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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Graduate Courses

Students should plan their entire program in consultation with a faculty advisor prior to their first semester.

To be accepted into the graduate program, students must have earned a bachelor’s degree in the field of speech language pathology or communication disorders or have met the undergraduate prerequisites.

The postbaccalaureate program, a specialized one-year course sequence, allows a student with a bachelor’s degree in another field to prepare for entry to the master’s degree program in Speech and Hearing Sciences.

Course Requirements

  • SHS 501: Research Methods
  • SHS 540: Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
  • SHS 542: Infant and Toddler Communication and Language
  • SHS 543: School-Age and Adolescent Language
  • SHS 545: Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • SHS 550: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in the Schools
  • SHS 556: Problems in Stuttering
  • SHS 557: Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Disorders
  • SHS 562: Motor Speech Disorders
  • SHS 563: Dysphagia
  • SHS 565: Augmentative Communication
  • SHS 566: Off-Campus Practicum Public Schools
  • SHS 568: Off-Campus Practicum Clinical Setting
  • SHS 570: Advanced Internship
  • SHS 574: Neuropathologies of Language
  • SHS 575: Advanced Clinical Practice
  • SHS 576: Voice Disorders
  • SHS 580: Advanced Diagnostics
  • SHS 588: Phonological Acquisition and Behavior
  • SHS 700/702: Master’s Research, Thesis and/or Examination or Master’s Special Problems, Directed Study and/or Examination

Course Descriptions

SHS 501 Research Methods (3 credits)
Philosophy of research, types of literature; experimental and descriptive designs; application of statistics; analysis of statistical results.

SHS 540 Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders (1 credit)
Interdisciplinary approach to assessment and treatment. SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed.

SHS 542 Infant and Toddler Communication and Language (2 credits)
Developmental progression of communication and language in pediatric populations with an emphasis on assessment and intervention for very young children and families. SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed.

SHS 543 School Age and Adolescent Language (3 credits)
Language development in typically developing and language impaired school age and adolescent students; disorder types; implications for assessment and intervention. SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed.

SHS 545 Autism Spectrum Disorder (2 credits)
Overview of the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (ASD); current research regarding identification, diagnosis, intervention, and educational programming for this population. SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed.

SHS 550 Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in the Schools (2 credits)*
Therapy methods and procedures in speech-language pathology and audiology; state/federal laws affecting public school therapy.

SHS 556 Problems in Stuttering (2 credits)
Historical and current literature; problem-solving strategies applied to theoretical and clinical problems in stuttering. SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed.

SHS 557 Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Disorders (2 credits)
Speech and voice problems associated with clefts of the lip and palate. SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed.

SHS 560 Special Topics in Speech and Hearing Sciences (variable, 1-3 credits)
May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Advanced study of specialized topics in speech and hearing sciences. SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed.

SHS 562 Motor Speech Disorders (3 credits)
SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed. Underlying processes of neuromuscular control and feedback; results of damage and disease on neuromotor system.

SHS 563 Dysphagia (3 credits)
Anatomy and physiology of swallowing; evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders. SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed.

SHS 565 Augmentative Communication (3 credits)
Augmentative communication theory; implementation, training strategies, ongoing adjustments, and evaluating effectiveness. SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed.

SHS 566 Off-Campus Practicum Public School Setting (variable, 2 [0-6] to 6 [0-18] credits)
May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 15 hours. Prereq SHS 575; by interview only. Advanced clinical practice in a public school setting; evaluation and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders. SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed.

SHS 568 Off-campus Practicum Clinical Setting (variable, 2 [0-6] to 6 [0-18] credits)
May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 15 hours. Prereq by interview only. Advanced clinical practice in an off-campus clinical/medical setting; evaluation and treatment of speech, language and hearing disorders.

SHS 570 Advanced Internship in Speech-Language Pathology (variable, 1 [0-3] to 18 [0-54] credits)
May be repeated for credit. Prereq SHS 566, 575, by interview only. Advanced practicum in diagnosis of and therapy for communication disorders. SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed. S, F grading.

SHS 574 Neuropathologies of Language (3 credits)
Advanced study of language disorders resulting from brain insult after birth; emphasis on aphasia and related disorders. SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed.

SHS 575 Advanced Clinical Practice (variable, 2 [0-6] to 6 [0-18] credits)
May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 15 hours. Prereq by interview only. Advanced clinical practice in evaluation and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders. SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed.

SHS 576 Voice Disorders (2 credits)
Functional and organic voice disorders resulting from various etiologies. SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed.

SHS 580 Advanced Diagnostics (2 credits)
May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Analysis and synthesis of critical case information and differential diagnosis of communication disorders; review and application of standardized assessment tools; development of treatment objectives and outcomes from data. SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed.

SHS 582 Clinical Perspectives (3 credits)
Theory and clinical experience designed to assist students in integrating course work into a clinical perspective. SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed.

SHS 588 Phonological Acquisition and Behavior (3 credits)
Current literature in articulatory development and deviancy; diagnosis and therapy. SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed.

SHS 590 Special Topics in Speech and Hearing Sciences (variable, 1-3 credits)
May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Advanced study of specialized topics in speech and hearing sciences. SHS graduate student; all undergraduate prerequisite courses completed.

SHS 600 Special Projects or Independent Study (variable, 1-18 credits)
May be repeated for credit. S, F grading.

SHS 700 Master’s Research, Thesis, and/or Examination (variable, 1 [0-3] to 18 [0-54] credits)
May be repeated for credit. S, F grading.

SHS 702 Master’s Special Problems, Directed Study, and/or Examination(variable, 1 [0-3] to 18 [0-54]
May be repeated for credit. S, F grading.

*Required for State of Washington ESA