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Master of Science In
Speech-language Pathology

Student Expectations

Students are expected to become familiar with everything below. 

Students must possess fundamental skills/abilities that will allow them to acquire the knowledge and skills required to the practice of speech-language pathology, to function effectively in a broad variety of clinical situations, and to render competent patient care. Please review the Essential Functions for Students in the Speech-Language Pathology M.S. Program document for more information. 

When working in clinical sites, students are expected to perform all duties in a professional manner and to observe appropriate infection control procedures as outlined in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines

Students are also strongly encouraged to participate in charitable volunteer activities.
Please download the Volunteer Hours Record to document your volunteer experience. 

Download the Graduate Student Handbook: Speech Language Pathology for additional information regarding graduate student expectations. 

Residency Requirements

All students in the M.S. program in Speech-Language Pathology must be full-time in residence during the program of study. The minimum duration for graduate study is five consecutive semesters (including summer sessions). All M.S. students are expected to complete SPA 719, Externship in Speech Pathology, during their final semester of the program. Part-time students are not eligible for admission. 

As of the Fall 2014 semester, all full-time WVU students must be covered by some form of health insurance. Please see the Student Insurance Office website for more information. 

Essential Functions

In accordance with ASHA, it is the position of the M.S. program in Speech-Language Pathology that professional competence in providing services to individuals with communication disorders requires cultural competence as well. The Program thus supports ASHA’s position statement on  Cultural Competence in Professional Service Delivery and encourages all students and professionals to use ASHA’s  Cultural Competence Checklist: Service Delivery.

In addition, students must possess fundamental sensory/observational, communication, motor, intellectual/cognitive, and social/behavioral abilities that will allow them to acquire the knowledge and skills requisite to the practice of speech-language pathology, to function effectively in a broad variety of clinical situations, and to render competent patient care. These abilities are described in more detail in the department's  Essential Functions for Students in the M.S. Program in Speech-Language Pathology document.

When working in the WVU Speech and Hearing Centers, or in any off-campus clinical site, students are expected to perform all duties in a professional manner and to observe appropriate infection control procedures. Accordingly, students are expected to conform to the  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines regarding infection prevention and expectations for safe care.

CSD Department's Policy on Use of Electronic Personal Devices in the Classroom

Unless otherwise directed by the course instructor, it is the policy of the West Virginia University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders that: 
  1. Cell phones should be silenced and put away during all class periods, and that students are not to leave class with the purpose of checking them. 
  2. While laptops and tablet computers may be permitted for purposes of note-taking, activities including (but not limited to) web browsing, texting, messaging, and any form of social networking are prohibited during class periods. 
  3. In addition to cell phones and computers, no technology, including (but not limited to) electronic calculators, portable media (mp3) players, smartphones, personal data assistants, and e-book readers, should be at or near students’ seats during any in-class test, quiz, or other form of learning assessment. 
  4. Students who require assistive technology must present documentation from Disability Services to the course instructor at the beginning of the semester.