Master of Arts - Speech-Language Pathology Course Descriptions

Below is an example of a two-year program for a graduate student who has a bachelor's degree in Pre-Professional Speech-Language Pathology. 

 

First Year Curriculum

   Fall    Winter Spring Summer

SPCH 500 Intro to Research (3)
SPCH 508 Pract in Comm Disorders (1-3)
SPCH 513 Articulation Disorders (3)
SPCH 522 Clinical Methods (1-3)
SPCH 519 Professional Issues in SLP (1)

SPCH 508 Pract in Comm Disorders (1-3)
SPCH 519 Professional Issues in SLP (1)
SPCH 520 Language Disorders in Children: Assessment (3)
SPCH 523 Adult Lang Disorders (3)


 

SPCH 504 Language Disorders in Children: Remediation (3)
SPCH 508 Pract in Comm Disorders (1-3)
SPCH 519 Professional Issues in SLP (1)
SPCH 529 Management of Adult Language Disorders (3)


SPCH 507 Seminar in Dysphagia (3)
SPCH 510 Speech Science (3)
SPCH 528 Motor Speech Disorders (3)
SPCH 556 Aural Rehabilitation (3)



8-12 Credit Hours 8-10 Credit Hours 8-10 Credit Hours 12 Credit Hours

 

Second Year Curriculum 

Fall Winter Spring  

SPCH 508 Pract in Comm Disorders (1-3)
SPCH 514 Assistive Technology (1-3)
SPCH 524 Voice Disorders (3)
SPCH 527 Advanced Diagnostic Procedures (3)

SPCH 508 Pract in Comm Disorders (1-3)
SPCH 526 Disorders of Fluency (3)
Thesis Option: 3


SPCH 508 Pract in Comm Disorders (3-8)
SPCH 565 Comp Exam (2)
Thesis Option: 3
Target Graduation Date 

Total Credit Hours (Minimum)
Academic Courses:  44
Clinical Practicum:  12-18
Thesis Option Credit Hours (Minimum):  3-6
9-11 Credit Hours 5-7 Credit Hours 5-10 Credit Hours 55-72 Credit Hours

  

A student who has a BA/BS in a field other than Pre-Professional Speech-Language Pathology may apply for the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology with the following conditions in place:

1. The student is required to complete 16 hours of undergraduate coursework in Speech-Language Pathology during the first year of the program. These courses are listed below, and must be satisfactorily completed prior to beginning any graduate coursework in the program.

Fall Winter Spring

SPCH 470  Language and Speech Development (3)

Speech 222  Phonetics (3)
Speech 301  Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (3)

SPCH 302 Introduction to Speech and Hearing Science (3)
SPCH 205  Introduction to Audiology (3) 
SPCH 429 Supervised Observation (1)

     

2. Two other courses which are required but may have already been completed during the applying student’s first BA/BS degree curriculum included a course in Statistics and a course in Speech Neuroscience. At Louisiana Tech University, if the applicant cannot show evidence on an official transcript of completion of these two courses, he/she will be required to enroll in STAT 200, Statistics (taught every quarter) and Speech 311, Neuroscience (taught in the Spring Quarter).
 
3. During the first year of enrollment, while the student is taking the 16 hours of undergraduate coursework (plus Statistics and Neuroscience if necessary), the student is enrolled as a Post-Baccalaureate student. Once these pre-requisite hours are satisfactorily completed, the student will be enrolled as a Graduate Student in the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology in the next Fall Quarter.
 
4. Thus, the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology for a student entering without a BA/BS in Pre-Professional Speech-Language Pathology will require three years to complete.
   

Course Descriptions

SPCH 500:  Introduction to Research
3 Hours Credit
0-3-3.  A course designed to introduce students to research applicable to speech and theories of measurement including statistical and behavioral designs, reliability and judgments.

SPCH 501:  Seminar
3 Hours Credit
0-3-3  (9).  Preq., Permission of Instructor.  Individual problems and research in any of the following general areas of concentration: speech communication, speech-language pathology, speech and hearing science, audiology, theatre arts.

SPCH 504:  Language Disorders in Children:  Remediation
3 Hours Credit
0-3-3.  Preq.,  SPCH 520 and Permission of Instructor.  Etiologies, remediation techniques, principles and methods of diagnosis and treatment.

SPCH 507:  Dysphagia
3 Hours Credit
0-3-3.  A study of the etiology, symptomatology, and anatomic/behavioral characteristics of dysphagia with an emphasis on principles and methods of diagnosis and treatment.

SPCH 508:  Practicum in Communicative Disorders
1 to 3 Hours Credit
1-3 hour(s) credit (18).  Supervised clinical experience with individuals who have disorders of communication.

SPCH 510:  Speech Science
3 Hours Credit
0-3-3.  Study of normal speech and voice production with emphasis on the respiratory, articulatory, and phonatory mechanisms, and speech perception.

SPCH 513:  Articulation Disorders
3 Hours Credit
0-3-3.  Preq., Permission of Instructor.  Study of current research in testing, prediction, and management procedures for articulation disorders.

