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Master's Degree

SLCD Course Descriptions

Pre requisite Courses

  • SLP 5001 Anatomy and Physiology of the Vocal and Hearing Mechanisms (3 cr)
    Introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the auditory and vocal mechanisms
  • SLP 5002 Phonetics (3 cr)
    History, theory and application of phonetics, including sampling and transcription techniques
  • SLP 5003 Neuroanatomy and Physiology (3 cr)
    Introduction to the anatomy physiology of the developing and mature human nervous system
  • SLP 5004 Hearing and Speech Science (3 cr)
    Physical basis and process of production and perception of hearing, language and speech; use of instrumentation
  • SLP 5005 Speech and Language Development (3 cr)
    The study of pre linguistic and psycholinguistic variables related to normal development from infancy through adolescence; application of analytic methods of developmental and cultural variations in speech and language
  • SLP 5007 Directed Observation ( 1 cr)
    Students must observe 25 clinical hours of evaluation and treatment.  Observation hours must precede clinical assignments
  • SLP 5008 Evaluation of Speech and Language Disorders (3 cr)
    Principles of screening and evaluation of clients typically seen in clinic and school settings, including administration of specific evaluation instruments.  Pre requisites:  SLP 5002, SLP 5005
  • SLP 5010 Treatment of Speech and Language Disorders (3 cr)
    Overview of treatment strategies used in management of communication disorders.  Pre requisites: SLP 5002, 5005
  • SLP 5300 Introduction to Audiology (3 cr)
    Instruction in test administration and interpretation of standard and specialized tests of auditory function.  Pre requisites:  SLP 5001, 5004
  • SLP 5400 Rehabilitation for People with Hearing Impairment (3 cr)
    Prevention and remediation of communication problems resulting from hearing loss. Pre requisite: SLP 5300

CORE COURSES

  • SLP 6000 Diagnostics I (3 cr)
    Procedures, techniques, and instrumentation to assess speech and language status.  A non credit lab is required.  Pre requisites:  SLP 5002, 5005, 5008
  • SLP 6011 Language and Learning Disabilities in School Aged Children and Adolescents (3 cr)
    Emphasis on a communication process model of evaluation and intervention, and the implications of an integrated approach to facilitate reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking.  Discussion of the characteristics and implications of language learning disabilities.  Presentation of the paradigm shift from a traditional deficit model to an emergent literacy model with collaborative strategies to design and curriculum based assessment and interventions.  Pre requisite:  SLP 5005
  • SLP 6012 Communication Disorders in Infancy through Pre School Ages (3 cr)
    Identification, assessment and intervention principles and procedures for young children who display at-risk for socio communicative-linguistic deficits.  Emphasis on family-centered, early intervention delivery and integrated intervention model for facilitating communication and language skills.  Discussion of collaborative strategies and disciplinary teaming models for facilitating effective parent-professional partnerships.  Pre requisite:  SLP 5005
  • SLP 6015 Clinical Processes (3 cr)
    Addresses clinical treatment paradigms and behavior management.  The development of treatment objectives, and strategies for appropriate individuals presenting communication disorders is covered.  Attention is given to treatment/materials plans, IEP’s, treatment summaries, S-O-A-P notes, etc.  A lab fee is required.  Students participate in a clinical assignment involving observation and some direct patient contact.  Pre requisites:  SLP 6000 (for campus based, Kendal and West Palm students), 6011, 6012, 6060 and 6020.
  • SLP 6020 Language Disorders in Adults (3 cr)
    Evaluation and treatment of disorders of language of adults, including aphasia, closed head injury, and dementia.  Pre requisites:  SLP 5003, 5005, 6070
  • SLP 6025 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3 cr)
    Presents the basic aspects of the field of augmentative and alternative communication including aided and unaided symbols, strategies, techniques and devices. Covers the principles and procedures of assessment and intervention addressing the needs of diverse individuals with little or no functional speech across the life span.  Pre requisites:  SLP 6011 or 6012, and 6020
  • SLP 6030 Voice Disorders (3 cr)
    Etiological factors, procedures for diagnosis, remediation, and interdisciplinary management of individuals with functional and/or organic voice disorders, eg, dysphonia, nodules, cleft palate and other disorders of resonance.   Pre requisites:  SLP 5001, 5003, 5004, 5008, 5010, 6070
  • SLP 6040 Fluency Disorders (2 cr)
    Etiology, diagnosis and management of children and adults with disorders of fluency e.g. developmental stuttering, neurologically based stuttering, cluttering, and other non fluent speech conditions.  Pre requisite:  SLP 5010
  • SLP 6050 Motor Speech Disorders (3 cr)
    Nature, etiology, diagnosis and management of motor speech disorders.  Information and training in the assessment and management of oral motor, feeding, and swallowing disorders.  Discussion of the etiology, diagnosis and management of motor speech disorders with emphasis on differential diagnosis.  Covers the symptomology, procedures, and remediation of developmental apraxia of speech. Pre requisites:  SLP 5001, 5003, 5010, 6070
  • SLP 6055 Dysphagia (3 cr)
    Provides information and training in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders.  Discusses the anatomy and physiology of normal swallowing and current issues; provides hands-on experience with videoflouroscopic evaluation.  Pre requisite:  SLP 6050
  • SLP 6060 Articulation and Phonological Disorders (3 cr)
    An analysis and comparison of systematic distinctive features and phonologic processing theory and application.  Pre requisites:  SLP 5002, 5005
  • SLP 6070 Research Methods (3 cr)
    Exposure to critically analysis of the field’s literature with respect to research design and statistical application.
  • SLP 6075 Seminar in Professional Issues (3 cr)
    History and current professional issues of trends in the field; management and operations of clinics in a variety of settings;  ethical and legislative concerns.  Pre requisites:  Must also be registered for one of the following :  SLP 6015, 6005, 6101, 6102, 6110, 6120, or 6130
  • SLP 6078 Technological Applications in CSD (0 cr)
    This course is required for all on line students, prior to their first semester of course work.
  • SLP 6091 Multicultural and Counseling Issues (3 cr)
    This course will provide a forum for discussion regarding issues in the provision of services to multicultural populations.  Counseling approaches for use with clients and/or families with communication problems, effect interpretation, information dissemination, and discussion will be explored.  Pre requisites:   Must also be registered for one of the following:  SLP 6015, 6005, 6101, 6102, 6110, 6120, or 6130
  • SLP 6200 Capstone (0 cr)
    CAPSTONE is an on line course designed to assist students as they review the major SLP content in preparation for the Praxis national examination.  It addresses approximately 15 major topic areas covering normal and disordered processes, professional issues, research methodologies and other content important to the profession. 

