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M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

Dr Brenda Seal, Program Coordinator
Sorenson Language and Communication Center, Room 3201

The Master of Science Degree (MS) education program in Speech-Language Pathology at Gallaudet University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

This two-year (including one summer) program involves coursework and practicum experiences designed to provide a broad background in speech-language-hearing sciences. The program also provides a special emphasis on the communication needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.  

The SLP program involves combined course, lab, and clinical work in speech, language, and hearing. Like other nationally-accredited speech-language pathology programs in the United States, Gallaudet's SLP curriculum is dedicated to speech sciences, research methods, language acquisition, clinical procedures, assistive technology, and multicultural experiences. It also includes instruction in and supervised clinical experiences with persons who have speech sound disorders, voice disorders, swallowing disorders, fluency disorders, language disorders, and neurogenic communication disorders. Unlike other accredited graduate programs, however, Gallaudet's program requires courses in American Sign Language and competencies in working with children and adults who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Observation and practicum opportunities in the Hearing and Speech Center on campus are complemented with training experiences at a variety of hospitals, clinics, public and private schools, private practices, early childhood programs, and other acute and long-term care facilities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  

Students accepted into the highly competitive SLP program also have opportunities to engage in research, not only through a dedicated master's thesis program, but also with faculty mentors in the Department's research labs and clinic. Elective coursework within the Department includes diverse topics such as cued speech, visual phonics, and cochlear implants; elective coursework is also available in other departments on campus and through a consortium of university programs in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland.  Opportunities are provided for conducting a master's thesis and for elective coursework in other departments or through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Admissions Procedures

Applicants for the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions web site for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available under the 'Courses' and 'Requirements' tabs. 

DEADLINEDATE
First Date for Consideration of Application: February 15
Preferred Date for Completed Application: February 15


Program Specific Requirements

GRE or MAT
Three Letters of reference

Recommended Undergraduate Major

Speech-Language Pathology
Audiology or related discipline
Communication Sciences/Disorders

Prerequisite Coursework

Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in any of the above listed majors must demonstrate successful completion of required courses in anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, phonetics, acoustics or speech-and-hearing sciences, and introduction to audiology. A biological science is also required of applicants.

 

Semester I - Fall

CodeTitleCredits
GPS 700Culture & Language Seminar1
HSL 713Language Development and Disorders I3
HSL 714Speech Science3
HSL 746Clinical Applications of Sign Communication1
HSL 763Clinical Procedures for Communication Disorders3-4
HSL 774Clinical Practicum: Speech-Language Pathology1
HSL 824Aural Rehabilitation: Adults3
ASL American Sign Language II (or equivalent)3

Semester II - Spring

CodeTitleCredits
HSL 723Language Development and Disorders II3
HSL 755Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders3
HSL 771Clinical Practicum: Aural Rehabilitation1-4
HSL 784Research Methodology in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences3
ASL American Sign Language III (or equivalent)3

Semester III - Summer

CodeTitleCredits
HSL 716Audiology: Educational and Habilitative Implications3
HSL 774*Clinical Practicum: Speech-Language Pathology1
HSL 826Aural Rehabilitation:Pediatric3
  • *  optional

Semester IV - Fall

CodeTitleCredits
HSL 719Aural Rehabilitation II3
HSL 754Speech Sound Disorders3
HSL 760Swallowing Disorders3
HSL 771*Clinical Practicum: Aural Rehabilitation1-4
HSL 791Internship in Speech-Language Pathology4
  • *  May alternatively be taken during Semester V

Semester V - Spring

CodeTitleCredits
HSL 750Voice & Resonance Disorders3
HSL 751Stuttering2
HSL 791Internship in Speech-Language Pathology4
HSL 821Informational Counseling and Multicultural Issues3

Additional Requirements

Students must take a minimum of one elective following the first semester of the program. For students opting for the M.S. thesis, thesis credit may be substituted for the elective.

Department Requirements

  1. Completion of the academic and practicum requirements for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.
  2. Successful completion of candidacy examination.
  3. Adherence to the provisions of the ASHA Code of Ethics.
 

GPS 700 - Culture & Language Seminar (1)

Beginning in fall 2010, GPS 700 Culture and Language Seminar is required for all incoming graduate students (with the exception of summers-only and online students) in their first fall semester at Gallaudet. The seminar was designed to prepare graduate students to understand the unique cultural and linguistic environment at Gallaudet University. Throughout the seminar, students will engage in discussions of major cultural issues in the lives of deaf individuals and their communities. Having the opportunity to explore these issues with other graduate students and faculty will deepen students' appreciation of the rich personal and academic experiences that can only be found at Gallaudet University.

