Speech Pathology and Audiology
Chair and Associate Professor Sorensen
Professors Bain, Longhurst, Schow
Associate Professors Deputy, Smedley,
Assistant Professors Detweiler, Kangas, Mercaldo, Weston, Zeches Clinical Affiliate Instructors Alexander, Boysen, Coe Smith, Hargraves, Kline, Loftin, Malepeai, Medley, Towsley, Willer-Urfer
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
or Master of Science in Audiology
or Master of Science in Deaf Education
For admission to the M.S. degree program in speech-language pathology, audiology or deaf education, the applicant must:
Required Courses for Speech-Language Pathology Emphasis
SPA 600 Principles of Research in Communication Disorders 2 cr SPA 601 Service Delivery Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology 2 cr SPA 602 Clinical Practicum: Speech- Language Pathology 7 cr SPA 604 Off-Campus Clinical Practicum 1-2 cr SPA 606 Externship in Speech-Language Pathology 8 cr SPA 612 Language Development/Analysis 2 cr SPA 613 Hearing Conservation 2 cr SPA 614 Language Disorders: Preschool 2 cr SPA 616 Language Disorders: School Age 2 cr SPA 618 Augmentative and Alternative Communication 2 cr SPA 622 Phonologic Development/ Analysis 1 cr SPA 624 Experimental Phonetics 2 cr SPA 626 Phonologic Disorders 2 cr SPA 630 Fluency Disorders 2 cr SPA 632 Oral Anomalies 2 cr SPA 634 Voice Disorders 2 cr SPA 636 Dysarthria/Dysphagia 2 cr SPA 642 Aphasia 2 cr SPA 644 Closed Head Injury 2 cr SPA 646 Computer Applications in Speech-Language Pathology 2 cr SPA 650 Thesis 6 cr OR SPA 651 Master's Paper 3 cr Total 50-54 cr
Required Courses for Audiology Emphasis
SPA g460 Audiology III: Educational Audiology 3 cr SPA g491 Seminar in Noise and Industrial Audiology 1 cr SPA 600 Principles of Research in Communication Disorders 2 cr SPA 601 Service Delivery Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology 1 cr SPA 603 Clinical Practicum: Audiology 6 cr SPA 605 Externship in Audiology 8 cr SPA 611 Advanced Audiology 4 cr SPA 613 Hearing Conservation 2 cr SPA 621 Adult Aural Rehabilitation 2 cr SPA 623 Pediatric Audiology 3 cr SPA 631 Impedance/Special Tests 2 cr SPA 633 ABR/ENG 2 cr SPA 635 Speech Audiometry 2 cr SPA 641 Hearing Aids 4 cr SPA 643 Auditory Theory 3 cr Total 45 cr
Required Courses for Deaf Education Emphasis
SPA g301 Developmental Psycho-linguistics and Reading 3 cr SPA g457 Teaching Speech to the Hearing Impaired 3 cr SPA g458 Teaching Language to the Hearing Impaired 3 cr SPA g459 Teaching Academic Subjects to the Hearing Impaired 3 cr SPA g482 Independent Study: Specific Teaching Project 3 cr SPA g491 Seminar: Speech and Hearing Science 3 cr SPA 607 Directed Observation in Education of the Hearing Impaired 3 cr SPA 608 Communication Practicum 6 cr SPA 617 Psycho/Social Foundations in Education of the Hearing Impaired 2 cr SPA 627 Reading/Writing Curriculum in Education of the Hearing Impaired 3 cr SPA 628 Curriculum Organization in Education of the Hearing Impaired 3 cr SPA 637 Philosophical/Theoretical Foundations of Education of the Hearing Impaired 2 cr SPA 691 Top. Seminar: Audiometry/Tympanometry 2 cr TOTAL 39 cr
Many of our applicants will have completed student teaching and had enough experience that the 607, 608, 582 courses will fulfill the training and requirements for a graduate degree and credential. If they do not have this qualification, they may take the following course. Some students may take this as an elective.
SPA 609 Teaching Internship in Education of the Hearing Impaired 8 cr
Students must pass eight and one-half hours of written comprehensive examinations. Graduate students may elect a thesis option (SPA 650, 6 credits) in lieu of comprehensive exams with approval by a graduate faculty advisor. Completion of a thesis involves an oral defense of the project.