SPCH 514:  Assistive Technology/Augmentative Communication for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
1 to 3 Hours Credit
1-3 hours credit (6).  Preq., Permission of Department Head.  An overview of assistive technology and augmentative communication devices, techniques for assessment and implementation, and funding issues.  May be repeated for up to 6 semester hours credit.

SPCH 519:  Profession Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
1 Hour Credit
0-1-1 (6).  Preq., Permission of Department Head.  Issues and professional responsibilities related to the professional practice of speech-language pathology and audiology.  Three semester hours required of all graduate students in SLP/A in the first year of study; may be taken for three additional semester hours with permission of Department Head.

SPCH 520:  Language  Disorders in Children:  Assessment
3 Hours Credit
0-3-3.  Preq., Permission of Instructor.  A study of standardization and non-standardized techniques used to assess language disordered children and adolescents.

SPCH 522:  Clinical Methods for Speech=Language Pathology and Audiology
1 to 3 Hours Credit
1-3 hours credit (6).  Preq., Permission of Department Head.  Methods of clinical practice for speech-language pathology and audiology.  May be repeated for up to 6 semester hours credit.

SPCH 523:  Adult Language Disorders
3 Hours Credit
0-3-3.  Preq., Permission of Instructor.  A study of acquired language disorders associated with brain damage in adults with an emphasis on symptomatology, assessment, and diagnosis.

SPCH 524:  Voice Disorders
3 Hours Credit
0-3-3.  Preq., Permission of Instructor.  A study of the etiology, symptomatology, and treatment procedures for voice disorders, including those that result form laryngeal pathologies.

SPCH 525:  Cleft Palate
3 Hours Credit
0-3-3.  A study of the articulatory, resonance, and phonatory problems associated with cleft palate and facial maxillary disturbances including medical and speech therapy, habilitative and rehabilitative procedures.

SPCH 526:  Disorders of Fluency
3 Hours Credit
0-3-3.  Preq., Permission of Instructor.  A critical review of the literature to synthesize information regarding th e definitions of fluency disorders of fluency disorders, theories of etiologies, symptomatology, and treatment.

SPCH 527:  Advanced Diagnostic Procedures
3 Hours Credit
0-3-3.  A study of formal and informal assessment procedures applicable to speech/language disorders.  Emphasis on the role of differential diagnosis, specialized test procedures, and referral procedures.

SPCH 528:  Motor Speech Disorders
3 Hours Credit
0-3-3.  Preq., Permission of Instructor.  A study of motor speech disorders that result form damage to the central and peripheral nervous systems, their etiologies, symptomatology, diagnoses, and management.

SPCH 529:  Management of Adult Language Disorders
3 Hours Credit
0-3-3.  Preq., SPCH 523 and Permission of Instructor. clinical management of acquired adult language disorders.

SPCH 530:  Special Problems in Communicative Disorders
3 Hours Credit
0-3-3.  Registration by Permission of Instructor.  Individual research assignments in speech pathology and audiology.

SPCH 550:  Research Proposal
1 Hour Credit
1 hour credit.  Preq., Permission of Thesis Director.  The student interacts with the Thesis Director to develop a research objective for the thesis.

SPCH 555:  Externship in Speech-Language Pathology
1 to 4 Hours Credit
1-4 hour(s) credit (14). Preq., Permission of Department of Head.  Supervised clinical practicum in an off-campus university-affiliated hospital private practice, or other.  May be repeated for a maximum of 14 hours credit.  

SPCH  556:  Aural Rehabilitation
3 Hours Credit
0-3-3.  Rehabilitative procedures for hearing impaired children and adults including speech and language, psychosocial and educational deficits and management.

SPCH 559:  Special Topics
1 to 3 Hours Credit
1-3 hour(s) credit (9).  Preq., Permission of Faculty Members; Involved or Department Head.  Selected topics in an identified area of speech and hearing science, audiology, or speech-language pathology.

SPCH 560:  Individual Readings in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology
1 to 3 Hours Credit
1-3 hour(s) credit (6).  Preq., Permission of Instructor.  Directed independent study of literature in a pre-selected area of audiology or speech-language pathology.

SPCH 565: Comprehensive Examination in Audiology or speech-Language Pathology
2 Hours Credit
2 hours credit.  Preq., Permission of Comprehensive Examination Committee chair.  Registration required in the quarter in which the comprehensive examination is to be taken.  successful completion of the written is a prerequisite to the oral comprehensive exam. 

SPCH 570:  Language and Speech Development
3 Hours Credit
0-3-3.  Study of the normal acquisition and maintenance of speech and language;  theoretical formulations about speech and language behavior, and approaches to its study.

SPCH 589:  Directed Research in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology
1 to 3 Hours Credit
1-3 hour(s) credit (6).  Preq., Permission of Faculty Member(s) Involved of Thesis Director.  Students pursue individual research projects; enrollment for three hours credit required for development and presentation of thesis prospectus to the Thesis Committee.

 

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