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  Dec 14, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Communication Sciences and Disorders - Major


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The major in communication sciences and disorders provides a strong foundation in communication and basic speech and hearing sciences. As part of a pre-professional program in speech-language pathology and audiology, students explore the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of speech, hearing, and language to prepare for graduate study in speech-language pathology, audiology, and other fields. Students who follow the major sequence and satisfy course requirements and competencies, and who meet major GPA requirements, may apply to do closely-supervised clinical work in the on-campus Speech and Language Clinic or in off-campus experiential learning opportunities.

Certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech & Language Disabilities (TSSLD) is the credential needed to work as a speech-language therapist in schools in New York State.  Students who fulfill pre-requisites and meet GPA requirements may complete some preparatory coursework and clinical experience in the CSD undergraduate program. Student teaching and related coursework for initial certification as a TSSLD is an option in the Nazareth College graduate program in speech-language pathology. 


Combined BS/MS Speech-Language Pathology

A five-year combined BS/MS in speech-language pathology is available to highly qualified undergraduate students who are also seeking the graduate degree.  Application to this accelerated program takes place in the junior year.  A minimum major GPA of 3.4, successful completion of a clinical semester, and other requirements must be met for admission.  Graduate coursework begins in the last semester of the senior year, allowing students to complete the B.S. and M.S. degrees in 12 semesters, rather than the 13 semesters required by the traditional undergraduate and graduate programs. The graduate phase of this program will begin in the spring semester of 2018. Note - students in this program will retain undergraduate scholarships and financial aid through the first four years of the program, after which graduate charges apply (exception is the PELL grant, which must be pro-rated to reflect only UG credits of registration).


Student Learning Outcomes

  1. CSD undergraduates demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic, and cultural bases.
  2. CSD undergraduates demonstrate knowledge of the nature of speech, language, hearing, and communication disorders and differences, including their etiologies, characteristics, anatomic/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic, and cultural correlates.
  3. CSD undergraduates who participate in clinical experiences demonstrate knowledge and skills related to prevention, assessment, and intervention for individuals with communication disorders.

Core Curriculum Requirements


All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

Communication Sciences and Disorders Core


The following courses are required for all Communication Science and Disorders majors:

Communication Sciences and Disorders Optional Clinical Track


Students who fulfill pre-requisites and meet GPA requirements may participate in clinical experience at the undergraduate level. The clinical track includes preparatory coursework and some of the clinical eperience necessary for initil certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech & Language Disabilities) (TSSLD), the credential needed to work as a speech-language therapist in schools in New York State. Student teaching and related coursework for initial certification as a TSSLD is an option in the Nazareth College graduate program in speech-language pathology. Students who will be eventually seeking teacher certification through the graduate program must take the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) prior to beginning graduate study.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Senior Experience


As a part of the Senior Experience, students participate in three senior courses and a reflective senior comprehensive examination. These promote the integration of liberal arts and the major by encouraging critical thinking, problem solving, reflection on academic and clinical experiences, and discussion of ethical and cultural issues.

Sample Program


FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Semester Spring Semester
CSD 103 Public Speaking     3 CSD 101 Introduction to the Professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology   1
CSD 132 Speech and Language Acquisition   3 CSD 201 Phonetics    3
CSD 132L Grammar Lab   1 CSD 252 Psycholinguistics   3
ENGW 101 Exposition    3 ENGW 102 Argument and Research   3
ACS 101 Academic and College Success   1 PEQ 3
PEQ (FYS course) 3 PEQ 3
PEQ 3 Health & Wellness course (any semester) 0
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 17 TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 16
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Semester Spring Semester
CSD 231 Anatomy of the Speech Mechanism      3 CSD 232 Speech Science   3
CSD 333 Speech Pathology I   3 CSD 334 Speech Pathology II   3
Language Other than English (may require lab) 3 Language Other than English (may require lab) 3
PEQ 3 CSD 359 Pre-Clinical Observation in Speech, Language and Hearing   2
PEQ plus Lab 4 PEQ 3
EDU 475 Health Education, Child Abuse, and Violence Prevention Workshop    0 PEQ 3
    EDU 485 Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training)   0
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 16 TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 17
 
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Semester Spring Semester
CSD 335 Methods of Speech-Language Evaluation       3 CSD 438 Aural Rehabilitation   3
CSD 437 Hearing Problems and Testing   3 SPF 204 History and Philosophy of Education   3
CSD 360 Introduction to Methods of Speech- Language-Hearing Therapy   2 PSY 221 PII Development I: Infancy and Childhood   3
CSD 362L Methods Sp-Lang Tx Lab   1 Integrative Studies (IS) course if needed 3
Integrative Studies (IS) course 3 CME 050 Core Milestone Experience   0
Integrative Studies (IS) course 3 Liberal Arts Elective (statistics or 2nd science) 3
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 15 TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 15
 
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Semester Spring Semester
CSD 454 Seminar: Language Disorders in Children     3 CSD 457 Senior Seminar: Becoming an Engaged Professional   3
Liberal Arts Electives (statistics or second science) 3 CSD 499 Senior Comprehensive Examination   0
Elective(s) 6-9 Liberal Arts Electives (statistics or second science) 3
    Elective(s) 3-9
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 12-15 TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 12-15

 

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