According to the university regulations, no student may be granted a graduate degree who does not have a 3.0 grade point average upon completion of all academic work. In addition, the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology will terminate the graduate program of any student who has received grades of "C" or lower in three or more departmental courses. If a student's graduate education is terminated for reasons of poor academic performance, s/he may reapply for admission no sooner than one full semester following the semester of termination.
Students with inadequate backgrounds in speech pathology and audiology may be required to take up to one year in undergraduate coursework in addition to the above courses. In addition to the required graduate courses, students may have to take other courses in the department and related areas such as psychology and statistics. In addition to taking clinical practice (SPA 602, 603, or 608) in the department, all graduate students must complete a minimum of an eight-week, full-time externship in some professional program or agency. Other courses taken during the semester in which the externship is done must be in a block program. Exceptions will be made depending on the student's background. Graduate students deemed by the faculty not to have made satisfactory progress in the acquisition of clinical skills may be required to enroll for further credits in clinical practicum in addition to the minimum required of all students. Students may be dismissed for failure to make satisfactory progress in clinical practicum.
Speech Pathology and Audiology
SPA g301 Developmental Psycholinguistics and Reading 3 credits. Oral language development in young children and its relationship to early reading. Classroom language problems of older elementary and secondary students and language intervention to improve reading and writing discussed.
SPA g417 Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team 1 credit. Introduction to the principles and techniques of interdisciplinary evaluations and treatment planning for youth with special needs. Disciplines emphasized: Social Work, Psychology, Speech Pathology, Audiology, Nursing, Special Education, Physical Therapy. PREREQ: PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
SPA g420 Clinical Processes III: Assessment 3 credits. Diagnostic procedures, tests and clinical examination in the evaluation of speech-language disorders. Covers norms, reliability and validity. Assessment of programs will also be included. PREREQ: SPA 310, 315, STATISTICS. APPROVAL OF INSTRUCTOR.
SPA g440 Special Topics Workshop 1-3 credits. Presentation of professionally related topics in workshop format. Meets for a minimum of 16 contact hours per credit with appropriate outside assignments, readings, or papers. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. GRADED S/U.
SPA g457 Teaching Speech to the Hearing Impaired 3 credits. Designed to give students theoretical and practical knowledge in the evaluation and habilitation of speech problems in hearing impaired children and adolescents. PREREQ: SPA 501 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
SPA g458 Teaching Language to the Hearing Impaired 3 credits. Students gain theoretical and practical knowledge in the evaluation and habilitation of language/communication problems in children and adolescents with severe hearing impairments. PREREQ: SPA 501 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
SPA g459 Teaching Academic Subjects to the Hearing Impaired 3 credits. Students gain theoretical and practical knowledge of how to teach academic subjects to children and adolescents with severe hearing impairments. PREREQ: PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
SPA g460 Audiology III: Educational Audiology 3 credits. Management of the permanently hard-of-hearing child and adolescent in the regular classroom; evaluation and staffing; speech and language intervention; mainstreaming considerations; curriculum modifications; and personal/social consideration. PREREQ: SPA 345.
SPA g482 Independent Study 1-4 credits. Study of problems selected by students and faculty. May be repeated up to 8 credits.
SPA g491 Seminar 1-4 credits. Reading, preparation, and discussion of reports and projects in all areas of speech and hearing science, speech pathology and audiology. May be repeated up to 12 credits.
SPA 597 Professional Education Development Topics. Variable credit. May be repeated. A course for practicing professionals aimed at the development and improvement of skills. May not be applied to graduate degrees. May be graded S/U.
SPA 600 Principles of Research in Communication Disorders 2 credits. Various types of research design and analysis with critiquing of representative models in the literature. Utilization of library and computer resources in speech and hearing, with individual pilot research projects.
SPA 601 Service Delivery Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology 1-2 credits. Overview of the legal, administrative and professional aspects of practice in various settings. Includes review of current standards of practice including certification, licensure, ethics, liability and association guidelines.
SPA 602 Clinical Practicum: Speech-Language 1 credit. Students, under supervision, gain experience in the diagnosing, staffing, programming, and counseling of cases with speech and language disorders. May be repeated up to 16 credits. Approval of Clinic Director required.
