Early Childhood Communication Disorders Option
This option prepares students for professional practice in the diagnosis and treatment of early childhood communication disorders in young children. Students learn theory and practice for a variety of speech-language-communication-swallowing disorders typically seen in babies through early elementary age children. An essential component of this option is supporting families of young children with communication disorders. Practicum experiences in educational and pediatric rehabilitative settings, early intervention centers, and private practice are available to enhance applied learning. Upon completion of coursework and clinical training, students are prepared to diagnose and treat a wide array of early childhood speech-language-communication-feeding disorders and collaborate with their professional colleagues in educational and rehabilitative teams.
Students will complete a combination of core, required, and elective courses to earn a minimum of 61 credits. See course descriptions for a list of all CSD graduate courses.
|The following core courses
are required of all students:
COMM 876: Ethics/Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology, 1 cr.
COMM 880: Diagnosis of Speech and Language Disorders, 3 cr.
COMM 890: Advanced Audiology for Speech-Language Pathologists, 3 cr.
COMM 903: Therapy Process, 2 cr.
COMM 910: Practicum, 4 cr. [1 credit each semester years one and two]
COMM 911: Externship, 8 cr. [4 cr. fall of year two, 4 cr. spring of year two]
COMM 914: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 3 cr.
COMM 917: Research Methods, 3 cr.
COMM 915: Counseling Clients and Families with Comm Disorders, 2 cr.
|In addition to the core courses,
required courses for this option are:
|COMM 900: Articulatory and Phonological Disorders in Children, 3 cr.
COMM 901: Dysphagia, 3 cr.
COMM 902: Stuttering, 3 cr.
COMM 905: Motor Speech Disorders, 3 cr.
COMM 906: Voice Disorders, 2 cr.
COMM 908: Language and Literacy Disorders I, 3 cr.
COMM 912: Language Disorders Birth to Five, 3 cr.
COMM 916: Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3 cr.
EDUC 856: Supporting Families of Students with Special Needs, 4 cr.
|Students will also take two
from the following:
COMM 875: Advanced Language Acquisition, 3 cr.
COMM 891: Neurology for Speech-Language Pathologists, 3 cr.
COMM 904: Aphasia in Adults, 3 cr.
COMM 907: Advanced Seminar in Aural Rehabilitation, 3 cr.
COMM 909: Language and Literacy Disorders II, 3 cr.
COMM 913: Cognitive Communication Disorders, 3 cr.
COMM 920: Graduate Seminar
EDUC 941: Diversity and Child Development, 4 cr.
HHS 898: Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders, 1 to 8 cr.
Other approved courses outside the Department