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Graduate Course Catalog 2013-2014

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Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMM)

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This program is offered in Durham.

Degree Offered: M.S.

The Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders offers a master of science degree. Students are prepared to practice in a variety of job settings within the field of speech-language pathology and to meet the academic and practicum requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for the certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology. The program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of ASHA. 

The graduate program integrates an array of academic and clinical experiences to prepare students for a variety of careers in speech-language pathology. The program offers a master of science degree program in communications sciences and disorders. Students can elect to self-design their program, choosing from an array of required and elective courses that best suit their career objectives. This is referred to as the "no option" concentration. Three additional options, language/literacy disabilities, adult neurogenic communication disorders, and early childhood, are available to those students seeking particular expertise in one of these areas. Irrespective of which of the three options students select, the program of study will prepare them to treat the full range of communication disabilities across the life span.

Faculty and students are actively engaged in research activities. Their projects include examinations of the efficacy of language intervention for adults with aphasia, management of motor speech deficits, functional outcomes of augmentative and alternative communication, role of communication in fostering inclusive education, relationships between language and literacy, and ways of enhancing the process of clinical supervision.


Application Requirements

Deadlines: Applications must be completed by February 1st.

In lieu of the Graduate School personal statement, each applicant must respond to the following in no more than a total of two pages.

1. Describe yourself. We are interested in learning about you as a person.
2. Where do you see yourself professionally five years from now? Ten years from now?
3. What one issue in the field of communication sciences and disorders interests you most at this point your educational development?  Why? 

Applications are not acted upon by the CSD Department until all required documents have been received by the Graduate School. It is the student's responsibility to check with the Graduate School to ensure that all required documents have been received and the application is complete by the February 1st deadline.

For additional information regarding the application process, check the University of New Hampshire Graduate School.

 


Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission should possess a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders or its equivalent. The following courses, or their equivalents, are undergraduate prerequisites for the master's program:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • Language Acquisition
  • Clinical Phonetics
  • Basic Audiology
  • Speech-Hearing Science
  • Statistics

Students are also required to have completed coursework in typical human development, and both biological and physical sciences in preparation for fulfillment of ASHA requirements.

Applicants with degrees in related fields may be admitted to the Graduate School as provisional students, with the expectation that they will complete the above prerequisites prior to, or concurrent with, graduate courses.

Acceptance to the communications sciences and disorders program is based primarily on grade-point average, GRE scores, and written statement. Applicants must submit current scores of the GRE revised General Test. Generally, students have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.6 and GRE scores at the 50th percentile to be considered for admission. Letters of recommendation are considered for the awarding of scholarships, assistantships, and other sources of support.


 

 


M.S. Degree Requirements

  Four options are offered: "no option" or generalist option; option in language/literacy disorders; option in early childhood communication disorders; and option in adult neurogenic communication disorders. Regardless of the option selected, students will complete a combination of core, required, and elective courses to earn a minimum of 61 credits. See course descriptions for a list of all CSD graduate courses. 

The following core courses are required of all students:

COMM 876, Ethics/Professional Issues in Speech Language Pathology, 1 cr. 
COMM 880, Diagnosis of Speech and Language Disorders, 3 cr. 
COMM 890, Advanced Audiology for Speech Language Pathologists, 3 cr. 
COMM 891, Neurology for Speech-Language Pathologists, 3 cr. 
COMM 903, Therapy Process, 2 cr. 
COMM 910, Practicum, 4 cr.   [1 credit each semester years one and two] 
COMM 911, Externship, 8 cr.  [4 cr. fall of year two, 4 cr. spring of year two] 
COMM 917, Research Methods, 3 cr. 
COMM 920, Counseling Clients and Families with Communication Disorders, 2 cr.

In addition to the academic and clinical requirements, the UNH Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders implemented an Essential Functions Policy on June 7, 2010. This policy identifies basic communication, motor, cognitive, sensory, and behavioral-social abilities that are necessary for completion of our master's program and professional practice. Some of these abilities should be in place when students begin the program, while others will be developed throughout the program. 

Early each fall, the Essential Functions Policy will be reviewed with new students beginning our program.  Students are expected to sign that they have reviewed and understand the policy and will follow the stated guidelines.For additional information about the graduate program, see the Handbook for Graduate Students and Practicum Manual.


