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COMMUNICATION DISORDERS PROGRAM

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Peggy Agee, M.Ed.CCC-SLP, Instructor, Communication Disorders
Gayle Daly, M.S., CCC-SLP, Instructor, Communication Disorders, and Program Coordinator
Stephen C. Keith, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Education

The four-year undergraduate major in Communication Disorders is a preprofessional program which prepares the student for entry into a Master’s degree program in Communication Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology, or Audiology.

Communication Disorders MAJOR

B.A. OR B.S. DEGREE

A.  General Education Requirement. 33 credits.

      See General Education Requirements listed on pages 65-68

B.  Additional Degree Requirements, B.A. 9 credits.

      Additional Degree Requirements, B.S. 10 credits.

      See Degree Requirements listed on page 62-63

C.  Major Requirements. 54 credits.

      Cdis 201      Introduction to Communication Disorders/3 credits
      CDIS 206      Modes of Communication for Hearing Impaired/3 credits
      Cdis 285      Language Development/3 credits
     
Cdis 290      Observation of Speech/Language Pathologist or Audiologist/2 credits
     
Cdis 307      Phonetics/3 credits
     
Cdis 313      Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms/3 credits
     
Cdis 314      Articulation and Phonology/3 credits
     
Cdis 333      Fluency Disorders/3 credits
     
Cdis 361      Introduction to Audiology/3 credits
     
Cdis 375      Language Disorders:  Assessment and Therapy/3 credits
      Cdis 393      Ethics In Communication Disorders/1 credits
      Cdis 412      Administration Methods in Communication Disorders/3 credits
      Cdis 430      Language and Literacy/3 credits
      Cdis 433      Voice Disorders/3 credits
      Cdis 455      Organic and Neurogenic Disorders of Speech and Language/3 credits
      Cdis 462      Aural Rehabilitation/3 credits
      Cdis 470      Clinical Procedures/3 credits
      Cdis 489      Observation and Therapy/3 credits
      EDUC 245      Human Growth and Development/3 credits

D.  General Electives, B.A. Degree: 24 credits.

      General Electives, B.S. Degree: 23 credits.

E.    Total Credits Required for B.A. or B.S. Degree in Communication Disorders/120

Communication Disorders COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

General Education Course *
Writing Intensive Courses **

A special fee is charged for fieldwork classes. †

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 201. Introduction to Communication Disorders. An overview of the field of communication disorders, including the professions of speech/language pathologist and audiologist. 3 credits.

COMMUNICATIONS DISORDERS 206. Modes of Communication for Hearing Impaired. To promote understanding of communication modalities used with Hearing Impaired persons, to include cued language, speech reading, verbal communication, and demonstrated proficiency in sign language communication.

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 285. Language Development. Provides students with an introduction to the normal acquisition of language, including the components of language, theories of language development, how language evolves from infancy through adulthood, and emerging literacy in relation to language. 3 credits.

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 290. Observation of Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist. Observation of SLP or Audiologist and large group instruction. Prerequisite: CDIS 201. 2 credits.

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 295. Special Topics. Selected topics in communication disorders. The topics will vary from semester to semester. Descriptions will be available from academic advisors. May be repeated for credit when topics change. Prerequisite: CDIS 201.  1 credit.

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 307. Phonetics. The phonetic structure of the English Language, its dialects and derivations; application of the Inter-national Phonetic Alphabet. 3 credits.

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 311-312.  Studies Abroad.  Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses in communications disorders.  1-18 credits.

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 313. Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms. Anatomical structures and neurology of the human communication system and the physiology of inter-related movements. 3 credits.

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 314. Articulation and Phonology. Articulation differences versus disorders; phonological processes; etiologies of functional and organic disorders; indications for referral. Emphasis on therapy for school-age children. Prerequisites: CDIS 201 and 307 or consent of instructor. 3 credits.

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 333. Fluency Disorders. Theories, evaluation, and therapy methods. Prerequisites: CDIS 201 and CDIS 313 or consent of instructor. 3 credits.**

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 361. Introduction to Audiology.  Physics of sound; physiology of hearing; types and amounts of hearing loss; hearing evaluation: audiometry. Prerequisite: CDIS 313 or consent of instructor. 3 credits.

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 375. Language Disorders: Assessment and Therapy. Provides students with an understanding of various language disorders, assessment techniques and intervention approaches. Prerequisites: CDIS 285 or consent of instructor. 3 credits.

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 386.  Communication and Aging.  An exploration of the aging process and how this impacts communication, management and creativity.  Developing a relationship with a nursing home resident will be an integral part of this course.  Prerequisite:  CDIS 201.  1 credit.

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 393. Ethics in Communication Disorders. Introduction to the clinical setting; ethical issues in communication disorders; interviewing, multicultural issues, assessment components. Prerequisite: CDIS 201 or consent of instructor. 1 credit.*

Communication disorders 412. Administration Methods in Communication Disorders. Organization and administration of speech/language pathology programs in schools and related settings; professional issues in each setting. Prerequisite: CDIS 375 and CDIS 314 or consent of instructor. 3 credits.

Communication disorders 430. Language and Literacy. Overview of the relationship of language and literacy. Specific skills for professionals in communication disorders, including phonological and phonemic awareness, and expressive language. Therapeutic strategies for children with communication disorders, as well as classroom intervention techniques for all children. Prerequisites: CDIS 285, CDIS 307, and CDIS 375, or consent of instructor. 3 credits.

Communication disorders 433.  Voice Disorders. Theories, evaluation and therapy methods. Prerequisites: CDIS 201, CDIS 313, or consent of instructor. 3 credits.

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 455. Organic and Neurogenic Disorders of Speech and Language. An overview of cleft palate, cerebral palsy, aphasia, dysarthria, traumatic brain injury, dysphagia, right hemisphere disorder and dyspraxia. Prerequisites: CDIS 313 and CDIS 375 or consent of instructor. 3 credits. **

Communication disorders 462. Aural Rehabilitation. Effects of hearing loss upon language; hearing conversation; introduction to aural rehabilitation. Prerequisite: CDIS 361 or consent of instructor. 3 credits.

Communication disorders 470. Clinical Procedures. Administration and scoring of speech and language tests; development of individual and group therapy plans. Prerequisite: CDIS 375 or consent of instructor. 3 credits. **  *

Communication disorders 480. Public School Screenings. Organization and administration of speech, language and hearing screenings in the public schools. Prerequisites: CDIS 314, CDIS 361, and CDIS 375. 1-3 credits.

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 489. Observation and Therapy. Observation and therapy under the direct supervision of a licensed SLP or Audiologist, and group instruction for therapeutic settings. Prerequisites: CDIS 290, CDIS 314, CDIS 375 or consent of instructor. 3 credits.

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 495. Special Topics. Selected topics in Communication Disorders. The topics will vary from semester to semester. Descriptions will be available from academic advisors. May be repeated for credit when topics change. Prerequisite: consent of  instructor.  1-3 credits.

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 497. Practicum in Communication Disorders. Directed field work with people who have speech and/or hearing disorders.  Prerequisites: CDIS 489 and consent of instructor. (Elective) 3 credits. †

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 498.  Honors Research in Communication Disorders.  Students conduct research in communication disorders under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee.  May be repeated as 499.  3 credits.

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