Speech-Language Pathology, M.S.

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College of Health Sciences

Monroe Hall

570-422-3247

www.esu.edu/sppa

Faculty

Graduate Coordinator:

Robert Ackerman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, rackerman@esu.edu

Professors:

Robert Ackerman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, rackerman@esu.edu

Elaine Shuey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, chair, eshuey@esu.edu

Assistant Professors:

LuAnn Batson-Magnuson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, lmagnuson@esu.edu

Susan Dillmuth-Miller, Au.D., CCC-SLP, sdmiller@esu.edu

Ann Millett, M.S., CCC-SLP, amillett@esu.edu

Rachel Wolf, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, rewolf@esu.edu

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

  • 51 credits

    Purpose of degree:

    The Department of Speech-Language Pathology offers a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. The academic and clinical components of this degree are designed to meet the requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). Students will also be eligible for a Pennsylvania license in speech-language pathology. In addition, students may choose to complete requirements for the Instructional I Certificate (Teacher of the Speech-Language Impaired) in Pennsylvania schools (with the completion of certain education courses, a student teaching semester, and required state testing). The choice of the school certification option may lengthen the student's degree program.

    National accreditation

    The Master of Science education program in Speech-Language Pathology at East Stroudsburg University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

    Outcome expectations of students and degree completion:

    To meet the minimum competencies required by the Knowledge and Skills Assessment (KASA) of ASHA, and, upon completion of degree, to successfully pass the Praxis examination in speech-language pathology.

    Mission statement of the department:

    The mission of the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology is to provide an academic and clinical education program that prepares graduates to earn the ASHA CCC-SLP, and serve as a clinical and professional resource to the community.

    Special resources of the department:

    • Eight fully equipped therapy rooms
    • A state of the art audiology suite
    • Observation rooms for both parents and students
    • A state-of-the-art voice laboratory
    • A research laboratory
    • Class and study rooms

    Program of Study

    Undergraduate prerequisites required:

    • Child development or developmental psychology
    • Linguistics/psycholinguistics
    • Statistics
    • Speech science
    • Introduction to audiology
    • Introduction to communication disorders
    • Speech and language development
    • Phonetics or phonology
    • Anatomy and physiology of speech/hearing mechanism
    • Articulation/fluency disorders
    • Neurologic bases of communication (course or competency)
    • Natural sciences (six credits), including a physical science
    • Behavioral sciences (six credits)
    • Composition/writing
    • College level math course

    Students who do not meet all of the criteria listed under undergraduate prerequisites above may gain conditional admission but must remedy any deficiencies prior to filing a plan of study with the Graduate School.

    Typical time to finish:

    Full-time students will complete the program in five semesters, which includes the middle summer. Those students choosing the teacher certification option will require an extra 12 week placement and will graduate in the second August following entry into the program.

    Part-time students will require a minimum of three years plus summers, depending on course availability compatible with their personal schedule. A degree is no longer available by attending classes in evenings and summers only.

    Cohort

    The class of full-time students which enters each fall semester moves through the program as a cohort.

    Illustrative plan of study:

    The academic course work requirements are designed to meet the ASHA requirements for the CCC-SLP. Students may transfer up to six credit hours of appropriate graduate course work from another ASHA accredited program, subject to department approval.

    No more than three graduate credits of course work with a grade of B- or lower may be on the transcript in order to be eligible for the degree. No more than one SPPA course may be repeated to improve the grade. SPPA 550 or SPPA 586 MUST be repeated if a student receives a grade of B- or lower. Further, any course in which a student earns a grace of C or lower must be repeated.

