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Communication Sciences and Disorders (2002-2003)

Admission | Courses | Program | Requirements

Department Chairperson: Kenneth Hawkinson
Graduate Committee Chairperson: Maureen Marx
Department Office: Memorial Hall 120 or 300
Department Telephone: 309/298-1955 or 298-1507 Fax: 309/298-2049
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Location of Program Offering: Macomb only

Graduate Faculty

  • Professor
    • Robert W. Quesal, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, University of Iowa
  • Associate Professor
    • Maureen G. Marx, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, University of Illinois
    • Tina Veale, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, University of Cincinnati

Associate Graduate Faculty

  • Associate Professors
    • Larry Zoochi, M.A., CCC-A, Western Illinois University
  • Assistant Professors
    • Diana Green, M.A., CCC-SLP, Western Illinois University
    • Kathryn A. Pohlpeter, M.A., CCC-SLP, Western Illinois University
  • Instructors
    • Patricia Jane Brown, M.A., CCC-SLP, Northern Illinois University
    • Donna J. Quesal, M.A., CCC-SLP, University of Iowa

Program Description

The program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, offers specialized courses leading to the Master of Science degree with emphasis in speech-language pathology. The program includes academic course work and clinical practicum requirements. Clinical practicum experiences are completed both on campus at the WIU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and at various off-campus sites.

The CSD program has two exit options designed to integrate research with clinical practice. The Thesis Exit Option is designed for students who are interested in research or who wish to continue their education beyond the master's level and the thesis is a complete data-based study. The Research Project Option is designed for students whose career goals involve practicing as a speech-language pathologist and the project is typically a clinically-based project or literature review.

At the completion of the program, graduates will have completed all the
necessary course work and clinical practica to be eligible for the American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology (CCC-SLP). Graduates are also eligible for Illinois State Licensure in speech-language pathology. There are additional experience and standardized examination requirements for certification and licensure which are typically completed during the first year of employment.

Students who wish to earn certification to work in the public schools in Illinois must complete all teacher certification requirements established by the state of Illinois and Western Illinois University. (These requirements may extend a student's graduate program. For further information on teacher certification requirements, see the WIU Undergraduate Catalog or contact the College of Education and Human Services.)

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or earn a grade point average of at least 3.25 during the final two years of undergraduate work in order to be considered for regular admission to the graduate program in communication sciences and disorders.

Applicants must also submit the following:

  1. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant's academic and clinical potential at the graduate level.
  2. A personal statement of the applicant’s specific interest in Western’s communication sciences and disorders program, including reasons why the applicant wishes to attend this program.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for regular admission to the communication sciences and disorders graduate program; however, it is recommended that applicants submit GRE scores if they are available.

Students who wish to obtain a master's degree and/or meet state licensure and national certification in communication sciences and disorders must complete the courses or course equivalents listed below before undertaking master's course work. These courses may not be applied toward regular degree requirements.

Undergraduate Prerequisites:

  • CSD 100 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • CSD 210 Basic Anatomy of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • CSD 211 Speech Science
  • CSD 212 Phonetics
  • CSD 312 Normal Development of Speech and Language
  • CSD 380 Introduction to Articulation and Phonological Disorders
  • CSD 382 Introduction to Neurological Disorders
  • CSD 384 Introduction to Fluency and Voice Disorders
  • CSD 390 Audiometry and Hearing Disorders
  • CSD 481 Evaluation Procedures in Speech–Language Pathology
  • CSD 484 Clinical Methods for Children's Language Disorders
  • CSD 494 Aural Rehabilitation I

Students who are deficient in any of the preceding areas will be required to make up these undergraduate deficiencies. Courses at the 200 or 300 level which are required to meet deficiencies may not be taken for graduate credit and none of the above courses at the 400 level may be applied to the graduate degree program.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree program requires a minimum of 47 hours.

Students must complete the following courses:

  • CSD 501 Introduction to Research Methods in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences 3 s.h.
  • CSD 503 Seminar in Professional Affairs: 2 s.h.
  • CSD 504 Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology: 2 s.h.
  • CSD 510 Oral-Motor and Articulation Disorders: 3 s.h.
  • CSD 511 Language: Theory and Development: 3 s.h.
  • CSD 512 Language: Disorders and Intervention: 3 s.h.
  • CSD 523 Neurological Disorders I: Aphasia: 3 s.h.
  • CSD 524 Neurological Disorders II: Cognitive and Degenerative Disorders: 3 s.h.
  • CSD 525 Dysphagia: Assessment and Intervention: 3 s.h.
  • CSD 535 Voice Disorders: 2 s.h.
  • CSD 547 Fluency and Fluency Disorders: 3 s.h.
  • CSD 548 Applied Phonology: 3 s.h.
  • CSD 550 Audiology for the Speech-Language Pathologist: 3 s.h.
  • CSD 587 Clinical Practicum in Speech–Language Evaluation: 1 s.h.
  • CSD 588 Clinical Practicum in Speech–Language Pathology (1–3, repeatable to 8): 4 s.h.
  • CSD 600 Internship: 3 s.h.
  • CSD 604 Graduate Portfolio: 0 s.h.
  • Select one of the following options: 3 s.h.
    • Research Project Exit Option
      • CSD 603 Research Project
    • Thesis Exit Option
      • CSD 601 Thesis

      TOTAL PROGRAM 47 s.h.

