- Contacts: Pam Holland, Chair
- Website: http://www.marshall.edu/cohp
The Department of Communication Disorders offers an undergraduate and graduate degree in speech pathology. Speech pathologists specialize in the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders. Employment opportunities are excellent. A master’s degree is the standard entry-level credential in this field; however, a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders prepares students for graduate study in a variety of fields and leads to careers in speech pathology, audiology, and other health and educational professions.
- General Education Course
Introduction to the field of Communication Disorders for majors. Discussion of various communication disorders, as well as the roles and respondibilities of the speech- language pathologist.
Theories of language acquisition; sequential patterns in the acquisition of prelinguistic communication, speech and language in relationship to general child development.
A survey of the physical and psychophysical bases of commun- ication with discussion of elementary communication models. (PR: CD 101 and Permission)
Introduction to developmental speech disorders; etiologies and symptoms; principles of assessment and treatment.
Introduction to acquired disorders; etiologies and symptoms; principles of assessment and treatment. Emphasis on communication and swallowing disorders resulting from CVA, traumatic brain injury, the dementias and other neurological disorders.
Experience with preschool age children; planning and implementing speech and language stimulation activities.
Course designed to expose undergraduate students to research in the field of CD through participation in a Community of Research Practice and individual study under the guidance of a mentor. May be repeated for credit, not to exceed a total of 12 credit hours. (PR: admission to undergraduate program and permission of advisor)
Investigation into contemporary understandings of literacy using current communication and information technologies and resources. PR: Admission to undergraduate program; permission of instructor.
Introduction to voice and fluency disorders; etiologies and symptoms; principles of assessment and treatment. (PR: CD 429 and CD 439)
Observation and practice in evaluating individuals with communication disorders. [PR CD 426, CD 422L, CD 426L, per- mission of instructor, CR: CD 424]
Pre-req: CD 422L and CD 426L (may be taken concurrently) and CD 424 (may be taken concurrently).
Observation and in-depth analysis of the clinical process. (PR: CD 426L, CR: CD 427)
Introduction to hearing disorders; examination of the auditory system, psychophysical processes and preferred practice procedures for assessment. Includes laboratory. (PR: CD 429, CD 439)
Introduction to basic signs and finger spelling. Overview of different sign systems.
Examination of various intervention strategies appropriate for individuals with hearing impairments, techniques for assessing degree of handicap. (PR: CD 460)
Guided and independent observation and analysis of the clinical process.
Supervised clinical practice with school-aged children; ful- fills student teaching requirements for West Virginia Certi- fication as a Speech Language Pathologist.
Pre-req: CD 468.