The curriculum of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders combines a rigorous mixture of academic courses and clinical education in order to prepare its students for a wide range of careers, from clinicians to scholars. Our overarching goals are:
1. Students will demonstrate the acquisition and application of knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to prevent and diagnose disorders of communication across the lifespan.
2. Students will demonstrate the acquisition and application of knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to treat disorders of communication across the lifespan.
3. Students will demonstrate informed clinical judgments through innovatve evidence-based practices that honor and respect cultural, linguistic and individual diversity.
4. Students will commit to pre-professional growth by demonstrating the implementation of ethical and informed practices that respond to changing populations and scope of practice demands.
The four student learning outcomes are supported by the following academic and clinic goals.
Our academic goals are to prepare specialists who:
- Understand the basic process of human communication based upon knowledge in the physical, social, and cognitive sciences.
- Understand the nature of disorders of human communication.
- Understand the basic principles underlying prevention, evaluation, and management of those disorders.
- Apply those principles within a reflective decision-making process for the provision of clinical services of the highest quality.
- Understand technology as a tool through which quality services can be facilitated.
- Apply knowledge gained for a dynamic curriculum so as to function within interdisciplinary context across settings with persons from diverse backgrounds.
- Are competent consumers, users, and producers of applied research.
- Are committed to continuing education and professional development.
The purpose of clinical education is to provide opportunities for observation and supervised clinical practice with a diverse clinical population. The ASHA Code of Ethics (PDF) serves as the conceptual foundation for service delivery.
The clinical education goals of the program are to prepare competent clinicians who:
- Plan and administer a variety of diagnostic procedures.
- Interpret diagnostic results and design intervention there from.
- Implement treatment procedures reflecting knowledge of an individual’s communication competence and different service delivery models.
- Manage administrative aspects of case management in a variety of settings including oral and written reporting, scheduling, record keeping, corresponding, etc.
- Interact effectively with clients representing diverse backgrounds, other individuals within their communication system, and allied professionals.
- Initiate and regulate their own ongoing professional development.
- Are ethically and socially aware of issues affecting the profession as a context addressing larger issues of practice in the community and the world.