In addition to the course work above, all CSD majors must complete all clinical clock hours required for the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) before the master's degree will be awarded.

Students who opt for the Illinois Public School Certification will also take CSD 521 and CSD 522.

Course Descriptions

435G Communication Disorders in the Classroom. (3) Study of the speech, language, and hearing disorders of school-aged children.

479G Augmentative Communication. (3, repeatable to 6) The study of the various means of communication aids and the assessment and intervention strategies utilized to implement them. Prerequisites: Major in communication sciences and disorders, special education or permission of the instructor.

481G Evaluation Procedures in Speech–Language Pathology. (3) Consideration of the general role of evaluation in speech and language therapy with intensive study of diagnostic tests and procedures used to discover and treat communication disorders. Prerequisites: CSD 312, 380, 382, 384, or permission of the instructor.

484G Clinical Methods for Children's Language Disorders. (3) Study of procedures for the evaluation and management of language disorders of children. Prerequisite: CSD 312 or permission of the instructor.

492G Clinical Audiology. (3) Study of the administration and interpretation of the basic differential diagnostic test battery used in the assessment of auditory disorders. Prerequisite: CSD 390 or permission of the instructor.

494G Aural Rehabilitation I. (3) History and development of methods of speech reading and auditory training. Multisensory approach to rehabilitation and habilitation is emphasized including specific procedures for handling the acoustically handicapped student in the classroom. Prerequisite: CSD 390.

495G Aural Rehabilitation II. (3) Language and psychological and social behavior of the acoustically handicapped. Methods of testing the population for therapy and rehabilitation are also studied. Prerequisite: CSD 390, 494 or permission of the instructor.

501 Introduction to Research Methods in Speech–Language–Hearing Sciences. (3) Explores clinician’s role as researcher and need for science to inform our clinical practice. Students read and critically analyze existing research within the communication sciences and disorders. Incorporating a review of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, this course enables students to ask scientific questions and plan corresponding research studies. Review of common research designs and data analysis techniques. Students are required to write a formal research proposal. Prerequisite: Graduate status.

502 Seminar in Speech and Hearing Sciences. (3) The examination of the production and perception of acoustical cues contained within the speech signal and other acoustical events. Current theory and research techniques will be discussed and implemented using functional research apparatus when applicable. Prerequisites: CSD 211, 212 or permission of the instructor.

503 Seminar in Professional Affairs. (2) The study of current problems, issues and legislation in the communication disorders profession. Discussions will be organized to accommodate both student and instructor interests and concerns. Prerequisite: Graduate major status.

504 Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology. (2, repeatable to 4) Investigation of current literature relating to etiology, assessment, and treatment of selected communication disorders. Topics based on faculty and student interest. Prerequisite: Graduate major status or permission of instructor.

510 Oral-Motor and Articulation Disorders. (3) Reviews the development of critical oral-motor and articulation abilities from infancy through adulthood. Enables the student to differentially diagnose and treat functional articulation disorders, oral-motor apraxia, and dysarthrias. Cultural issues of dialect are also addressed. Prerequisites: CSD 210, 212, 380, 382.

511 Language Theory and Development. (3) Current research on cross-disciplinary development theories as related to the typical acquisition and development of language as a formal and functional system across the life span with emphasis on school age and adolescent years. Prerequisites: CSD 312, 484.

512 Child Language Disorders: Assessment and Intervention. (3) Explores conditions associated with communication impairment in children. Reviews clinical assessment and intervention techniques for child language disorders from infancy through adolescence. Communication analysis and intervention planning. Consideration of impact of communication impairment across environments. Prerequisites: CSD 312, 481, 484.

521 Methods in Public Schools. (3) The study of general program considerations for the speech-language pathologist in the public school setting including case management and state and federal legislation.

522 Clinical Practicum in the Public School. (3, repeatable to 9) Supervised clinical practice in speech-language and/or hearing in the public school setting. Prerequisite: CSD 521, completion of required CSD coursework, no more than one C grade in CSD 587/588, and approval of faculty.

523 Neurological Disorders I: Aphasia. (3) Assessment and management of fluent, nonfluent, mixed, and global aphasia, with emphasis on the nature and cause of acquired language disorders in adults, including right hemisphere disorder. Prerequisite: CSD 382 or permission of the instructor.

524 Neurological Disorders II: Cognitive and Degenerative Disorders. (3) Identification, classification, and treatment of degenerative disorders and cognitive/memory disorders that affect speech and language, with emphasis on intervention across the continuum of care. Prerequisite: CSD 382 or permission of the instructor.

