1 Graduate Student Handbook Department of Communication Disorders 8/2015
2 1 I. INTRODUCTION 1. Statement of Nondiscrimination 2. Mission of the Department of Communication Disorders 3. Department of Communication Disorders Academic Goals 4. Procedures for Complaints Against the Program II. III. IV. PROGRAM INFORMATION 1. Degree Requirements 2. Communication Disorders Program Academic Honesty Policy 3. Grade Appeal Policy 4. Criminal Background Checks 5. Clinical Education Goals 6. Clinical Practicum Requirements 7. Clinical Practicum Policy PLAN OF STUDY a. Advising b. Required Courses c. Typical Course Sequence d. Clinical Practicum Sequence e. Variations from Typical Sequence f. Policy for Demonstrating Achievement of KASA Standards COMPREHENSIVE EXAM OPTION V. THESIS OPTION VI. VII. PRAXIS EXAMINATION IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY FULL-TIME EXTERNAL PRACTICUM VIII. OTHER IMPORTANT RESOURCES a. ASHA Code of Ethics b. ASHA Standards for Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology Certification-Standards/ c. North Dakota State Licensure Requirements d. North Dakota ESPB Credential Requirements e. Speech-Language & Audiology Canada Requirements
3 2 I. INTRODUCTION Welcome to the master s degree program in Communication Disorders with an emphasis in Speech- Language Pathology at Minot State University. The CD Department strictly follows the rules of the Graduate School, unless departmental policies supersede Graduate School policies. This handbook is designed to assist students who have been accepted to the program with policies and procedures applicable throughout their graduate study. Refer to the Graduate Catalog (available at for a complete description of the CD Graduate Program and Graduate School policies. Statement of Non-Discrimination Minot State University subscribes to the principles and laws of the state of North Dakota and the federal government pertaining to civil rights and equal opportunity, including Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. Minot State University policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, marital status, or disability in the recruitment and admission of students and the employment of faculty, staff, and students, and in the operation of all college programs, activities, and services. Evidence of practices which are inconsistent with this policy should be reported to the Human Resource Director in the Administration Building. Mission of the Department of Communication Disorders The mission of the Department of Communication Disorders is to provide state-of-the-art preservice training, engage in clinical and research activities to facilitate employment of skilled professionals, maximize the quality of life for people with communication problems. Department of Communication Disorders Academic Goals 1. To provide course offerings which reflect pertinent and current information within historical perspective of the topic being covered. 2. To create intellectual excitement, curiosity, and student involvement in research activities. 3. To ensure each student has mastery of course content related to his/her professional area. 4. To offer courses which provide appropriate content leading to professional competence. 5. To provide information on multicultural, ethnic, and social issues relevant to the study and understanding of these factors in relation to Speech-Language Pathology. 6. To provide information in the basic sciences and in areas of normal development to complement the study of hearing, speech, and language development and disorders and to ensure students understand development across the life span. Procedures for Complaints Against the Program A complaint about any accredited program or program in Candidacy status may be submitted by any student, instructional staff member, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, and/or member of the public. Complaints about programs must: (a) be against an accredited educational program or program in candidacy status in speech-language pathology and/or audiology, (b) relate to the standards for accreditation of education programs in audiology and speech-language pathology, and (c) include verification, if the complaint is from a student or faculty/instructional staff member, that the complainant exhausted all institutional grievance and review mechanisms before submitting a complaint to the council for academic accreditation.
4 3 All complaints must be signed and submitted in writing to the Chair, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD The complaint must clearly describe the specific nature of the complaint and the relationship of the complaint to the accreditation standards, and provide supporting data for the charge. The complainant s burden of proof is a preponderance or greater weight of the evidence. Complaints will not be accepted by or facsimile. For university complaint and appeal procedures, please consult the Graduate Catalog (http://www.minotstateu.edu/graduate/catalog.shtml) and the university web site (http://www.minotstateu.edu/online/complaintprocedure.shtml).