    Plan of study for a full-time student

    Fall 1

    SPPA 541

    Phonological Disorders, Assessment and Intervention

    3 credits

    SPPA 542

    Language Disorders in Preschool Children

    2 credits

    SPPA 546

    Voice Disorders

    3 credits

    SPPA 534

    Clinical Audiology

    2 credits

    SPPA 543

    Language Disorders of Adults

    3 credits

    SPPA 581

    Communication Skills Related to Autism Spectrum Disorders

    2 credits

    Spring 1

    SPPA 535

    Auditory Based Communication Disorders

    3 credits

    SPPA 544

    Fluency Disorders

    2 credits

    SPPA 549

    Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology

    1 credit

    SPPA 562

    Dysphagia

    3 credits

    SPPA 563

    Language Learning Disabilities in School Aged Children

    2 credits

    SPPA 584

    Research Methods and Materials in Speech-Language Pathology

    2 credits

    SPPA 550

    Advanced Clinical Practicum

    2 credits

    Summer 1 - Pre-session

    SPPA 500

    Special Topic (elective)

    2 credits

    SPPA 560

    Diagnostic Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology

    1 credit

    SPPA 561

    Diagnostic Practicum

    2 credits

    Summer 1 - Main session

    SPPA 550

    Advanced Clinical Practicum

    2 credits

    SPPA 560

    Diagnostic Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology

    1 credit

    SPPA 561

    Diagnostic Practicum

    2 credits

    Fall 2

    SPPA 580

    Preschool Language Skills as a Precursor to Literacy

    2 credits

    SPPA 569

    Motor Speech Disorders

    3 credits

    SPPA 583

    Caseload Management in Medical Speech-Language Pathology

    2 credits

    SPPA 521

    Augmentative/Alternative Communication

    2 credits

    SPPA 564

    Pediatric Dysphagia

    2 credits

    SPPA 574

    Orofacial Anomalies

    2 credits

    SPPA 550

    Advanced Clinical Practicum

    2 credits

    Spring 2

    SPPA 586

    Advanced Clinical Externship (non-school placement)

    1-6 credits

    Summer 2

    SPPA 586

    Advanced Clinical Externship (school placement required for those choosing teacher certification)

    6 credits

    *All the above classes are required unless designated an elective.

    Electives

    SPPA 500

    Special Topics

    2 credits

    SPPA 572

    Thesis

    3 credits

    SPPA 577

    Independent Study

    1-3 credits

    Clinical Practicum

    Each student is required to meet the clinical education requirements for the ASHA CCC-SLP (400 hours of clinical observation and practicum) in order to receive the degree. All students will complete at least three practicum experiences at the ESU Speech and Hearing Center (through SPPA 550 Advanced Clinical Practicum) and two different off-campus practicum experiences that include adult clients (through SPPA 586 Advanced Clinical Externship). A variety of clinical externship sites are available. The program faculty must approve all off-campus practicum sites. Students who pursue the teacher certification option must complete two full-semester off-campus externships (one in the adult setting and one in the school setting).

    Final graduation requirement

    Submission of a portfolio documenting achievement of competencies required by the KASA.

    Admissions requirements and deadlines

    Students must be admitted to both the ESU Graduate School and to the M.S. in Speech-Language-Pathology program.

    Students should apply through the Graduate College website at www4.esu.edu. Application deadline is Feb. 1 for fall admission.

    All application documents, transcripts, and supporting material must be received no later than this date for consideration for admission. Spring admission is not offered. Admission decisions are generally made in March.

    The following admission criteria will be applied:

    • Bachelor's degree, undergraduate prerequisites as listed above
    • QPA 3.0 overall; QPA 3.0 in undergraduate major
    • GRE scores
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Statement of professional goals

    Graduate Assistantships

    Graduate assistantships are available through the department. These are awarded based upon merit and achievement to full-time students in the graduate program.

    Graduate assistants do not teach classes, but complete projects and tasks assigned by professors.

    The graduate assistantship is awarded for the first year of full-time study, with the possibility of extension through the first summer. Prospective students should apply for a graduate assistantship at the time of original application to the program, using the application form provided by the Graduate School or apply online.

