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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders


Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Mission

The mission of the Master of Science Degree Program in speech-language pathology is to educate competent speech-language pathologists who are dedicated to serving persons having communication disorders from infancy through maturity, and who are capable of providing these services in a variety of employment settings.

The following goals address the program's mission:

  • Graduates will demonstrate a wide theoretical base for understanding normal development of basic human communication processes, as well as the nature, causes, evaluation and treatment of disorders of communication and swallowing, including issues related to culturally diverse populations.
  • Graduates will demonstrate competence in management of clinical subjects across the life cycle who are delayed or disordered in the development or use of effective communication and/or who exhibit disorders of swallowing.
  • Graduates will demonstrate competence with skills in clinical diagnosis and intervention, interaction with families of individuals with communicative impairments, and collaboration with other professionals for efficient and effective management of persons having varied needs.
  • Graduates will develop a value for scientific rigor and a spirit of inquiry for entry into their professional careers.
  • Graduates will function independently as lifelong learners.

These program goals reflect those of the University. The Master of Science Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology responds to the call for high quality graduate academic programs firmly rooted within the traditions of American higher education and academic freedom, and strongly based upon the heritage of the liberal arts, the Catholic faith and the Sisters of Mercy.

The academic curriculum provides a rigorous educational challenge. It provides experiences across the broad spectrum reflected in the varied workplaces and activities of contemporary speech-language pathologists. These experiences have been developed to foster the knowledge and skill outcomes expected of programs accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The curricular offerings are continuously evaluated for their content and timeliness.

Clinical education is a major component of the graduate experience. This education occurs on campus and in over 250 schools, hospitals and rehabilitation facilities with whom the program has active affiliation. All clinical practica are provided under the supervision of faculty and external clinical educators who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a professional license to practice speech-language pathology from the State of Illinois.

The campus-based Ludden Speech and Language Clinic is an integral component of the program. It provides opportunities for beginning clinical education and clinical services to persons of all ages who have disorders of speech and/or language.

Faculty

M. Alfano; E. Cherullo; K. Czarnik; P. Klick; D. Mackowiak; K. McShane; S. Schellinger; M. Schmitt; W. Sennett

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate study at Saint Xavier University, applicants to the master's degree program in Speech-Language Pathology must meet the following specific requirements:

  • Completion of an undergraduate major, or equivalent undergraduate course sequence in speech-language pathology. Applicants with deficiencies in undergraduate courses are required to complete pre-professional coursework.
  • Submission (to CSDCAS) of applicant's scores on the general section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Graduate faculty recommend a combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.
  • A grade-point average of 3.2 during undergraduate study.
  • A minimum grade-point average of 3.2 in all undergraduate coursework in communication sciences and disorders.
  • A personal statement regarding interest in the field.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals able to comment on the applicant's academic and clinical achievements and potential for successful graduate study.

Course Requirements (48 credit hours)

A total of 48 credit hours is required for completion of the master's of science degree in speech-language pathology. Credits are obtained in three interdependent categories: speech-language pathology content, clinical education and research. Students successfully completing the graduate degree are eligible for clinical certification in speech-language pathology through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as a function of meeting extensive knowledge and skill expectations associated with curricular offerings. Detailed formative activities regarding specific curricular requirements occur following acceptance into the graduate program.

Core Courses

  • CSDIG 500: Clinical Problem Solving: Assessment (4)
  • CSDIG 501: Clinical Problem Solving: Management (2)
  • CSDIG 502: Developmental Disorders of Speech (3)
  • CSDIG 503: Developmental Disorders of Language (3)
  • CSDIG 505: Aural Rehabilitation (3)
  • CSDIG 510: Practicum in Diagnostics (2)
  • CSDIG 512: Supervised Practicum in School Settings (2)
  • CSDIG 513: Supervised Practicum in Medical Settings (2)
  • CSDIG 514: Practicum in Prevention (1)
  • CSDIG 515: Advanced Clinical Practicum SLP I (2)
  • CSDIG 516: Advanced Clinical Practicum SLP II (1-2)
  • CSDIG 517: Advanced Clinical Practicum SLP III (2)
  • CSDIG 521: Acquired Disorders of Speech (2)
  • CSDIG 522: Acquired Disorders of Language (3)
  • CSDIG 551: Dysphagia: Assessment Management (3)
  • CSDIG 594: Introduction to Research in Communication Disorders (3)

