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SPE 5 Voice and Diction

This course covers the basic theory of voice and speech production and the development of acceptable standards of voice and articulation in ongoing speech. Included is the study of the most typical patterns of American speech and drill materials that emphasize individual improvement.
Every Semester, 3 credits

SPE 51 Phonetics of English

This course is an introduction to phonetic and phonemic structure of American English: sound formulation and dialetic differences. Related acoustic and physiological factors are considered along with broad and narrow IPA transcription.
Prerequisite for all Communication Sciences and Disorders courses.
Every Semester, 3 credits

SPE 63 Introduction to Linguistics and Language Acquisition

The normal process and stages of language acquisition in children from birth to adolescence are described in this course. The relationship between children’s language and children’s perceptual, cognitive and social development are explained.
Fall, 3 credits

SPE 64 The Organization and Administration of a Communication Sciences and Disorders Program in the Elementary and Secondary Schools

A study of speech, language and hearing remediation programs as well as the organizational procedures, professional interrelationships, administrative and professional responsibilities involved in such programs are covered in this course.
Prerequisites: SPE 51, 63 and 67.
Spring, 3 credits

SPE 65 Introduction to Diagnostic Procedures

Diagnostic methods in speech and language pathology are covered in this course. The interview, the case history, the oral facial, and clinical examination are described. Subjective and objective methods of assessment are introduced. Students become familiar with standardized and non-standardized tests. Spontaneous sampling and analysis are taught.
Prerequisites: SPE 63, 67, 85 and 93.
Fall, 3 credits

SPE 67 Introduction to Language and Articulation Disorders in Children

This course assists the student in identifying disorders or delays in language development. Semantic, syntactic, pragmatic and phonological aspects of language are discussed. Assessment procedures and therapeutic methods are included in the discussions.
Prerequisites: SPE 51, 63, 84.
Spring, 3 credits

SPE 70 Professional and Scientific Writing in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

This course offers an introduction to syntactic analysis and professional and scientific writing. It is specifically tailored to undergraduate students majoring in speech-language pathology and audiology. This course is designed to provide students with the foundations of grammatical analyses necessary to assess language disorders and the tools to become proficient at writing professional goals and objectives, clinical and scientific reports. The class will familiarize students with the analytical processes involved in syntax analyses and in proofreading clinical and scientific reports.
Fall and Spring, 3 credits

SPE 82 Introduction to Speech Science

This course is a study of acoustic events and processes involved in speech and language. Information on speech transmission and reception is provided.
Prerequisite: SPE 51.
Spring, 3 credits

SPE 84 Anatomy and Physiology of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Mechanisms

This course is an introduction to anatomical, neurological, and physiological aspects of speech, language, and hearing.
Prerequisites: BIO 7, 8.
Every Semester, 3 credits

SPE 85 Introduction to Articulation Disorders

This course focuses on the nature and treatment of articulation disorders in children. Course content includes a review of articulatory phonetics and the rule-governed system(s) underlying phonological development. Normal phonological development is contrasted with disordered development, and evaluative and treatment procedures are presented.
Prerequisites: SPE 51, 63, 84.
Fall, 3 credits

SPE 86 Clinical Practicum in Speech Language Pathology

A limited introductory clinical practicum in a private or a public school setting is provided. There is experience in clinical assessment and intervention with preschoolers or school-aged children manifesting communication disorders.
Students must have a GPA of 3.0 to enroll.
Prerequisites: EDU 35J, EDU 35.
Every Semester, 2 credits

SPE 88 Introduction to Neuroanatomy for the Speech-Language Pathologist

This course provides working knowledge of anatomical landmarks of the central nervous system and its physiology. Materials particularly focus on the neurological underpinnings of speech and language.
Prerequisite: SPE 84.
Spring, 3 credits

SPE 90 Introduction to Audiology

This course is a review of anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism. It includes an introduction to the presentation of audiometric tests, discussion and interpretation of test results and a study of elementary hearing problems.
Prerequisite: SPE 84.
Fall, 3 credits

SPE 91 Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation

This course is an introduction of hearing-aid technology, auditory training and visual speech-reading training in the communicative rehabilitation of the hearing impaired. Communication Sciences and Disorders conservation and patient counseling procedures are discussed.
Prerequisite: SPE 90.
Spring, 3 credits

SPE 92 Management of Hearing Loss in Children: A Developmental Approach

This course is designed as an introduction to the process of audiologic rehabilitation for children with hearing loss. Students will be provided with information necessary to identify the need for rehabilitation services and suggestions for program implementation.

SPE 93 Speech Pathology I

This course covers the introductory work describing speech and language problems and therapy. Emphasis is on problems of language development in the child and related disorders.
Prerequisites: SPE 51, 63.
Fall, 3 credits

SPE 94 Speech Pathology II

This is a survey course of communication disorders with emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of neurologically based communication disorders in adults. Disorders include aphasia and related disorders, cerebral palsy, voice disorders and adult fluency disorders.
Prerequisite: SPE 51, 84.
Spring, 3 credits

SPE 95 Introduction to Clinical Research in Communication Disorders

This course is an introduction to clinical research in communication disorders including an understanding of research design and data analysis. Developing skills for critical evaluation of scientific publications is included. Several research designs of current topics in communication disorders are discussed.
Prerequisites: SPE 93, 94.
Fall, 3 credits

SPE 97 American Sign Language II

This course builds on the foundation laid in SPE 98 by expanding the students’ conversational range using American Sign Language. In addition, idiomatic expressions will be covered.
Prerequisite: SPE 98.
Every Semester, 3 credits

SPE 98 American Sign Language I

This course equips students to communicate with deaf, hard of hearing and seriously language-impaired (non-oral) individuals through instruction in American Sign Language.
Every Semester, 3 credits (Elective)

SPE 99 Independent Study

Permission to take this course is based on particular criteria: 1) merit of proposed study; 2) cumulative or major average; 3) maturity of student, i.e., ability to complete such a study. Permission to take this independent course necessitates the signature of the faculty member conducting the study and the department chair. The faculty member directing the project must be qualified in the area designated by the student. The choice of faculty member (with the previous stipulation) is made by the student.
On Occasion, 1-3 credits

With the approval of the department chair and the dean, juniors and seniors may also elect certain graduate courses for undergraduate credit.

EDU 35J Methods and Materials for Speech-Language Therapy

This course focuses on learning theory and its application to the treatment of communication disorders. Students are instructed on the importance of clinical observation, goal setting and data keeping. Through observation of therapy sessions and class projects, students learn techniques used to establish new behaviors, increase, maintain and ultimately generalize desirable communicative behaviors.
Prerequisites: EDU 14, 15A, 16A, 35,SPE 67, 93.
Spring, 3 credits

EDU 35 Methods and Materials: Applications for Speech-Language Therapy

This course introduces the student to basic methods and materials of intervention for individuals with communication disorders. Materials used in speech-language therapy are presented using a " hands-on approach." The decision-making process involved in the development of appropriate long term goals and objectives will be explored as will the steps involved in lesson planning.
Prerequisites: EDU 35J
Fall, 2 credits


SPE 580 Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology

This is a graduate level prerequisite survey course designed to provide prospective speech-language pathologists with an overall perspective on the causes, as well as principles of assessment and management of individuals with communication disorders such as speech, language, voice or fluency disturbances related to functional and/or organic disorders. Twenty-five hours of observation is required of the students. Instruction in the current ASHA Code of Ethics is offered.
Graduate level prerequisite course
Fall, 4 Credits