Course Descriptions

  • SPPA 521 Augmentative/Alternative Communication (2)

    • This course will address the issues surrounding the selection of augmentative/alternative communication for populations unable to communicate using speech due to motor, mental, or language disabilities. Various augmentative devices will be presented.

  • SPPA 534 Clinical Audiology (2)

    • This course is designed to familiarize graduate-level speech pathology students with pathological processes of the peripheral and central auditory systems and how these affect communication. Students will know how to interpret audiometric test data. Prerequisite: SPPA 231, Introduction to Audiology.

  • SPPA 535 Auditory Based Communication Disorders (3)

    • This course will address methods for educating children and adults with hearing losses and investigate current surgical and assistive intervention strategies. This will include a survey of hearing aids. Prerequisites: SPPA 231 or 534.

      SPPA 536 Children and Adults with Cochlear Implants (2)

      This course explores speech and language, academic, and psychosocial outcomes for children and adults using cochlear implant technology. Students will explore the technology, history, expansion in candidacy requirements, current research, expected outcomes, parental support, collaborative models, assessment measures, and intervention methods appropriate to each discipline's scope of practice. This course is appropriate for teachers in general education, special education, and deaf/hard of hearing specialization; audiologists; and speech pathologists.

  • SPPA 541 Phonological Disorders - Assessment and Intervention (3)

    • The course will focus on the practical application of phonological theory to techniques and procedures used for the assessment and intervention of speech disorders. It will include an analysis of the application of phonological theory to linguistic diversity. Prerequisites: SPPA 241, 342.

  • SPPA 542 Language Disorders in Preschool (2)

    • This course will address the nature, etiology, and clinical management of language disorders in preschool children from birth through age 5 years. Prerequisite: SPPA 101 or equivalent.

  • SPPA 543 Language Disorders in Adults (3)

    • This course will address the nature, etiology, and clinical management of adults with acquired language disorders, with primary emphasis on aphasia and related cognitive disorders. Prerequisite: SPPA 101 or equivalent.

  • SPPA 544 Fluency Disorders (2)

    • This course is designed to provide a comprehensive analysis of the theories of fluency disorders, diagnostic procedures, and treatment strategies. Behaviors related to fluency disorders will be examined. Current research literature for the management of fluency disorders will be included.

  • SPPA 546 Voice Disorders (3)

    • This course will address the nature, etiology, and clinical management techniques for individuals who have voice disorders resulting from both hyperfunctional and organic etiologies. Alaryngeal communication also will be addressed. Prerequisite: SPPA 214.

  • SPPA 549 Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology (1)

    • This course addresses the methods used for intervention in speech-language pathology. Primary emphasis is placed on evidence-based remediation procedures for children and adults with communication disorders. Students will participate in simulations of clinical intervention. Prerequisite: Formal admission to graduate study in Speech-Language Pathology.

  • SPPA 550 Advanced Clinical Practicum (2)

    • This course is designed to provide supervised, advanced clinical practice in applying diagnostic procedures and intervention strategies to preschoolers through adults who have speech, language, and/or hearing disorders. Specific communication disorders may include phonology, articulation, fluency, voice, language, and hearing. Developing skills to work with diverse linguistic populations will also be emphasized. Clinical experience will be available at the University Speech and Hearing Clinic. Students must take this course at least three times for credit. If a student earns a grade of "C" or lower, this course must be repeated and a "B" or better earned. Anyone earning a second "C" will be dismissed from the program. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in SPPA 541, 549.

  • SPPA 560 Diagnostic Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology (1)

    • This course addresses the methods used for assessment procedures in speech and language pathology. The student will gain experience in testing, observation, decision making, and report writing. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in SPPA 561.

  • SPPA 561 Diagnostic Practicum (2)

    • This course allows the student to gain experience as a diagnostician. Each student will complete full assessment procedures on speech and language-impaired individuals. Co-requisite course: SPPA 560.