5 4 II. PROGRAM INFORMATION Degree Requirements The Master s Program in Communication Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Students completing the degree typically meet all current standards for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. When required undergraduate coursework and/or competencies are lacking, a student may be required to make up the deficiencies to meet all graduation requirements. If all undergraduate major and other requirements are met and are comparable to MSU requirements, then it is generally possible to complete the M.S. Degree with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology by starting in the fall session and attending spring, summer, and the following fall semesters. Students are then required to complete an off-campus practicum in their last spring semester. If all clinical requirements have not been met after the fifth semester, additional practica must be completed. All classes are delivered face-to-face on campus. There are no online/correspondence classes. To graduate with a master s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, students must complete all coursework and practicum with a minimum 3.00 GPA. (Refer to the Graduate Catalog for GPAs under 3.00.) In addition to coursework and practicum, students must choose from one of two options. The first option is a non-thesis track which requires the student to pass a four-hour written comprehensive examination and, if required, a one-hour oral examination. The second option is the thesis track which requires the student to complete and successfully defend a master s thesis in an oral examination. (See Sections IV and V for more information). All students must also take the national praxis examination in Speech-Language Pathology and have their results sent to the department. Cumulative Grade Point Average, Course Failures, and Probation Students must meet all policies of the Graduate School to be retained in the program (see MSU Graduate Catalog). A student who has attempted fewer than 12 credits and has a cumulative GPA below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation until either a) 12 graduate credits have been attempted or b) the GPA is raised to 3.00, whichever comes first. The student will be dismissed from the Graduate School if 12 credits have been attempted, and the GPA is not 3.00 or higher. A student who has attempted 12 or more credits, and has a cumulative GPA below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation through the end of the next enrolled semester. If at the end of the next enrolled semester, the GPA is not 3.00 or above, the student will be dismissed from the Graduate School. Additionally, students in the MS in CD: Speech-Language Pathology program will be permitted only one semester of academic probation. Students falling below a cumulative GPA of 3.00 a second time will be dismissed from the program.
6 5 Communication Disorders Program Academic Honesty Policy Where there is supported evidence of cheating on examinations or other course or clinical assignments, the student will receive a failing grade for the course and will not be retained in the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology. Dismissal for academic dishonesty can be appealed. A student who wishes to appeal his/her dismissal should follow the appeal process established by the Graduate School and listed in the catalog under Graduate School Policies and Regulations. Grade Appeal Policy The process and conditions for a grade appeal follow the definitions and schedules of the Graduate School. All requests for review of a grade must be submitted according to the timelines established by the Graduate School for this process. Criminal Background Checks FBI and North Dakota criminal background investigations are required to verify that students in the Communication Disorders program who will be working with clients in various settings, do not have a history of activity that would make them unsuitable for such assignments. Students accepted into the graduate program in Communication Disorders (CD) at Minot State University (MSU) will have a Criminal Background Check during their first semester of the program. Each semester after admission, students will complete and sign the Statement Relating to Criminal Offenses form. Procedure for Completing Background Checks Students will complete the MSU Communication Disorders Criminal History Record Check Request form (available from CD Department Administrative Assistant) and submit it to the CD office by the announced date. Every semester thereafter, students in the graduate program will complete and sign the Statement Relating to Criminal Offense form. Official fingerprints must be submitted with the Criminal History Record Check Request and can be completed through MSU Plant Services by appointment only ( ) or through the Ward County Sheriff s Office. Students will be charged a processing charge if choosing to use the Ward County Sheriff s office while fingerprinting completed through MSU Plant Services is completed at no charge. If students were ever arrested, charged, or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony other than minor traffic offenses, they must attach a signed and dated explanation and submit copies of the court records to the MSU CD Department. Students are advised to take the following steps in such cases:
7 6 a. Obtain a copy of the court documents (from courthouse in the county where the offense occurred). If more than one, documentation of each offense will be needed. b. Write a brief statement to disclose the details of your arrest. Explain what happened, when it happened, what the outcome was, and what actions were taken. Example of Explanation: On August 1, 20, I was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Grand Forks, ND. I went to Grand Forks Municipal Court and plead guilty on October 1, 20. I paid a fine and was given 30 days suspended jail time. I received the court ordered evaluation. I have learned my lesson and would never make this mistake again. Please see the copy of the court documents for further information. (Sign and date letter.) c. Submit all materials to MSU CD Department and direct any questions to the chairperson of the Department. NOTE: If an individual was 18 or older when an offense occurred, then the criminal background record will not be sealed. Even though you may have met the requirements of the court and were told your record would be cleared, the arrest will still show up on your criminal background check. If an individual was a juvenile (under the age of 18), records should be sealed and not listed on the criminal background check. This is not always the case as sometimes juveniles are tried in an adult court. A positive criminal background check and/or an affirmative response on the Statement Relating to Criminal Offenses form requires a letter of explanation to the MSU Department of Communication Disorders (see procedure and example above). An affirmative response on the Statement Relating to Criminal Offenses form may require a Criminal Background Check. Students found to have a criminal offense on their record may or may not have to appear before the committee. The CD faculty will review the background check results, Statement Relating to Criminal Offenses forms, and letters of response to determine if further action is warranted. Professional consultation outside of the faculty for decision-making may be implemented as needed. Students who are deemed to be questionable or potentially unsafe to deal with vulnerable individuals will not be allowed to continue in any practicum placements. All information including Criminal Background Check records, Statement Relating to Criminal Offenses forms, and department responses will be confidential and filed in a secure place in the department. The department administrative assistant will destroy by shredding upon graduation; students (work study, graduate assistants, MPS transition) will not be allowed to shred these documents in order to ensure confidentiality.
8 7 A request by BCI to redo the fingerprints of a criminal background check must be completed by the student and returned to the CD Department within two weeks of the student being notified. The Department will send the original prints, the BCI request form for reprinting, and the reprints to BCI as one package for verification and comparison. Students may review their background check results in the company of a CD Department faculty member. The background check and/or copies will not be given to the student. Department of Communication Disorders Criminal Background Checks will be congruent with NDUS, Minot State University, and clinical agency policy and procedures. SBHE Policy 511, N.D.C.C. Sec Clinical Education Goals Students completing a master of science in speech-language pathology at Minot State University should attain the following clinical outcomes: 1. Demonstrate excellent clinical skills with minimal need for direct or prescriptive instruction to perform effectively. 2. Demonstrate excellent ability to apply previous coursework and experiences to all clinical assignments. 3. Take initiative in providing therapy to individuals with communication disorders and make changes when appropriate. 4. Demonstrate excellent professional skills including honesty, trustworthiness, reliability, sensitivity to cultural differences, and maintenance of all ethical standards. 5. Use appropriate verbal language skills with clients, supervisors, family members, and other professionals. 6. Conduct effective conferences. 7. Demonstrate excellent assessment skills including collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing relevant data; observing non-target behaviors; and making ongoing clinical judgments. 8. Demonstrate self-assessment skills to facilitate self-supervision and independence. 9. Develop appropriate programming for most clients at an independent level. 10. Demonstrate effective intervention skills including selecting appropriate materials, maintaining on task-behavior, giving clear instructions and feedback, flexibility, and counseling appropriately. 11. Use of effective written language skills in all professional writing. 12. Apply academic, clinical, ethical, multicultural, and professional knowledge with multicultural, diverse, and special needs populations. Clinical Practicum Requirements The Department of Communication Disorders at Minot State University has a strong clinical emphasis. All of the Communication Disorders faculty hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence in their respective areas and are licensed by the North Dakota State Board of Examiners on Audiology and Speech Pathology. Student clinicians are required to abide by the ASHA Code of Ethics.
