Sep 28, 2020
Major in Communication Disorders
M.S. Degree Requirements
(See requirements in the “Graduate Catalog”.)
The WTAMU Communication Disorders Program is nationally accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).
The primary goal of the master’s degree program in communication disorders is to develop competent professional practitioners who are prepared to work with other disciplines and make contributions to the field of speech-language pathology and who are well grounded in diagnostic and therapeutic skills. Knowledge of and participation in research is strongly encouraged.
Length of the program may vary depending on the undergraduate background of the student; the master’s degree in communication disorders is available with a thesis or non-thesis option. In addition, enrollment in clinical practicum each semester is required in order to achieve a total of 400 clinic clock hours.
In addition to University and Graduate School admission requirements, the program requires:
- Apply to the WTAMU graduate school using Apply Texas;
- A two page personal statement titled “What Does Professionalism Mean to Me?” The paper should use 12 pt. font and be double spaced;
- Three letters of professional recommendation (e.g. professor, supervisor, or employer) on professional letterhead recommended;
- Graduate committee to perform interviews as needed;
- Transcript of all current course work completed;
- A grade point average of 3.2 or higher.
Application deadline is January 15.
The technical paper and letters of recommendation should be mailed directly to:
The Graduate School, Admissions Coordinator
West Texas A&M University
WTAMU Box 60215
Canyon, Texas 79016-0001
Ongoing Program Requirements
Documentation required within the first two weeks of classes:
- Documented copy of liability insurance.
- Evidence of a current CPR card.
- Immunizations: Required-tuberculosis; Strongly recommended-rubella (women only) and hepatitis B.
- Courses with grades of “C,” “D,” “F,” “I” (incomplete), “IP” or “X” (drop or withdrawal) cannot be used to satisfy requirements for graduate degree.
- Certified background check.
- Take the Praxis NESPA specialty area exam. (ASHA examination; 162 or better is passing.)
- Students must demonstrate mastery of all learning outcomes that are part of the Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA). The KASA learning outcomes are incorporated into and listed on the syllabi of each graduate course in communication disorders. This requirement helps meet standards of the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
- Students are required to pass a comprehensive final exam.
Thesis and Non-Thesis Options
The master of science degree in communication disorders includes two options.
Thesis Option (62 hours)*
Non-Thesis Option (56 hours)*
*Additional hours may be required to meet ASHA requirements.