No Option or Generalist Option

This option prepares students for professional practice as a generalist. Students design a course of study that matches their career goals. Practicum experiences in educational, rehabilitative, and private practice settings are available to enhance applied learning. Upon completion of coursework and clinical training, students are prepared to provide clinical services to individuals of all ages who face communication challenges.

In addition to the core courses, required courses for this option are:

COMM 900, Articulatory and Phonological Disorders in Children, 3 cr.
COMM 901, Dysphagia, 3 cr.
COMM 902, Stuttering, 3 cr.
COMM 905, Motor Speech Disorders, 3 cr.
COMM 906, Voice Disorders, 2 cr.

Students will also select 6 elective courses from the following:
 

COMM 875, Advanced Language Acquisition, 3 cr.
COMM 904, Aphasia in Adults, 3 cr.
COMM 907, Advanced Seminar in Aural Rehabilitation, 3. cr.
COMM 908, Disorders of Language/Literacy I, 3 cr.
COMM 909, Disorders of Language/Literacy II, 3 cr.
COMM 912, Language Disorders Birth to Five, 3 cr.
COMM 913, Cognitive Communication Disorders, 3 cr.
COMM 914, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 3 cr.
COMM 916, Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3 cr.
COMM 920, Graduate Seminar

Other approved courses outside the department

 

 


Option in Language Literacy Disabilities

This option prepares students for professional practice in the diagnosis and treatment of language-based learning disorders in school age children. Students learn theory and practice in oral language as it relates to literacy acquisition and learning in the content areas. Practicum experiences in schools are available to enhance applied understanding. Upon graduating, students are equipped to meet the challenge of diagnosing and managing an array of language-based learning disabilities as team members alongside their professional colleagues in regular education, reading education, and learning disabilities. Those interested in obtaining dual certification in reading education and speech-language pathology are encouraged to contact the Education Department.

In addition to the core courses, required courses for this option are:

COMM 875    Advanced Language Acquisition  3 cr.
COMM 900    Articulatory and Phonological Disorders in Children  3 cr.
COMM 901    Dysphagia  3 cr.
COMM 902    Stuttering  3 cr.
COMM 905    Motor Speech Disorders  3 cr.
COMM 906    Voice Disorders  2 cr.
COMM 908    Disorders of Language/Literacy I  3 cr.
COMM 909    Disorders of Language/Literacy II  3 cr.
COMM 912    Language Disorders Birth to Five  3 cr.

Students will also take three elective courses from the following:

COMM 904    Aphasia in Adults  3 cr.
COMM 907    Advanced Seminar in Aural Rehabilitation  3 cr.
EDUC  907    Foundations of Literacy Instruction  4 cr.
COMM 913    Cognitive Communication 3 to 4 cr.
COMM 914    Augmentative and Alternative Communication  3 to 4 cr.
COMM 916    Autism Spectrum Disorders  3 cr.
COMM 920    Graduate Seminar  3 cr.
 


Other approved courses outside the Department


Option in Early Childhood Communication Disorders

This option prepares students for professional practice in the diagnosis and treatment of early childhood communication disorders in young children. Students learn theory and practice for a variety of speech-language-communication-swallowing disorders typically seen in babies through early elementary age children. An essential component of this option is supporting families of young children with communication disorders. Practicum experiences in educational and pediatric rehabilitative settings, early intervention centers, and private practice are available to enhance applied learning. Upon completion of coursework and clinical training, students are prepared to diagnose and treat a wide array of early childhood speech-language-communication-feeding disorders and collaborate with their professional colleagues in educational and rehabilitative teams.

In addition to the core courses, required courses for this option are:

COMM 900, Articulatory and Phonological Disorders in Children, 3 cr.
COMM 901, Dysphagia, 3 cr.
COMM 902, Stuttering, 3 cr.
COMM 905, Motor Speech Disorders, 3 cr.
COMM 906, Voice Disorders, 2 cr.
COMM 908, Language/Literacy Disorders I, 3 cr.
COMM 912, Language Disorders Birth to Five, 3 cr.
COMM 916, Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3 cr.
EDUC  856, Supporting Families of Students with Special Needs, 4 cr.

Students will also take two elective courses from the following:

COMM 875, Advanced Language Acquisition, 3 cr.
COMM 904, Aphasia in Adults, 3 cr.
COMM 907, Advanced Seminar in Aural Rehabilitation, 3 cr. 
COMM 909, Language/Literacy Disorders II, 3 cr.
COMM 913, Cognitive Communication Disorders, 3 cr.
COMM 914, Augmentative/Alternative Communication, 3 cr.
COMM 920, Graduate Seminar
EDUC 941, Diversity and Child Development, 4 cr.
HHS   898, Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders, 1 to 8 cr.

