Through hands-on learning and participation in treatment
sessions, students gain a broad understanding of the processes of
standard communication and how these processes are impaired by
developmental and acquired communication disorders.
A graduate degree is the minimum educational requirement for
professional employment, graduates are prepared to enter
graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology.
The program prepares students
- Identify the biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological,
developmental, linguistic and cultural bases of basic human
- Use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to accurately
record speech production of typical speakers.
- Gain the ability to apply broad principles of the etiology and
nature of communication disorders across a lifespan.
- Perform and interpret basic findings of an audiological
assessment, using physiological and psychological information.
- Apply problem solving methods to determine the presence or
absence of speech, language and hearing disorders in hard-to-test
populations, at a beginning level.
- Describe how context (specifically, situation,
social/interpersonal, and culture context) influences communication
and disorders and the social-cultural aspects of communication
development and disorders.
- Conduct therapy sessions using culturally and linguistically
appropriate materials, under the supervision of a state-licensed
and ASHA-certified SLP.