must:

  1. Successfully complete all Practicum requirements with a grade of “B” or better
  2. Successfully complete the graduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing concentration)
  3. Successfully complete the state approved exit assessment
  4. Complete all state certification requirements in effect at the time a recommendation is made
Accelerated Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program 
Entrance Requirements 

To be eligible to apply for admission to this program, the student must:

  1. Have junior standing and an overall GPA of 3.00 or better
  2. Have completed general education requirements
  3. Have completed  EDC 150, SPE 310, CSD 330, CSD 312, CSD 360, EDC 350 and CSD 321 prior to applying to graduate school in the spring of their junior year
  4. Strong letters of recommendation

After successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in CSD requirements, all students in the accelerated master’s program will receive the BS and will be granted full admission to the graduate college.

Please see admission requirements in the Graduate Catalog under Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders for a complete list of application requirements and deadlines.

Additional Requirements of the Program

Students must pay for and pass both a background/crime records check and drug test prior to beginning the Accelerated Master’s Program in CSD, Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The CSD Background Check and Drug Testing Policy and Procedure document is available in the CSD Department Office (Professional Building, room 237).

Students will be required to provide their Praxis examination scores to the department prior to graduation.

Mixed Credit Course Options

If accepted to the accelerated program, the following 12 hours of courses may apply to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees:  CSD 760, CSD 762, CSD 763 and CSD 795. 

Before enrolling in a course to be counted toward both undergraduate and graduate credit and to count the course toward the master's degree, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and receive prior approval from the graduate advisor, Department Head of CSD, and the Dean of the Graduate College using a Mixed Credit Form.  Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.

Retention and Progression

The Accelerated Master’s Option in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to begin graduate course work during the senior year, and complete the program in three graduate semesters following coursework in the junior and senior years.  A complete list of Retention Requirements can be found in this catalog under Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Retention Requirements

1.   To remain in the program, a student must maintain a GPA of 3.00.

2.   No course with a grade below a “C” may be applied to a graduate degree.

3.   Any grade below a “C” in any given course, didactic or clinical, is not acceptable and may be grounds for dismissal from the CSD program.

4.   The accumulation of more than 9 hours of “C” or below in academic and/or practicum courses will result in dismissal from the program.

5.   Students must progress satisfactorily through the levels of practicum as defined in the Clinic Handbook.

6.   Hours from practicum classes where a grade of “C” or less was earned will not be counted toward required clinical experiences.

7.   While grades are important, the student’s continuation in the CSD Program is based on the composite picture of the ability of the student to perform satisfactorily in the practicum phase of training as well as the academic components.

The CSD Department reserves the right to refuse enrollment or program continuation to any student.  This refusal will be determined by the judgment of the CSD Graduate Faculty and CSD Department Head based upon the student’s ability to successfully complete clinical practicum assignments or to assume patient care responsibilities and/or function as a clinician/teacher.  Additionally, if a student has failed to demonstrate an attitude of professionalism as judged by the CSD Graduate Faculty and CSD Department Head, a student may be dismissed from the program.

According to the Missouri State University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities, The Codes of Ethics of American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and requirements of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, academic integrity and honesty are the foundation of the University community.  Students are expected to practice academic and clinical integrity in all assigned work.  Students are also expected to be honest in all interactions with other students, faculty and staff and be professional in attitude, actions and attire.

The University, and the CSD department, have the inherent right to promulgate appropriate rules and regulations for the orderly conduct of University business and the protection of the health and safety of the University community.  Students are expected to comply with all published and stated rules and regulations.  If a student is accused of violating any code (theft, academic dishonesty, possession of drugs, etc.), that student will be subject to warnings, loss of privileges, probation, suspension and/or dismissal.

The Essential Functions of speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and/or educators of the deaf and/or hard of hearing establishes the expectations and requisite abilities considered necessary for these professionals (refer to the CSD website).  It is recognized that degrees of ability vary widely among individuals.  Admission candidates who feel they may not be able to acquire the essential functions set forth are encouraged to contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Any admission candidate who may require academic accommodations to fulfill the essential functions due to a disability is encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Support Services, Office of Student Life and Development, at 417-836-4192 (voice) or 417-836-6792 (TTY).  The CSD Department at Missouri State University seeks to ensure that qualified persons with disabilities are not denied admission or subject to discrimination in admissions. 

The Department is committed to enabling students by any reasonable means or accommodations to complete the course of study leading to the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders or an AuD degree.

Accumulation of "C" Grades

The accumulation of more than 9 hours of "C" or below in academic and/or practicum courses will result in dismissal from the program.