Elective Courses

  • CSDIG 523: Assessment II (1)
  • CSDIG 530: Seminar in Fluency Disorders (2)
  • CSDIG 531: Seminar in Voice Disorders (2)
  • CSDIG 540: Seminar in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (2)
  • CSDIG 550: Seminar in Aphasia and Related Disorders (2)
  • CSDIG 552: Seminar in Craniofacial Anomalies (2)
  • CSDIG 554: Dysphagia II (1)
  • CSDIG 570: Speech Production and Perception (2)
  • CSDIG 575: Seminar in Traumatic Brain Injury (2)
  • CSDIG 581: Multicultural Issues Seminar (2)
  • CSDIG 582: Seminar in Counseling (2)
  • CSDIG 595: Special Topics (1-3)
  • CSDIG 596: Independent Study (1-3)
  • CSDIG 599: Research Project (3)

Elective Clinical Practicum

  • CSDIG 518: Practicum in Clinical Supervision (1)
  • CSDIG 519: Clinical Practicum in Family-Based Service Delivery for Speech-Language Disorders (1)

Introductory Seminars

Designed for those with little or no background in these areas. Placement based on advisor recommendation. These courses do not count toward the required number of credits for the master's degree. 500-level courses in English, education, psychology and nursing may also be elected.

  • CSDIG 400: Neuroanatomy
  • CSDIG 450: Clinical Methods

Typical Course Sequence (48 credit hours)

    • Fall I (11 credit hours)
      • CSDIG 502: Developmental Disorders of Speech
      • CSDIG 503: Developmental Disorders of Language
      • CSDIG 515: Advanced Clinical Practicum I
    • Spring I (12 credit hours)
      • CSDIG 500: Clinical Problem Solving: Assessment
      • CSDIG 551: Dysphagia: Assessment and Management
      • CSDIG 594: Introduction to Research
      • CSDIG 516: Advanced Clinical Practicum II
    • Summer 4 (11 credit hours)
      • CSDIG 521: Acquired Disorders of Speech
      • CSDIG 510: Practicum in Diagnostics

Possibly:

        • CSDIG 516: Advanced Clinical Practicum II
        • Elective Seminars
    • Fall II (6-12 credit hours)
      • CSDIG 505: Aural Rehabilitation
      • CSDIG 517: Advanced Clinical Practicum III
      • CSDIG 514: Practicum in Prevention
      • Elective Seminars
      • End of Semester Comprehensive Exams (Written)
    • Spring II (6-9 credit hours)
      • CSDIG 512: Supervised Practicum in School Settings
      • CSDIG 513: Supervised Practicum in Meical Settings
      • CSDIG 501: Clinical Problem Solving: Management
      • CSDIG 599: Thesis Research
      • End of Semester Comprehensive Exams (Oral)

Clinical Education
Students must complete a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum.

Knowledge and Skills
Students must successfully meet the knowledge and skill requirements (KASA) for clinical certification in speech-language pathology of the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Thesis/Comprehensive Examinations
Satisfactory completion of either a research project, which is detailed in the Graduate Student Handbook, OR successful completion of written and oral comprehensive examinations.

Essential Functions
Essential functions include the knowledge and skills required to function in the many and varied clinical situations and with the diversity of clients served in the practice of speech-language pathology. These functions include five areas: sensory-observational, communication, motor, intellectual-cognitive and behavioral-social. These areas are detailed in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Transfer Policy
A maximum of 6 hours of graduate credit from another regionally accredited institution may be transferred toward a master's degree in speech-language pathology.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Accreditation

The graduate program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Students who complete the program and meet certification standards are eligible to apply for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology from ASHA.

State of Illinois Educator Licensure

Students who wish to satisfy Illinois State Board of Education requirements for a Professional Educator License with an Endorsement in Speech-Language Pathology: Non-Teaching must complete the approved program of general and professional education requirements and pass a test of basic skills accepted by ISBE and the appropriate test of content knowledge.

State of Illinois Licensure

Students must show evidence of successful completion of the program requirements and a passing score on the Praxis Exam (National Examination in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology) in order to apply for a license to practice speech language pathology in the State of Illinois. Applications must be made to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Detailed information concerning ASHA membership, certification requirements, accreditation status, state of Illinois licensure and/or school certification is available in the office of the program director.

Course Availability

Required courses are offered on a regular basis. Elective offerings are provided on a periodic basis. Clinical practicum is available every semester. Credit hour values are noted parenthetically.