Graduate Studies

Communication Sciences and Disorders - 2010-2011

Admission | Courses | Program | Requirements | Profile

Department Chairperson:  Maureen G. Marx
E-mail: M-Marx@wiu.edu
Speech-Language Clinic Coordinator: Ellen M. Ehrgott
Hearing Clinic Coordinator:
Amanda Silberer
Department Office: Currens Hall 125
Department Telephone: (309) 298-1955 Fax: (309) 298-2049
Department E-mail: M-Marx@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/csd
Location of Program Offering: Macomb

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

Associate Graduate Faculty
Assistant Professors

  • Ellen M. Ehrgott, M.S., CCC-SLP, Eastern Illinois University
  • Kathryn A. Pohlpeter, M.A., CCC-SLP, Western Illinois University

  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 (CSD 601) 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 (CSD 603) is designed for students whose career goals involve practicing as a speech-language pathologist and the project is clinically-based, with a detailed literature review of a treatment approach and date analysis of client performance changes due to the treatment.

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.

3. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.

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 SpeechBLanguage 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 44 to 46 hours, depending on exit option chosen.

I. Core Courses: 43 s.h.

CSD 501 Introduction to Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders (3)
CSD 503 Seminar in Professional Affairs (2)
CSD 504 Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology (2)
CSD 510 Oral-Motor and Articulation Disorders (3)
CSD 511 Language Theory and Development (3)
CSD 512 Child Language Disorders: Assessment and Intervention (3)
CSD 523 Neurological Disorders I: Aphasia (3)
CSD 524 Neurological Disorders II: Cognitive and Degenerative Disorders (3)
CSD 525 Dysphagia: Assessment and Intervention (3)
CSD 535 Voice Disorders (2)
CSD 547 Fluency and Fluency Disorders (3)
CSD 548 Applied Phonology (3)
CSD 550 Audiology for the Speech-Language Pathologist (2)
CSD 587 Clinical Practicum in SpeechBLanguage Evaluation (1)
CSD 588 Clinical Practicum in SpeechBLanguage Pathology (4)
CSD 600 Internship (3)
CSD 604 Graduate Portfolio (0)

II. Select one of the following exit options: 1–3 s.h.

A. Research Project  

CSD 603 Research Project (1)

B. Thesis  

CSD 601 Thesis (3)

TOTAL PROGRAM: 44–46 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

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. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in communication sciences and disorders or 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. Prerequisites: CSD 390, 494 or permission of the instructor.

501 Introduction to Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders. (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, and review common research designs and data analysis techniques. Students are required to complete a formal project.

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 standing in CSD.

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 standing in CSD  or permission of the 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, and  382.  

 511 Language Theory and Development. (3) The study of current research on cross-disciplinary development theories as they relate 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 and 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 and 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. Prerequisites: 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 and 382.

535 Voice Disorders. (2) Voice production, including vocal development and life span changes. Pathophysiology of voice disorders, their assessment, management and treatment. Prerequisites: CSD 210, 380 and 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) The study of concepts in linguistic theory and models of phonological development as they apply to the understanding of the nature, possible causes, evaluation, and management of phonological disorders. Prerequisites: CSD 212, 380 and 481.

550 Audiology for the Speech-Language Pathologist. (2) 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 and 494, 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 B 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: 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/or off‑campus clinical facilities while working with children and adults having hearing impairments. Prerequisite: 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. Prerequisites: Completion of required CSD coursework, no more than one C grade in CSD 587/588, and approval of faculty.

601 Thesis. (3)

603 Research Project. (1) Clinical research project for students who choose not to complete a Master’s thesis, exploring the relationship between research and clinical practice. The project, completed concurrently with a clinical practicum assignment, will result in a detailed review of current literature supporting the treatment chosen, and detailed analysis of data gathered over the course of the semester to document change in client performance as a result of treatment. 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.