ELECTIVE COURSES

  • SLP 6006 Advanced Diagnostics (1 cr)
    Seminar and practicum in the diagnosis and evaluation of difficult-to-test clients, or clients presenting complex communication disorders requiring transdisciplinary case management.  Pre requisite:  SLP 6005
  • SLP 6014 Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 cr)
    Provide information and discussions about the critical issues in teaching communication and language to children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.  Pre requisites:  SLP 6011, 6012, 6025, 6070
  • SLP 6021 Cognitive Communication Disorders  (3 cr)
    A neurologic process approach to define, differentially diagnose, manage and treat cognitive communication disorders present in cases of acquired cognitive deficits.  Pre requisite:  SLP 6020
  • SLP 6023 Advanced AAC Technology (1 Cr)
    This course will explore the characteristics of computer-based voice-output communication software, computer-based self-authoring software and devices that will enhance this software. An overview of augmentative communication assessment for selection of the appropriate software and intervention principles will be presented. Students will be able to make appropriate software selection for a client considering the features of each computer-based software program. Prerequisite/s: None
  • SLP 6024 Developing Literacy Skills in Individuals with Significant Communication Impairments (1 Cr)
    This course provides an overview of the literacy learning process and addresses the unique needs of individuals with severe communication impairment who are at risk for reading and writing difficulties. Topics include discussions of various tools for evaluating literacy, and specific strategies and intervention techniques appropriate for individuals with severe apraxia of speech, autism, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disabilities. Participants will learn about appropriate pieces of assistive technology to facilitate literacy learning. Participants will also learn to consider the influence of culture on literacy learning and become familiar with culturally inclusive practices for enhancing reading and writing. Effective collaboration with general and special educators will be discussed. Prerequisite/s: None
  • SLP 6026 AAC Assessment (1 Cr)
    This course will provide information about evaluation procedures for the individual with severe communication disorders. The course will focus on the in-depth study of AAC assessment strategies across multiple domains. Lectures, videos and hands-on learning activities will be explored during the course. Prerequisite/s: None
  • SLP 6027 AAC Strategies for the Beginning Communicator (1 Cr)
    Provides review of issues and procedures involved in evaluating individuals who communicate at pre-intentional, pre-symbolic, and emerging symbolic levels. Includes discussions of environmental assessment, communication sampling, and structured protocols to assess communication modes, pragmatic and discourse functions. Review of intervention techniques, including movement-based approaches and the use of graphic and object symbols. Emphasis will be placed on planning for meaningful communication that generalizes to daily living situations. Prerequisite/s: None
  • SLP 6028 Low Tech Communication Aids (1 Cr)
    Review of issues and procedures in selecting and developing no- and low technology communication aids. Includes review of the cognitive, linguistic, visual, and physical factors that influence vocabulary/message selection and organization, format, and symbol selection. Discussion of intervention techniques to facilitate independent use of these communication aids through direct intervention and consultation with parents and teachers. Low tech tools for expressive communication, participation and learning, and behavior management/emotional regulation will be reviewed. Strategies will be presented for maximizing and measuring functional treatment outcomes. Prerequisite/s: None
  • SLP 6029 Augmentative and Alternative Communication in the Curriculum (1 Cr)
    This course reviews intervention principles, issues, and strategies for school-aged children using augmentative and alternative communication. Participants will gain experience developing goals and intervention programs that foster the development of social and academic skills along with expressive communication. Strategies for specific areas of AAC learning will be reviewed, including vocabulary
    development, symbol learning, access skills, and direct selection and scanning. Issues relevant to students in the primary grades, in later elementary school, in middle school, and in high school will be discussed. Prerequisite/s: None
  • SLP 6035 Seminar in Voice Disorders (2 cr)
