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Course Descriptions

SECD 500. RESEARCH METHODS & EBP in SLP (3 credit hours). Students explore various research methodologies and statistical designs applicable to communicative disorders.  Students study and critically evaluate empirical studies from current literature and examine scholarly and professional writing skills.  Students learn the application of evidence-based practice in speech-language pathology, scientific methods, and use of qualitative and quantitative data as it applies to the assessment and treatment of individuals with communication disorders.  Emphasis is on providing basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others and familiarize the beginning researcher with procedures to plan and develop a research proposal. 

 

SECD 504. PEDIATRIC SWALLOWING AND FEEDING DISORDERS (3 credit hours). The overall objective of this course is to provide a basis for making clinical decisions in working with children and families in pediatric swallowing and feeding disorders.  The goal is to integrate the knowledge and experience of other professionals that are appropriate to the specific care in working with children and families.  This course will address the feeding, behavioral issues and challenges, environment, cultural and linguistic diversity that impacts swallowing and feeding in children.  The course aim is to provide information relative to prevalence and incidence of pediatric and swallowing, assessment, intervention, feeding therapy, cultural diversity, food diaries, working with educational professionals, interprofessional teams, NICU, etc.  Students will apply evidence-based practices that support collaborative practice, team effectiveness, and best family intervention. 

 

SECD 528. DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF SLP DISORDERS (3 credit hours). Approachesand experiences in differential diagnosis of speech andlanguage disorders, to include the principles and proceduresfor planning effective management of speech and language disorders. 

 

SECD 530. SPEECH SOUND DISORDERS (3 credit hours). A study of the many phonological terms, theories and applications,includes the underlying, covert level of phonologicalknowledge, and the manifest, overt level of speech production.To include an analysis of the disorders of the sound system in the light of current linguistic theory. 

 

 

SECD 555. FUNCTIONAL AND ORGANIC VOICE DISORDERS AND CLEFT PALATE (3 credit hours). This course will explore the principles of differential diagnosisand clinical management of children and adults presenting voice disorders, a critical review of the literature, etiologies, diagnosis, treatment of vocal pathologies, head and neck cancer, tracheostomy, and treatment. This course will also aid students into analyzing research and theory in etiology, diagnosis and treatment of craniofacial anomalies and other genetic syndromes that involve communication disorders.  Diagnosis and treatment of speech disorders associated with cleft palate are emphasized in diverse populations in children and adults. 

 

SECD 558. NEURODEGENERATIVE DISORDERS OF SPEECH AND LANGUAGE (3 credit hours). Differential diagnosis and management ofspeech disorders that result from neurological dysfunction. Special consideration to diversity and cultural differences, aswell as to concomitant diagnoses such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, and degenerative diseases. 

 

SECD 559. SEMINAR IN APHASIA (3 credit hours). Assessment and intervention, strategies in aphasia and related language disorders; emphasis on major approaches to treating language impairments in adults with aphasia. 

 

SECD 560. STUTTERING DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT (3 credit hours). This course focused on the etiology, theory, diagnosis, cultural and linguistic diversity, and treatment of children and adults with fluency disorders. Therapy models are presented along with data bearing on the efficacy of particular approaches. 

 

SECD 564. SEMINAR IN INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION and PRACTICE for SLP (3 credit hours). This interprofessional course focuses on preparing speech-language pathology graduate students with the foundational skills needed to work in teams to effectively collaborate and coordinate care in population health management. Special emphasis will be on identification and stratification of populations at risk; evidence-based care planning, care coordination and patient engagement, and data analytics and reporting of outcomes. Key themes focused on interprofessional communication, collaboration, leadership, and professionalism will be ingrained throughout content. National standards and initiatives form the foundation to the course. 

