Speech-Language Pathology

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About the Program

Speech-language pathologists assist people with communication disorders by improving their quality of life.

ESU's Department of Speech-Language Pathology offers students the opportunity to earn a preprofessional degree. Upon completion, students must pursue a master's degree before gaining employment as a certified speech-language pathologist. Graduates of ESU's master's degree program have many employment opportunities.

Students are given an education plan upon entering the program; they are assigned an adviser who will assist them throughout their bachelor's degree program. Students must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative average and major average.

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology is housed in LaRue Hall. The LaRue Hall Speech and Hearing Center, is a fully operational clinic. It features all of the equipment and accommodations essential to a quality educational program in speech-language pathology. Graduate students are able to gain hands-on experience with people who exhibit various types of communication disorders. The clinic serves people of all ages, infancy through adult, from the surrounding Pocono area, the Lehigh Valley and New Jersey, as well as students and faculty/staff from ESU who are in need of rehabilitation/habilitation services. LaRue Hall has several observable therapy rooms, and all the necessary materials and resources for conducting therapy.

Are you interested in...

  • Working with people
  • Helping others

Choose Speech-Language Pathology at ESU

  • Small class size
  • Qualified, experienced faculty
  • Practical field experience

Is speech-language pathology a career path for me?

Career Potential

  • Speech-language pathologist

Career Settings

  • Public and private schools
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Short-term and long-term nursing
  • care facilities
  • Community clinics
  • Colleges and universities
  • Private practice
  • State and local health departments
  • State and federal government agencies
  • Home care
  • Adult day care centers
  • Centers for persons with developmental disabilities
  • Research laboratories
  • Institutes and private agencies

More detailed career information is available from the department.

Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

  • Program Features:

    39 Semester Hours

    Academic Criteria:

    • All incoming students (freshmen, transfers, etc.) must meet with the department chair to set up their education plan leading to admission into the clinical portion of the SPPA program.
    • All transfer students, both ESU and other institutions, must have a 3.0 cumulative quality point average to declare SPPA as their major. Transfer students will work with the department chair on an individual basis to set up education plans that can be completed in a timely manner.
    • Students are required to maintain a 3.0 overall GPA as well as a 3.0 GPA in the major.  Any students falling below a 3.0 will receive a warning letter.  After two semesters below the 3.0, the student will be dismissed from the major.  Specific information about this topic is included in the student's curriculum guide.
    • Admission to the clinical portion of the program is required for approval to enroll in SPPA 342, 414, and 457.
    • An information booklet describing specific program requirements can be obtained from the department chair.
    • At least 24 of the required 33 credits in SPPA must be taken at ESU, including all courses above the 100 level, unless waived by the department chair.

    Accreditation

    ESU's graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

    Professional Organizations

    The department has an active chapter of the National Student Speech-Language/Hearing Association, we also have a Sign Language Club. Student members participate in many service learning activities, including visiting local nursing homes, doing projects with the Mekeel Child Care Center on campus and participating in some social events as well.

  • Program Curriculum Plan

    • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

      Freshman Year

      Fall

      SPPA 121: Introduction to Comm Disorders

      3

      ENGL 103: English Composition

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      SPPA 101: Speech & Language Development

      3

      SPPA 113: Phonetics

      3

      PSY 100 GE: General Psychology

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Sophomore Year

      Fall

      SPPA 214: Anatomy & Physiology Bases

      3

      BIOL 111: Human Anatomy and Physiology

      4

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      SPPA 312: Speech Science

      3

      SPPA 341: Language Disorders

      3

      PSY 225 or ELED 132

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective - Group A

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Junior Year

      Fall

      SPPA 231: Introduction to Audiology

      3

      SOC 331: Sociology of Aging & the Life Course

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      SPPA 361: Psycholinguistics

      3

      SPPA 321: Communication & Aging

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Senior Year

      Fall

      SPPA 342: Articulation and Fluency

      3

      REED 315:Scaffolding Language & Literacy Development for Students with Disabilities

