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Note: The prerequisite for all graduate courses is graduate standing with the exception of CD669 - Externship (see below).
Note: The KASA Checklists delineate the specific knowledge objectives and outcomes for graduate content courses.

  • CD 510 - Multicultural Issues in Communication Disorders
    Introduction to the complex relationships existing between language, society, and communication disorders. A difference versus disorders approach is utilized in considering communicative issues. Assessment and intervention approaches are also discussed. Students are acquainted with ethnographic approaches to research in real-life fieldwork experiences. (3) CD510 KASA Checklist
  • CD 525 - Aural Rehabilitation
    Management of hearing impairment and auditory-based learning disabilities in children and adults including psychosocial, technological, and cultural aspects. (3)
  • CD 603 - Advanced Clinical Practicum 
  • Supervised clinical experience in treatment and assessment of children and adults with communication disorders. Includes the application of formal and informal assessment and treatment procedures, writing diagnostic reports, writing weekly lesson plans and results, and planning treatment programs. Students typically receive 30 clock hours of client contact experience for each credit hour of enrollment. May be repeated. (3)
  • CD 620 - Developmental Articulatory and Phonological Disorders
    A study of speech sound disorders in children. Models and methods for assessment and differentiation between various types of speech sound disorders, including articulation and phonological disorders and apraxia and dysarthria. (2)
  • CD 625 - Research Methodology in Communication Disorders
    Introduction to research methodologies in communication sciences and disorders, including prospectus development, data collection, analysis, and professional research writing and editing. (3)
  • CD 629 - Neuroscience for Communication Disorders
    An advanced study of central and peripheral nervous systems, with emphasis on neural mechanisms explaining speech, language, cognition, and swallowing. (2)
  • CD 630 - Language & Cognitive Disorders in Adults
    The study of linguistic and non-linguistic deficits associated with acquired language disorders in adults, with focus on aphasias, closed and open-head injuries, and dementias. Methods and strategies for the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment are emphasized. (3)
  • CD 634 - Language & Cognitive Disorders in Infants & Preschool Children
    A study of infants and toddlers with special needs, as well as those born at risk. It addresses methods for service coordination, assessment, planning and implementing intervention for infants and toddlers using a family centered approach. (2)
  • CD 635 - Language, Cognitive, & Social Communication Disorders in School-Age Children
    A study of the language behaviors in children and adolescents with language disorders. Methods for assessing language behaviors; procedures for planning and implementing treatment for language disorders. (3)
  • CD 641 - Voice Disorders
    Study of normal structures and functions of voice and various vocal disorders that result from deviations of structure or function. Differentiating organic from psychogenic disorders. Study of and experience with instrumentation and techniques for the assessment and management of vocal disorders. (3)
  • CD 642 - Fluency Disorders 
  • Etiologies, comprehensive assessment and treatment of a variety of fluency disorders primarily identified by stuttering behaviors in children and adults. (2)
  • CD 643 - Augmentative, Alternative, & Assistive Communication Modalities
    This course addresses issues pertaining to the identification, evaluation, and treatment of individuals with severe and multiple communication deficits which require augmentative/alternative communication systems and/or adapted computer systems. (2)
  • CD 651 - Neurogenic Speech Disorders
    A study of speech disorders resulting from progressive and non-progressive neurological lesions of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Emphasis is placed on etiology and neuropathology of different dysarthric syndromes, as well as corresponding diagnostic and management options. (2)
  • CD 652 - Swallowing Disorders
    Pediatric and geriatric swallowing disorders resulting from structural and neurological lesions of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Emphasis is placed on etiology and characteristics of different dysphagic symptoms, as well as on diagnostic methods and management of specific symptoms. (3)
  • CD 656 - Craniofacial Anomalies & Resonance Disorders
    Study of analysis of embryologic, anatomic, and physiologic bases of orofacial anomalies and the team approach to assessment and rehabilitation. Emphasis on genetics, reconstructive surgery, prosthodontics, orthodontics, otolaryngology, and speech/language pathology. (2)
  • CD 669 - Externship in Communication Disorders
    Supervised clinical practicum in a medical/clinical setting distinctly different from the University Speech and Hearing Clinic. A minimum of two externships is required for certification. May be repeated. Prerequisites: A minimum graduate GPA of 3.0; completion of a minimum of 100 clinical clock hours obtained at the graduate level, including 15 audiology hours and 25 diagnostic hours in speech and/or language. (3)
  • CD 683 - Research in Communication Disorders
    Individual research problems in speech pathology or audiology. May be repeated. (3)
  • CD 695 - Thesis
    A written report based upon the investigation of some subject or the completion of a creative project. May be repeated. Requires consent of instructor. (3)
  • GR 698 - Master's Final Comprehensive Examination
    The written comprehensive examination taken by non-thesis students. (0)
  • GR 699 - Master's Oral Examination
    The oral examination of the thesis taken by thesis students. (0) 


Jayanti Ray, PhD
Interim Chair
Communication Disorders
Phone: (573) 651-2155 
Office: Grauel 112F

Communication Disorders
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