Communication Sciences and Disorders

Program Description

The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) major emphasizes the biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic, and cultural bases of basic human communication and swallowing. It is an interdisciplinary program in which students acquire knowledge of biological science, physical science, statistics, and social/behavioral science.   

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, credentialing, and scientific organization for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech-language-hearing scientists. Students can learn more about undergraduate education in communication sciences and disorders, as well as information about speech-language pathology and related professions from the ASHA website: https://www.asha.org/Students/undergraduate-students/.

The National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association

The National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional membership association for students interested in the study of communication sciences and disorders. La Salle University formed an ASHA recognized NSSLHA chapter in 2002. Membership in the La Salle NSSLHA chapter is available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program.

Student NSSLHA members can increase their involvement in the field by visiting professional work sites, engaging in group outreach programs, attending panel discussions, fundraising, and more. NSSLHA membership allows students to engage in leadership activities locally and nationally by promoting dialogue between students, professionals, and community members. For more information, please visit the NSSLHA Web site: www.nsslha.org.

CSD Student Handbook

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Student Handbook contains program-specific rules, guidelines, and procedures for progression and is available through the mylasalle Portal.

Why take this major?

The Communication Sciences and Disorders major provides students with the knowledge needed to enter a master’s degree program in speech-language pathology, which is the entry-level degree for professional practice as a speech-language-pathologist. Speech-language pathologists care for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds with communication and swallowing disorders. They assess, treat, and help to prevent speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, fluency, and related disorders. A bachelor’s degree in CSD can also lead to other career areas, including careers in rehabilitation science, health care, and education.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • The student will demonstrate knowledge of the principles of biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and social/behavioral sciences.
  • The student will demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases.
  • The student will communicate effectively in writing and speaking.
  • The student will apply critical thinking to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information.
  • The student will identify professional and clinical practice issues in the field of speech-language pathology.

Program Contact Information

Jennifer Kleinow, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Professor, Chair, and Graduate Program Director

2203 St. Benilde Tower

kleinow@lasalle.edu

(215) 951-1232

Degree Earned

B.S.

Number of Courses Required for Graduation

Major: 17

Total: 40

Number of Credits Required for Graduation

Major: 51-53

Total: 120 to 122

GPA Required for Graduation

Major: 3.0

Cumulative: 3.0

Progress Chart

Level One - Core Courses

12 courses and 2 modules required

Universal Required Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete the following 4 courses.

ILO 8.1: Written Communication

ENG 110 - College Writing I: Persuasion

ILO 5.1: Information Literacy

ENG 210 - College Writing II: Research

ILO 1.1: Understanding Diverse Perspectives

FYS 130 - First-Year Academic Seminar **

NOTE. The following students use Level 2 Capstone Experience in Major instead of FYS 130: Honors, BUSCA, Core-to-Core, Transfer, and Non-Traditional/Evening.

ILO 2.1: Reflective Thinking and Valuing

REL 100 - Religion Matters

Elective Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs.

ILO 3.1a: Scientific Reasoning

BIO 161 Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab) or BIO 158 Life Science: A Human Approach

ILO 3.1b: Quantitative Reasoning

HSC 217 Statistics for Health Professionals

ILO 6.1: Technological Competency

CSC 154 Healthcare Informatics

ILO 8.1a/12.1: Oral Communication/ Collaborative Engagement

Choose course within ILO

Distinct Discipline Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs. Each course must be from a different discipline. (A "discipline" is represented by the 3- or 4-letter prefix attached to each course.)

ILO 4.1: Critical Analysis and Reasoning

SOC 150 Principles of Sociology or SOC 151 Social Problems and Social Policy

ILO 9.1: Creative and Artistic Expression

Choose course within ILO

ILO 10.1: Ethical Understanding and Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 11.1: Cultural and Global Awareness and Sensitivity

SPN 103 Elementary Spanish for Nursing and Health Sciences I preferred (or any other global language)

Universal Required Modules (2 Courses)

Students must complete the following 2 non-credit modules.
The Modules are not required for Transfer Students, Core-to-Core Students, or BUSCA Students. BUSCA students are required to take modules if/when they pursue a bachelor’s degree.

ILO 7.1a

Health Literacy Module

ILO 7.1b

Financial Literacy Module

Major Requirements

Major requirements include 4 Level Two ILO requirements, fulfilled through the major.