9 8 CD students have the opportunity to participate in several specialty clinics including Cleft Palate, Child Disability, Voice, Fluency, as well as on- and off-campus assessment and treatment clinics. During the first four semesters, students complete practicum experiences on campus, as well as in the community (hospital, nursing homes, public schools, etc.). The final semester of the graduate program is a full-time externship in an off-campus practicum. The American Speech Language and Hearing Association requires students to complete 375 clinical clock hours of practicum experiences as part of their training. To complete these hours, students must work directly with clients providing assessment and/or intervention. These hours are closely and carefully monitored by ASHA certified supervisors. Students may earn ASHA hours in all of the clinical practicum settings offered by MSU. Students are required to complete all ASHA Skill standards to be eligible for completion of the degree. For complete MSU Communication Disorders Clinic policies and procedures, please refer to the Handbook for Clinical Practice available at Clinical Practicum Policy 1. Students admitted with a C grade in an undergraduate practicum course must receive at least a B in their first clinical practicum course in the graduate program to be removed from departmental probation. 2. Students must repeat, during the next enrolled term, any graduate level clinical practicum course in which a C was received. The deficiency must be removed prior to enrolling in additional practicum. 3. Only one clinical practicum may be repeated in which a C was earned, and may only be repeated once. A student will be discontinued from the Graduate Program in Communication Disorders if he/she receives a grade of C in two clinical practicums. 4. Students may not repeat any clinical practicum course in which a grade of F was received.
10 9 III. PLAN OF STUDY Advising Typically, the department chairperson will serve as the academic advisor for all graduate students. Students will communicate with the advisor before registering each semester. The advisor is also available to assist with any problems students may be having that restrict their ability to function in the graduate program. Required Courses CD 501 Introduction to Graduate Studies CD 502 Early Intervention & Interdisciplinary Studies CD 511 Clinical Practicum: Therapy CD 511 Clinical Practicum: Therapy CD 511 Clinical Practicum: Therapy (Intermediate) CD 513 Clinical Practicum: Testing CD 516 Public School Practicum: Speech-Language Pathology AND/OR CD 517 Advanced External Practicum: Speech-Language Pathology CD 520 Fluency Disorders CD 522 Neurogenic Communication Disorders CD 524 Neurologically Based Speech Disorders CD 526 Applied Phonology CD 528 Assessment Methods: Speech-Language Pathology CD 532 Voice and Resonance Disorders CD 534 Adolescent Communication CD 535 Dysphagia CD 536 AAC: Multiple Disabilities CD 538 Language and Literacy CD 539 Audiology for the Speech-Language Pathologist CD 540 Supervision and Professional Issues in SLP CD 545 Public School Methods 3 SH 2 SH 3 SH 3 SH 3 SH 3 SH 9 SH 9 SH 3 SH 3 SH 3 SH 3 SH 3 SH 4 SH 2 SH 3 SH 3 SH 3 SH 2 SH 2 SH 2 SH Optional CD 590 Seminar in Communication Disorders CD 592 Special Topics CD 597 Independent Study CD 598 Continuing Enrollment CD 599 Thesis 1-3 SH 1-3 SH 1-3 SH 1-3 SH
11 10 Typical Course Sequence Fall 1: 15 semester hours CD 501 CD 522 CD 526 CD 528 CD 511 (MSU Pediatric Clinic) Spring 1: 15 semester hours CD 502 CD 520 CD 532 CD 536 CD 511 or 513 Summer 1: 11 semester hours CD 524 CD 538 CD 539 CD 511 or 513 Fall 2: 12 semester hours CD 534 CD 535 CD 540 CD 545 CD 511 or 513 Spring 2: 9 semester hours CD 516 or 517 Clinical Practicum Sequence During the first semester of graduate study, all students are typically placed in the MSU Communication Disorders Pediatric Clinic. During the subsequent four semesters of on-campus graduate study, students will be placed in one of the following clinical rotations: assessment practicum (CD 513); intermediate practicum (CD 511) which includes hospital, nursing home, or adult clinic; or pediatric clinic (CD 511). Clinical tracks are determined by the Clinic Coordinator. Students will be notified during their first semester of graduate study of their clinical track for the remaining semesters of graduate school.