      3

      PSY 302 or 311 or BIOL 420

      3 or 4

      SPPA 331: Assistive Technology for the Hard of Hearing

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15-

      16

      Spring

      SPPA 414: Neurologic Bases of Comm

      3

      SPPA 457: Introduction to Clinic Practicum

      3

      MATH 110 GE: General Statistics

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Total Credits

      120

      For more information, contact the department by calling 570-422-3247

  • Sample Pre-Entry Curriculum Plan for Transfer Student

    • (Subject to change by the university without notice)

      Freshman Year

      Fall

      English Composition

      3

      Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab

      4

      American History

      3

      Math

      3

      Fine Arts

      3

      Subtotal

      16

      Spring

      Speech Communications

      3

      Statistics

      3

      General Psychology

      3

      Political Science

      3

      Philosophy or Foreign Language

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      16

      Sophomore Year

      Fall

      PC's & Their Uses

      3

      Sociology

      3

      English Literature

      3

      Child Development or Psychology

      3

      Elective

      2-3

      Subtotal

      14-

      15

      Spring

      Physical Science

      3

      Geography

      3

      Social Science

      3

      Performing Art

      3

      Fitness Elective

      1

      Subtotal

      13

  • Sample Curriculum Plan for Transfer Student

    • (Subject to change by university without notice)

      Junior Year

      Fall

      SPPA 121: Introduction to Communication Disorders

      3

      SPPA 113: Phonetics

      3

      SPPA 214: Anatomic & Physiologic Bases

      3

      SPPA 231: Introduction to Audiology

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      SPPA 101: Speech and Language Development

      3

      SOC 331: Sociology of Aging and the Life Course

      3

      SPPA 312: Speech Science

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Senior Year

      Fall

      SPPA 342: Articulation and Fluency

      3

      SPPA 331: Assistive Technology for the Hard of Hearing

      3

      REED 315: Scaffolding Language and Literacy Development for Students with Disabilities

      3

      General Education Elective or major elective

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Spring

      SPPA 341:Language Disorders & Differences Across the Life Span

      3

      SPPA 414: Neurologic Bases of Communications

      3

      SPPA 457: Introduction to Clinical Practice

      3

      PSY 302 or 311 or BIOL 420

      3

      General Education Elective

      3

      Subtotal

      15

      Total Credits

      120

      *This plan assumes a student transfers to ESU with 60 General Education Credits distributed over the appropriate requisite and prerequisite areas.

      For more information, contact the department by calling 570-422-3247.

      LaRue Hall 570-422-3247 www.esu.edu/sppa

Faculty

Course Descriptions

  • SPPA 101 Speech and Language Development (3)

    • This course is a study of normal development of speech and language in the child, the structure of language as it pertains to expression and content, and the psychological and physiological bases of language.

  • SPPA 113 Phonetics (3)

    • This course is an analytic study of speech sounds, the normal production of speech sounds and the symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet, and analysis of defective speech sounds and study of articulation testing.

  • SPPA 121 Introduction to Communication Disorders (3)

    • This course is a survey of etiology, methods of evaluation, and treatment of speech disorders, with emphasis on the understanding of the individual client and remedial procedures for articulation cases.

  • SPPA 131 Introduction to Sign Language (3)

    • This course is designed to introduce the student to sign language and total communication. Its purpose is to provide practice in learning a core sign language vocabulary and basic sentence structure. This course will cover topics including the history of sign language, the history of deaf education and how sign language is used with deaf, hard of hearing, developmentally delayed and other individuals needing alternate modes of communication. This course does not satisfy any SPPA major or elective requirements.

  • SPPA 214 Anatomic and Physiologic Bases of Speech (3)

    • This course is a study of the anatomy and physiology of the head, neck, and trunk as it relates to speech. The processes of respiration, phonation, resonation, and articulation are examined in detail.

  • SPPA 231 Introduction to Audiology (3)

    • This course is a survey of the etiology, symptomatology, and management of peripheral hearing problems in children and adults, a study of audiometric testing, and an investigation of the role of the parent, educator, and specialists in the total rehabilitative effort.

  • SPPA 290 Special Topics (Semester hours arranged)

    • These courses are designed to meet specific needs of groups of students or are offered on a trial basis in order to determine the demand for and value of introducing them as a part of the university curriculum.