Students in this major must complete 40 courses in total in order to graduate. 17 courses will be from this major program.

Level Two (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course/learning experience in each of the 4 commitments.

ILO 2.2: Broader Identity (Capstone Course/Experience)

Fulfilled within major

Choose one ILO from 3.2a, 3.2b, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2, 7.2a, or 7.2b: Expanded Literacies

Fulfilled within major

ILO 8.2b: Effective Expression (Writing-Intensive Course)

Fulfilled within major

Choose on ILO from 10.2, 11.2, or 12.2: Active Responsibility

Fulfilled within major

All Other Required Courses

COSD 100 – Introduction to Language and Communication

COSD 102 – Introduction to Communication Disorders

COSD 200 – Phonetics

COSD 201 – Introduction to Sign Language

COSD 202 – Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms

COSD 203 – Speech and Language Development

COSD 211 – Acoustic Bases of Speech and Hearing

COSD 304 – Introduction to Audiology

COSD 306 – Neurological Bases of Communication and Behavior

COSD 308 – Clinical Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology

COSD 314 – Diagnostic Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology

COSD 409 – Multicultural Perspectives on Communication Disorders

COSD 413 – Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology

COSD 435 – Communication Sciences and Disorders Undergraduate Capstone

 

Supporting Courses:

PHY 270 – Physics for Health Sciences or CHM 161 – Chemistry of Life Science and CHL 161 – Laboratory

PSY 155– Introduction to Psychology

Free Electives

In addition to the requirements listed above, students must take enough courses to the fulfill graduation credit requirements for their School and major.

Dual Major Requirements

Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) and Spanish Double Major

The Communication Sciences and Disorders/Spanish double major aims to provide its students with the pre-clinical, linguistic and cultural foundations, which in addition to a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, are necessary to treat and work with patients that are bilingual English/Spanish, as well as those that are Spanish speakers with limited English proficiency.  Those wishing to become CSD/Spanish double majors must have their Spanish assessed by a Language faculty member in order to begin their studies at the appropriate level. After placement, students will follow the carefully designed course sequence prepared by the CSD and Languages departments. 

Requirements: Fulfill the requirements of the CSD major, as outlined by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and 10 Spanish courses starting at the intermediate level or higher. 

Minimum Requirements for Spanish:

SPN 205- Intermediate SPN for Nursing and Health Sciences I
SPN 206- Intermediate SPN for Nursing and Health Sciences II

SPN 301- Adv. Conversation and Composition I
SPN 302- Adv. Conversation and Composition II

SPN 420- Spanish for Speech Pathologists
SPN 421- Bilingualism in Spanish/English Speakers
SPN 422- Introduction to Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
SPN 423- Introduction to Spanish Dialectology

1 300/400 level Literature or Culture Course on Spain

1 300/400 level Literature or Culture Course on Latin America or SPN 307- Commercial
   Spanish. 

*Students placing above the intermediate level will not take SPN 205 or 206.  In lieu of these intermediate courses, students will take additional 300/400 level Spanish courses to fulfill their requirements.  Heritage speakers of Spanish will take SPN 203 and SPN 204, Spanish for Heritage Speakers I and II, instead of SPN 301 and SPN302.  

Minor Requirements

Required for Minor in CSD

Total of 19 credits, including two upper-level courses (300 and/or 400)

Required core sequence of courses for CSD Minor

  • COSD 100    Introduction to Language and Communication (3 credits)
    or
    COSD 203    Language Development (3 credits)
  • COSD 102    Introduction to Communication Disorders (3 credits)
  • COSD 200    Phonetics (3 credits)
  • COSD 202    Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (4 credits) (This course requires a prerequisite—BIO 158; BIO 161; BIO 162; BIO 164; or BIO 210)

An additional two courses must be selected from the following:

  • COSD 304    Introduction to Audiology (3 credits)
  • COSD 306    Neurological Bases of Communication and Behavior (3 credits)
  • COSD 409    Multicultural Perspectives on Communication Disorders (3 credits)
  • COSD 413    Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (3 credits)

Fall Freshman Year

ENG 110 (ILO 8b)

SPN 103 (ILO 11)

COSD 100

FYS (ILO 1)

BIO 161 or BIO 158 (Core3a)