525 Dysphagia: Assessment and Intervention. (3) The study of swallowing and deglutition across the age span, with concentration on the methods of assessment and intervention in disorders of swallowing. Prerequisites: CSD 210, 312, 382.

535 Voice Disorders. (2) Voice production, including vocal development and life span changes. Pathophysiology of voice disorders, their assessment, management and treatment.. Prerequisite: CSD 210, 380, 384.

536 Physiological Speech Disorders II. (3) The study of the nature, etiology and management of orofacial anomalies and laryngeal speech disorders. Prerequisite: CSD 210, 384.

547 Fluency and Fluency Disorders. (3) Theory, research and clinical applications in fluency disorders. Emphasis on assessment and treatment of behavioral, affective, and cognitive features of developmental stuttering across the lifespan. Consideration of cluttering, neurogenic stuttering, psychogenic stuttering. Prerequisite: CSD 384.

548 Applied Phonology. (3) Concepts in linguistic theory and models of phonological development as they apply to the understanding of the nature, possible causes, evaluation, and management of functional phonological disorders. Prerequisites: CSD 212, 380, 481.

550 Audiology for the Speech-Language Pathologist. (3) Study of selected auditory disorders, screening procedures, and habilitation/rehabilitation approaches from a speech-language pathology perspective based upon current scope of practice and research. Prerequisites: CSD 390, 494 or permission of instructor.

551 Anatomy, Physiology, and Disorders of Hearing. (3) Study of the structure and functions of the human auditory system as well as the various causes of hearing loss. Prerequisites: CSD 210, 390.

552 Advanced Clinical Audiology. (3) Study of the instrumentation, administration, and interpretation of various special differential diagnostic tests used to determine the site of auditory lesions. Prerequisites: CSD 390, 492.

563 Hearing Aid Assessment. (3) Study of electroacoustic amplifiers as instruments for rehabilitation of the auditorial deprived. Major emphasis placed on hearing aid selection relative to the needs of the individual. Prerequisites: CSD 390, 492 or permission of the instructor.

564 Pediatric Audiology. (3) Methods and procedures for evaluating hearing loss in young children and infants. Includes preschool and elementary therapeutic techniques, parent counseling, and uses of pediatric hearing aids. Prerequisite: CSD 390 or permission of the instructor.

575 Electrophysiological Audiology. (3) The examination of current instrumentation and evaluative procedures utilized in assessing brain wave response to auditory stimuli.

576 Seminar in Hearing. (3) Studies in current research and rehabilitative problems associated with auditory function. Prerequisite: Audiology graduate student or permission of the instructor.

577 Industrial Audiology. (2) Methods and procedures of analyzing noise levels in various industrial and military environments. Effects of various noise levels on the human auditory system and the basic communication process. Prerequisite: CSD 502, or permission of the instructor.

587 Clinical Practicum in Speech–Language Evaluation. (1) Supervised practicum in speech-language evaluation procedures in the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Prerequisite: CSD 481(G).

588 Graduate Clinical Practicum I Speech–Language Pathology. (1-3, repeatable to 8) Supervised clinical experience in on-campus and off-campus clinical facilities while working with children and adults having speech and language disorders. A minimum of 20 contact clock hours must be obtained for each credit hour. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

590 Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders. (1–6, repeatable to 6)

599 Graduate Clinical Practicum in Audiology. (1–3, repeatable to 8) Supervised clinical experience in on-campus and off-campus clinical facilities while working with children and adults having hearing impairments. A minimum of 20 contact clock hours must be obtained for each credit hour. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

600 Internship in Communication Disorders. (3, repeatable to 6) Supervised applied experience in an occupationally related area in line with the students' career objectives and approved by faculty. A minimum of eight weeks will be required for this experience. Prerequisite: Completion of required CSD coursework, no more than one C grade in CSD 587/588, and approval of faculty.

601 Thesis. (3, repeatable to 6)

602 Comprehensive Examination in Communication Sciences and Disorders. (0) The student will complete a written comprehensive exam consisting of selected questions that survey topics covered in CSD graduate course work. The exam will be graded S/U and will be administered once each semester. The student may take the exam twice. Students must enroll for CSD 601 or 602. Prerequisite: Students taking CSD 602 must be in their final semester of course work, and obtain permission of CSD Graduate Adviser to enroll in the class.

603 Research Project. (3) Capstone research project for students who choose not to complete a Master’s thesis. Project will result in a journal-quality manuscript, including a detailed review of current literature and analysis of an approved topic. Prerequisite: CSD 501.

604 Graduate Portfolio. (0) Throughout their graduate program, students will develop a portfolio documenting their evolving knowledge and skills in speech-language pathology. The portfolio will be submitted to a faculty committee at the end of each semester, and the student’s mastery of identified knowledge and skills will be documented. The final portfolio will show that the student has met the knowledge and skills outcomes for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Students taking CSD 604 must be in their final semester of course work, and obtain permission of CSD Graduate Adviser to enroll.

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