  • SPPA 312 Speech Science (3)

    • This course will provide an understanding of the principles of speech production and reception. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of sound as they related to theories of voice production, the acoustic theory of speech production, linguistic organization, acoustic characteristics of the speech signal, basic instrumentation and basic research issues. Prerequisites: SPPA 113.

  • SPPA 321 Communication and Aging (3)

    • This course is an introduction to the communication characteristics of older adults. Emphasis is placed on the changes in speech, language, voice, fluency, and hearing that are expected with normal aging, as well as the common disorders encountered in this age group. Students are expected to demonstrate a basic understanding of these characteristics, practical techniques to compensate for resulting communication problems, and when and to whom to make referrals if further testing/therapy is needed. A service learning project will be required.

      Prerequisites: Advance standing of 60 credits. (Completion of an SPPA course, or a course in the Gerontology Concentration.)

  • SPPA 331 Assistive Technology for the Hard of Hearing (3)

    • In this course, students will study assistive technology's role in providing expressive and receptive communication access to those with hearing disorders. Topics covered will include how hearing loss affects communication, the American with Disabilities Act, available technology, verification and validation procedures, and how to perform a needs assessment. Prerequisites: SPPA 231.

  • SPPA 341 Language Disorders & Differences Across the Life Span (3)

    • This course is the study of language acquisition and how it may falter. The causes of language disorders & differences across the life span will be discussed. Topics such as developmental disorders, autism spectrum disorders, English Language Learner differences and delays, cerebral vascular accidents and traumatic brain injuries will be covered. Discussion of the diagnosis and remediation of these disorders will be included. Prerequisites: SPPA 101, SPPA 113, SPPA 121.

  • SPPA 342 Articulation and Fluency Disorders (3)

    • This course is a study of the causes, symptoms, evaluation and management of articulation and fluency disorders. Prerequisites: SPPA 113, 121

  • SPPA 335 Advanced Sign Language (3)

    • This course seeks to explore advanced skills and knowledge of American Sign Language. Its purpose is to enhance and expand previously acquired sign language skills. Students will analyze and evaluate various manual communication systems and their impact on deaf culture. Advanced conversational skills will be emphasized. This course does not satisfy any SPPA major or elective requirements. Prerequisites: SPPA 113 or permission of instructor.

  • SPPA 361 Psycholinguistics (3)

    • This course is designed to familiarize students with the structure of language and linguistic phenomena. They will learn how language is processed by the brain and the bases of psycholinguistics, i.e., the acquisition, storage, comprehension and production of language. Prerequisites: SPPA 101, 113, 214.

  • SPPA 414 Neurologic Bases of Communication (3)

    • This course is a study of the neurologic control of communication, including language, speech, and hearing; and the neurologic control of swallowing. Neuropathologies associated with communication disorders and swallowing disorders are introduced. Prerequisites: SPPA 214, 241, 342, and formal admission to the clinical portion of the program.

  • SPPA 423 Multicultural Issues in Speech-Language Pathology (3)

    • This course will focus on identification, assessment, intervention and prevention of communication disorders in diverse linguistic and cultural populations including all age groups. Prerequisites: SPPA 101 and 113 or 121; SOC 102 or 111.

  • SPPA 457 Introduction to Clinical Practice (3)

    • This course is designed to introduce SPPA majors to the clinical aspects of the profession of a Speech-Language Pathologist. They will learn the requirements for entry into and maintaining membership in this field. They will have clinical experiences in a variety of settings. Prerequisites: SPPA 241, 342, formal admission to SPPA Department, completion of 25 hours of therapy observation.

  • SPPA 485 Independent Study (Semester hours arranged)

    • The student is expected to submit a written request for Independent Study to the individual instructor and to include a prospectus of his/her proposed work. These may be research projects, advanced or specialized clinical methods, or in-depth study of a particular topic. Work may be done for one, two, or three credits as arranged with the instructor. Prerequisites: SPPA 231, 342.

  • SPPA 486 Field Experiences and Internship (Semester hours arranged)