15 or 16 Credits

Spring Freshman Year

COSD 102

SPN 104 or elective

REL 100 (ILO 2)

PHY 270 or CHM 161

Any ILO 8/12

15-16 Credits

Fall Sophomore Year

COSD 200

SOC 150 or SOC 151 (ILO 4)

ENG 210 (ILO 5)

COSD 202

Any ILO 9

15 Credits

Spring Sophomore Year

COSD 203

Any ILO 10

PSY 155

HSC 217 (ILO 3b)

COSD 211

15 Credits

Fall Junior Year

CSC 154 (ILO 6)

COSD 304

COSD 306

Elective

Elective

15 Credits

Spring Junior Year

COSD 308

COSD 314

Elective

Elective

Elective

15 Credits

Fall Senior Year

COSD 409

COSD 413

Elective

Elective

Elective

15 credits

Spring Senior Year

COSD 435

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

15 credits

Course Descriptions

COSD 100 - Introduction to Language and Communication

This course presents an introduction to linguistics, which is the study of human language and communication.  Each major branch of linguistics is surveyed with an emphasis on the structure, content, and use of English.  This course also explores language variation and the relationship between language and culture, language and the brain, and how children develop language.  Students practice techniques for linguistic analysis, and clinical applications to the fields of speech-language pathology and psychology are discussed. This class is cross-listed with PSY 242.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: CSD majors and minors

COSD 102 - Introduction to Communication Disorders

This course is an introductory survey of normal processes and disorders of speech, language, and hearing. The behavioral and social consequences of communication disorders in people throughout the life span are presented. Different categories, symptoms, and causes of communication disorders are examined. The roles of the Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist in the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders are discussed. Preferred American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) practice patterns pertaining to a variety of professional situations are surveyed.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD majors and minors

COSD 200 - Phonetics

This course involves the exploration and study of American English pronunciation through the application of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Students will be trained in transcription of English phonemes and allophones and introduced to distinctive feature analysis, phonological rules, prosodic features, and dynamics of articulation, American dialectical variants, and developmental phonology.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD majors and minors

COSD 201 - Introduction to Sign Language

This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL). Students will acquire basic ASL skills needed to communicate in a wide variety of situations.

Number of Credits: 3

COSD 202 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms

This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the structural organization (anatomy), function (physiology), and neural control for speech production and hearing. The course will emphasize both normal and disordered systems.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD majors and minors

Prerequisites: BIO 158 or BIO 210 or BIO 161 or permission of instructor.

COSD 203 - Speech and Language Development

This course explores the specific nature, sequence, and patterns of language development from birth through adolescence and its relation to other aspects of child development. Conditions that place infants and children at risk for speech and language disorders are explored. Patterns of normal language development are discussed as a guide for the evaluation and treatment of children with developmental language disorders. This course is cross-listed with PSY 342.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD majors and minors

Prerequisites: COSD 100 or permission of instructor

COSD 211 - Acoustic Bases of Speech and Hearing

This course explores the physical characteristics of speech sounds and the psychophysical processes involved in hearing and speech perception. Sound waves, resonance, decibels, and spectrogram reading are discussed. Computer applications with practical implications are explored.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

Restrictions: CSD majors and minors

Prerequisites: COSD 200 or permission of instructor

COSD 304 - Introduction to Audiology

This course is a survey of the field of audiology, including the measurement of hearing and the nature and causes of hearing impairment in infants, children, and adults. Students are introduced to strategies used by audiologists and physicians in managing hearing impairment.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

Restrictions: CSD majors and minors

COSD 306 - Neurological Bases of Communication and Behavior

This course is an examination of the structure (neuroanatomy), organization (neurophysiology), and functions of the central and peripheral nervous systems as they relate to speech, language, hearing, and cognition. Behavioral manifestations of normal and abnormal brain functioning are contrasted.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

Restrictions: CSD majors and minors

Prerequisites: COSD 202 or permission of instructor

COSD 308 - Clinical Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology

This course introduces the communication sciences and disorders  major to the clinical and supervisory process. Basic information regarding certification, professional standards, and ethics are discussed. Goal setting, lesson planning, methods of observing, describing and recording behavior, informal assessment and related topics are also discussed. Behavioral observation and computer technology in the measurement and modification of speaker/listener attributes are examined. Students develop clinical writing skills appropriate to various speech-language pathology settings. This course is an introduction to the clinical process and requires observation of a wide variety of clinical cases.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: For CSD majors and minors

