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Communication Disorders

ASHA Standards

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association currently requires students to complete 375 clinical clock hours as part of their educational training. At least 325 hours must be completed at the graduate level. Students must work directly with clients providing assessment and/or intervention to earn these hours and are monitored by ASHA certified supervisors. Students may earn ASHA hours in all of the clinical practicum settings offered by MSU.

Clinical practicum experiences include opportunities to work with clients across the life span and from various cultural backgrounds in the following areas:


  • Case history and report writing
  • Selection and administration of assessments including behavioral observations and other nonstandardized procedures
  • Adaption of evaluation procedures
  • Interpretation and synthesis of information for diagnosis & recommendation.
  • Administration and reporting functions
  • Prevention and screening


  • Development of intervention plans with measurable, appropriate goals by collaborating with families.
  • Implementation of intervention plans
  • Selection of appropriate materials & instrumentation
  • Measurement of performance & programs
  • Identification and referral of clients


  • Communication about effectively recognizing needs, values, and cultural background of clients and others
  • Collaboration with other professionals
  • Provision of counseling regarding communication and swallowing disorders
  • Adherence to the ASHA Code of Ethics