The areas of speech-language pathology and audiology are concerned with basic communicative behavior. Included in these areas are studies of the systems underlying the normal communicative process (speech science, hearing science, phonetics, acoustics and anatomy and physiology); development of speech, hearing, and language functions; deviations from the normal communicative process (speech-language pathology and audiology); and assessment and management of deviation. The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology offers a four-year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in speech-language pathology and audiology. A Master of Science degree is offered in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, or Education of the Hearing Impaired. (See the Graduate School section for admission and degree requirements.)
The combined bachelors' and masters' programs are designed to prepare students to meet the academic and clinical requirements for the Idaho Department of Education Certificate for Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist, state licensing for Audiology, and the Certificate of Clinical Competence as issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). In addition, all the academic requirements of the Council on the Education of the Deaf (CED) are available. The speech-language pathology and audiology programs are both accredited by the Education Standards Board (ESB) of the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association. The education of the hearing impaired curriculum meets the requirements for training in EHI in the state of Idaho and through reciprocal agreement with most states. The education of the hearing impaired graduate curriculum meets the requirements for training in EHI in the State of Idaho and through reciprocal agreement with most states. Undergraduate students who are interested in this area of study should contact the College of Education for further information about the EHI undergraduate component/minor.
The ISU Speech and Hearing Center, under the auspices of the department, serves children and adults with a variety of communication problems and/or disorders. Students work in supervised programs providing for a broad spectrum of speech and hearing disorders. Upper division and graduate students gain experience in diagnosing, staffing, programming, and counseling of cases.
Opportunities for obtaining clinical experience in speech-language pathology and audiology are provided in the ISU Speech and Hearing Center, public schools, state institutions, hospitals, and other service facilities. Under supervision by clinical faculty, students can accumulate the necessary clinical hours required for state and ASHA certification. Clinical experience in diagnosis, habilitation, and rehabilitation is available in such areas as phonology, language, stuttering, voice, and speech-language problems associated with cerebral palsy, cleft palate, brain damage and mental retardation. Experience with people with hearing impairment is available in areas such as hearing loss identification, pure-tone testing, audiological assessment, hearing aid evaluation, auditory training, speech reading, and speech conservation and therapy for those with congenital or acquired hearing loss.
The Communication Preschool provides language management and readiness programs for preschool children with language delays. This preschool emphasizes the importance of differential diagnosis, parent training, staffing of cases, educational adjustment, and comprehensive habilitation programs to facilitate school placement.