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Sequence of Online Coursework

Sequence of Online Coursework for the SLP Pre-Masters Track plus optional SLPA Certificate Track requirements.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) non-CSD prerequisites, if not already completed, are recommended to be taken prior to enrolling in the UVM master’s program. These courses are required prior to enrolling in most universities’ graduate programs in SLP and include Biology, Physical Science, and Social Science. Read more about these prerequisites.

You may take a slightly different sequence of courses if you desire to be qualified as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant. Below are the required courses for both the SLP 19 credit program and SLPA 22 credit program. The Speech-Language Pathology Assistants program is appropriate for any individual with a baccalaureate degree. The program provides a certificate specifying that the recipient has achieved the knowledge and skill level recommended by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) for individuals who are serving as support personnel to assist Speech-Language Pathologists with the diverse needs of children with communication disabilities and their families in the school setting. At the same time, students who complete these courses will be prepared to apply to a graduate program in SLP in the future.

Required Courses for SLP Pre Masters Track

  • CSD 022: Introduction to Phonetics
  • CSD 023: Linguistics for Clinicians
  • CSD 094: Development of Spoken Language
  • CSD 101: Speech and Hearing Science
  • CSD 281: Cognitive Neuroscience
  • STAT 111: Elements of Statistics

Time Required to Complete the Speech-Language Pathology Master Track Course Sequence

  • Students may begin the online program in the Fall or Spring semester.
  • Students typically complete the program in three semesters by taking two online courses each term.You may have no more than two prerequisite courses remaining for the spring and summer semesters when you apply for the UVM Master’s program.
  • You may have no more than two prerequisite courses remaining for the spring and summer semesters when you apply for the UVM Master’s program.
  • In addition, most graduate programs require that the applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences. Applicants to UVM’s Master’s program must also have 25 observation hours with an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech language pathologist prior to the graduate program start date.

Required Courses for Speech Language Pathology Assistant

  • CSD 020: Introduction to Disordered Communication
  • CSD 022: Introduction to Phonetics
  • CSD 023: Linguistics for Clinicians
  • CSD 094: Development of Spoken Language
  • CSD 101: Speech and Hearing Science
  • CSD 225: Working with Speech Disorders
  • CSD 226: Working with Language Disorders

Time Required to Complete the Speech-Language Pathology Assistants Course Sequence

  • Students must begin the online program in the Spring semester.
  • Students typically complete the program in four semesters by taking two online courses each term.
  • Courses must be taken in the order in which they are offered.

SLP Pre-Master’s Track Sequence of Online Course Work

The following is a breakdown of when the six SLP Pre-Master’s Track courses are offered. You may start the program in either spring or fall term.

Spring

  • CSD 022: Intro to Phonetics (3 credits)
  • CSD 101: Speech and Hearing Science (4 credits)

Summer

  • CSD 281: Cognitive Neuroscience (3 credits)
  • STAT 111: Elements of Statistics (3 credits)

Fall

  • CSD 023: Linguistics for Clinicians (equals LING 080: Intro to Linguistics offered in summer) (3 credits)
  • CSD 094: Development of Spoken Language (3 credits)

SLPA Certificate Track Sequence of Online Course Work

The following is a breakdown of when the seven SLPA Certificate Track courses are offered. The course sequence begins in spring which is the recommended starting point. In order to be able to take CSD 225 (in the fall) and CSD 226 (in the following spring), you would need to complete the prerequisites CSD 020 and CSD 022 in the first spring term.  CSD 101 may be taken with CSD 226 in the second spring term, thus keeping the number of courses to 2 in any given semester.  Taking it in the first spring term, which is an option, would result in taking three courses.

Spring I

  • CSD 020: Intro to Disordered Communication (3 credits)
  • CSD 022: Intro to Phonetics (3 credits)

Summer

  • CSD 094: Development of Spoken Language (3 credits)
  • LING 080: Intro to Linguistics (3 credits) or CSD 023 in fall.

Fall

  • CSD 023: Linguistics for Clinicians (3 credits) or LING 080 in summer.
  • CSD 225: Working with Speech Disorders (3 credits)

Spring II

  • CSD 226: Working with Language Disorders (3 credits)
  • CSD 101: Speech and Hearing Science (4 credits)

Course Descriptions

Courses are three credits unless otherwise noted.

CSD 020: Introduction to Disordered Communication
Survey of language, speech, and hearing disorders, emphasizing the importance of understanding such disorders as a part of the fuller understanding of human behavior.

CSD 022: Introduction to Phonetics
Linguistic, acoustic, and articulatory phonetics applied to the description of speech. Stresses use of the International Phonetic Alphabet with English, foreign languages, and disordered speech.

CSD 023: Linguistics for Clinicians
Linguistic concepts, applications to clinical contexts. Topics include language components, language processing in the brain, individual differences and disorders, dialects, normal and disordered language acquisition.

CSD 094: Development of Spoken Language
Speech and language acquisition interpreted in light of current learning and cognitive theory, linguistic theory, and methods of linguistic analysis.

CSD 101: Speech & Hearing Science (Pre-requisite for M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders)
Please note: this elective is recommended only for those planning on going onto graduate school.
Structure and function of the respiratory, phonatory, articulatory, and hearing systems, coupled with models of speech and hearing as part of human communication. Credits: 4.

CSD 225: Working with Speech Disorders
Students will develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of speech language pathology assistants (SLPA) within school or rehabilitation settings, working with infants to 22 year olds. An overview of relevant special education regulations, HIPAA standards, and health and safety issues is provided. Observation techniques, data collection practice, and team collaboration skills, including working with a supervising speech language pathologist (SLP) will be emphasized. Completion of at least 50 hours of practicum experience coincides with this course. Prerequisites: CSD 020, CSD 022, LING 081, CSD 094.

CDS 226: Working with Language Disorders
Students will further develop skills commenced in CSD 125 and learn relevant screening tactics. Intervention strategies including evidence-based practices and response to intervention strategies for articulation, language, fluency, and voice will be explored. Working with diverse populations, communicating with families, and working through difficult treatment situations will be discussed. Completion of at least 50 hours of practicum experience coincides with this course. Prerequisite: CSD 125.

CSD 281. Cognitive Neuroscience
The structure and organization of the human central nervous system as related to higher cognitive and linguistic behaviors. Prerequisite:For Communication Sciences & Disorders majors, a college levelHuman Biology course such as BIOL 004 or ANPS 019. For other majors, any college level Biology course.

STAT 111: Elements of Statistics
Basic statistical concepts, methods, and applications, including correlation, regression, confidence intervals and hypothesis tests.