Communication Sciences and Disorders Courses of Instruction

Overview

Master of Science degree available in Speech-Language Pathology. The Master's degree program is accredited by the ASHA Council on Academic Accreditation.

Speech-Language Pathology

Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, including at least 24 hours in approved speech-language pathology courses.

Students must select course distributions that will allow for the completion of academic and clinical requirements for the ASHA, CCC-SLP. While the student must enroll for clinical practicum each semester, no more than 6 semester hours credit may be used to satisfy degree requirements. A minimum of 375 clock hours of clinical practice, 325 hours of which must be on the graduate level, is required.

Plan I: Minimum of 30 approved hours, including COSD 70323, 21 hours in speech-language pathology and 6 hours of thesis. A final comprehensive examination based on the thesis is required.

Plan II: Minimum of 36 approved hours, including COSD 70323, 27 hours in speech-language pathology and 6 hours selected with the advice of the major professor. A final comprehensive examination consisting of both written and oral portions is required.

NOTE: The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers an emphasis in bilingual speech language pathology with a focus in English and Spanish. The American Speech Language and Hearing Association states ┐speech-language pathologists or audiologists who present themselves as bilingual for the purposes of providing clinical services must be able to speak their primary language and to speak (or sign) at least one other language with native or near-native proficiency in lexicon (vocabulary), semantics (meaning), phonology (pronunciation), morphology/syntax (grammar), and pragmatics (uses) during clinical management1.┐ The following admissions practices have been implemented to insure that students enrolled in the bilingual program demonstrate near-native proficiency in Spanish and English:

Students indicate interest in the bilingual program on the application to the COSD graduate program. Bilingual applicants are contacted by telephone by a bilingual faculty member who conducts an informal interview to assess verbal fluency in both languages. At this time, each student is asked to submit an essay in his/her second language.

Verbal and written language skills are evaluated by at least one bilingual faculty member.Students must demonstrate adequate proficiency in both languages to be considered for admission to the bilingual program. Students who do not meet the proficiency requirements will be considered for admission to COSD but not as participants in the bilingual emphasis.
(1)American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (1989). Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists: Definition. Available from www.asha.org/policy.

IMPORTANT: Within 30 days prior to enrolling in the graduate program, each student will be required to present satisfactory evidence of acceptable results from a criminal background check arranged by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

The following is a complete list of courses offered by this department. Go to Class Search to see which courses are being taught this semester.

Courses of Instruction

COSD 50300 Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology II. Prerequisite: COSD 40300, and a cumulative TCU gpa of 2.5 or higher. Student must be recommended for enrollment by COSD faculty. A minimum of two semesters required for undergraduate students. A maximum of three semesters is allowed. Graduate students with less than 30 clinical hours will be considered for enrollment in COSD 50300. Supervised clinical experience in management of the most common speech and language disorders.

COSD 50323 Counseling Special Populations and Their Families. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing. Theories, principles and practices in counseling special populations and their families with a focus on the communicatively impaired. Appropriate counseling strategies and techniques are explored with practical application experiences included.

COSD 50343 Advanced Aural Rehabilitation. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing and COSD 30343 and 30363 or permission of instructor. Theories of assessment and intervention in identification and aural rehabilitation of hearing-impaired and deaf children and adults. Includes methods of evaluation and training in the areas of audition, amplification, speech, language, speech-reading, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants, and communication modes and strategies.

COSD 50350 Clinical Practicum in Audiology. Prerequisites: Senior or graduate standing. Students must be recommended for enrollment by the Communication Disorders CD faculty. Such recommendations are based on the student's: 1) performance in COSD coursework with a grade of "C" or better expected in all COSD courses; and 2) previous clinical experience and performance with students expected to complete two semesters of COSD 40300 with a grade of "C" or better. A laboratory course in basic audiological testing techniques involving assessments and evaluation of the hearing function. 1-3 semester hours.

COSD 50353 Psycholinguistics. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing. Phonetics or permission of instructor. An introduction to the history, scope, problems, and present state of the psychology of language. Includes survey of theories and methods of investigation of several disciplines concerned with the scientific studies of language.

COSD 50363 Seminar on Stuttering. Prerequisite: Senior (with permission of instructor) or graduate standing. A study of fluency development and breakdown in children and adults. Descriptions and development of speech fluency, onset and development of stuttering, characteristics of stuttering and people who stutter, and theories of stuttering are reviewed.

