Chair and Professor: Sorensen
Professors: Bain, Longhurst, Schow, Smedley
Assistant Professors: Griffing, Kangas, Mercaldo, Pimentel, Weston
Clinical Instructors: Batte', Boysen, Brockett, Kline, Loftin, Malepeai, Medley, Towsley, Willer
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. The Department also offers undergraduate coursework to fulfill the requirements for an elementary or secondary education component in the teacher education programs of the College of Education. A Master of Science degree is offered in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, or Education of the Hearing Impaired (EHI). (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 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 evaluation, treatment, staffing, and counseling related to communicative disorders.
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, private practice, 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.
Assessment and rehabilitation services as listed above are available at the Speech and Hearing Center for children and adults who have speech, language, and/or hearing problems. Special consideration is made for university students requesting and/or needing assistance. Services are provided by the clinical faculty and experienced students.
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.
Public and private education programs, local and state public health units, institutions such as the Idaho and Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, and vocational rehabilitation agencies participate in affiliate service and training.
The program is set up to facilitate fall Junior-Transfer students so they may complete the program within two years at Idaho State University. It takes January junior-transfer students two and one-half years to complete a bachelor's degree.
Admission to Junior-level Classes
Prospective students are expected to have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 after completing forty (40) semester credits before registering for SPA 320 and SPA 330. Prospective Juniors with GPA's from 2.5 to 3.0 may petition the department chair to enroll in SPA 320 and SPA 330 through a letter and supporting documentation.
Master's level graduates in speech-language pathology, audiology and EHI will find professional employment opportunities in community and private medical facilities, public school speech and hearing programs, public health and related governmental agencies, industry, and research. Academic teaching situations are available especially for those who wish to pursue the Ph.D. degree. Employment opportunities are excellent.
Each student is responsible for completing the required coursework in proper
sequential order. Required prerequisite courses must be completed before the student
can enroll in upper division departmental courses. Transfer students may submit
petitions to the department for equivalent recognition of these requirements.
Deviations from the course sequence must be approved by the department chair. A
student must maintain a GPA of 2.25 and must obtain a letter grade of C or better
in departmental courses counted toward fulfilling graduation requirements. A grade
of D in any departmental course will not be
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counted toward satisfaction of requirements in the major. Courses may be repeated to improve grades.
Students within the department enroll in practicum activities as senior clinicians. Specified departmental requirements must be met before a student becomes a senior clinician. Once criteria have been met for senior clinicians, a student will enroll for clinical practicum the Spring Semester of their senior year. A clinic grade of C may precipitate a clinic progress contract to alleviate deficiencies. Health and fitness are essential because of the nature of the speech-language pathology and audiology profession. Health problems or disabilities will be evaluated in terms of students' ability to practice speech and hearing therapy effectively.
Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology
The following courses are required in addition to the general university requirements.