SPA 603 Clinical Practicum: Audiology 1 credit. Students, under supervision, gain experience in the diagnosing, staffing, programming, and counseling of cases with hearing disorders. Emphasis given to implementing rehabilitation programs for persons with hearing losses. May be repeated up to 12 credits. PREREQ: APPROVAL OF ADVISOR AND AUDIOLOGY CLINIC COORDINATOR.
SPA 604 Off-Campus Practicum 1 or 2 credits. Designed to provide clinical experience under supervision of speech-language pathologist within placement setting. Placements include private clinics, hospitals, residential care facilities, developmental centers and schools. PREREQ: CLINIC DIRECTOR APPROVAL. GRADED S/U.
SPA 605 Externship in Audiology 4-8 credits. Designed to give Audiology students full-time practical experience in a professional setting, i.e. schools, hospitals, clinics and private practices. PREREQ: Externship interview and approval of advisor and Externship Coordinator.
SPA 606 Externship in Speech-Language Pathology 4-8 credits. Designed to provide speech-language pathology students full-time eight-week clinical experience in professional settings, i.e., hospitals, private clinics, developmental centers, residential care facilities, schools. PREREQ: EXTERNSHIP COORDINATOR, ADVISOR AND CHAIR APPROVAL. GRADED S/U.
SPA 607 Directed Observation in Education of the Hearing Impaired, 1 credit. Directed observations at multiple levels and reporting of casual interactions and diagnostic/intervention approaches by instructor with hearing impaired individuals (minimal 150 clock hours). May be repeated up to 6 credits. PREREQ: SPA 501 AND/OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
SPA 608 Communication Practicum 2 credits. Supervised experiences applying research and theory to language intervention practices for hearing impaired individuals. May be repeated up to 6 credits. PREREQ: SPA 501, 607, AND PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
SPA 609 Teaching Internship in Education of the Hearing Impaired 8 credits. Directed classroom and clinical teaching experience with hearing-impaired students under supervision. Minimum 250 clock hours at the level specialization. PREREQ: APPROVED APPLICATION. GRADED S/U.
SPA 611 Advanced Audiology 4 credits. Advanced study in the historical, theoretical and clinical aspects of fundamental audiological topics: Calibration, pure-tone air- and bone-conduction testing, masking, pathologies of the auditory system in adults.
SPA 612 Language Development/Analysis 2 credits. In-depth study of language development. Procedures for analysis of normal, delayed and disordered language are presented.
SPA 613 Hearing Conservation 2 credits. How to provide thorough exposure on implementing and operating a school hearing conservation program. Common hearing disorders in children; impedance and pure tone test procedures; interpretation of findings; amplification use and trouble shooting; management.
SPA 614 Language Disorders: Preschool 2 credits. Advanced study of language disorders in the preschool age population (0-5). Considers theory, literature and methods of assessment and remediation.
SPA 616 Language Disorders: School Age 2 credits. Advanced study of language disorders in the school age population (6-18). Considers theory, literature and methods of assessment and remediation.
SPA 617 Psycho/Social Foundations in Education of the Hearing Impaired, 2 credits. Psychological and sociological implications and counseling techniques for hearing impaired individuals. Includes issues in child development, parent relationships, and multicultural/bilingual populations.
SPA 618 Augmentative and Alternative Communication 2 credits. Applications of strategies and techniques to supplement or replace speech for people with severe communication disorders. Provides thorough study of evaluation and treatment issues and introduction to recent technology including computerized communication devices.
SPA 621 Adult Aural Rehabilitation 2 credits. An in-depth exposure to aspects of aural rehabilitation as they apply to the adult with a hearing impairment.
SPA 622 Phonologic Development/Analysis 1 credit. In-depth study of phonologic development. Procedures for analysis of normal delayed and disordered phonology are presented.
SPA 623 Pediatric Audiology 3 credits. Advanced study of hearing disorders and hearing test procedures in children. Topics include development of the auditory mechanism, auditory pathologies, developmental milestones, auditory testing, differential diagnosis, and management.
SPA 624 Experimental Phonetics 2 credits. Exploration and discussion of experimental literature in physiologic, acoustic, and perceptual phonetics, and the relation of these topics to speech disorders and rehabilitation.
SPA 626 Phonologic Disorders 2 credits. Advanced study of phonologic disorders. Considers theory, literature and methods of remediation. Presentation of literature-based component model of remediation.
