SLP Graduate Courses

A total of 32 hours of academic coursework over five semesters (including summers). Clinical practicum requires enrollment for additional credit hours each semester and summer. The typical course load per semester is 12-15 credit hours (including practicum); in the summer students usually engage in practicum full time, along with one academic course.

CORE COURSES:

CSD 393D Evaluation and Treatment in Speech Language Pathology. Core courses for clinical competence in speech-language pathology.

Topic 1: Developmental Speech Disorders. This course centers on understanding of typical speech acquisition and developmental speech disorders from both phonetic and phonological perspectives. Students will learn how to apply this knowledge to assessment and intervention for children with developmental speech disorders.  Factors related to understanding the nature of speech disorders will also be covered (e.g. structural deviations in speech mechanisms, etiological categories such as hearing impairment or developmental apraxia).

Topic 2: Fluency Disorders. Theoretical concepts and remedial approaches to disorders in speech fluency, particularly the disorder of stuttering.

Topic 3: Developmental Language Disorders. Overview of assessment and intervention for children with language impairments from infancy through early school age. Topics addressed include etiologies of language impairment, manifestation of language impairment in diverse populations, assessment principles and procedures, principles and strategies for intervention, and evaluation of the effectiveness of intervention.

Topic 4: Acquired Speech Disorders. A survey course focusing on the characteristics, classification, assessment, and treatment of acquired speech disorders.

Topic 5: Acquired Cognitive Communication Disorders 1. A survey course addressing the nature, assessment, and management of acquired neurogenic disorders of language and communication. Specific topics include aphasia and right hemisphere disorders.

CSD 393E Topics Cognate to Speech-Language Pathology. New developments in related areas and their applications to speech-language pathology.

Topic 1: Measurement in Communication Disorders. Issues surrounding and strategies employed in the assessment of communication disorders, with particular emphasis on assessment in linguistically and culturally diverse populations. Emphasis on nondiscriminatory assessment.

CSD 193D Voice Disorders. Theory and research in the area of voice disorders with particular emphasis on phonatory problems. Strategies for assessment and intervention are explored.

CSD 193E Dysphagia. Characteristics, evaluation and (re)habilitation of individuals with swallowing disorders due to neurogenic and/or structural deficits.

CLINICAL COURSES:

CSD 185C, 285C, 385C Clinical practicum in Pediatric Speech-Language Pathology.  Practicum in prevention and treatment of speech and/or language disorders in children.  Students should enroll for at least three credits in pediatric speech language pathology.
Prerequisite. Completion of CSD 367K or concurrent enrollment in Developmental Language Disorders or Developmental Speech Disorders

CSD 185D, 285D, 385D Clinical Practicum in Adult Speech/Language Pathology.  Practicum in prevention and treatment of speech and/or language disorders in adults.  Students should enroll for at least three credits in adult speech language pathology.
Prerequisite. Completion of CSD 371 or concurrent enrollment in Acquired Speech Disorders or Acquired Language Disorders

CSD 186D, 286D Assessment of Speech and Language Disorders.  Differential diagnosis and assessment of communication disorders.  Students should complete at least two credits of assessment in speech language pathology.
Prerequisite. Successful completion of CSD 285C and CSD 285D and 100 clinical clock hours.

CSD 287E Externship in Speech Language Pathology.  Field placement in speech language pathology.  Students must complete at least four externship credits
Prerequisite. Successful completion of CSD 285C and CSD 285D and 100 clinical clock hours.

OTHER COURSEWORK:

CSD 180E, 280E, 380E Conference Course in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Readings in the literature of communication sciences and disorders designed to expand the graduate student's opportunity for individual consultation both in research and in informational aspects of the work.

CSD 383N Seminar in Human Communication Development. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Consideration of strategies for original research in developmental sequences of communication behaviors and for research in classroom applications. Representative topics include linguistic behaviors, oral language development, and second language instruction.

CSD 386N Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Strategies and methodology in the design and analysis of research in communication sciences and disorders.

CSD 392P Speech Perception Theory and Clinical Aspect.

CSD 393E Topics Cognate to Speech-Language Pathology. New developments in related areas and their applications to speech-language pathology.

Topic 2: Bilingual Collaborative Models of Assessment and Intervention for Bilingual Children. This course surveys a number of recent changes in service delivery in speech-language pathology, focusing on bilingual individuals, and includes topics such as family-centered services, team approaches and issues, classroom consultation and collaboration, laws affecting the field, and counseling techniques for communication disorders in multicultural contexts. This course is an elective topic in the present curricular structure.

CSD 391E Language Theory and Bilingualism. Exploration of the impact of bilingualism on assessment and intervention in communication disorders. A framework is developed for the understanding of language disorders in bilingual children and adults that is based on linguistic and psycholinguistic theories of first and second language acquisition.

CSD 393J Acquired Cognitive Communication 2.  A survey course addressing the nature, assessment, and management of acquired neurogenic disorders of language and communication. Specific topics include traumatic brain injury and typical as well as atypical forms of dementia.

CSD 393K Child Language Disorders. Design of language intervention for children and adolescents, with an emphasis on school-based intervention. Themes addressed include the nature and principles of intervention, designing intervention programs, and integrating language learning with learning across intelligences.

CSD 395N Neurobiology of Language. Provides grounding in sensory, motor, and neurophysiological correlates of speech and language. Topics covered include neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of human brain with emphasis on corticobulbar motor pathways, auditory, somesthetic and visual projection systems; theoretical perspectives on language representation in the brain; cognitive neuroscience brain imaging research; neurophonetic theories of sound processing; and hemispheric specializations.

CSD 398T Supervised Teaching for Graduate Students in Communication Sciences and Disorders. A course in college-level course organization and teaching techniques.

CSD 698A, B Master's Thesis. The equivalent of three class hours a week for two semesters.