M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders

Course Offerings

The following courses are offered for completion of the degree for students beginning in fall 2014. Applications for fall 2015 will begin in October 2014.

CSD 501 Clinical Practicum in CSD (2 semester hours; .5 course credits)
Students treat pediatric and/or adult clients in areas related to receptive language, expressive language, cognitive communication, articulation, voice, fluency, oral motor and feeding disorders.

CSD 502 Diagnostic Practicum in CSD (2 semester hours; .5 course credits)
Students develop appropriate lesson plans and conduct therapy to address desired goals. Students evaluate pediatric or adult clients in areas related to receptive language, expressive language, cognitive communication, articulation, voice, fluency, oral motor and feeding disorders. Students write soap notes and treatment reports. Students develop appropriate lesson plans and conduct therapy to address desired goals. Students administer appropriate informal and standardized procedures, score tests, interpret diagnostic information, and write diagnostic reports.

CSD 503 Practicum in Educational Settings, Part-Time (2 semester hours; .5 course credits)
Off-campus supervisor, open only to graduate students who have met all other requirements for initial certification by the Illinois State Board of Education. This course is designed to acquaint the student with practice in an approved educational environment.

CSD 504 CSD Practicum in Medical Settings, Part-Time (2 semester hours; .5 course credits)
Off-campus supervisor; graduate medical practicum experience emphasizing treatment planning, conducting therapy programs, obtaining case histories, conferring with other professionals, writing reports, and making recommendations.

CSD 507 Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
Objectives are to help the student understand basic statistical concepts related to test development and interpretation, and research design. Focus will be on the scientific method as a problem-solving process, developing experimental procedures for answering research questions, the process of evidence-based practice, learning to establish and test hypotheses, and summarizing and interpreting data.

CSD 508 Counseling/Professional Issues in CSD (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
Review of counseling and professional practices associated with communication and feeding/swallowing disorders. Develop appropriate interviewing and counseling skills for clients and their families. Contemporary professional issues in CSD will be discussed.

CSD 509 Language/Literacy in Young Children: Assessment and Treatment (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
Information is provided about disordered communication in children from birth through kindergarten.  Course material includes information about important legislation, relation between language and literacy, service delivery models, risk factors, assessment, intervention, needs of families, and specific populations of special needs children. Information for providing early intervention services is provided from related disciplines such as occupational therapy and physical therapy.

CSD 510 Advanced Studies in Phonology & Articulation (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
An overview of the fundamental linguistic rules governing the sound system of spoken language, including speech sounds, speech sound production, and the combination of speech sounds in meaningful utterances. Normal and disordered phonological development, cultural-linguistic variations, emerging literacy, and etiological factors will be addressed. Phonological assessment and treatment will be emphasized in contrast to traditional methods for clinically managing disorders of speech production.

CSD 511 Cultural and Linguistic Issues in CSD (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
Familiarity with cultural patterns and communication styles; study of the needs, values, preferred mode of communication, and the cultural linguistic background of a multicultural client base; awareness of appropriate instruments for assessment and intervention.

CSD 513 CSD Practicum in Educational Settings, Half-Term (7 semester hours; 1.75 course credits)
Off-campus supervisor, open only to graduate students who have met all other requirements for initial certification by the Illinois State Board of Education. This course is designed to acquaint the student with practice in an approved educational environment.

CSD 514 CSD Practicum in Medical Settings, Half-Term (7 semester hours; 1.75 course credits)
Off-campus supervisor; graduate medical practicum experience emphasizing planning, conducting therapy programs, obtaining case histories, conferring with other professionals, writing reports, and making recommendations.

CSD 515 Language Disorders in Adults (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
Students will gain an understanding of the neuroanatomy and neuropathologies as they relate to language functions and disorders of the brain; also includes methods for assessment and treatment of neurogenic language disorders.

CSD 516 Language/Literacy School Age and Adolescent Language Disorders (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
An in-depth exploration of the etiology, evaluation, and remediation of language and literacy disorders in school age and adolescent children. Important legislation, response to intervention, service delivery models, risk factors, and specific special needs populations are discussed.

CSD 519 Neurology (2 semester hours; .5 course credits)
This course provides an in-depth overview of neurological processes as they relate to human communication and its disorders.

CSD 521 Dysphagia and Feeding Disorders (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
Review of the mechanics of normal swallowing, disorders of swallowing, etiology and diagnosis, assessment tools and methods of rehabilitation are addressed in children and adults.

CSD 522 Alternative/Augmentative Communication (2 semester hours; .5 course credits)
Introduction to the process of clinical evaluation and treatment of individuals who are nonverbal; covers augmentative and alternative communication systems, assessment, and treatment methods.

CSD 523 CSD Practicum in Educational Settings, Full-Term (14 semester hours; 3.5 course credits)
Off-campus supervisor, open only to graduate students who have met all other requirements for initial certification by the Illinois State Board of Education. This course is designed to acquaint the student with practice in an approved educational environment.

CSD 524 CSD Practicum in Medical Settings, Full-Term (14 semester hours; 3.5 course credits)
Off-campus supervisor. Graduate medical practicum experience emphasizing planning, conducting therapy programs, obtaining case histories, conferring with other professionals, writing reports, and making recommendations.

CSD 525 Public School Methods in a Diverse Society (2 semester hours; .5 course credits)
Issues and professional responsibilities, related to the practice of speech-language pathology in the public schools, are addressed.

CSD 526 Voice Disorders (2 semester hours; .5 course credits)
A study of the etiology, symptomatology and treatment procedures for voice disorders, including those that result from laryngeal pathologies and craniofacial anomalies. This course is also designed to provide students with a practical foundation in the area of craniofacial anomalies, specifically, embryology, etiologies, genetics, impact of anomalies on speech, assessment procedures, and intervention techniques.

CSD 527 Fluency Disorders (2 semester hours; .5 course credits)
Overview of theories and etiologies of disfluencies; assessment of children and adults; remediation techniques and procedures for adults and children; consideration of fluency-enhancing electronic devices and fluency-enhancing pharmaceuticals.

CSD 528 Motor Speech Disorders Across the Lifespan (3 semester hours; .75 course credits)
This course will cover basic principles and current theories of speech motor control, including biological and neurological aspects. The etiology and characteristics of the different dysarthria subtypes, as well as apraxia of speech, including anatomic, physiologic, aerodynamic and acoustic features will be examined. Principles and methods of assessment and intervention in motor speech disorders will be discussed. Evidence-based practice will be applied to ‘real world’ scenarios.

CSD 529 Graduate Seminar in CSD: Contemporary Issues in CSD (1 semester hour; .25 course credits)
This course involves the discussion of current trends and topics in the field of communication sciences and disorders.

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