Prerequisites: COSD 102, COSD 200, COSD 203, or permission of instructor

COSD 314 - Diagnostic Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology

This course provides the student majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders  with a framework for understanding the diagnostic process in Speech-Language Pathology. General topics in the area of diagnostics are discussed, including obtaining and interpreting assessment information. Report writing and presentation of findings are examined. Observations of diagnostic testing by an ASHA certified SLP are required. Principles and procedures common to the diagnosis of most communication and swallowing disorders are considered. Assessments of culturally and linguistically different individuals are surveyed. The ASHA Code of Ethics is emphasized. Standardized testing as well as alternatives to standardized testing are explored.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD majors and minors

Prerequisites: COSD 102, COSD 200, COSD 203, or permission of instructor

COSD 409 - Multicultural Perspectives on Communication Disorders

This course presents students with issues related to cross-linguistic and cross-cultural differences as they affect clinicians in the field of communication sciences and disorders. Topics include important sociolinguistic concepts, cross-cultural communication, assessment alternatives, and intervention strategies. Non-biased diagnosis and remediation of speech, language, fluency, voice, and hearing disorders among culturally and linguistically diverse groups are discussed.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

Restrictions: CSD majors and minors

Prerequisites: COSD 102, COSD 200 or permission of instructor

COSD 413 - Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology

This course examines the organization, administration, and implementation of speech and language pathology services in varied settings.  These settings include public and private schools; special schools; clinics; rehabilitation hospitals and agencies; acute-care hospitals; and private practices.  The course emphasizes the professional role of the SLP and discusses the ethical, legal, and professional standards of practice.  The impact of external pressures, e.g., fiscal and efficacy issues, on the practice of speech-language pathology is also addressed.  Multicultural variables impacting the practice of speech-language pathology from the legal and ethical perspectives are discussed.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: COSD 308 or permission of instructor

COSD 435 - Communication Sciences and Disorders Undergraduate Capstone

This course reviews and integrates knowledge of normal human communication and contrasts it with disordered human communication and swallowing, preparing the student for graduate education. As part of the review the student will complete clinical observation hours as an introduction to the clinical practicum experience and requires observation of a wide variety of clinical cases. Goal setting, lesson planning, methods of observing, describing and recording behavior, informal assessment and related topics are also discussed. The student develops clinical writing skills appropriate to various speech-language pathology service delivery settings.  

This meets ILO 2.2 Students examine how their personal, professional, religious, or spiritual values inform their disciplinary worldviews.

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD majors

Prerequisites: COSD 409 and COSD 413

COSD 501 - Introduction to Clinical Practicum

This course is the first supervised clinical speech-language pathology experience in the graduate degree program.  Students enrolled in this course complete requirements through a clinical assignment in the La Salle University Speech-Language-Hearing Community Clinics (LSU-SLHCC). Students supervised by an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist, apply theoretical knowledge, continue to develop clinical managementskills, self-analysis and evaluation abilities, and become familiar with professional practices and issues in the discipline of speech-language pathology in general and in this unique practicum setting.  Emphasis is placed on selection and administration of diagnostic instruments.  Students write reports and daily progress notes, and conduct family/patient counseling. Students may have the opportunity to communicate with other health care and educational professionals as needed.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students and CSD five-year seniors

COSD 502 - Introduction to Aural Habilitation/Rehabilitation

This course examines principles and strategies in management of problems related to hearing impairment in children and adults. Development and maintenance of communication through speech reading, auditory training, and the use of technology in aural habilitation/rehabilitation are investigated. 

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

COSD 503 - Speech Sound Disorders

This course reviews the development of speech sound production and speech perception skills in children. Factors affecting phonological development and auditory-motor learning are discussed. Prominent theories of phonology are reviewed and critiqued and assessment and modification of atypical articulatory patterns are emphasized. The differential diagnosis of oral motor versus phonological disorders is explored. Case studies are used to illustrate methodologies and to plan remediation. 

