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Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, MS, MA, MEd

Specialization(s): Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MEd); Speech-Language Pathology (MS, MA)
Department: Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education Department
College: Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services



Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education

About This Degree

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, which houses the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, ranks in the top 2% of all graduate colleges of education. The college was also ranked third in the nation in total research dollars received, according to “America's Best Graduate Schools” U.S. News & World Report.

The department is organized into three divisions: audiology, speech-language pathology, and deaf education.

The speech-language pathology MS degree requires students to complete a research component. The MA degree requires a comprehensive examination. Both MS and MA degrees are recognized as comparable degrees within both clinical and academic speech-language pathology settings.

The MEd is designed for students who plan to work in the deaf educational field.

The Educational Specialist (EdS) program is designed for individuals who have completed the master’s degree and who are practicing in educational settings.


Specialization(s):

Students must choose a specialization.

  • Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MEd): This specialization is accredited by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) and is also approved by the Utah State Office of Education. After completing this program, students may be licensed by the Utah State Board of Education as teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, and they also meet the requirements for licensure by CED. Students who complete the curriculum are prepared to provide services as teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing in any setting in which such services are provided. This specialization has three different areas students can choose to study: 1) 0-5 early intervention, which focuses on listening and spoken language; 2) 0-5 bilingual-bicultural education, which focuses on developing American Sign Language as the first language and English as the second language; 3) K-12 bilingual-bicultural education, which focuses on developing American Sign Language as the first language and English as the second language.
  • Speech-Language Pathology (MS, MA): The speech-language pathology program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The MS and MA degrees prepare students to work with individuals of any age who have difficulties with communication or swallowing. This may include infants or children with speech, language, hearing, and literacy development problems; children and adults who stutter, have voice disorders; or children or adults who suffer speech, language and swallowing problems as the consequence of neurological disease or stroke. Students may also apply for the listening and spoken language emphasis, working with children who have hearing loss.

Location(s)

  • MS - Logan Campus
  • MA - Logan Campus
  • MEd - Logan Campus

Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialization

  • Graduates become teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing

Speech-Language Pathology Specialization

Graduates can work in the following settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing facilities
  • Home health care centers
  • Community centers
  • Private practice settings

Admissions Requirements

It is preferred that applicants have undergraduate backgrounds in communicative disorders or deaf education, depending on their desired specialization.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on the GRE or MAT  (MAT only accepted upon approval by the department)
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
  • Students interested in the education of the deaf and hard of hearing specialization with a bilingual-bicultural focus must pass an ASL assessment. Contact the department for more information about this assessment.

International students have additional admissions requirements.


Admissions Deadlines

The department has the following deadline:

  • MA, MS - Summer semester - February 1st
  • The education of the deaf and hard of hearing specialization continues accepting students after this deadline if there is room in the program.

Master's Degree Plan Option(s)

Students can receive the MS, MA, or MEd by pursuing one of three options:

  • In the Plan A option, students complete graduate-level coursework and must write a thesis.
  • The Plan B option requires the production of a paper or creative work of art and is expected to reflect equivalent scholarship standards as a thesis.
  • A third option, Plan C (MA only), does not involve a thesis or a defense meeting and is comprised of coursework only.

Financial Assistance

The Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education provides funding for many of its graduate students through teaching or research assistantships, available through the department or faculty having contracts, grants, or other awards.

A variety of additional funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, tuition awards, and travel support. Additionally, students may be eligible for subsidized health insurance through qualifying assistantships.


Program Requirements

Click here to see course requirements for the Master of Science.

Click here to see course requirements for the Master of Arts.

Click here to see course requirements for the Master of Education.

Speech-Language Pathology Specialization:

Students in this specialization must complete clinical practicum and student teaching experiences. The requirements for these experiences are determined by the department, which also arranges each student’s placement with various organizations.

Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialization:

Students in this specialization must complete a practicum and student teaching experience, which is arranged by the department. There is also a unique opportunity to attend residency schools for the deaf throughout the country.


Advisor(s)

Michelle Wilson
Advisor
Office: LILLY 14
Phone: (435) 797-9271
Email: michelle.wilson@usu.edu



Faculty

Jill Andrus, MS, Utah State University
Clinical Supervisor
Area: Speech-language pathology
Office: EBLS 210
Phone: (435) 797-2716
Email: jill.andrus@usu.edu


Chad Bingham, MS, Utah State University
Clinical Supervisor
Area: Speech-language pathology
Office: ECERC 212
Phone: (435) 797-2245
Email: chad.bingham@usu.edu


James Blair, PhD, Northwestern University
Professor
Area: Audiology, education of the deaf and hard of hearing
Office: LILLY 103
Phone: (435) 797-1388
Email: james.blair@usu.edu


Kim Corbin-Lewis, PhD, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Department Head, Professor
Area: Speech-language pathology
Office: LILLY 108
Phone: (435) 797-1302
Email: kim.corbin-lewis@usu.edu


Anne Elsweiler, MA, Texas Woman’s University
Clinical Instructor
Area: Speech-language pathology
Office: LILLY 156
Phone: (435) 797-1383
Email: anne.elsweiler@usu.edu


Beth Foley, PhD, University of Massachusetts
Dean, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, Professor
Area: Speech-language pathology
Office: EDUC 109 A
Phone: (435) 797-1470
Email: beth.foley@usu.edu