12 11 During the final semester of graduate study, students will enroll in 9 semester hours of CD 516 and/or CD 517 for their external practicum. See Section VI for information regarding arranging the full-time external practicum. Variations from Typical Sequence Should a student need to vary from the typical course or clinical practicum sequence (such as needing to extend the typical program), the student shall meet with the program director/academic advisor as soon as possible to amend the program of study. Policy for Demonstrating Achievement of KASA Standards (2014 ASHA Standards for Certification in Speech-Language Pathology) Students completing the Master s Degree in Communication Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology at Minot State University must meet all ASHA knowledge and skill standards for certification in speech-language pathology. Achievement and documentation of standards will be as follows: 1. Knowledge Outcomes Standard IV-A (biological science, physical science, statistics, social/behavioral sciences) Student s advisor will verify these courses have been completed. If these courses were not completed in student s undergraduate program, student must complete the courses during the post-baccalaureate or graduate program. Standards IV-B, C, D, E, F, G Each standard must be met in every course in which it is measured as determined by the instructor. If the standard is not met in the course, the following remediation procedure will be followed: 1. Student and instructor will design a measure to demonstrate the student s successful completion of the standard. Upon completion of the remediation attempt, the instructor will determine if the student is successful. 2. If 1 st remediation attempt is unsuccessful, a second remediation attempt and measure will be designed by the student and the instructor. A threemember faculty committee (the instructor, one department faculty member chosen by the student, one faculty member chosen the instructor) will determine if the student has been successful in remediation of the standard. 3. If 2 nd remediation attempt is unsuccessful, the student must retake the class in which the standard was initially measured (or other measure as approved by the program director).
13 12 2. Skill Outcomes Standard V-A (oral and written communication): Student must earn a rating of 4 in both oral and written communication on the Clinician Evaluation at least once during a graduate clinical practicum experience. Standard V-B (evaluation, intervention, interaction and personal qualities): Supervisors will verify skill completion by signing the KASA Skills booklet when student has achieved a rating of 4 on the Clinician Evaluation. Standards V-C, D, E, F (clinical hours, supervision, diversity) Clinic Coordinator will verify completion of requirements in the student s KASA Skills booklet.
14 13 Knowledge Standards for Certification in Speech-Language Pathology (Standard IV) In MSU Communication Disorders Curriculum Standard The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of Measured in IV B Basic human communication and swallowing processes, including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases. The applicant must have demonstrated the ability to integrate information pertaining to normal and abnormal human development across the lifespan IV C Communication and swallowing disorders and differences, including the appropriate etiologies, characteristics, anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates in the following areas: Articulation Fluency 520 Voice and resonance, including respiration & phonation Receptive and expressive language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, prelinguistic communication, and paralinguistic communication) in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Hearing, including the impact on speech and language 539 Swallowing (oral, pharyngeal, esophageal, and related functions, 535 including oral function for feeding, orofacial myology) IV D Cognitive aspects of communication (attention, memory, sequencing, problem-solving, executive functioning) Social aspects of communication (including challenging behavior, ineffective social skills, and lack of communication opportunities) Augmentative and alternative communication modalities 536 Principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders, including consideration of anatomical/physiological, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates: Articulation Fluency 520 Voice and Resonance 532 Receptive and expressive language
15 Hearing 539 Swallowing 535 Cognitive aspects of communication Social aspects of communication Augmentative and alternative communication modalities 536 IV E Standards of ethical conduct IV F Processes used in research and of the integration of research principles 501 into EBP. IV G Professional and contemporary issues. 540 IV H Entry level and advanced certifications, licensure, and other relevant professional credentials, as well as local, state, and national regulations and policies relevant to professional practice
16 15 Skills Standards for Certification in Speech-Language Pathology (Standard V) In MSU Communication Disorders Curriculum Standard The applicant must have demonstrated skills in Measured in (clinical) Measured in (classes) V- A Oral and written or other forms of communication sufficient for entry into professional practice. V-B Experiences sufficient in breadth and depth to achieve the following skills outcomes: 1. Evaluation 513- evaluation form KASA Skills booklet Measured in classes with simulations: Articulation 513, 516/517 Fluency 520 Voice and Resonance 532 Receptive and expressive language 513, 516/517 Hearing 513, 516/517 Swallowing 535 Cognitive aspects of communication 513, 516/517 Social aspects of communication 513, 516/517 Augmentative and alternative 536 communication modalities 2. Intervention 511- evaluation form KASA Skills booklet Articulation 511, 516/517 Fluency 520 Voice and Resonance 532 Receptive and expressive language 511, 516/517 Hearing 511, 516/ Swallowing 535 Cognitive aspects of communication 511, 516/517 Social aspects of communication 511, 516/517 Augmentative and alternative communication modalities 3. Interaction and Personal Qualities /517 Measured in classes with simulations: 536
