Program Objectives

Speech-Language Pathology program learning objectives:

Students who complete the undergraduate program in speech-language pathology will demonstrate:

  1. Comprehension of the process of typical language and literacy development in children.
  2. Knowledge and skills related to the assessment and intervention of articulation/phonological skills in children and adults. 
  3. Comprehension of atypical language development and application of basic language sample analysis skills. 
  4. Comprehension of the muscles and functions of respiration, speech, hearing and swallowing.
  5. Knowledge related to the acoustic properties of speech/hearing, processes of speech production/perception, and skills to utilize appropriate methods and instrumentation that measure acoustic properties of speech. demonstrate knowledge and skills related to assessment/intervention of speech, language, and social skills in children with speech/language/learning disorders.  
  6. Knowledge of hearing screening/assessment and interpretation of audiograms. 
  7. Knowledge and methods to facilitate communication in persons who are hard-of-hearing.
  8. Knowledge of hearing aids & cochlear implants as options for persons who are Deaf/HOH.
  9. The ability to interpret standardized tests in order to diagnose a language/learning disorder.
  10. Knowledge of therapy goals and intervention strategies in speech-language pathology.
  11. Knowledge of etiologies and characteristics of various adult communication disorders.
  12. Comprehension/application of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Code of Ethics and other professional issues.  

Students who complete the master's program in speech-language pathology will demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases. The applicant must have demonstrated the ability to integrate information pertaining to normal and abnormal human development across the life span.
  2. Knowledge of communication and swallowing disorders and differences, including the appropriate etiologies, characteristics, anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates in the following areas:
    -voice and resonance, including respiration and phonation
    -receptive and expressive language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, prelinguistic communication and paralinguistic communication) in speaking, listening, reading, writing
    -hearing, including the impact on speech and language
    -swallowing (oral, pharyngeal, esophageal, and related functions, including oral function for feeding, orofacial myology)
    -cognitive aspects of communication (attention, memory, sequencing, problem-solving, executive functioning)
    -social aspects of communication (including challenging behavior, ineffective social skills, and lack of communication opportunities)
    -augmentative and alternative communication modalities
  3. For each of the areas specified above, the applicant must have demonstrated current knowledge of the principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders, including consideration of anatomical/physiological, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates.
  4. The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of standards of ethical conduct.
  5. The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of processes used in research and of the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practice.
  6. The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of contemporary professional issues.
  7. The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of entry level and advanced certifications, licensure, and other relevant professional credentials, as well as local, state, and national regulations and policies relevant to professional practice.
  8. The applicant must have demonstrated skills in oral and written or other forms of communication sufficient for entry into professional practice.
  9. The following skills outcomes:
    1. Evaluation
      a. Conduct screening and prevention procedures (including prevention activities).
      b. Collect case history information and integrate information from clients/patients, family, caregivers, teachers, and relevant others, including other professionals.
      c. Select and administer appropriate evaluation procedures, such as behavioral observations, nonstandardized and standardized tests, and instrumental procedures.
      d. Adapt evaluation procedures to meet client/patient needs.
      e. Interpret, integrate, and synthesize all information to develop diagnoses and make appropriate recommendations for intervention.
      f. Complete administrative and reporting functions necessary to support evaluation.
      g. Refer clients/patients for appropriate services.
    2. Intervention
      a. Develop setting-appropriate intervention plans with measurable and achievable goals that meet clients'/patients' needs. Collaborate with clients/patients and relevant others in the planning process.
      b. Implement intervention plans (involve clients/patients and relevant others in the intervention process).
      c. Select or develop and use appropriate materials and instrumentation for prevention and intervention.
      d. Measure and evaluate clients'/patients' performance and progress.
      e. Modify intervention plans, strategies, materials, or instrumentation as appropriate to meet the needs of clients/patients.
      f. Complete administrative and reporting functions necessary to support intervention.
      g. Identify and refer clients/patients for services as appropriate.
    3. Interaction and Personal Qualities
      a. Communicate effectively, recognizing the needs, values, preferred mode of communication, and cultural/linguistic background of the client/patient, family, caregivers, and relevant others.
      b. Collaborate with other professionals in case management.
      c. Provide counseling regarding communication and swallowing disorders to clients/patients, family, caregivers, and relevant others.
      d. Adhere to the ASHA Code of Ethics and behave professionally.