Ron Gillam, PhD, Indiana University
Professor
Area: Speech-language pathology
Office: ECERC 224
Phone: (435) 797-1704
Email: ron.gillam@usu.edu


Sandi Gillam, PhD, University of Memphis
Associate Professor
Area: Speech-language pathology
Office: ECERC 222
Phone: (435) 797-7028
Email: sandi.gillam@usu.edu


Debbie Golos, PhD, University of Colorado – Boulder
Associate Professor
Area: Bilingual-bicultural deaf education
Office: LILLY 42
Phone: (435) 797-2760
Email: debbie.golos@usu.edu


Todd Houston, PhD, University of South Carolina
Assistant Professor
Area: Speech-language pathology
Office: LILLY 152
Phone: (435) 797-0434
Email: todd.houston@usu.edu


Heather Jensen, AuD, Arizona School of Health Science
Audiology Clinical Supervisor/Coordinator
Area: Audiology
Office: LILLY 038
Phone: (435) 797-1390
Email: heather.jensen@usu.edu


Freeman King, EdD, McNeese State University
Professor, Deaf Education Division Chair
Area: Bilingual-bicultural deaf education
Office: LILLY 106
Phone: (435) 797-1343
Email: freeman.king@usu.edu


Jeffery Larsen, PhD, University of Illinois
Clinical Assistant Professor
Area: Classroom acoustics, speech perception, audiology
Office: LILLY 028
Phone: (435) 797-2670
Email: jeffery.larsen@usu.edu


Jaclyn Littledike, MS, Utah State University
Assistant Professor, Interim Speech-Language Pathology Division Chair
Area: Speech-language pathology
Office: LILLY 153
Phone: (435) 797-1380
Email: jaclyn.littledike@usu.edu


Sonia Manuel-Dupont, PhD, University of Kansas
Associate Professor of English and Civil and Environmental Engineering
Area: Linguistics
Office: LILLY 101
Phone: 435-797-1340
Email: Sonia.manuel-dupont@usu.edu


Karen Munoz, PhD, Northern Illinois University
Assistant Professor
Area: Pediatric audiology, amplification, clinical audiology
Office: ECERC 158
Phone: (435) 797-3701
Email: karen.munoz@usu.edu


Lauri Nelson, PhD, University of Utah
Assistant Professor
Area: Deaf education, listening and spoken language
Office: ECERC 150
Phone: (435) 797-8051
Email: lauri.nelson@usu.edu


Cache Pitt, AuD, Salus University
Clinical Assistant Professor
Area: Audiology
Office: ECERC 149
Phone: (435) 797-9311
Email: cache.pitt@usu.edu


Amy Porter, AuD, Utah State University
Clinical Audiologist
Area: Audiology
Office: LILLY 014
Phone: (435) 797-1390
Email: amy.porter@usu.edu


Elizabeth Preston, AuD, Texas Tech University
Pediatric Audiologist
Area: Pediatric audiology
Office: ECERC 154
Phone: (435) 797-2507
Email: elizabeth.preston@usu.edu


John Ribera, PhD, University of Washington
Associate Professor, Audiology Division Chair
Area: Audiology
Office: LILLY 038
Phone: (435) 797-7190
Email: john.ribera@usu.edu


Vicki Simonsmeier, MST, University of Wisconsin
Clinical Assistant Professor
Area: Speech-language pathology
Office: LILLY 154
Phone: (435) 797-7554
Email: vicki.simonsmeier@usu.edu


Susan Watkins, EdD, Utah State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Deaf education
Office: HSRC 314
Phone: (435) 797-5585
Email: sue.watkins@usu.edu


Julie Wolter, PhD, Wichita State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Speech-language pathology
Office: LILLY 102
Phone: (435) 797-1384
Email: julie.wolter@usu.edu


Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: ASHA is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally.

Deaf Education Student Association: DESA is a place where future teachers and professionals who work with deaf people gain the opportunity to interact with professionals already in the field. DESA also educates the public about the deaf community through activities and mini-workshops. The professional network allows students to connect with professional communities and search for career opportunities.

National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association: NSSLHA is the national organization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication. NSSLHA has approximately 13,000 members with chapters at more than 300 colleges and universities.

American Sign Language Club: USU is home to an ASL club for students from all majors interested in sign language.


Labs, Centers, Research

Center for Persons with Disabilities: The CPD is a nationally recognized research center that joins the expertise of researchers and faculty with community partners to address the most difficult challenges facing persons with disabilities and their families. Research addresses issues that cross fields ranging from biomedicine to education. In clinical experiences, learners join teams of professionals, family members, and individuals with disabilities to deliver services and supports.


Center for the School of the Future: The CSF is a research center dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of education by identifying effective educational practices and supporting their dissemination and adoption in local circumstances.


Early Intervention Research Institute: The EIRI is an interdisciplinary organization committed to investigating and improving policies and practices that support the well-being of at-risk children as well as those with special needs and their families. The institute conducts research as well as provides training and technical assistance at community, state, national, and international levels.


SKI*HI Institute: The SKI-HI Institute enhances the lives of young children with special needs, their families, and care givers. The institute’s training and services focus on early intervention and early childhood programming for infants and young children, ages birth to five years, with hearing and vision impairments and other disabilities.


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