17 16 IV. COMPREHENSIVE EXAM OPTION The comprehensive examination option requires the student to demonstrate knowledge of several areas with in the field of Communication Disorders and to demonstrate a capacity to integrate theory, research, and practice in response to comprehensive questions. The questions will cover specific substantive areas as determined by the faculty. REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION OPTION The comprehensive examination option requires the following: Completion of all coursework as outlined in the student s approved Program of Study. (With the written approval of the Dean of the Graduate School, Department Chairperson, a student may include up to twelve (12) credit hours of acceptable graduate level work completed at another institution.) Successful completion of a four (4) hour written comprehensive examination as described below. ELIGIBILITY FOR COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS Students will take comprehensive exams during their final practicum semester. Students will complete the written comprehensive exams during scheduled times as outlined by the department and Graduate School. Students must request permission to take comprehensive examinations by completing the Permission to Take Written Comprehensive Exams Form with the Graduate School according to Graduate School timelines. THE WRITTEN COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION The program director will notify students of the date for the written exam. Students may complete the exam on campus in the designated computer lab or at a distance with a proctor to closely monitor the student during the entire four-hour exam. Students answers will be stored electronically then printed by Graduate School personnel and provided to the department without students names for faculty scoring. The four (4) hour written comprehensive examination will be divided into a combination of half - hour and one-hour questions. Answers to each question will be independently scored by three faculty members; questions will be passed if two of the three faculty members find the answers acceptable. Students must pass three hours of the four hour exam to pass the written exam. A notification of pass/fail will be mailed to the student through procedures outlined by the Graduate School. Requirements for an Oral Comprehensive Exam will be determined as follows: Students who pass all written exam questions will not be required to complete an oral examination (i.e., those who failed 0 questions)
18 17 Students who pass 3 to 3.5 hours of the written exam will be required to pass an oral examination (i.e., those who failed.5 to 1 hour of the exam) Students who pass 2.5 hours or less will be required to rewrite a written comprehensive exam. (i.e., those who failed 1.5 hours or more) Students not passing the written exam the first time may repeat the written examination at the regularly scheduled time and location in a subsequent semester. In accordance with Graduate School policy, the maximum limit for completion of a graduate degree program is seven (7) years. Students not passing the second written examination will be dismissed from the program without being granted the master s degree. Students who fail the written comprehension exams are not eligible for a thesis option. Students who have failed the written or oral comprehensive exams are not eligible to complete the thesis option. DISTANCE WRITTEN COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS POLICY & PROCEDURES Students who are not on campus the semester they are scheduled to take the written exam may be allowed to take it at a distance site with permission from the department chairperson. Students taking the written comprehensive exams at a distance site must secure a proctor who is a university official, an examiner from a testing center, a K-12 school administrator, a librarian, or senior personnel at the employment/practicum site. The student and proctor must complete the Written Comprehensive Examination at a Distance Proctor form and submit to the department chairperson for approval at least one month prior to the exam. The exam will be accessed online from a computer that does not belong to the student. Students will log in to Blackboard to complete the exam within the four-hour test window. Exam questions will also be ed to the proctor in a password protected document. If the Blackboard technology fails in any way, the proctor will call the department at to obtain the password, open the document, and provide the questions to the student. In the event, students needed to use the password protected document format, proctors will the exam to the Graduate School. Instructions will be ed to proctors at least three days prior to the scheduled exam date. THE ORAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION Students who fail.5 to 1 hour of the written exam must complete a 1-2 hour oral examination. During the oral exam, students will answer questions elaborating on aspects of their written responses and other areas deemed appropriate by the student s committee members. Dates for the oral comprehensive examinations will be determined by the Department of Communication Disorders. Students may select a time and date from a menu of options offered by the Department.
