Course Descriptions

Speech-Language Pathology

SLHS 5401 - Counseling and Professional Issues

Basic counseling principles and current professional issues related to practice in a dynamic multicultural environment. Application of counseling theory to clinical practice. Analysis of regulation, practice, and future direction of communication disorders.

SLHS 5502 - Voice and Cleft Palate

Disordered voice and resonance. Presentation and discussion of the nature of etiologies, assessment and management of organic/functional voice disorders and cleft palate to meet clinical competencies for speech-language pathology.

SLHS 5503 - Stuttering Motor Speech Disorders

SLHS 5503 is designed for graduate students who wish to increase their understanding of stuttering and motor speech disorders. Its goal is to provide students with a strong foundation on the basics of the physiology, diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of these communication disorders and to provide working knowledge of current trends in related fields.

SLHS 5504 - Evaluation and Management of Dysphagia

Normal/disordered aspects of swallowing. Nature, etiologies, evaluation, management of swallowing disorders.

SLHS 5602 - Speech Sound Disorders: Assessment and Treatment across Languages

Nature, assessment, and treatment of speech sound disorders in children. Assessment and treatment of phonological awareness and pre-literacy skills. This course covers cross-linguistic issues in speech sound disorders, including characteristics of speech sound disorders in a variety of languages, and the differential diagnosis of speech sound disorder from the effects of normal second-language acquisition. Emphasis on functional speech sound disorders, with some coverage given to disorders of a clear organic origin, like cerebral palsy, hearing impairment, and cleft palate.

SLHS 5603 - Assessment and Intervention of Language Disorders in Children

Assessment and intervention techniques approaches for treating language impairment in children with disabilities, such as specific language impairment, developmental delays, and autism spectrum disorder.

SLHS 5605 - Language and Cognitive Disorders in Adults

Acquired cognitive and communicative disorders in the adult population specifically including: stroke/aphasia, right hemisphere dysfunction, traumatic brain injury, and dementia. Consideration of neurological substrates, disorder symptomology, assessment, clinical intervention, and functional impact across the lifespan and amongst diverse populations.

SLHS 5606 - Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Description of the range of augmentative and alternative communication applications for persons with developmental and acquired disabilities. Topics include assessment, intervention strategies, progress monitoring, generalization, and maintenance; collateral behavior resulting from AAC applications.

SLHS 5609 - Child Language Disorders in Diverse Populations

This course covers topics across three broad areas of child language: cultural and linguistic diversity, early intervention, and social communication. The first section will address multicultural issues and bilingualism. The second section will focus on assessment and treatment of language disorders from birth through preschool. Finally, we will address the assessment and treatment of social communication and pragmatic language deficits across disorders and developmental levels, including early prelinguistic communication The course will include both theoretically and clinically motivated content.

SLHS 8720 - Clinical Education in Speech-Language Pathology

Clinical experience

SLHS 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's

Thesis Credits

SLHS 8820 - Clinical Education in Audiology

Clinical experience

SLHS 8994 - Directed Research

Directed research



SLHS 5401 - Counseling and Professional Issues

Basic counseling principles and current professional issues related to practice in a dynamic multicultural environment. Application of counseling theory to clinical practice. Analysis of regulation, practice, and future direction of communication disorders.

SLHS 5801 - Advanced Audiologic Assessment 

Basic audiometric battery, including pure tone thresholds, measures of speech understanding, masking and immittance in adults. Topics include video ostoscopy, ototoxicity, functional hearing loss, and identification of middle-ear fluid. Students enrolled in this course concurrently enroll in SLHS 5810.

SLHS 5802 - Hearing Aids I

Survey of modern hearing aids including history of development, electroacoustic functions, clinic and laboratory measurement techniques, sound field acoustics, techniques for selection.

SLHS 5803 - Pediatric Audiology 

Behavioral, physiological approaches to assessment and identification, development of the auditory mechanism, etiologies of hearing losses in infants, children, principles of case management with children and families.