Required Departmental Courses
SPA 205 Introduction to Communication Disorders 3 cr SPA 300 Speech Science 4 cr SPA 315 Clinical Processes: Management 3 cr SPA 320 Clinical Phonology 4 cr SPA 325 Phonologic Disorders 3 cr SPA 327 Sign Language I 2 cr SPA 330 Language Development 3 cr SPA 335 Language Disorders 3 cr SPA 340 Audiology I: Hearing Science and Audiometry 3 cr SPA 345 Audiology II: Aural Rehabilitation 3 cr SPA 400 Organic Speech Disorders 4 cr SPA 405 Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders 3 cr SPA 415 Clinical Practicum 4 cr SPA g417 Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team 1 cr SPA g420 Clinical Processes: Assessment 3 cr SPA g460 Audiology III: Educational Audiology 3 cr
SPA 327 Sign Language I 2 credits. Beginning study of the various methods of communication used by severely hearing impaired children, with attention to SEE systems. F, S
SPA 328 Sign Language II 2 credits. Intermediate study of the various methods of communication used by severely hearing impaired children, with special attention to SEE systems. PREREQ: SPA 327 AND PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR. F, S
SPA 329 Sign Language III 2 credits. Advanced study of SEE signing, including vocabulary expansion and increased facility in conversational signing, spontaneous production, and comprehension. Introduction to conceptual signing and ASL. PREREQ: SPA 328 AND PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR. F
SPA 330 Language Development 3 credits. Analysis of the development of systems of communication: phonologic, morphologic, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, and relevant non-verbal and cognitive development in normal children. Review of current theories and research. F
SPA 335 Language Disorders 3 credits. Study of children who are deviant language users. Intervention principles, including content and procedures of programming as they relate to language disorders. PREREQ: SPA 330 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR. S
SPA 340 Audiology I: Hearing Science and Audiometry 3 credits. Introduction to basic hearing science, sound measurement, audiometry, tympanometry, hearing disorders, public school screening and methods of aural rehabilitation. Review of role of audiology in human services. F
SPA 345 Audiology II: Aural Rehabilitation 3 credits. Aural rehabilitation of the hearing impaired. Consideration of amplification, speech reading, auditory training, and other aspects of the process. PREREQ: SPA 340. S
SPA 400 Organic Speech Disorders 4 credits. Comprehensive review of organic speech disorders. Focus is on neurological disorders, voice,cleft palate and stuttering. Emphasis will be given to assessment and management of these disorders. S
SPA 405 Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders 3 credits. Provides fundamental knowledge of neuroanatomy and physiology as related to speech, language and hearing disorders. Introduction to communication disorders related to neurological damage (e.g. dysarthria, apraxia, aphasia.) S
SPA g415 Clinical Practicum 1-4 credits. Supervised experience in the diagnosing, staffing, programming, and counseling of cases with speech and language disorders. May be repeated up to 6 credits. PREREQ: SPA 315, SPA 325, SPA 335. PERMISSION OF CLINIC DIRECTOR. F, S, Su
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. S
SPA g420 Clinical Processes: Assessment 3 credits. Diagnostic principles, procedures, tests and clinical examination in the evaluation of speech, language and hearing disorders. Covers norms, reliability and validity. PREREQ: PSYCH 445, SPA 315, AND STATISTICS, OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR. F
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. D
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 g301 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR. F
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 g301 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR. F
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. F
SPA g460 Audiology III: Educational Audiology 3 credits. Management of the permanentlyhard-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. F
SPA g482 Independent Study 1-4 credits. Study of problems selected by students and faculty. May be repeated up to 8 credits. D
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. D
Other Required Courses
ANTH 107 Nature of Language 3 cr BIOS 101 General Zoology 3 cr BIOS 102 General Zoology Laboratory 1 cr BIOS 301 Anatomy and Physiology 4 cr BIOS 302 Anatomy and Physiology 4 cr ENGL 307 Professional Writing 3 cr HCA 110 Introduction to the Allied Health Professions 2 cr MATH 252 Introduction to Statistics 3 cr PSYC 111 Introductory Psychology I 3 cr PSYC 112 Introductory Psychology II 3 cr PSYC 225 Child Psychology 3 cr OR PSYC 332 Psychology of Adolescence 3 cr PSYC 445 Psychology of Learning 3 cr SOC 248 Local and National Minorities 3 cr
Speech Pathology and Audiology Courses
SPA 205 Introduction to Communication Disorders 3 credits. Survey of speech, hearing, and language disorders, including study of the development of speech. Observations, films and assigned readings serve as illustrations of the various communication problems. S
SPA 300 Speech Science 4 credits. Introduction to the anatomy and physiology of speech production. Topics include respiratory dynamics, laryngeal functions, articulatory dynamics, and the neurophysiology of speech. F
SPA g301 Developmental Psycho-linguistics 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. S, Su
SPA 315 Clinical Processes: Management 3 credits. Various therapeutic methods used inmanaging communication disorders. PREREQ: PSYCH 445 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR. S
SPA 320 Clinical Phonology 4 credits. Basic concepts in applied phonetics and phonology, including speech acoustics. F
Revised: April 17, 1996