19 18 The committee for the oral examination will include three faculty members from the Department of Communication Disorders. A fourth graduate committee member will be selected from outside of the Department. The department will assign the chair and within-department members. Students are responsible for selecting and scheduling the out-of-department member. Upon completion of the oral defense, the Graduate Committee will determine whether the student has successfully passed the oral exam. The Committee s deliberations and vote will be held in private. The Graduate Committee shall vote by simple majority. The committee may determine one of the following outcomes: The student s oral examination was acceptable; the student passed. The student needs to come back at a later date and continue the oral examination. The committee will determine the time lapse they feel will most benefit and prepare the student for successful completion of the oral. If the student s oral exam performance was not acceptable; the student will be required to repeat the oral examination the following semester. Only one repetition of the oral examination is permitted; students not passing the second oral will be dismissed from the program without graduating. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL The graduate school will be responsible for: Providing guidance to students and faculty as needed on Graduate School policy and procedures for comprehensive Examinations, Providing the electronic media on which the written exams will be stored, coordinating the distribution of written exam responses for faculty review and the securing of exam responses. STANDARD TIMELINE FOR COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS Each school term the Department and/or Graduate School will publish and distribute the specific dates and procedures for the comprehensive examinations scheduled for that term. 1. Students intending to take the written comprehensive examination, must inform the department chairperson of their intent no later than four (4) weeks prior to the scheduled exam. 2. Students must file Permission to Take Written Comprehensive Examination with the Graduate School no later than 12 noon, two weeks prior to the exam. 3. Seek any needed clarifications from advisor or faculty. 4. Complete the Written Examination as scheduled.
20 19 5. For those students required to complete an oral exam, file the Oral Comprehensive Examination Notification in the Graduate School no later than one (1) week prior to the exam. 6. Complete the Oral Examination GRADUATION CHECKLIST FOR MASTER S STUDENTS SELECTING THE COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS OPTION The following activities should be completed prior to or during the semester listed. YEAR ONE: FALL SEMESTER Complete Program of Study form and submit it to the Graduate School. Maintain GPA of 3.0 or better. YEAR ONE: SPRING SEMESTER Maintain cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Continue progress on coursework. Consider the decision for Thesis or Comprehensive Exam options. Submit changes to Program of Study form with the Graduate School if applicable. Begin exploring options for external practicum placement. YEAR ONE: SUMMER SEMESTER Maintain cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Make a commitment to the Comprehensive Exam option. Continue progress on coursework. Submit changes to Program of Study form with the Graduate School if applicable Refine options and contacts for external practicum placement. YEAR TWO: FALL SEMESTER Maintain cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Finalize external practicum placement including providing information for contract to external practicum coordinator and department administrative assistant. Continue progress on coursework. Submit changes to Program of Study form with the Graduate School if applicable YEAR TWO: SPRING SEMESTER Maintain cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Complete Final Externship Experience. Notify Graduate School of Intent to Write Comprehensive Examination Complete written comprehensive exam Complete oral comprehensive exam, if required. Complete Application for Graduation no later than the beginning of the second week of the semester. Submit changes to Program of Study form with the Graduate School if applicable