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students and CSD five-year seniors

COSD 511 - Fluency and Stuttering

This course provides information about normal fluency as well as the history, theories, development, nature, and symptomatology of stuttering and other fluency disorders in children and adults. Controversies regarding theoretical explanations about the nature of stuttering that influence management strategies are discussed. Clinical case studies are used to illustrate methodologies and to plan remediation.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

COSD 512 - Language Disorders in Young Children

This course offers a theoretical and applied approach to childhood language disorders from birth through six years. It provides an overview of language development and early assessment and intervention in the field of child language pathology within and across the domains of semantics, pragmatics, syntax, morphology, and phonology. Clinical applications and controversies in case management are emphasized through case presentations, article reviews, and research presentations. Diagnostic information including language sampling, stages of emergent literacy, and stages of play are discussed in relation to early intervention. 

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students and CSD five-year seniors

COSD 513 - Acquired Language Disorders

Neuropathology, symptomatology, and speech-language rehabilitation of individuals with aphasia and related disorders due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, etc. are examined in adults and children. Other neurologically based disorders such as dementia, apraxia, and dysarthria are contrasted for differential diagnosis. Evaluation, treatment, and prognosis for recovery are reviewed. 

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students and CSD five-year seniors

COSD 514 - Language Learning Disabilities in School-Age Children and Adolescents

This course focuses on language learning disabilities in school-age children and adolescents and the cognitive/linguistic processes involved in the classroom performance of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It explores the role of the speech-language pathologist in the evaluation and treatment of students with language learning disabilities.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

Prerequisites: COSD 512 or permission of instructor

COSD 515 - Voice Disorders

This course investigates the etiology, symptomatology, development, diagnosis, intervention, and prevention of voice disorders in children and adults. Controversies about current treatment strategies are discussed.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

COSD 516 - Clinical Practicum and Procedures

This clinical practicum course provides observation and supervised clinical experience focusing on the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders, counseling of clients and families, development of treatment plans, and writing of evaluation and progress reports. Emphasis is placed on increasing diagnostic and therapeutic skills with children and adults with communication disorders. COSD 516 takes place in an affiliated, clinic, rehabilitation facility, school, or other appropriate setting under the supervision of an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. Students meet with the University Clinical Instructor to reflect on and discuss procedures within the clinical experience.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students and CSD five-year seniors

Prerequisites: COSD 503 and COSD 512 and permission of Program Director

COSD 517 - Clinical Practicum in Audiology

This supervised clinical experience focuses on conducting pure-tone air conduction hearing screening and screening tympanometry for the purpose of the initial identification and/or referral of individuals with communication disorders or possible middle ear pathology. Emphasis is also placed on aural rehabilitation and related counseling services for individuals with hearing loss and their families. The role of the speech-language pathologist in the assessment of central auditory processing disorders is discussed. Counseling clients and their families and clinical report writing are emphasized. 

Number of Credits: 1

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

COSD 518 - Research Design in Communication Disorders

This course explores the relationships among research, theory, and practice. Critique of published research focuses students on literature review and purpose methods and findings of studies with applicability of research to clinical situations. Treatment and outcome variables, sampling, measurement theory, qualitative and quantitative analyses, and the use of computers in data analysis are emphasized.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students and CSD five-year seniors

Prerequisites: A statistics course such as HSC 217 or equivalent or permission of instructor

COSD 519 - Cleft Palate and Other Maxillofacial Disorders

This course focuses on the development of craniofacial structure, classification of clefts, syndromes associated with clefts and other craniofacial anomalies, understanding of the need for surgical repair, and the role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in the diagnosis and treatment of related speech/language disorders. 

Number of Credits: 3

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

COSD 520 - Dysphagia: Diagnosis and Treatment of Swallowing Disorders

This course examines anatomy and physiology of normal swallowing and respiration and the anatomic and physiologic disturbances affecting swallowing in infants, children, and adults. Radiographic and bedside diagnostic and treatment procedures are presented. Indications and methods for non-oral and modified oral feeding are discussed. 

