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Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

CSD Graduate Student Learning Outcomes

By completing the CSD Graduate Program at UMD, students will develop the following knowledge and skills, which align with the 2014 ASHA Certification Standards.


GDIR-1: Basic Communication and Swallowing Processes
Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication process, including the biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural basis.
GDIR-2: Speech, Language, Hearing, Communication and Swallowing Disorders and DifferencesGraduates will demonstrate knowledge of the etiologies, characteristics and anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic and cultural correlates of communication and swallowing disorders:
  • articulation
  • fluency
  • voice and resonance, including respiration and phonation
  • receptive and expressive language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics) in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and manual modalities
  • hearing, including the impact on speech and language
  • swallowing (oral, pharyngeal, esophageal, and related functions, including oral function for feeding; orofacial myofunction)
  • cognitive aspects of communication (attention, memory, sequencing, problem-solving, executive functioning)
  • social aspects of communication (including challenging behavior, ineffective social skills, lack of communication opportunities)
  • communication modalities (including oral, manual, augmentative, and alternative communication techniques and assistive techniques
GDIR-3: Ethical Conduct, Contemporary Professional Issues
Graduates will demonstrate standards of ethical conduct.
  • contemporary professional issues
  • certification, specialty recognition, licensure, and other relevant professional credentials.

GDIR-4: Research
Graduates will demonstrate integration of research principles into evidence-based practice.

GDIR-5: Clinical Skills
Graduates will demonstrate the basic foundations of treatment of communication disorders including:
  • Prevention, evaluation, and intervention
  • oral and written or other forms of communication
  • Interaction and personal qualities including counseling, collaborative, ethical practice, and professional behavior
  • effective interaction with patients, families, professionals, and other individuals as appropriate
  • application of the principles of evidence-based practice
  • self-evaluation of effectiveness of practice

GDIR-6: Writing-Academic
Graduates will demonstrate organized and professional writing skills for academic and clinical situations: organization, technical skills, audience and purpose.

GDIR-7: Writing-Clinical
Graduates will demonstrate organized and professional writing skills for academic and clinical situations: organization, technical skills, audience and purpose.

GDIR-8: Speaking
Graduate students will demonstrate speaking skills necessary for professional and oral communication: organization, appearance/presentation, audience and purpose.

GDIR-9: Self-Evaluation: Clinical Skills
Graduates will demonstrate self-evaluation of effectiveness of practice.


As part of their education, students' performance is assessed for achievement of the above outcomes. Composite information also is used for assessment and improvement of the CSD Program.  For more information, visit the University of Minnesota Web site on Graduate Program Goals.



2014-2015 Grad Second Year Portfolio

For the second year graduate stuents, the CSD Department continues to use a basic electronic portfolio for students to demonstrate their learning.  Build your portfolio in GoogleDrive, working with the assessment coordinator.  Use your portfolio checklist as your guide.

  • Background File: Undergraduate transcripts and Undergraduate Clock Hours documents
  • Checklist File: Portfolio Checklist, updated each semester.
  • Elements File:  Examples of your work across four elements, with element rubrics: Research, Speaking, Academic Writing, Clinical Writing
  • CSD Grid File: CSD Grid, updated each semester with courses, clinical experiences, and independent choices.
  • Clinical Education File: Grading protocols, Clock Hours, Graphs
  • Reflections: Reflection at the end of each semester, plus element rubrics.
  • coursework checklist
  • Wrap-UpFile: Final Coursework Checklist, Clock Hours Degree Clearance, Portfolio Approval Documents

Portfolio Submission Itinerary (Second-Year Grads only)



December 17, 2014:

  • Second Year Grads: Portfolios due, updated through Fall 2014. 


Second-Year Grads enroll in CSD 5011: Portfolio

April 24, 2015: Second Year Grad Portfolios submitted for review. 


May 13, 2015:

  • Final documents uploaded to portfolio.



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