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 inchildren 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 specificpopulations of children with special needs. Information forproviding early intervention services is provided from relateddisciplines such as occupational therapy and physical therapy. Students will learn strategies for effectively serving clients in our multilingual society.

CSD 510 Advanced Studies in Phonology and Articulation
.75 credit
This course is designed to build on the foundational knowledge and skills acquired in an undergraduate course in phonology and articulation. Advanced level assessment and intervention methods for speech sound disorders (SSD) in clients with articulation disorders, phonological processing disorders, inconsistent SSD, cleft palate, orofacial myofunctional disorder, hearing impairment and motor speech disorders.

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 explore and understand neuropathophysiologic correlates of language and cognitive differences in adults. Students will gain solid theoretical and practical foundations in clinical aphasiology, brain injury, right hemisphere dysfunction, and other cognitive linguistic differences of progressive or sudden onset. Fundamentals of differential diagnosis among disorders and distinctions according to pathology vs. normal age-related changes will be discussed. Students will delve into the nature of disorders from pathophysiologic, neurocognitive, psychosocial, and personally lived perspectives. Students will gain a practical understanding of assessment and intervention approaches through experiential learning tasks both inside and outside the classroom.

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 speech, language, cognition and swallowing disorders as well as principles and methods of prevention and intervention.

CSD 521 Dysphagia and Feeding Disorders
.75 credit
Review of the mechanics of normal swallowing, disorders of swallowing, etiology, diagnosis, assessment tools and principles and methods of rehabilitation and prevention are addressed in adults and children. Contemporary issues rehabbed to dysphasia evaluation and management such as counseling and ethical considerations are discussed.

CSD 522 Alternative/Augmentative Communication
.50 credit
This course provides an introduction to evidence-based practices for clinical evaluation andtreatment of individuals with complex communication needs including augmentation and alternative system demands and design, assessment, and intervention principles.

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
Students will explore and understand fundamental knowledge and skills required for differential diagnosis of clinical voice disorders and differences across the lifespan. Foundations in pathophysiology of voice disorders within organic, functional, and psychogenic etiologies will lead to exploration of evidence-based intervention and management procedures within an interdisciplinary team management approach. The course will provide a systems perspective to intervention and management that acknowledge interactions among cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physiologic bases of voice differences and disorders. Theoretical foundations will be reinforced through laboratory experiences as well as scholarly inquiry.

CSD 527 Fluency Disorders
.50 credit
Students will develop a foundation of knowledge in theories of stuttering and fluency, historical and current research perspectives on stuttering, as well as gain clinical skills in assessment and intervention for individuals and families with stuttering/fluency concerns. Students will be able to describe fluency using interdisciplinary frames of analysis that include cognitive, neurologic/neuromotor, genetic, psychosocial, linguistic, and developmental perspectives. Students will be able to critically observe and analyze patterns of fluency/disfluency and apply principles of stuttering intervention and counseling based on research evidence to date through experiential learning tasks both inside and outside the classroom. Students will understand how to approach fluency issues across the lifespan as well as in intercultural service delivery contexts.

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, are examined. Principles and methods of assessment and intervention in motor speech disorders are discussed. Evidence-based practice is applied to case scenarios.

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 to answer specific research questions. 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.

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