The Professional Phase (graduate) Required Courses

CSD 500 Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology (3)
Critical analysis of speech-language pathology literature with respect to design, methodology, data analysis and interpretation of results. (Prerequisite: Statistics.)

CSD 501 Family Systems and Counseling: Multicultural Perspectives in Speech-Language Pathology (2)
Explores the role of the speech-language pathologist with regard to counseling individuals with communication disorders and their families. Emphasis on critical issues in clinical service delivery to individuals with diverse cultural background from a family system perspective.

CSD 502 Seminar in Aphasia (3)
Advanced examination of issues related to aphasia. Study topics include etiologies of aphasia, neurogenics of language disorders, aphasic syndromes, assessment, and treatment principles and strategies.

CSD 503 Seminar in Phonological and Articulation Disorders (3)
Study of nature, assessment, and treatment of phonological and articulatory disorders in children. Emphasis on phonological processing theory and application.

CSD 504 Language Learning Disorders in School-Aged Children and Adolescents (4)
Advanced study of the nature, assessment, and treatment of language disorders in school age and adolescent populations. Emphasis is placed on the impact of language disorders on academic performance and curriculum-based assessment and intervention. (Prerequisite: course work in normal speech-language development.)

CSD 505 Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems (3)
Explores basic aspects of augmentative and alternative modes of communication. Emphasis is placed on the cognitive, psycho-social, educational, physical, and communicative-linguistic factors of individuals across the life span with little or no functional speech. Assessment, treatment, and management issues are considered. (Prerequisites: course work in normal speech-language development and pediatric language disorders.)

CSD 506P Diagnostic Tests/Measurements and Scientific Clinical Writing (3)
Explores the principles, procedures, techniques, and instrumentation used to assess speech and language function of individuals across the life span. Test selection, administration, scoring, interpretation of results, and clinical report writing/documentation will be discussed.

CSD 506L Language Sample Analysis Computer Lab (1)
Students will learn to input, analyze, and interpret pediatric language sample data by using computer-assisted language sample analysis (CALSA) software, specifically Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts (SALT). (Prerequisite: CSD 506P or permission from Graduate Program Director.)

CSD 507 Voice Disorders (2)
Clinical assessment and treatment of organic and psychogenic voice disorders in children and adults. Exploration of clinical instrumentation.

CSD 508 Fluency Disorders (2)
Study of etiology, assessment, treatment, and management of children and adults who exhibit dysfluent speech patterns.

CSD 510 Communication Disorders in High-Risk Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers (3)
Assessment and intervention strategies emphasizing communication skills of these at risk populations will be explored. Developmental outcome of high-risk infants and toddlers during the preschool years will be discussed. Family centered approaches and models of service delivery will be presented. (Prerequisite: course work in normal speech-language development.)

CSD 511 Pediatric Neuromotor Speech Disorders (2)
Exploration of the types and characteristics of motor speech disorders and oral motor/feeding deficits in children who exhibit neurological dysfunction. Normal and disordered processes of oral-motor/feeding will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on assessment and intervention of neuromotor systems necessary for speech production and vegetative functioning. Includes discussion of developmental verbal dyspraxia, childhood dysarthrias, and cerebral palsy. (Prerequisite: CSD 524 or permission from Graduate Program Director.)

CSD 513 Communication Disorders Related to TBI, Dementia, and Right Hemispheric Dysfunction (3)
Communication impairments secondary to traumatic brain injury, dementia, and right hemisphere dysfunction will be addressed. Assessment procedures, treatment strategies, and educational/counseling considerations will be presented.

CSD 514 Adult Neurogenic Motor Speech Disorders (2)
Assessment and treatment of neurogenic motor speech disorders including dysarthria and apraxia will be addressed. Physiological, perceptual, and acoustic analyses of speech influencing intelligibility will be presented. (Prerequisite: CSD 524 or permission from Graduate Program Director.)

CSD 515 Dysphagia (3)
Evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders in children and adults. Anatomy and physiology of the normal swallow will be discussed. Videoflouroscopic records of abnormal swallows will be reviewed.

CSD 517P Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology (1)
Focuses on professional issues and development as it relates to the transition into off-campus intern/externships and future employment in the field of speech-language pathology. Emphasis will be placed on ethical issues, universal precautions, resume writing, interviewing, etc.

CSD 518P Independent Study in Clinical Methods and Processes (1)
Reviews the principles, methods, and procedures necessary for the development of clinical skills and competencies required for a positive transition into the clinical practicum experience. Emphasis will be placed on clinical documentation and writing used in the Marywood Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. (Note: Only for incoming students accepted to the Professional Phase who are not required to take CSD 361.)

CSD 524 Neuroscience (2)
Topics include functional organization of the brain, structures of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems, embryological development in the CNS, and brain imaging techniques. Emphasis is on the interconnectivity in the brain.

Elective Courses

CSD 512 Cleft Palate and Other Craniofacial Anomalies (2)
The study of craniofacial and orofacial dysmorphology and their related communication, speech, language and hearing deficits. Emphasis will be placed on cleft lip and palate and velopharyngeal insufficiency. Issues related to principles of assessment, treatment, and client management will be discussed. (Prerequisite: CSD 503.)

CSD 523 Independent Research Study in Communication Sciences and Disorders (variable credit)
An elective (completed in conjunction with a faculty member) to include literature review, method, subject(s), procedure, data analysis, and discussion of an issue in communication sciences and disorders. (Prerequisites: Consent of faculty member and approval of Graduate Program Director and CSD Department Chairperson.)

CSD 525 Autism (2)
Study of etiology, assessment, treatment, and management of children with autistic spectrum disorders. (Prerequisite: Course work in normal speech-language development.)

