The student must pass a written comprehensive examination to earn the Master of Arts Degree in Communicative Disorders. The comprehensive examinations evaluate the KASA Knowledge-Based Competencies delineated by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. There are nine KASA Knowledge-Based Competency Areas (ten individual examinations). Students are required to pass all nine KASA Competency Areas to fulfill the M.A. terminal evaluation requirement. To pass a KASA Competency Area (e.g., Fluency), the student must pass all individual competencies within that area.
1. The COMD 501 course instructs students on the nature of the KASA Competency Areas and the pre-requisite coursework required prior to testing in each Competency Area.
2. The nine KASA Competency Areas encompass ten individual examinations since Receptive and Expressive Language are separate exams. The nine KASA Competency Areas are: Articulation and Phonology, Fluency, Voice and Resonance, Receptive and Expressive Language (two separate exams), Hearing, Swallowing, Cognitive Aspects of Communication, Social Aspects of Communication, and Communication Modalities. Exam questions for each Competency Area (with the exception of the Case Study) will be specified on the KASA website (http://communications.fullerton.edu/kasa/assessments.php). Any changes to specified questions will be provided to students upon exam application (see #5).
3. Students take the KASA Competency Exam following completion of the prerequisite coursework for that Competency Area (e.g., Fluency). Students must test in a Competency Area within two KASA administrations (semesters) following satisfactory completion of prerequisite coursework for that Competency Area. Satisfactory completion is defined as a grade of "C" or better for the course.
4. The KASA Competency Exams are given once per semester: 1) the fourth week in September, and 2) the fourth week in February. A 3-hour writing period is allowed for each KASA Competency Exam. Students may take up to three KASA Competency Exams (including re-test areas) per administration.
5. Students must apply to take their KASA Competency Exam(s) at least 30 days prior to the examination week, and return the application form with attached unofficial transcripts displaying a grade for each prerequisite course to the department secretary by the deadline date.
6. Student's names will be removed from examination papers before readings and evaluations by professors. Each student will be given an identification number for the examination paper.
7. Faculty members will score questions and determine if all individual competencies within each KASA Competency Exam are met. Second opinions shall be requested when an individual competency is failed. Disagreements will be negotiated between the two faculty members involved. Final decisions will be submitted in writing.
8. If the student fails to pass any individual competency within the KASA Competency Exam, s/he must perform the 'Completion Activity' designated by the primary faculty reader of that KASA Competency Exam. The Completion Activity can include (but is not limited to): short paper, assigned reading, clinical observations, oral conference, oral test of the failed competency question, and/or written rewrite of the failed competency question.
9. Upon satisfactory completion of the Completion Activity, the faculty reader signs the Failed Competency Completion form and submits the form to the Graduate Adviser. The student must satisfactorily pass the Completion Activity within two semesters of the failed attempt (e.g. KASA exam). Two attempts to satisfactorily pass the Completion Activity will be allowed. Students' KASA Summary form, which shows the KASA competency areas that have been achieved, are posted on the KASA website (http://communications.fullerton.edu/kasa/index.php) in a password-protected area reached by selecting "My KASA" on the menu.
10. The Department Graduate Adviser notifies the Graduate Studies Office when the student has passed all nine KASA Competency Areas, thus completing the Terminal Evaluation requirementProcedures