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Master of Speech-Language Pathology

 

 

Pre-Professional Course Requirements

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Students wishing to enroll in the Master of Speech-Language Pathology program should take the following courses, offered at St. Ambrose:

MSLP 400 - Phonetics (3 credits)

  • Offered: May 2014, May 2016
  • Course Description: Persons interested in pursuing a graduate degree in speech-language pathology will obtain fundamental knowledge and skills related to use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The IPA is utilized by speech-language pathologists to transcribe speech samples of persons with normal speech, persons with delayed or disordered speech, and persons with accents and dialects. Students will also learn the acoustical, anatomical, and physiological characteristics of speech sounds, with focus on the speech sounds of American English.
  • Prerequisite: consent of instructor

MSLP 420 - Articulation and Phonological Disorders (3 credits)

  • Offered: Summer 2014, Summer 2016
  • Course Description: Persons interested in pursuing a graduate degree in speech-language pathology will learn specific information relating to the theories and principles of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of speech production disorders. Special emphasis will be placed on developing clinical skills in formal assessment, report writing, interpretation of test results, planning and implementing treatment, as well as critically reviewing literature related to differential diagnosis and treatment efficacy in speech sound disorders.
  • Prerequisite: MSLP 400 Phonetics and consent of instructor.          

MSLP 410 - Neurology, Anatomy, and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms (3 credits)

  • Offered: Summer 2014, Summer 2016
  • Course Description: Persons interested in pursuing a graduate degree in speech-language pathology will obtain fundamental knowledge and skills related to the structure and function of the speech production and perception mechanisms. This fundamental knowledge will allow students to have a basis for comparison of normal speakers to individuals with structurally based communicative disorders.  Furthermore, information provided in this course will facilitate the students' comprehension of terms and concepts that will be presented in more detail in graduate speech-language pathology coursework.
  • Prerequisite: consent of instructor

MSLP 430 - Speech and Hearing Science (3 credits)

  • Offered: May 2013, 2015
  • Course Description: Persons interested in pursuing a graduate degree in speech-language pathology will explore the foundation of the profession. Speech and hearing sciences explores how humans produce and perceive speech. The study of speech and hearing encompasses an array of interrelated scientific disciplines, including mathematics, physics, psychology, biology that study normal hearing, speech, and language development, speech acoustics, speech physiology and perception, the nature of language, and cultural aspects of human communication. This information will allow students to establish a strong base of knowledge pertaining to normal speech and hearing processes so they can make appropriate comparisons when diagnosing and treating persons with communication disorders.
  • Prerequisites: consent of instructor.

MSLP 450 - Language Development and Disorders

  • Offered: Summer 2013, 2015
  • Course Description: Persons interested in pursuing a graduate degree in speech-language pathology will receive an introduction to the normal acquisition of language, including the components of language, the physical, social, and cognitive bases for language, theories of language development, how language evolves from infancy through adulthood, as well as cultural influences on language development. In addition, students will receive an overview of the assessment and treatment of child language disorders. Special emphasis will be placed on developing clinical skills in formal assessment, report writing, interpretation of test results, planning and implementing treatment, as well as critically reviewing literature related to treatment efficacy.
  • Prerequisites: consent of instructor          

MSLP 440 - Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation

  • Offered: Summer 2013, Summer 2015
  • Course Description: Persons interested in pursuing a graduate degree in speech-language pathology will develop an appreciation of the role audiology plays in improving the quality of life for persons across the lifespan; an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism, a familiarity with tests used to determine the extent and/or etiology of hearing loss, as well as specific information relating to screening of hearing, types of hearing loss and the rehabilitation and habilitation of   persons with hearing loss.
  • Prerequisites: consent of instructor and MSLP 430 Speech and Hearing Science.


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