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students and CSD five-year seniors

COSD 521 - Advanced School Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology

Candidates for the Educational Specialist I School Speech & Language Pathologist PK-12 or the Teacher Instructional Certificate I for Speech and Language Impaired PK-12 engage in an advance school practicum experience in public or private schools in the greater Philadelphia area under the supervision of a school-based ASHA certified speech-language pathologist and a University Supervisor. Students investigate how speech and language affects the child’s achievement and functioning in the school environment and assess the child’s communication ability in relation to academic achievement with consideration of age appropriate curriculum in the classroom.  Students learn Federal and State special education regulations as they relate to developing and modifying the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) and other legal documents. They also participate in parent-teacher conferences pertaining to the child’s communication and education, organize a caseload, and provide appropriate assessment and intervention in areas including speech, language, voice and fluency for children who may range in grade from preschool through high school.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

Prerequisites: COSD 516 and permission of the Graduate Program Director

COSD 526 - Alternative and Augmentative Communication

This course investigates theories and practices in clinical management of severely impaired or non-speaking persons. Application of graphics, signs, gestural means of communication, use of aids and devices, development of interactive communication behaviors, and development and use of computer-assisted communication strategies are surveyed.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

Prerequisites: COSD 516

COSD 527 - Motor Speech Disorders

This course provides an overview of the neurological disorders that affect speech production. Procedures for assessing speech disorders associated with neuromotor impairments are investigated. Neuropathology, symptomatology, and speech-language habilitation/rehabilitation of individuals with apraxia and/or dysarthria are emphasized. 

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

COSD 528 - Counseling in Communication Disorders

This course provides an overview of counseling in communication disorders and in the helping professions. Components of the therapeutic relationship including the interpersonal nature of communication, attending to clients, clinical interviewing, and recognizing communication patterns are surveyed. Counseling theories, goal setting, and strategic interventions with clients and their families are critiqued. This course includes active learning strategies and case study analysis.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

COSD 530 - Special Topics in Communication Disorders

Current scientific and professional problems and issues in communication disorders are investigated. Students may re-enroll for a maximum of 12 credits.

Number of Credits: 3

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

COSD 537 - Geriatric Communication Disorders

Speech, hearing, language, and cognitive problems associated with normal aging and/or various pathological conditions are explored. The course emphasizes evaluation and intervention strategies.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

COSD 538 - Atypical Language Development and Disorders

This course addresses the language learning problems associated with special populations of children. Characteristics of children with specific language impairment, autism spectrum disorder, emotional/behavioral disorders and cognitive impairments will be analyzed from theoretical and practical perspectives. Current theories and controversies pertaining to clinical application are explored.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

COSD 611 - Fluency and Stuttering II

This course is an in-depth exploration of controversies and issues in the evaluation and management of persons with fluency disorders and stuttering. The phenomenology of stuttering is explored. The role of the client and the client’s environment are addressed as they relate to treatment at various stages of life.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

Prerequisites: COSD 511 or permission of instructor

COSD 613 - Acquired Language Disorders II

The course explores the advanced study of aphasia syndromes and neuropathology with an emphasis on theoretical models of normal and disordered language processing, critique of diagnostic testing procedures, and current approaches to treatment.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

Prerequisites: COSD 513 or permission of instructor

COSD 614 - Clinical Diagnostics in Speech-Language Pathology

This course provides advanced knowledge and skills in assessment principles, process, and applied practice. Through a case-based approach, students apply content knowledge to clinical cases in order to improve decision-making across assessments of speech sounds, language, voice, fluency, swallowing, and neurologically-based disorders. Students interact with actual and virtual clients and professionals to measure, analyze, and integrate information for diagnosis and clinical reporting. Clinical decision-making skills and rationale for test selection, administration, diagnosis, interpretation, and recommendations are considered.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

COSD 616 - Advanced Clinical Practicum and Case Study

(repeated as necessary to fulfill ASHA Certification requirements)

This course continues the supervised clinical speech-language pathology experience of COSD 516 necessary to fulfill ASHA Clinical Practicum Requirements. Students enrolled in this course will complete requirements in an affiliated hospital, clinic, rehabilitation facility, school, or other appropriate setting treating patients/clients 18 years or older. Students are supervised by an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation and application of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with individuals with a variety of communication disorders. Students meet with the University Clinical Instructor to present and discuss case studies. Feedback and reflection regarding clinical decision-making are emphasized.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

Prerequisites: COSD 516

COSD 617 - Advanced Pediatric Aural Habilitation for Speech-Language Pathologists