  • SPPA 562 Dysphagia (3)

    • This course addresses the nature, etiology, and clinical management of dysphagia (swallowing disorders).

  • SPPA 563 Language Learning Disabilities in School Aged Children (2)

    • This course addresses the etiologies, characteristics, assessment, and intervention for language learning disabilities common in school-aged children, with particular emphasis on academic and cognitive aspects of language use in classroom contexts. Prerequisite: SPPA 241 or equivalent.

  • SPPA 564 Pediatric Dysphagia (2)

    • This course addresses the nature, etiology, and clinical management of swallowing disorders in pediatric clients. Prerequisite: SPPA 562.

  • SPPA 569 Motor Speech Disorders (3)

    • This course addresses the nature, etiology, and clinical management of motor speech disorders, with primary emphasis on apraxia and the dysarthrias.

  • SPPA 572 Thesis (3)

    • This course will focus on the development of a thesis problem, the design of a research plan, collection and analysis of data, and writing of a formal thesis report.

  • SPPA 574 Orofacial Anomalies (2)

    • This course will target the nature of, and rehabilitative procedures for, congenital and acquired orofacial anomalies. Prerequisite: SPPA 214 or equivalent.

  • SPPA 577 Independent Study (3)

    • This course of study is designed to allow the student to pursue, in depth, a professional area of interest. The topic to be studied may be further research of an area covered in another class, or study of a new topic of interest to the student.

  • SPPA 580 Preschool Language Skills as Precursor to Literacy (2)

    • This course is designed to increase the knowledge base of Speech-Language Pathologists and other professionals who work with young children at risk for later literacy problems. The focus will be on the assessment and remediation of phonological and phonemic awareness skills in preschoolers. Prerequisite: Undergraduate or graduate degree in related field.

  • SPPA 581 Communication Skills Related to Autism Spectrum Disorders (2)

    • This course is designed to provide a comprehensive analysis of various types of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) with special consideration given to communication needs and service delivery models. The roles and responsibilities of the speech-language pathologist will be examined. Prerequisite: SPPA 121 and 241.

  • SPPA 582 Management of School Programs in Speech-Language Pathology (2)

    • This course will address topics involved in the management and development of speech-language programs in the schools. Procedures for enrolling students into programs, techniques for classroom intervention, and pull-out therapy will be studied. Various related topics will also be introduced. This course is required for individuals seeking Pennsylvania certification in Teaching Speech-Language Impaired Students. Prerequisites: PSED 161, ELED 132, PSED 242, REED 315, or graduate equivalents.

  • SPPA 583 Caseload Management in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (2)

    • This course will examine caseload management, procedures, documentation requirements, and reimbursement principles in acute care, acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing, outpatient, and home health medical settings. Requirements of accrediting organizations as well as regulations pertaining to state licensure regulations in the various settings will be discussed. Implications for the practicing speech-language pathologist will be reviewed in depth to include team building, ethical decision making, time management, family interaction, and interaction with medical and allied health personnel.

  • SPPA 584 Research Methods and Materials in Speech-Language Pathology (2)

    • The course addresses research methodologies and problem solving related to speech pathology and audiology and its literature with an emphasis on application.

  • SPPA 586 Advanced Clinical Externship (1-6)

    • This course is designed to provide supervised, advanced clinical practice at off-campus sites, in applying diagnostic procedures and intervention strategies to preschoolers through adults who have speech, language, and/or hearing disorders. Specific communication disorders may include phonology, articulation, fluency, voice, language, and hearing. Developing skills to work with diverse linguistic populations will also be emphasized. This course may be repeated for credit. No student may graduate with a "C" in this course. If a student earns a "C" or lower, this course may be repeated only one time to improve the grade. A grade of "B" or better must be earned in this course for a student to be approved for graduation. Prerequisites: SPPA 550, (3) times; SPPA 560 and 562, completion of 30 credits in the Graduate SLP program.