Program Requirements

Program requirements

Non-Thesis Option:  A minimum of 46 semester hours in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing or a minimum of 58 semester hours in Speech-Language Pathology 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.

Additional program requirements

  1. Students must pay for and pass both a background/crime records check and drug test prior to their first clinical placement. The CSD Background Check and Drug Testing Policy and Procedure document is available in the CSD Department Office (Professional Building, room 237).
  2. Students will also be required to provide their Praxis examination scores to the department prior to graduation.
  3. EDHH students eligible for student teaching (CSD 796) will be placed in approved sites and in locations to be determined by the CSD faculty.

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 clinical practicum as defined in the Clinic Handbook (http://www.missouristate.edu/assets/csd/CSD_handbook.pdf).
  6. Clinical hours from clinical 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 clinical 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 http://www.missouristate.edu/StudentConduct/12331.htm, 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, has 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 dishonestly, possession of drugs, etc.) they will be subject to warnings, loss of privileges, probation, suspension, and/or dismissal.

EDHH certification requirements 

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 Hard of Hearing 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 option).
  3. Successfully complete the state approved exit assessment.
  4. Complete all state certification requirements in effect at the time a recommendation is made.

46 total hours required

EDHH Masters Curriculum - Track 1 (Traditional timeline)

Fall 1
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
CSD 762 Speech Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing I 3 hrs
Spring 1
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice (MSU Preschool Program for D/HH) 3 hrs
CSD 765 Reading: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
CSD 763 Speech Development:  Deaf and Hard of Hearing II 3 hrs
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice (AH-linked to Parent-Infant Program) 1 hrs
Summer 1
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
CSD 760 Language Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing I 3 hrs
CSD 758 Early Intervention Assessment: Deaf and Hard of Hearing I 2 hrs
CSD 759 Early Intervention: Deaf and Hard of Hearing II 2 hrs
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice (MSU Parent-Infant Program D/HH) 2 hrs
Fall 2
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
CSD 761 Language Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing II 3 hrs
CSD 764 Instructional Strategies and Assessment: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice Off-Site (Elementary D/HH) 3 hrs
CSD 784 Non-Thesis Project 3 hrs
  OR  
CSD 799 Master's Thesis 3 hrs
CSD 766 Counseling: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
Graduate spring
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
CSD 796 Supervised Teaching 8 hrs
CSD 784 Non-Thesis Project 1 hrs
  OR  
CSD 799 Master's Thesis 3 hrs

Accelerated Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing additional 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; and
  3. have completed the following courses:  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. 

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.

EDHH Masters curriculum - Track 1 (Accelerated timeline)

Junior fall
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
CSD 321 Conceptually Accurate Signed English I (also offered in the spring) 3 hrs
CSD 330 Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) 3 hrs
CSD 380 Development, Diversity and Deafness 3 hrs
CSD 360 Hearing Science 3 hrs
EDC 350 School and Society 3 hrs
Junior spring
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
CSD 331 American Sign Language (ASL) II 3 hrs
CSD 370 Audiology 3 hrs
CSD 312 Normal Language Acquisition (also offered in fall & summer) 3 hrs
CSD 572 Aural Rehabilitation 3 hrs
MTH 320 Foundations of Mathematics for Teachers 3 hrs
Senior fall - 15 hrs - Graduate total 3 hrs
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
CSD 322 Conceptually Accurate Signed English II 3 hrs
CSD 497 Observation Clinical Practicum (MSU Preschool Program for D/HH) 3 hrs
CSD 762 Speech Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing I 3 hrs
RDG 318 Foundations of Reading Instruction 3 hrs
SPE 515 Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis and Interventions for Teachers in Applied Settings 3 hrs
  OR  
PSY 508 Behavior Management and Change 3 hrs
Senior spring - 16 hrs - Graduate total 10 hrs - 1 hr senior permission
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice (MSU Preschool Program for D/HH) 3 hrs
CSD 562 Psycho-Social Implications of Being Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
CSD 765 Reading:  Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
CSD 763 Speech Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing II 3 hrs
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice 1 hrs
Graduate summer
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
CSD 760 Language Development:  Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
CSD 758 Early Intervention Assessment: Deaf and Hard of Hearing I 2 hrs
CSD 759 Early Intervention: Deaf and Hard of Hearing II 2 hrs
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice (MSU Parent-Infant Program D/HH) 2 hrs
Graduate fall
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
CSD 761 Language Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing II 3 hrs
CSD 764 Instructional Strategies and Assessment: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice Off-Site (Elementary D/HH) 3 hrs
CSD 784 Non-Thesis Project 3 hrs
  OR  
CSD 799 Master's Thesis 3 hrs
CSD 766 Counseling: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
Graduate spring
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
CSD 796 Supervised Teaching 8 hrs
CSD 784 Non-Thesis Project 1 hrs
  OR  
CSD 799 Master's Thesis 3 hrs
Graduate fall (elective option for students)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
CSD 201 Introduction to Communication Disorders 3 hrs

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, 762, 763 and 795

Before enrolling in a course to be counted toward both undergraduate and graduate credit and to count the course toward the masters 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.

EDHH Masters curriculum - Track 2 

Track two of the EDHH option is an alternative designed for students who wish to receive a masters degree, but do NOT wish to pursue teacher certification (primarily for international students).  Track two will not lead to teacher certification in EDHH.  Students who are interested in pursuing teaching certification in the area of Education of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing should choose track one of the EDHH option. 

EDHH masters degree only without teaching certification curriculum

Fall 1
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
CSD 636 American Sign Language I 3 hrs
CSD 380 Development, Diversity and Deafness 3 hrs
CSD 497 Observation Clinical Practicum (MSU Preschool Program of D/HH) 3 hrs
CSD 762 Speech Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing I 3 hrs
Spring 1
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
CSD 637 American Sign Language II 3 hrs
CSD 562 Psycho-Social Implications of Being Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
CSD 765 Reading:  Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
Summer 1
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
CSD 760 Language Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing I 3 hrs
CSD 758 Early Intervention Assessment: Deaf and Hard of Hearing I 2 hrs
CSD 759 Early Intervention: Deaf and Hard of Hearing II 2 hrs
Fall 2
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
CSD 761 Language Development: Deaf and Hard of Hearing II 3 hrs
CSD 764 Instructional Strategies and Assessment: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
CSD 784 Non-Thesis Project 1 hrs
  OR  
CSD 799 Master's Thesis 3 hrs
CSD 766 Counseling: Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
Graduate Spring
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice (MSU Preschool Program for D/HH 3 hrs
CSD 763 Speech Development:  Deaf and Hard of Hearing II 3 hrs
CSD 795 Advanced Clinical Practice (MSU Preschool Program for D/HH 1 hr
CSD 784 Non-Thesis Project 3 hrs
  OR  
CSD 799 Master's Thesis 3 hrs