This course provides investigation of theory, research and clinical application of auditory-oral principles for therapeutic intervention with deaf and hard of hearing children.  Focus is on the application of theoretical and research-based principles for the development of assessment and treatment plans, including writing of behavioral objectives specific to the needs of this population.  Issues related to advances in technology, equipment management, multi-disciplinary collaboration and family counseling are discussed.  Emphasis is placed on increasing diagnostic and therapeutic skills with deaf and hard of hearing children in the education setting who are developing oral language skills. The lecture portion of this course is designed to provide a framework for students to increase their knowledge base. Students reflect on and discuss cases, issues and procedures relevant to use of an auditory-oral approach in intervention with deaf and hard of hearing children.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

Prerequisites: COSD 502 or permission of instructor

COSD 618 - Communication and Autism Spectrum Disorders

This course provides an overview of autism spectrum disorders and the principles for speech-language pathologists in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Professional issues relating to assessment and treatment of children on the autism spectrum are discussed along with appropriate evaluation protocols, behavioral strategies, treatment methodologies, promoting social-communication, along with appropriate materials and practical supports to enhance communication.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

COSD 619 - Medical Speech-Language Pathology

This course introduces the graduate student in speech-language hearing science to medical speech pathology as it is practiced in the acute care setting. The student will be introduced to the five major service areas in the acute care setting that interface most commonly with Speech-Language Pathology Services.  Those areas are:  Neurology, Radiology, Trauma/Neurosurgery, ENT, and Medicine.  The information necessary to interact with these services and treat their patients will be provided. The student will also have the opportunity to do site visits, prepare a detailed case study that will be presented in class, submit a research paper in a selected service area, and spend an entire workday with a Neurologist and an ENT during office hours. A written structured reflection on that experience will be required.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Summer

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

Prerequisites: COSD 513 and COSD 520 or permission of instructor

COSD 620 - Pediatric Dysphagia

This course provides information about the anatomy and physiology of normal and abnormal pediatric swallowing, and explores its evaluation and treatment in the context of a neuro-developmental approach. The course facilitates the development of skills in the diagnosis and treatment of swallowing and feeding disorders in different pediatric clinical populations. The role of the speech-language pathologist as part of an interdisciplinary management team is emphasized. Problem-based learning and experiential learning are utilized to illustrate the complex medical and social issues related to pediatric dysphagia.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

Prerequisites: COSD 520 or permission of the instructor

COSD 622 - Applied Instrumentation in Speech-Language Pathology

This course focuses on the pros and cons of instrumentation in Speech Language Pathology (SLP). Current instrumentation commonly used in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing, voice, and speech disorders will be closely reviewed. A comprehensive review of clinical and theoretical research will be conducted to comprehend the clinical benefits and disadvantages of instrumentations. The instruments being discussed will be available for hands on experience to further enhance comprehension of their applications. The following instruments will be included: Electrical Stimulators (VitalStim), Surface Electromyography (sEMG), Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBS), Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES), Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing and Sensory Testing (FEESST), Computer Speech Lab (CSL), and Videostroboscopy. Emphasis will be given to the instrumentation’s purpose, application, risk and management, disinfection, and proper maintenance.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

Prerequisites: COSD 520 or permission of the instructor

COSD 630 - Seminar in Communication and Swallowing Disorders

This seminar investigates current technological applications and controversies as they relate to communication and swallowing disorders. Students may re-enroll for a maximum of 12 credits.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

COSD 635 - Integrative Capstone in Communication Disorders

This seminar course is designed as a comprehensive integration and analysis of the field of Speech-Language Pathology. This course provides a formative and summative evaluation of the students’ work. Formatively, students will develop a portfolio that contains pieces of work that exemplify their progress throughout the academic program. Summatively, the course provides students with an opportunity to review clinical research across the discipline and gain new insights to the field. Students formally present information from scholarly investigations.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

Prerequisites: COSD 514, COSD 515, COSD 518, COSD 527, and COSD 616 or COSD 521 and permission of Program Director

COSD 640 - Thesis Research in Communication Disorders

This course is an opportunity to pursue descriptive and/or experimental research. This thesis option will result in approved, original, scholarly research within the field of communication disorders under the supervision of a member of the faculty to produce an acceptable thesis. Students present their thesis orally to faculty and students in lieu of the master’s comprehensive examination. Students may re-register for this course until completion of thesis.

Number of Credits: 3

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: CSD graduate students

Prerequisites: COSD 518 and permission of faculty member and Program Director