Communication Sciences and Disorders Degree Program (MS)
Master of Science
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a graduate program that provides academic and clinical training for professional practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist. The curriculum provides educational opportunities to work with communicatively impaired individuals across the lifespan and in various environments.
The program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (CAA) and meets all requirements for obtaining Wisconsin licensure as a Speech-Language Pathologist and as a Public School Practitioner.
An undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is NOT a prerequisite for admission. However, students without an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders must take requisite pre-graduate course work as a Candidate for Non-Degree and then apply for the graduate program. Normally, the pre-graduate course work may be completed in one year. An individualized pre-graduate program curriculum will be devised by the Graduate Program Coordinator or a faculty adviser.
The graduate program is designed for completion in two years including two summers for students with an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. UW-Whitewater undergraduates who are accepted for early admission may finish the graduate program in one year including two summers. Full-time enrollment is 12 credits during the academic year and 9 credits during the summer. Only students admitted to the graduate program may enroll in 700 level courses. Exception may be granted by the Graduate Program Coordinator. Clinical performance reviews, and portfolio presentations are an integral aspect of determining academic and clinical competence and must be successfully completed for the degree.
The curriculum prepares students for the PRAXIS Examination in Speech-Language Pathology — leading to a Certificate of Clinical Competence. In preparing to practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist, students will learn such skills as: conducting formal and informal measures to diagnose and implement goals for the treatment of individuals of all ages with disorders of articulation, language, voice, fluency, and hearing; theorizing about disorders of articulation, language, voice, fluency, and hearing; engaging in self and client evaluations utilizing objective behavioral measurements; and presenting client-related information in both written and oral communication.
Graduate Program Coordinator
Additional Admission Requirements
Instructions for Applying
APPLICATION DEADLINE / FEBRUARY 1
Individuals who have a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) or have completed leveling coursework, are welcome to apply. Students without a CSD major and have not taken leveling courses, should contact Roxanne DePaul at email@example.com for further instructions.
Applications are only accepted electronically through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). When submitting materials applicants will be expected to include the following:
- 1. Official academic transcripts that include fall grades. Transcripts should be sent to this address: CSDCAS Verification Department P.O. Box 9113 Watertown, MA 02471.
- 2. Submit Graduate Record Examination scores to CSDCAS using the designated institution (DI) code 0060.
- 3. A minimum of three letters of recommendation attesting to your ability to perform at a graduate level.
- 4. A letter of intent. This letter should explain why you would be a successful graduate student and speech-language pathologist.
- 5. A listing of ALL relevant coursework.
- 6. In the CSDCAS Application Activities section include information on relevant professional and volunteer activities, experience with foreign languages, and undergraduate research.
Questions concerning the electronic application process, including receipt of materials, should be directed to CSDCAS.
CSDCAS, P.O. Box 9113, Watertown, MA 02471
For questions relating to the UW-Whitewater Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders please contact Roxanne DePaul, Ph.D., CCC-SLP at 262-472-1301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants will be notified in mid-March concerning their status. Those accepted into the program will need to submit materials to the UW-Whitewater School of Graduate Studies including a Graduate School Application, a fee of $56, and official transcripts showing fall grades. Applications for graduate assistantships may be submitted at that time.
Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders
COMDIS 540 MANUAL COMMUNICATION 1 Units
This course is designed to provide the student with basic knowledge of manual communication systems and techniques, including finger spelling and basic signs.
COMDIS 555 LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT & DISORDERS IN CHILDREN 3 Units
This course provides an overview of oral language development and its relationship to the development of social skills, literacy and learning. Language characteristics of children with exceptional educational needs are described and strategies for improving their communication skills are discussed. Prereq: Course work in child growth and development is highly recommended.
PREREQ: RESTRICTED TO STUDENTS WITH PROFESSIONAL ED ADMISSION
COMDIS 580 SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN 4 Units
In this course students will learn about the process and sequence of speech and language development in children from birth to school-age. Theories of language acquisition and the role of cognition, culture, context, and caregivers are discussed. Students will particpate in a community-based learning experience working with linguistically and culturally diverse preschool children.
PREREQ: EDFOUND 222, EDFOUND 230, PSYCH 331 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
COMDIS 585 FLUENCY DISORDERS 3 Units
This course provides for the study of the theories of the cause and onset of fluency disorders such as stuttering and cluttering. It further introduces basic clinical and experimental approaches to these disorders.
COREQ: COMDIS 460/COMDIS 660 OR DEPARTMENTAL APPROVAL
COMDIS 624 COMMUNICATION DISORDERS ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN 3 Units
This course provides basic understanding of various communication disorders due to structural damage, including voice disorders, disfluency, cleft palate speech disorders and swallowing dysfunction. The primary focus will be symptom description, evaluation and treatment techniques of these disorders in both the pediatric and adult population.
PREREQ: COMDIS 278 AND COMDIS 240
COMDIS 626 NEURAL BASES OF SPEECH AND LANGUAGE 3 Units
This course provides a basic understanding of the neuroanatomic and neurophysiologic mechanisms underlying speech and language. The primary focus of study is on normal processes and neuropathologies and how they influence cognition, communication and swallowing.
PREREQ: COMDIS 278 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
COMDIS 660 PRACTICUM IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS Repeatable 3 Units
This course offers supervised practicum experiences: observation of communicative disorders, clinical work on-campus and/or off- campus, and supervision of practitioners or students. Client availability, student level of academic and clinical training, and supervisory expertise will influence student enrollment and section assignment. This course is repeatable for as many times as needed. Graduate students must enroll every semester.
