Course Requirements*

Students are provided a list of courses in which they must enroll for their first semester. They meet individually and as a group with the Department’s Director of Graduate Studies to discuss their entire two-year program. Full-time students typically complete the program in approximately two years (including one summer), carrying on average 16 credit hours per semester. On- and off-campus clinical practicum and internships are available during summer session, as are selected required classes.

  • SHS 501: Research Methods
  • SHS 542: Early Language Development
  • SHS 543: School-Age and Adolescent Language
  • SHS 545: Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • SHS 550 Clinical Preparation
  • SHS 552: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in the Schools (*Required for State of Washington ESA)
  • SHS 556: Problems in Stuttering
  • SHS 557: Special Topics in Cleft Palate
  • SHS 560: Contemporary Topics: Counseling
  • SHS 562: Motor Speech Disorders
  • SHS 563: Dysphagia
  • SHS 564: Advanced Clinical Practice
  • SHS 565: Augmentative Communication
  • SHS 566: Off-Campus Practicum Public Schools
  • SHS 568: Off-Campus Practicum Clinical Setting
  • SHS 570: Advanced Internship
  • SHS 574: Neurogenic Disorders of Language and Cognition I
  • SHS 576: Voice and Resonance Disorders
  • SHS 577: Neurogenic Disorders of Language and Cognition II
  • SHS 588: Advanced Speech Disorders
  • SHS 700/702: Master’s Research, Thesis and/or Examination or Master’s Special Problems, Directed Study and/or Examination

* Subject to change. Refer to the Graduate Curriculum Planning Guide for updates

Elective Courses

  • SHS 590: Special Topics in Pediatric Dysphagia and Feeding

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of principles and methods for prevention, assessment and intervention for:

  1. Articulation disorders
  2. Fluency disorders
  3. Voice and resonance disorders
  4. Receptive and expressive language disorders
  5. Swallowing disorders
  6. Cognitive aspects of communication disorders
  7. Social aspects of communication disorders
  8. Communication modalities
  9. The impact of hearing disorders on speech and language

These nine areas are termed the “Big Nine” knowledge and skill competency areas consisting of 191 individual goals.

In addition, students must communicate information clearly and effectively in written and oral form consistent with professional standards and must demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of standards of ethical conduct
  2. Knowledge of the processes used in research and the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practice
  3. Knowledge of contemporary professional issues