COSD 50373 Medical Aspects of Speech-Language Pathology. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate level standing in speech-language pathology or permission of instructor. A study of the medical and biophysical bases of communication disorders and the relevant medical management of such issues as part of the total treatment program.

COSD 50383 Seminar on Voice Disorders. Prerequisite: Senior (with permission of instructor) or graduate standing. A study of theories, classification systems and etiologies, with emphasis on respiration, phonation, resonance and articulation factors as they relate to disorders of voice.

COSD 50393 Basic Evaluative Instruments for Language Disorders. Theory, administration and interpretation of basic evaluative instruments and indications for therapy.

COSD 50970 Directed Studies in Communication Disorders. Prerequisites: Senior or graduate standing; permission of instructor. Directed study focusing on specialized topic in communication sciences and disorders. (1-6 semester hours, 3 hours maximum per semester.)

COSD 60233 Speech, Language, and Cognition in Adult Bilinguals. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in speech-language pathology and consent of instructor. Study of literature in neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistic aspects of bilingualism in adulthood. Includes current practices in the assessment and treatment of communication disorders in non-English speaking and bilingual adults.

COSD 60273 Assessment and Treatment of Communication Disorders in Bilingual Children. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in speech-language pathology and consent of instructor. Study of bilingual speech and language development, societal and individual influences on bilingualism, and current practices in the assessment and treatment of communication disorders in non-English speaking and bilingual children.

COSD 60300 Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in speech-language pathology and permission of instructor. Advanced clinical practice and evaluation of speech and language disorders. One semester hour required for each semester a student performs clinical practice up to six hours.

COSD 60313 Motor Speech Disorders. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in speech-language pathology. A study of the effects of neuropathology on motor speech performance skills. Etiology, symptomatology, evaluation, and treatment of motor speech disorders in children and adults are examined.

COSD 60323 Evaluation and Diagnosis. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in speech-language pathology and permission of instructor. A study of the theory, and some participation and observation of diagnostic teams working with speech and language problems.

COSD 60343 Advanced Language Disorders in Children. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in speech pathology and permission of instructor. Principles in the assessment and treatment of language disorders in infants, preschoolers, school-aged and adolescents.

COSD 60353 Sociolinguistics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor. Study of social use of language by ethnically and culturally different individuals who speak a different language or dialect. Special emphasis will be given to the Mexican-American in the Southwest.

COSD 60363 Orofacial Pathologies/AAC. Prerequisite: COSD 30303 or permission of instructor. This two-part course includes study of the pathology of structure and function of the speech mechanism as related to cleft palate followed by a study of the use of augmentative and alternative technology for individuals with severe communication disorders.

COSD 60383 Advanced Study of Language and Language Development. Intensive study and analysis of language in normal children at various developmental levels.

COSD 60390 Seminar on Communication Disorders. In depth study of a communication disorder. Seminar content may vary and may include such topics as dysphagia, organic disorders in children, assessment and treatment of voice disorders, and assessment and treatment of articulation disorders. Three hour maximum per semester.

COSD 60393 Adult Neurolinguistic Disorders. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in speech-language pathology. A study of the effects of neuropathology on the language skills of adults. Etiology, symtomatology, evaluation, and treatment of adult neurogenic language disorders including aphasia, dementia, right CVA, and traumatic brain injury are examined.

COSD 60970 Directed Studies in Communication Disorders. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Advanced study of specialized topic in communication sciences and disorders.

COSD 70313 Assessment and Treatment of Stuttering. Prerequisites: COSD 50363; senior or graduate standing. A study of the assessment and treatment of stuttering in preschool, school-aged, and adults who stutter. Assessment issues including behavioral and attitudinal analyses are reviewed. Differential treatment is discussed in terms of current therapies.

COSD 70323 Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders. A review of research design and evaluation in communication sciences and disorders. Emphasis on improved skills in both consuming and producing research in the fields of speech science, speech-language pathology and audiology.

COSD 70343 Dysphagia. Prerequisites: COSD 60313 and 60393; or permission of instructor. This course examines the etiology, symptomatology, evaluation, and treatment of swallowing disorders.

COSD 70980 Thesis. Thesis

COSD 70990 Thesis. Thesis

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