COMDIS 672 ASSESSMENT IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS 3 Units
This course introduces the theoretical and practical aspects of the assessment process in communicative disorders. The development and selection of procedures for assessing communicative disorders are reviewed and issues and methods involved in clinical decision-making are discussed using case studies and applied activities. Prereq: Consent of Instructor
COMDIS 677 DISORDERS OF SPEECH PRODUCTION 3 Units
A study of the development of normal articulation and phonology and of the etiologies, diagnosis, and treatment of articulation and phonological disorder, phonological disorder and developmental apraxia of speech.
PREREQ: COMDIS 272 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
COMDIS 681 SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN CHILDREN 3 Units
This course introduces theoretical and clinical issues in child language disorders. Principles and methods relating to the assessment and management of developmental language disorders are discussed. The development of both content knowledge and applied skills are emphasized.
PREREQ: COMDIS 380/COMDIS 580 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
COMDIS 682 AUDIOMETRY 3 Units
This course is designed to provide information regarding the disorders of hearing and how different auditory evaluation procedures of the auditory system aid in the identification of specific types of hearing disorders. Training in performing different audiological testing procedures is provided as well as the interpretation of auditory test results. Prereq: Consent of instructor.
PREREQ: COMDIS 240 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
COMDIS 683 AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION 3 Units
This course reviews current approaches to augmentative and alternative communication. Alternative methods of communication other than speech and methods for augmenting residual speech skills are discussed. The course focuses on the development of basic skills for evaluating and providing intervention programs for individuals using alternative and augmentative communication systems. Prereq: Consent of instructor.
COMDIS 684 AURAL REHABILITATION 3 Units
Aural rehabilitation is the study of the rehabilitation of individuals with hearing impairment. It includes the effects of hearing loss on perception, psychosocial aspects, and speech and language. Techniques for rehabilitation including amplification, counseling, speech reading, and auditory training will be emphasized.
PREREQ: COMDIS 482
COMDIS 690 WORKSHOP Repeatable 1-6 Units
Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing "hands on" and participatory instructional techniques.
COMDIS 696 SPECIAL STUDIES Repeatable 1-3 Units
Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. Prereq: Consent of department.
COMDIS 710 PROFESSIONAL ISSUES AND ENVIRONMENTS IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY 3 Units
This course presents an overview of the professional issues and regulation impacting the speech-language pathologists' delivery of quality services. Licensure and certification requirements that govern practice will be reviewed. The information presented in this course is designed to help students develop a well-articulated theoretical and practical approach to ethical service delivery across work environments. PREREQ: Consent of instructor.
COMDIS 711 MOTOR SPEECH DISORDERS 3 Units
This course provides advanced study of basic neurological substrates associated with the dysarthrias and apraxia of speech. Training of the differential assessment and management of motor speech disorders across the lifespan, clinical experiences, and exposure to current research literature are included.
PREREQ: COMDIS 426/COMDIS 626 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
COMDIS 712 RESEARCH METHODS IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS 3 Units
A course in the methods of research in communicative disorders including the need for scientific research, the nature of scientific research, methods underlying the research process, the planning of a research paper, and considerations in interpreting research results.
COMDIS 713 LANGUAGE LEARNING DISORDERS IN SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN 3 Units
Recent research literature in language/learning disorders in school-age children is reviewed and the application of research findings to clinical practice is discussed. Language assessment and intervention methods for this population are reviewed.
PREREQ: COMDIS 380 OR COMDIS 580
COMDIS 714 SUPERVISION IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS 3 Units
This course provides an analysis of the basic concepts of supervision and competencies essential to effective supervisory performance in speech-language pathology across work settings and professional roles. Emphasis is placed on supervision as a process that involves observation, interpersonal communication, leadership, teaching, problem solving, decision making and ongoing improvement.
COMDIS 720 VOICE DISORDERS 3 Units
This course provides specialized knowledge in the areas of normal and disordered voice production with the primary focus in the physiological bases of dysphonia. Theoretical principles underlying the prevention, assessment and treatment of vocal dysfunction across the lifespan are emphasized.
COMDIS 722 LANGUAGE AND COGNITIVE DISORDERS IN ADULTS 3 Units
This course provides advanced study of neuropathologies resulting in language and/or cognitive impairment. The focus of this course is adult aphasia and dementia within a framework of the neural changes associated with aging. Course content also surveys communication disorders associated with a variety of acquired and/or neuro-degenerative conditions. In-depth training of assessment and management techniques, clinical experiences and exposure to current literature are included.
PREREQ: COMDIS 426/COMDIS 626 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
COMDIS 730 SWALLOWING AND DYSPHAGIA 3 Units
Course includes an in-depth study of normal and disordered swallowing with a focus on the physiological bases of dysphagia. Current research is examined relevant to the prevention, diagnosis and management of swallowing disorders across the lifespan. Prereq: Communicative Disorders major, practicing speech/language pathologists of consent of instructor.
PREREQ: COMDIS 426/COMDIS 626 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
COMDIS 764 SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN YOUNG CHILDREN 3 Units
This course reviews current theoretical and clinical issues concerning assessment and intervention of communication skills in young children. Recent research literature is reviewed and the application of research findings to clinical practice is discussed. Family-centered practice and strategies for supporting young children in inclusive environments is emphasized.
COMDIS 790 WORKSHOP 1-6 Units
Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing "hands on" and participatory instructional techniques..
COMDIS 793 PRACTICUM: FIELD EXTERNSHIP Repeatable 6 Units
COMDIS 794 SEMINAR 1-3 Units
Variable topics. Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member.
COMDIS 796 SPECIAL STUDIES 1-3 Units
Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings.
COMDIS 798 INDIVIDUAL STUDIES Repeatable 1-3 Units
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.
COMDIS 799 THESIS RESEARCH Repeatable 1-6 Units
Students must complete a Thesis Proposal Form in the Graduate Studies Office before registering for this course.