M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders

Course Offerings

One unit of credit equals four semester hours.

CSD 500 Clinical Practicum I
.75 credit
Students provide assessment and intervention services to pediatric and/or adult clients in the campus clinic in areas such as speech production, receptive language, expressive language, cognitive-communication, fluency and/or voice disorders. Students use assessment data to construct appropriate intervention plans, develop lesson plans, deliver therapy to address desired goals, and conduct ongoing assessment of client progress. Students administer informal and standardized assessments, interpret assessment information, and write diagnostic and treatment reports.

CSD 501 Clinical Practicum II
.75 credit
Students provide assessment and intervention services to pediatric and/or adult clients in the campus clinic in areas such as speech production, receptive language, expressive language, cognitive-communication, fluency, voice, swallowing and/or feeding disorders. Students use assessment data to construct appropriate intervention plans, develop lesson plans, deliver therapy to address desired goals, and conduct ongoing assessment of client progress. Students administer informal and standardized assessments, interpret assessment information, and write diagnostic and treatment reports. Students build on their knowledge and skill from CSD 500 to demonstrate a higher level of clinical competence. Prerequisite: CSD 500.

CSD 502 Clinical Practicum III
.50 credit
Students provide assessment and intervention services to pediatric and/or adult clients in the campus clinic in areas related to speech production, receptive language, expressive language, cognitive-communication, voice, fluency, swallowing and/or feeding disorders. Students use assessment data to construct appropriate intervention plans, develop lesson plans, deliver therapy to address desired goals, and conduct ongoing assessment of client progress. Students administer informal and standardized assessments, interpret assessment information, and write diagnostic and treatment reports. Students build on their knowledge and skill from CSD 500 and CSD 501 to achieve a level of competence expected for progression to an off-campus clinical placement. Prerequisite: CSD 501.

CSD 503 Practicum in Education Settings
.50 credit; part-time
External practicum supervised by an 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
.50 credit; part-time
External practicum supervised by an 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 507 Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders
.75 credit
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
.50 credit
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 Young Children: Assessment and Treatment
.75 credit
Information is provided about disordered communication in children from birth through kindergarten. Course material includes information about important legislation, the relationship 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 and Articulation
.75 credit
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
.50 credit
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
1.50 credits; half-term
External practicum supervised by an 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
1.50 credits; half-term
External practicum supervised by an 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
.75 credit
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
.75 credit
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
.75 credit
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
.75 credit
Review of the mechanics of normal swallowing, disorders of swallowing, etiology, diagnosis, assessment tools and methods of rehabilitation are addressed in adults and children.

CSD 522 Alternative/Augmentative Communication
.50 credit
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
3.00 credits; full-term
External practicum supervised by an off-campus supervisor; open only to graduate students who have met all other requirements for initial certification by the Illinois State Board Education. This course is designed to acquaint the student with practice in an approved educational environment.

CSD 524 CSD Practicum in Medical Settings
3.00 credits; full-term
External practicum supervised by an 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
.50 credit
Issues and professional responsibilities related to speech-language pathology in the public schools.

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

CSD 527 Fluency Disorders
.50 credit
Overview of theories and etiologies of dysfluencies; 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
.75 credit
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 evidence-based assessment and intervention practices in motor speech disorders will be discussed.

 CSD 530 Thesis Research
.25–1.00 credit
Research in communication sciences and disorders culminating in a written research paper and oral defense. Repeatable for credit.

CSD 590 Research Option II
.25–1.00 credit
Completion of a research paper without data collection and analysis; an in-depth literature review. Repeatable for credit.

CSD 592 Independent Study in Speech-Language Pathology
.25–1.00 credit
Open to graduate students in CSD. Studies may include readings and clinical study or research. Consent of instructor required. Repeatable for credit.

Elmhurst College reserves the right to modify courses, schedules and program format without advance notice to students.

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