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Required Clinical Practicums

In regard to clinical practicum experiences, all students will be required to provide documentation of a minimum of 25 directed clinical observation hours under the supervision of an ASHA-certified speech-language clinician before enrolling in CSD 468, Introduction to Clinical Practicum in SLP (see Pre-Professional Phase) or CSD 516A Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (see Professional Phase). Students must be available a minimum of ten hours per week in order to be scheduled for clinical/diagnostic practicum experiences.

The Pre-Professional Phase

CSD 468 Introductory Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (2)
Students conduct clinical work under supervision. Includes weekly discussion time. (Prerequisites: 25 ASHA observation hours, minimum 3.25 primary and overall QPA, successful completion of CSD 361 with a minimum grade of C, and permission of Department Chairperson.)

The Professional Phase

CSD 516 A, B, C Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (1, 1, 1)
Supervised clinical practice in the treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders with various clinical populations at the Marywood Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Development of treatment plans and clinical reports will be required. Students will be provided with supervision appropriate to their level of experience and in accordance with ASHA standards. Students are expected to attend weekly meetings with their supervisor(s). (Prerequisite for CSD 516A: Documentation of 25 hours of observation of an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. Prerequisite for CSD 516B: Successful completion of CSD 516A with a minimum final grade of B-. Prerequisite for CSD 516C: Successful completion of CSD 516B with a minimum final grade of B-.)

CSD 519I Clinical Internship in Speech-Language Pathology I (1)
Students are encouraged to seek placements in sites that offer experiences consistent with their clinical areas of interest. Placements must be approved by the Clinic Director, and a signed contract must be obtained prior to beginning the internship. Placements are arranged for students in various off-campus clinical facilities (e.g., rehabilitation facilities, schools, hospitals, clinics, private practices). Requirements for students include planning and implementing diagnostic and/or treatment procedures, data collection and analysis, and clinic report writing. Additional responsibilities such as participation in clinical staffing may be required by the off-campus supervising speech-language pathologist at the facility. Clinical placements are arranged by the Marywood Clinic Director in conjunction with off-campus clinical supervisors. (Prerequisites: successful completion of CSD 516C with a minimum final grade of B- and permission of Graduate Program Director.)

CSD 520E Clinical Externship in Speech-Language Pathology II (1)
Students are encouraged to seek placements in sites that offer experiences consistent with their clinical areas of interest. Placements must be approved by the Clinic Director, and a signed contract must be obtained prior to beginning the externship. Requirements for students include planning and implementing diagnostic and/or treatment procedures, data collection and analysis, and clinical report writing. Additional responsibilities such as participation in clinical staffings may be required by the off-campus supervising speech-language pathologist at the facility. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of CSD 519I with a minimum final grade of B– and permission of Graduate Program Director.)

CSD 521 Diagnostic Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (2)
Supervised clinical experience in the principles and procedures necessary for assessment of speech and language disorders. Includes experience with obtaining case histories, collecting, analyzing and interpreting assessment data for consideration of differential diagnosis. Clinical report writing is a component of this diagnostic practicum. Students will work on diagnostic teams which meet weekly with their supervisor. (Prerequisite: CSD 502, 504, 506P. To be taken either prior to or concurrently with CSD 501, 503, 506L.)

CSD 522 Audiology/Aural Rehabilitation Practicum (1)
Clinical practice in hearing testing and in the management of children and adults who have a hearing impairment or are deaf. Experience includes use of amplification, speech reading, American Sign Language, assistive listening devices, and auditory training techniques. Students must accrue clinical clock hours to meet current ASHA certification and PA state licensure requirements. (Prerequisite: Course work in Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation.)

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(approximately 24 credits)

The Teacher Certification track is undertaken in addition to earning the master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Earning Teacher Certification from the PA Department of Education (DOE) is a separate certification from the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. Therefore, students may need additional semesters to complete these requirements. Students interested in pursuing Teacher Certification must meet with either the Graduate Program Director, CSD Clinic Director, or CSD Chair to complete a plan of study for this additional track. Two college level courses in English; one composition and one literature are required. Two college level courses in mathematics are required. A minimum QPA of 3.00 is also required. All course work in education must be approved by the Education Department Chairperson.

Course Work and Field-Based Experience

PSY 514 Human Development (3)
An examination of human development throughout the life span, with in-depth coverage of developmental theories and research methods. Critique of empirical studies required. Previous course work in developmental psychology suggested.

EDUC 523 Seminar: Psychology of Education (3)
This course deals with the dynamics of teacher-student-other relationships, with consideration of learning and classroom management. Analyzes individual differences of students in relation to the educative process. Emphasis on relating educational research to current school practice. Lesson plan and unit plan designs are covered.

EDUC 502 Multidisciplinary Foundations of Education (3)
Basic principles of educational theory derived from a study of major works and integrated theories from theology, philosophy, and social sciences. Research of social sciences on educational problems, processes and value. Contemporary issues and practice explored.

EDUC 561 Methods, Materials, and Assessment in Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
This course will provide an in-depth look at the practical application of instructional strategies, materials, tasks, and assessment techniques that effective teachers use to promote language and literacy development in a second language.  Focus will be on methodologies of teaching reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and culture of the K-12 ESL classroom.

EDUC 597 CSD Student Teaching Clinical Internship (12)
Involves full-time supervised practicum as a speech-language pathologist in a public school setting. Must be taken by students seeking certification as a speech-language pathologist (K-12) by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Placements are made by the CSD Clinic Director in conjunction with the Education Field Placement Officer. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of 516C or 519I with a minimum final grade of B-, passing scores on Praxis reading, writing, and math subtests, and completion of all prerequisite Education courses.)

NOTE: The Teacher Certification requirements in this section are subject to change based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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