A minimum of 54 semester hours of graduate credit (non-thesis track) is required. Students must also take the national examination in speech-language pathology and successfully complete a non-credit research paper or thesis. Credits should be earned as follows:
I. Core Courses 36 sem. hrs.
SHLD605 AAC Assessment and Intervention
SHLD611 Seminar in Clinical Methods
SHLD616 Audiology for the Speech-Language Pathologist
SHLD630 Fluency Disorders
SHLD635 Phonological Disorders
SHLD640 Language Disorders
SHLD650 Aphasia/Neurological Disorders
SHLD655 Swallowing Disorders in Infants, Children and Adults
SHLD706 Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
SHLD740 Voice and Resonance Disorders
SHLD772 Research Methods in Communication Disorders
SHLD790 Communication Disorders in the Educational Setting
II. Elective Courses 3 sem. hrs.
SHLD675 Topics in Communication Disorder
SHLD745 Early Intervention in Speech-Language Pathology
SHLD793 Independent Study
III. Clinical Education 15 sem. hrs.
SHLD711 Advanced Clinical Practice (on)
SHLD711 Advanced Clinical Practice (on)
SHLD711 Advanced Clinical Practice (off)
SHLD711 Advanced Clinical Practice
SHLD711 Advanced Clinical Practice
Total: 54 sem. hrs.
Other Required Courses
SHLD125 Psychology of Communication
SHLD230 Introduction to Audiology
SHLD300 Communication Development Across the Lifespan
SHLD320 Managing Articulation and Phonological Disorders
SHLD340 Advanced Language Development and Analysisbr />SHLD350 Speech and Hearing Science
SHLD355 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
SHLD375 Acoustical Phonetics and Phonetic Analysis
SHLD420 Clinical Observation
SHLD500 Neuroanatomy for the SLP
SHLD515 Audiologic Rehabilitation
Course in Statistics
Course in Social Science
Course in Biological Science
Course in Physical Science
SHLD 605 Augmentative and Alternative Communication(3 credit hours)
This course develops knowledge and skills to provide augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) clinical services to individuals with complex communication needs. The course emphasizes the use of evidence-based practice and performance measurement to support the assessment, intervention, and funding processes. It presents a range of AAC options and strategies based on the three language representation methods used to generate communication.
SHLD 611 Seminar in Clinical Methods(3 credit hours)
This course is designed to familiarize students with procedures, methods, and materials used in clinical service delivery to clients with communication disorders. Hands-on training with screening and assessment procedures, treatment elicitation and behavioral management techniques, clinical documentation and record keeping will be provided. Best practice standards for ethical service delivery to multicultural clients and clients across the lifespan are discussed.
SHLD 616 Audiology for the Speech Language Pathologist(3 credit hours)
This course provides students with an array of audiological issues relevant to the practice of speech language pathologists. Along with a review of basic audiometric procedures are discussions about issues in screening, central auditory processing disorders, otitis media with effusion, and contemporary technologies.
SHLD 630 Fluency Disorders(3 credit hours)
This course studies the development of fluency, disfluency, and stuttering. Etiology identification, assessment, and treatment strategies are emphasized.
SHLD 635Phonological Disorders(3 credit hours)
This course provides an in-depth study of theory and practice in the area of phonological disorders in children. Specific strategies and techniques for assessment and intervention are emphasized.
SHLD 640 Language Disorders(3 credit hours)
This course integrates theory and research in the evaluation and treatment of language dis- orders in school-aged children and adolescents. It emphasizes current issues related to the assessment of language behavior and intervention strategies.
SHLD 650 Aphasia/Neurological Disorders(3 credit hours)
This course familiarizes students with the structural and dynamic neuropathology of cerebral injury from cerebrovascular accidents (CVA), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and dementia. Identifying, evaluating, and treating constellation symptomatology of speech, language, and memory impairments are emphasized.
SHLD 655 Swallowing Disorders in Infants, Children and Adults(3 credit hours)
This course acquaints students with the normal developmental physiology of the swallowing mechanism. Dysphagia etiologies resulting from abnormal or acquired structural, neurological, or mechanical impairments are discussed across life span. Hands-on training with radiographic/video-fluoroscopic diagnosis, oral-facial massage stimulation, and feeding techniques is provided. Interdisciplinary program planning and role delineation is emphasized.
SHLD 675 Topics in Communication Disorders(3 credit hours)
In this course an in-depth study is made of a specialized topic in the field of communication disorders.
SHLD 706 Professional Issues in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology(3 credit hours)
This course introduces students to professional issues that currently define the field of speech language pathology. It further identifies the administrative and clinical responsibilities expected of the speech-language pathologist and prepares students to recognize and cope with the potentially explosive issues of the future.
SHLD 708 Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Augmentative/Alternative Communication(3 credit hours)
This course introduces strategies for enhancing functional communication skills of individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. The use of aided and non-aided augmentative communication systems are addressed as well as alternative communication systems with an emphasis on using a multi-modality approach. FOR NON-MAJORS. Prerequisite: SPED770.
SHLD 711 Advanced Clinical Practice in Speech Pathology(3 credit hours)
This course will provide the graduate speech-language pathology student with varied clinical experience, in both on- and off-campus settings, aimed at sharpening clinical skills, providing a greater breadth and depth of clinical involvements and generally increasing clinical independence and clinical competency.
SHLD 740 Voice/Resonance Disorders(3 credit hours)
This course examines the histology and physiology of the vocal mechanism and tract, as well as the organic, neurogenic, psychogenic, iatrogenic, and idiopathic etiologies of dysphonia. Pre- and post-surgical management of cleft palate, laryngeal carcinoma, and respiratory etiologies is discussed. Hands-on training with acoustic and instrumental diagnostic and treatment techniques is provided. The role of the therapeutic relationship is explored.
SHLD 745 Early Intervention in Speech Language Pathology(3 credit hours)
This course addresses issues encountered by speech-language pathologists when working with children ages birth through five years. Factors placing children at risk for communication disorders will be discussed. Issues include the role of the speech-language pathologist as a team member, the nature and delivery of family-centered services, public law, and culturally sensitive assessment and intervention approaches.
SHLD 772 Research Methods in Communication Disorders(3 credit hours)
This course will explore various research designs and problems in speech-language pathology and audiology. It assists students in understanding, evaluating, and designing research projects in the field of communication disorders. Focus is on critically evaluating current research and understanding research methodology for clinical applications.
SHLD 790 Communication Disorders in the Educational Setting(3 credit hours)
The course examines current issues of school management, federal and Pennsylvania special education law, and literacy disorders. It provides hands-on experience in the assessment and treatment of children with communication disorders in school settings. Prerequisite: SHLD 635, SHLD 640, SHLD 793.
SHLD 793 Independent Study(3 credit hours)
This experience will meet the needs of students who wish to prepare, under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty, individual studies or projects in the field of speech-language pathology or audiology. Prerequisite: consent of the department chairperson.
SHLD 799 Thesis (3-6 credit hours)
Research for the Master's thesis is conducted under the supervision of an advisor. Prerequisite: consent of the departmental chairperson.