Other approved courses outside the department

 


Option in Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders

  This option prepares students for the clinical practice in the diagnosis and treatment of neurogenic communication disorders in adults. Students receive extensive training in the theories and processes of brain dysfunction (e.g. stroke, acquired brain injury, dementia, and other progressive diseases) as well as the current practices in the application of neurorehabilitation management. Practicum placements in medical and rehabilitative facilities provide applied experience to enhance learning. Upon completion of the coursework and clinical training, students are prepared to provide speech-language pathology services for a wide array of neurogenic communication disorders (i.e. acquired impairment in language, speech, and cognition) and collaborate as a contributing member with other professionals in medical and rehabilitation teams. 

In addition to the core courses, required courses for this option are:

COMM 900, Articulatory and Phonological Disorders in Children, 3 cr. 
COMM 901, Dysphagia, 3 cr. 
COMM 902, Stuttering, 3 cr. 
COMM 904, Aphasia, 3 cr. 
COMM 905, Motor Speech Disorders, 3 cr.  
COMM 906, Voice Disorders, 3 cr.   
COMM 908 or 912, Disorders of Language/Literacy I or Language Disorders Birth to Five, 3 cr. COMM 913, Cognitive-Communication Disorders, 3 cr.

Students will also take three elective courses from the following:

COMM 875, Advanced Language Acquisition, 3 cr 
COMM 907, Advanced Aural Rehab, 3 cr. 
COMM 908, Language Literacy Disorders I, 3 cr. [if not chosen in required category]  
COMM 909, Disorders of Language/Literacy II, 3 cr.  
COMM 912, Language Disorders Birth to Five, 3 cr.  [if not chosen in required category]  
COMM 914, Alternative/Augmentative Communication, 3 cr.  
COMM 916, Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3 cr.  
COMM 920, Graduate Seminar [advanced medical options]  
PSYCH 914, Advanced Seminar in Cognition, 3 cr.  
Other approved courses outside the department


Clinical Practicum

All students are required to complete four practicum rotations and two externships during their graduate studies. Practicum assignments take place at the UNH Speech-Language-Hearing Center (SLHC) and University-supervised satellite programs. Externships are available at a broad range of department-approved settings, including public and private schools, language-based preschool programs, early intervention programs, health care settings, and private practices. UNH requires students to have 15 documented observation hours prior to the start of clinical work.

During fall and spring semesters of year 1, students complete clinical work that directly and simultaneously corresponds to coursework. Clinical assignments are completed at the UNH Speech-Language-Hearing Center (SLHC) as well as University-supervised satellite programs. During year 2, students complete two semesters of diagnostic clinic at the UNH SLHC along with two externships at two different settings. Students shall participate in at least one externship that corresponds to their selected option in order to develop clinical skills in their area of interest. Since the UNH CSD Graduate Program is a full-time program, we expect students to be available for clinical assignments when not in class.

Students are responsible for transportation to satellite programs, externships, and other community learning experiences. Practicum sites may require a physical, including a tuberculin test; proof of immunizations such as poliomyelitis, rubella and hepatitis; health insurance; and drug/urine testing. In addition, students are responsible for meeting the criminal record clearances established by the practicum site. Failure to pass required medical and other clearance checks could render a student ineligible for a practicum assignment and thus unable to complete program requirements.

To learn more about the available externships, see the CSD Externship Database.

 


Capstone Experience

The capstone experience is divided into two phases:

Phase I: Year-One Comp

Phase I is a comprehensive exam scheduled at the end of the first year of graduate studies. For the Year-One Comp, all students will write for two hours, answering two out of three integrated questions addressing content specific to the first year.

Phase II: Year-Two Comp or Thesis

Year-Two Comprehensive Exam (non-thesis)

All students except those writing a thesis must pass a Year-Two Comp designed to assess their mastery of the full two-year curriculum. Students will write for six hours, answering six out of eight integrated questions. Students who have selected either the Early Childhood Communication Disorders, Language/Literacy Disorders, or the Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders options are required to respond to one question specific to their course of study during the Year-Two Comp.

Thesis

Students may choose to write a thesis in lieu of the Year-Two Comp. Upon completion of an original research project, students must defend the thesis in an oral examination and must gain approval of the thesis committee. In addition to required coursework, students must register for 6 credits of COMM 899.