Courses | M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.


Course Overview

The following documents outline a suggested course schedule.


Year 1: Fall Trimester

15 total credits.

Learners will gain knowledge and skills regarding scope of practice, credentialing, professional ethics, legal issues, documentation, paraprofessionals, and the patient-clinician relationship. Grade Mode: A.
Learners will gain knowledge and skills regarding theories and characteristics of language and literacy disorders in children. Current literature will be reviewed in order to teach advanced assessment and treatment procedures of high and low incidence language and literacy disorders and with a special emphasis on assessment techniques, intervention methods, educational management, and multi-cultural issues. Grade Mode: A.
Learners will gain knowledge and skills regarding research in communication disorders. Includes research design, techniques, and results in the context of evidence-based practice. Learners will become critical consumers of research and will apply research to clinical problems. Grade Mode: A.
In this course students will explore a variety of questions regarding disability and suffering through the lens of Scripture, the writings of theologians, and their own personal experiences working with individuals with disabilities or illnesses and learn to formulate appropriate responses to injury, illness, disability and suffering from a Biblical perspective. Grade Mode: A.
Learners will acquire 20 supervised clinical hours conducting speech and language assessments with linguistically, culturally, and etiologically diverse clients. A special emphasis will be placed on utilization of a variety of formal and informal assessment measures, analysis of assessment results utilizing a holistic strategy, and effective communication of information to clients and their families. Grade Mode: A.

Year 1: Spring Trimester

15 total credits.

Learners will gain knowledge and skills regarding advanced assessment and treatment procedures for pediatric clients with articulation and phonological disorders. Special emphasis on the use of current literature to make clinical decisions and develop evidenced based assessment and treatment plans for diverse pediatric populations. Grade Mode: A.
Learners will gain knowledge and skills regarding apraxia of speech and the dysathrias in both children and adults, including their neurological basis, characteristics, assessment, and treatment. Grade Mode: A.
Learners will gain knowledge and skills regarding the various types of aphasia in terms of characteristics, assessment, and treatment as well as levels of hospital care, such as intensive care, outpatient, etc. Grade Mode: A.
Learners will gain knowledge and skills regarding normal swallowing processes as well as disordered swallowing in babies, children, and adults. Assessment and treatment of swallowing is a main focus of this class. Grade Mode: A.
Learners will acquire 50 supervised clinical hours in assessment and treatment of individuals with a variety of communication disorders. Clinical contact will include individuals at a variety of age levels who are linguistically, culturally, and etiologically diverse. Grade Mode: A.

Year 1: Summer Trimester

15 total credits.

Learners will gain knowledge and skills regarding diagnosis, etiologies, and characteristics of autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan. Advance assessment and treatment methods will be taught. In addition, learners will gain knowledge and skills regarding types of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices and related assistive technologies that can be utilized by individuals with severe physical, sensory, or communication disorders. Assessment procedures, device implementation, and training procedures will be practiced. Grade Mode: A.
Learners will gain knowledge and skills regarding right hemisphere syndrome, traumatic brain injury, dementia, and other disorders that affect both communication and cognition. Includes emphasis on assessment and treatment of such disorders. Grade Mode: A.
Learners will gain knowledge in ethical conduct, professional issues, advocacy, and policies associated with speech-language pathology practice in public schools and hospitals. Grade Mode: A.
Learners will gain knowledge and skills regarding theories of etiologies, assessment, and treatment of individuals with fluency disorders with a special emphasis on the management and effects of behavioral and emotional aspects of stuttering. Grade Mode: A.
Learners will acquire 50 supervised clinical hours in assessment and treatment of individuals with a variety of communication disorders. Clinical contact will include individuals at a variety of age levels who are linguistically, culturally, and etiologically diverse. Grade Mode: A.

Year 2: Fall Trimester

9-12 total credits. Either Hospital Externship or School Externship may be taken.

Learners will review anatomy and physiology of the ear, audiological testing and gain knowledge and skills to relate this to pediatric and adult clients. Aural rehabilitation/habilitation therapy sessions for the speech language pathologist will be explored and created. Auditory processing disorders will be discussed. Students will conduct screenings and air conduction threshold testing and learn to interpret for referral. Principles for adapting speech therapy sessions with varying degrees of hearing loss will be discussed as well as counseling when negative emotions are expressed. Grade Mode: A.
Learners will gain knowledge and skills regarding etiology, interdisciplinary assessment, and treatment of communication impairments associated with craniofacial anomalies and knowledge and skills regarding normal vocal anatomy and physiology as well as laryngeal pathologies. Assessment and treatment of these pathologies and use of current technologies will be targeted. Grade Mode: A.
Individual research in areas of communication disorders determined in consultation with the instructor. Notes: May be taken for a total of 3 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Students will gain 125 hours of clinical experience in a supervised medical-based speech and language service setting. Clinical contact will consist of provision of supervised services to linguistically, culturally, and etiologically diverse population and include specialty areas of dysphagia and motor speech disorders. Grade Mode: A.
Students will gain 125 hours of clinical experience in a supervised school-based speech and language service setting. Clinical contact will consist of provision of supervised services to linguistically, culturally, and etiologically diverse pediatric population. Grade Mode: A.

Year 2: Spring Trimester

9-12 total credits. Either Hospital Externship or School Externship may be taken.

Learners will gain knowledge and skills regarding understanding the goals and practice of counseling people with communication disorders. Generally, students will understand counseling within the scope of practice for a speech-language pathologist. Specifically, students will participate in specific practice exercises designed to help them develop basic counseling skills. An emphasis will be placed on the care of people with communication disorders from a Christian perspective. Grade Mode: A.

In this summative capstone class students will take comprehensive examinations and present and defend student portfolios in order to demonstrate they have achieved theoretical and clinical knowledge and have the ability to integrate Christian faith with SLP practice. Grade Mode: A.

Individual research in areas of communication disorders determined in consultation with the instructor. Notes: May be taken for a total of 3 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Students will gain 125 hours of clinical experience in a supervised medical-based speech and language service setting. Clinical contact will consist of provision of supervised services to linguistically, culturally, and etiologically diverse population and include specialty areas of dysphagia and motor speech disorders. Grade Mode: A.
Students will gain 125 hours of clinical experience in a supervised school-based speech and language service setting. Clinical contact will consist of provision of supervised services to linguistically, culturally, and etiologically diverse pediatric population. Grade Mode: A.