SLHS 5804 - Cochlear Implants 

Implantable auditory prostheses. History of device development, including cochlear implants and auditory brainstem implants. Signal processing. Techniques for selection, fitting, and rehabilitation. Behavioral/physiological changes across life span.

SLHS 5805 - Advanced Rehabilitative Audiology 

Analysis of speech perception/production. Communication skills/strategies. Sensory modalities. Rehabilitative techniques in adults, children, and infants with hearing losses. Tinnitus management. Audiology telepractice.

SLHS 5806 - Auditory Processing Disorders 

Normal and disordered auditory processing abilities. Anatomy and physiology of central auditory pathway, assessments to evaluate auditory processing skills, techniques to address auditory processing weaknesses. Current and historical theories and controversies surrounding auditory processing assessment.

SLHS 5807 - Noise and Hearing Conservation 

Students in this course will learn to: Describe the auditory and nonauditory effects of noise on humans, Design a successful hearing conservation program, Measure noise levels in a variety of settings, Monitor hearing, Measure hearing protection devices, Develop educational materials, and Describe federal and state regulations as they relate to hearing conservation.

SLHS 5808 - Pathophysiology of Hearing Disorders

Disorders of auditory system, including anatomical, physiological, perceptual, and audiological manifestations of pathologies affecting hearing. Focus will be on understanding current data on physiology, pharmacology, and novel treatment alternatives

SLHS 5810 - Laboratory Module in Audiology

Intensive study of clinical methods in audiology. Supplements didactic courses in audiology curriculum. Laboratory study, individually or in small groups. Students enroll in this course concurrently with SLHS 5801, 5802, 8801, 8802.

SLHS 5820 - Clinical Research and Practice: Grand Rounds

Group discussions of current professional issues in audiology. Case presentations, guest presentations on current technology, clinical/research ethics. Group meets for an hour weekly with faculty coordinator who leads discussion. Integrates academic/clinical education.

SLHS 5830 - Clinical Foundations in Audiology 

Clinical foundations in audiology for first year AuD graduate students.

SLHS 8801 - Electrophysiologic Assessment of Auditory Function

Basic terminology and theoretical aspects of the auditory evoked potentials, electrocochleography, acoustic reflectance, and otoacoustic emissions. Topics include case studies with clinical application of short-latency responses such as the auditory brainstem response and otoacoustic emissions in adults. Students enrolled in this course concurrently enroll in SLHS 5810.

SLHS 8802 - Hearing Aids II 

Instrumentation and methods for fitting and evaluating personal hearing aids; ear impression techniques and materials; repair and modification of hearing aids.

SLHS 8803 - Signals and Systems in Audiology 

This mostly laboratory class includes familiarization and application of test equipment and methods for calibrating audiometric equipment. Sessions will include topics such as sound-field calibration, earphone calibration, filters, spectra of transient signals, and use of an artificial mastoid.

SLHS 8805 - Hearing Science Foundations of Audiology

Physiological/psychological acoustics. Emphasizes hearing loss. Acoustics of the middle and external ear, cochlear mechanics, neural codes for perception, frequency selectivity, loudness, temporal resolution, clear speech, attention, prediction of speech understanding ability using stimulus measures, and binaural hearing.

SLHS 8806 - Audiology Capstone

Students research a case history of patient with an auditory disorder, write paper that summarizes the literature on the disorder, and recommend assessment tools and treatment plans.

SLHS 8807 - Balance Assessment 

Anatomy/physiology of vestibular mechanism. Assessment techniques to evaluate balance function. Treatment options available for persons with balance disorders.

SLHS 8820 - Clinical Education in Audiology

Clinical experience

SLHS 8840 - Audiology Externship

Students intern at external clinical setting under supervision of certified audiologist. Entry-level knowledge and skills required for professional practice as clinical audiologist. External internship settings may include hospitals, schools, private otolaryngology practices, hearing aid dispensing practices, industrial settings, or community clinics.

SLHS 8994 - Directed Research

Directed research