 

 

 

 

SECD 565 EARLY INTERVENTION and ASSESSMENT (Birth to Three Population), (3 credit hours) This course will focus on the cognitive, cultural, social, and environmental conditions associated with high-risk children with communication disorders, intervention approaches (prevention, evaluation, direct stimulation of child and caregiver interactions and 

This course will focus on the cognitive, cultural, social, and environmental conditions association with high-risk children with communication disorders, intervention approaches (prevention, evaluation, direct stimulation of child and caregiver interactions) and various service delivery models will be discussed.  Additionally, this course will cover communication development and disorders (speech, language, hearing, early childhood special education, early childhood principles, design and evaluation of environments, early childhood curriculum development, activity planning, individualized instruction, and adaptions to meet the needs of infants and young children with unique needs within inclusive early care and education settings assessment in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers (Birth to 5). 

 

SECD 566. LANGUAGE DISORDERS AND ASSESSMENT IN SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN (3 credit hours). Consideration of descriptions and theories,both historical and contemporary, of disordered language in children and related problems. Procedures and tools used inevaluating the language skills of children are presented along with professional reporting methods. An overview of language disorders in children and adolescents and the relationship between language and literacy are also components of this course.   

 

SECD 583. ADVANCED AURAL REHABILITATION AND AUDIOLOGY FOR THE SLP (3 credit hours). A detailed survey and study of the pertinent researchliterature with consideration of the theoretical and methodologicalapproaches of auditory training, amplification, visualspeech perception and speech conservation in the rehabilitation process of the hearing impaired. 

SECD 567. ADVANCED PRACTICUM IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS (3 credit hours). Advanced speech andlanguage practice in supervised laboratory experience in the on-campus as well as off-campus sites. (Prerequisite SECD 528) 

 

SECD 568. ADVANCED PRACTICUM IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS (3 credit hours). Advanced speech andlanguage practice in supervised laboratory experience in the on-campus as well as off-campus sites. (Prerequisite SECD 528) 

 

 

SECD 569. ADVANCED PRACTICUM IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS (3 credit hours). Advanced speech andlanguage practice in supervised laboratory experience in the on-campus as well as off-campus sites. (Prerequisite SECD 528) 

 

SECD 571. ADVANCED PRACTICUM IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS (3 credit hours). Advanced speech andlanguage practice in supervised laboratory experience in the on-campus as well as off-campus sites. This course also covers ethical and legal issues, practice standards, private practice, employment, and business considerations for the practice of speech-language pathology, government regulations, and reimbursement/billing in the profession, etc. (Prerequisite SECD 528) 

   

 

SECD 584. AUGMENTATIVE ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION (3 credit hours). This course will address current issues, terminology, unaided and aided systems, technological advances, and augmentative systems including various sign and symbol systems.  Augmentative communication assessment, intervention guidelines and procedures for management to be addressed.  

 

SECD 584-03 DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS, DYSLEXIA, AUTISM, and LITERACY DISORDERS (3 credit hours) This course will include the applied knowledge of the different types of developmental disorders, prevalence and incidence/demographics, cultural and linguistic diversity, reading assessments, and interventions. Additionally, this course will address dyslexia’s neurobiological origins, its effects on language and literacy development, influences of linguistic knowledge on reading and spelling, identify sources of differences in students’ development, including environmental influences (cultural and linguistic diversity), (Prerequisite: SECD 558) 

 

SECD 599. PRAXIS PREP (3 credit hours). This course assists students in preparation and mastery for the PRAXIS Examination in Speech-Language Pathology. This course provides students with a more focused view of specific content in speech language sciences, theory, language acquisition and language disorders across the life span, articulation/phonological disorders, dysphagia, aphasia, cleft palate/orofacial/syndrome disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, neurogenic/motor speech disorders, voice and resonance disorders,  fluency disorders, genetic disorders, psychometrics and measurement, research in communication disorders, evidence based practice in speech language pathology, audiological assessment, auditory habilitation and rehabilitation; speech-language assessment and intervention, cultural and linguistic diversity/multicultural awareness. 

 

SECD 601. DEPARTMENTAL MASTER’S COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION (0 credit hours). 

   

SECD 667. DYSPHAGIA ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION (3 credit hours). This course will include theoretical and applied knowledge of feeding and swallowing disorders inchildren and adults. The course will include a survey of the research literature, current management trends and professional and health care industry standards utilized in the rehabilitation of patients with dysphagia.