SPA 627 Reading/Writing Curriculum of the Hearing Impaired 3 credits. Theory, research and practices for teaching and assessing written language for hearing impaired students. Applications of principles of language acquisition and development to reading and writing.
SPA 628 Curriculum Organization in Education of the Hearing Impaired 3 credits. Organizing, adapting and implementing curriculum across all areas to meet the special needs of severely hearing impaired students. Includes assessment, behavior management, instructional technology, and individualized planning.
SPA 630 Fluency Disorders 2 credits. Comprehensive study of fluency disorders. The physiological, neurological and behavioral bases for these disorders is discussed. Principles of diagnosis and remediation of fluency disorders are discussed.
SPA 631 Impedance/Special Tests 2 credits. Study of impedance and other special audiological tests used in site of lesion (differential) diagnostic workshops. Background, rationale, administration and interpretations of Impedance, Loudness Balance, SISI, Bekesy, Tone Decay tests will be considered.
SPA 632 Oral Anomalies 2 credits. Study of children and adults with orofacial anomalies. Special emphasis is given to the effects of cleft lip and cleft palate on oral communication. The anatomical/physiological and behavioral principles of diagnosis and remediation are discussed.
SPA 633 ABR/ENG 2 credits. Study of theoretical principles of Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) and Electronystagmography (ENG) tests and their clinical applications in diagnostic measures of hearing related disorders. Course includes participation in special laboratory sessions to develop test proficiency.
SPA 634 Voice Disorders 2 credits. Comprehensive study of the anatomical, physiological and behavioral bases of disordered laryngeal function. Principles of diagnosis and management of voice disorders are presented and discussed.
SPA 635 Speech Audiometry 2 credits. Review of basic and advanced audiometric tests which utilize speech as an approach to hearing assessment. Course treatment includes historic development of speech tests and description of psychophysical principles which underlie speech audiometry.
SPA 636 Dysarthria and Dysphagia 2 credits. A comprehensive study of neurogenic motor speech disorders. Principles of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology as they relate to normal and disordered speech are discussed. Principles of diagnosis and remediation are presented and discussed.
SPA 637 Philosophical/Theoretical Foundations of Education of the Hearing Impaired 2 credits. A comprehensive study of the philosophies and theories that influence current practice and research in the education of the hearing impaired.
SPA 641 Hearing Aids 4 credits. Study of hearing aids and related amplification devices. Includes review of basic electronics, speech acoustics, principles of amplification, measurement of hearing aid output and effectiveness, and fitting children and adults.
SPA 642 Aphasia 2 credits. Comprehensive study of neurological language disorders. The etiology and unique behavioral manifestations of these disorders are described. The principles of differential diagnosis, remediation strategies and compensatory strategies are discussed.
SPA 643 Auditory Theory 3 credits. In-depth study of acoustics, sound measurement, auditory anatomy (including neuroanatomy), auditory physiology, psychoacoustics and current theories of hearing and auditory perception. Theoretical constructs which underlie clinical procedures are emphasized.
SPA 644 Closed Head Injury 2 credits. Study of the etiology and behavior manifestations of traumatic brain injury. The pathophysiology of traumatic brain injury in relation to speech and language is discussed. Long-term, multidisciplinary treatment of these patients is discussed.
SPA 646 Computer Applications in Speech-Language Pathology 2 credits. Overview of current technology appropriate to the clinical practice of speech-language pathology. Emphasis is on the evaluation and application of computer technology, including software, for assessment, treatment and administrative needs.
SPA 650 Thesis 1-6 credits. Research project under supervision of academic faculty member. PREREQ: ABILITY TO DEAL WITH TECHNICAL LITERATURE, PROVEN WRITING ABILITY. APPROVAL OF ADVISOR AND INSTRUCTOR.
SPA 651 Master's Paper 1-3 credits. Major paper or project synthesizing aspects of a specialized area of speech-language pathology, audiology or education of hearing impaired. A large component of the paper must reflect the student's own original thinking.
SPA 691 Topical Seminar 1-4 credits. Reading and discussions involving subjects of concern. May be repeated up to 12 credits.
SPA 699 Advanced Graduate Study 1-6 credits. Structured advanced study of specific topic or area.