HSL 713 - Language Development and Disorders I (3)

This course involves the study of the processes and variations of speech, language, communication and pre-literacy skills in typically developing infants and children. Emphasis will be given on the assessment of and intervention with pre-school children with language and learning disorders. Units include interdisciplinary views of the child with speech, language, and communication challenges; issues in speech, language, communication, social-emotional, culturally diversity and cognitive development.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 714 - Speech Science (3)

This course provides basic information about how speech is produced, the nature of the speech signal, linguistic and phonetic frameworks for viewing speech, the anatomy and physiology of the speech production and auditory system, and processes of speech perception.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 716 - Audiology: Educational and Habilitative Implications (3)

Study of the fundamentals of hearing, diagnostic audiologic procedures, special diagnostic procedures for infants, children, and difficult-to-test clients, and interpretation of audiologic test data for communication, psychosocial, and educational purposes.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 719 - Aural Rehabilitation II (3)

The study of the speechreading, auditory and nonauditory assistive technology, and educational management of deaf and hard of hearing children; advanced discussion of techniques of aural rehabilitation. A laboratory is required.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 723 - Language Development and Disorders II (3)

This course involves study of the processes and variations of speech, language, communication and literacy skills in typically developing children and adolescents. Emphasis will be given on the assessment of and intervention with school-age children and adolescents with language and learning disorders. Units include interdisciplinary views of and issues with the child with speech, language, and communication challenges; social-emotional, cultural diversity and cognitive development.

  • Prerequisite: HSL 713 or permission of the instructor and/or department chair

HSL 746 - Clinical Applications of Sign Communication (1)

This course focuses on the clinical application of the principles of sign communication in the field of Speech-Language Pathology/Aural Rehabilitation.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 750 - Voice & Resonance Disorders (3)

This course focuses on voice and resonance (anatomy and physiology, including pitch, loudness, and quality), pathologies that influence voice and resonance production, strategies for assessing and for intervention that require cross-professional collaboration, and knowledge of evidence-based outcomes; issues in laryngectomy rehabilitation, tracheostomy and ventilator-dependent communication alternatives and diverse cultural issues, and a wide range of assessment and treatment interventions applicable to children and adults.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 751 - Stuttering (2)

Study of the etiology, theory, nature, development, and treatment of fluency disorders.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 754 - Speech Sound Disorders (3)

Study of the research and principles associated with symptomatology, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of speech sound disorders in children and adults. Emphasis is on a broad understanding of the effect of speech sound disorders, including multicultural issues.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 755 - Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders (3)

Provides information concerning etiology, assessment, and treatment of speech and language disruptions associated with various neurological disorders. Areas to be addressed include: review of neural anatomy and physiology, description of right hemisphere communication disorders, cognitive language disorders secondary to head injury and dementia, and apraxia of speech.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 760 - Swallowing Disorders (3)

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of swallowing disorders (dysphagia) and current approaches to prevention, assessment and treatment of patients with dysphagia. Included in the course topics are: anatomy and physiology of the normal and abnormal swallow with attention to each stage of the swallow; swallowing issues unique to pediatric and adult patients, and issues with caretakers within and across cultures; and contemporary research issues and outcomes. These topics will be integrated to provide students with basic knowledge and skills needed to assess and implement a treatment plan for patients with dysphagia.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 763 - Clinical Procedures for Communication Disorders (3-4)

Principles and methods of diagnosis and appraisal, and methodology in speech and language remediation as it pertains to individuals whose communication disorder is associated with peripheral and central auditory problems. Observation and practicum are required.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 771 - Clinical Practicum: Aural Rehabilitation (1-4)

Supervised student-administered rehabilitation. May be taken more than once.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 774 - Clinical Practicum: Speech-Language Pathology (1)

Supervised student-administered speech-language therapy. May be taken more than once.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 784 - Research Methodology in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences (3)

Evaluation of research in audiology and communication disorders. The course describes how to read, understand, and evaluate research appearing in the literature, and provides an introduction to research design. Although the major focus is for the research consumer, many of the principles presented will apply to the design and implementation of research.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 791 - Internship in Speech-Language Pathology (4)

The internship provides students with supervised clinical practicum in treating individuals with a variety of communicative disorders. Students will be involved in the diagnosis of communication disorders, planning and implementation of therapy, and assessment of the outcome of therapy with a broad range of both functional and organically based communicative disorders resulting from hearing loss and/or other causes. May be taken more than once.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 821 - Informational Counseling and Multicultural Issues (3)

The course is designed to help audiologists and speech-language pathologists work more effectively with their clients in addressing the biopsychosocial effects of hearing loss and other communication disorders. Students will learn about the impact of hearing loss and communication disorders on infants, children, adults, older adults, and significant others. Students will develop a interviewing and specific counseling skills to help clients address their hearing loss and communication-related needs. This course will serve to provide a theoretical framework, practical strategies and personal reflection for working and providing services with cultural and linguistic awareness, knowledge, competency and proficiency.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 824 - Aural Rehabilitation: Adults (3)

The focus of this course is on clinical competencies in aural rehabilitation of deaf, Deaf, and hard-of-hearing adults. Special emphasis is given to the clinical procedures used in the Gallaudet Hearing and Speech Center and AR competencies needed by both SLPs and AUDs to work with adults who acquire hearing loss across the lifespan.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.

HSL 826 - Aural Rehabilitation:Pediatric (3)

The focus of this course is on clinical competencies in aural (re)habilitation of deaf, Deaf, and hard-of-hearing children and their families. Special emphasis is given to the clinical procedures used in the Gallaudet Hearing and Speech Center and AR competencies needed by both AUDs and SLPs to work with children with congenital and acquired hearing loss. The course has a strong interdisciplinary focus, considering ethnic and cultural issues in rehabilitation.

  • Prerequisite: Open to HSLS majors only or permission of the instructor or department chair.
 
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