    This course will address procedures for advanced principles of diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders utilizing state-of-the-art instrumentation.  Students will be given an opportunity to address infrequently encountered disorders of voice and resonance.  Pre requisite:  SLP 6030  Co requisite:  SLP 6101 or 6102
  • SLP 6037 Craniofacial Anomalies (3 cr)
    Study of etiology, assessment and remediation of communicative impairments in children and adults with craniofacial anomalies.  Specific emphasis will be placed on articulatory and resonance disorders resulting from cleft lip and palate, velopharyngeal insufficiency and incompetence.  Pre requisite:  SLP 6030
  • SLP 6045, AAC in Educational Settings
    This course focuses on the implementation of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in educational settings. Learners will gain an understanding of the legal foundations of providing AAC devices and services in school settings. The course addresses strategies for AAC services that can be used to provide access to the general education curriculum for students with significant communication challenges. Language assessment and intervention strategies for AAC communicators are discussed. Issues and strategies to teach reading and writing skills are presented along with strategies for facilitating the development of social skills and friendships. Prerequisite/s: SLP 6025
  • SLP 6057 Medical Aspects of Communication Disorders (3 cr)
    The emphasis of this course will be to enhance the student’s understanding of the relationships between speech-language pathologists, medical disciplines, and allied health disciplines.  Understanding medical terminology, governing bodies of health care organizations, medical-ethical dilemmas, and report writing for the medical model of treatment will be a significant focus of the course.  Co requisite:  SLP 6015, 6005, 6101, 6012, 6110, 6120 or 6130
  • SLP 6080 Directed Research (1-6 cr, variable)
    Independent research directed by faculty member;  applied research culminating in written documentation of a project.  Pre requisite:  SLP 6070
  • SLP 6203 Organization and Management of School-Based Speech Language Pathology Programs (3 cr)
    This course will address the challenges facing school-based speech-language pathologists.  Topics include:  Legislative mandates; current issues in education and the impact of these issues on the roles of school-based speech-language pathologists; organization and management of school speech-language programs; active participation on the educational team; service delivery models for diverse populations; use of technology in schools; treatment outcomes and accountability measures; marketing in the schools and the community; creative program ideas.  Pre requisites:  SLP 6000, 6011, 6012, 6060
  • SLP 6400 (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder (1 cr)
    Overview of characteristics, diagnosis and treatment of (C) APD.  Pre requisites:  SLP 5300, 6011

LABS AND EXTERNSHIPS (Required)

  • SLP 6005 Diagnostics Lab (1 cr)
    Emphasis on analysis and interpretation of data and the impact of differential diagnosis.  Pre requisite:  SLP 6000  Taken concurrently with SLP 6015 for campus based, Kendall and West Palm Beach students, and taken concurrently with SLP 6102 for distance/on line students
  • SLP 6101 Clinical Lab I (1 cr)
    Supervised clinical practice in the treatment of speech, language and hearing disorders; development of treatment plans and written progress reports.  Students will provide treatment to assigned clients. Class meetings are required. Pre requisite:  SLP 6015
  • SLP 6102 Clinical Lab II (1 cr)
    Students will move along the supervisory continuum, working toward independence.  Self-analysis of clinical skills and enhancement of acquired skills will be emphasized.  Class meetings are required.  Pre requisite:  SLP 6101
  • SLP 6110 Externship (1 cr)
    Off-campus placements in an adult setting (hospital, agency, private practice). Students must earn a minimum of 60 contact hours and meet the schedule required by the facility to which the student is assigned.  Class meetings are scheduled periodically.   Pre requisite:  SLP 6102
  • SLP 6120 School Externship, K-12 (1 cr)
    Must be taken by students seeking Department of Education Certification in Speech-Language Pathology; requires a minimum of 60 contact hours to be completed in a semester, schedule to be established by the school to which the student is assigned. (Students taking this externship will not take SLP 6130) Class meetings are scheduled periodically.  Pre requisite:  SLP 6102
  • SLP 6130 Externship (1 cr)
    Off-campus placement in a non-school setting with a pediatric population.  (Students taking this externship will not take SLP 6120) Students must complete a minimum of 60 contact hours and meet the schedule set by the facility to which the student is assigned. Pre requisite:  SLP 6102