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Communication Disorders, MS

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Patti Davis
pdavis2@fsu.edu
(850) 645-7242

Jennifer Kekelis
Jennifer.kekelis@cci.fsu.edu
(850) 644-2253

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Communication Science Disorders students study the very essence of the human condition - communication. Communication disorders stem from an array of impairments in the speech, voice, resonance, fluency, swallowing, and language processes. Disorders of human communication affect millions of Americans and cut across the entire life span. An estimated 1 in 6 individuals will suffer from communication impairment in their lifetime. Speech-language pathologists identify, prevent, evaluate, and treat individuals with communication disorders. The growing number of people with communication impairments reflects a need for qualified SLPs to serve the populace.

Our program prepares individuals for a career in SLP in a variety of educational, hospital and private settings. Composed of 19 full-time faculty scholars and clinical educators, our department is dedicated to clinical research and is arguably the leading communication sciences and disorders program in the nation with this emphasis.

Our master's program utilizes a cohort model. Students complete the 12 semester sequence as a group before a new cohort begins. The online program begins in the fall and is offered every year.

Accreditation

Accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association

Method of Delivery

Internet

Time or Location Requirements

The program is available only to Florida residents as the clinical component is not available online.

Time to Completion

The program takes three years (10 semesters) to complete

Careers

The Master of Science in Communication Disorders program prepares individuals for a career in Speech Language Pathology in a variety of educational, hospital and private settings.

Total Credit Hours

60

Prerequisites

The program is available only to Florida residents. Students with undergraduate degrees in other fields must complete prerequisite coursework before beginning the Master's program. The Bridge Program is available to students needing to complete this prerequisite coursework. Please note that admission to the Bridge Program or any other Prerequisite Program does not ensure admission to the Graduate Program in Communication Science and Disorders.

Application Procedures

The application deadline for admission to the online program is Nov. 15. All application materials, including the non-refundable application fee, must be submitted by the deadline. Three Letters of Recommendation (academic references strongly encouraged), transcripts, a resume, official GRE scores, and statement of intent should be submitted along with the online application.

Program Requirements

400 clinical clock hours are required for graduation. Students must earn 22 clinical practical credits and should average a minimum of 50 clinical clock hours per semester.

Fees

The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2016-17 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

Spring 2017 Course Offerings

  • SPA5055 Professional Tools in Speech-Language Pathology (1-3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course repeats with different topics covered each semester. Topics covered include clinical bases for planning and conduct of therapy, behavior management, counseling, ethics, certification and licensure, instrumentation, and clinical research methods.
  • SPA5225 Fluency Disorders (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course emphasizes theories of treatment of stuttering disorders, various therapeutic approaches.
  • SPA5305L Measurement and Management of Impaired Hearing (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course covers interviewing, audiologic screening, audiometric evaluation, data interpretation, hearing aids and cochlear implants, assistive listening devices, aural rehabilitation assessment and therapy, and hearing conservation.
  • SPA5460 Foundations of Developmental Communication Disorders (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course provides an overview of language and phonological impairments. Prepares students to facilitate development in children's language learning systems while taking into account the contextually-based needs of children with developmental communicative disorders.
  • SPA5462 Developmental Communication Disorders: School-Age Issues (3)
    Prerequisite: SPA5460.
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course prepares speech-language pathologists to evaluate and manage developmental communication disorders in conjunction with families, educators, and other service providers. Focus is on applications to the selection of functional treatment goals and to the development of effective treatment programs.
  • SPA5942 Community Clinical Practicum (4)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This clinical practicum provides students with supervised experiences in a variety of community-based settings. May be repeated to a total of four semester hours.
  • SPA6841 Seminar in Language (1-3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    May be repeated from term to term to a maximum of nine semester hours.

Fall 2016 Course Offerings

  • SPA5055 Professional Tools in Speech-Language Pathology (1-3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course repeats with different topics covered each semester. Topics covered include clinical bases for planning and conduct of therapy, behavior management, counseling, ethics, certification and licensure, instrumentation, and clinical research methods.
  • SPA5204 Phonological Disorders (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course identifies and examines traditional and psycholinguistic theory and approaches to management of defective articulation. Provides the student with training in the treatment of defective articulation.
  • SPA5230 Motor Speech Disorders (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course covers diagnostic and therapeutic procedures employed in the management of speech and language problems of neurologically impaired persons.
  • SPA5252 Speech Production and Swallowing Disorders (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This is a foundation course to prepare SLP students to evaluate and manage communication disorders of voice, fluency, and articulation plus dysphasia and laryngectomy.
  • SPA5432 Autism& Severe Communicative Disabilities (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course explores strategies for language and communication assessment and intervention of children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other severe communicative disabilities. Includes functional analysis of challenging behaviors and decision making for the selection of augmentative communication systems.
  • SPA5505 Advanced Clinical Practicum (1-4)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course provides students with the opportunity to build and practice more advanced clinical skills as they continue their clinical rotations. May be taken for credit for a total of four semester hours.
  • SPA5646 Communication for Persons Deaf and Hard of Hearing (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course covers assessment and education procedures for developing communication skills of preschool and school-age hearing impaired students.
  • SPA5944 Speech-Language Pathology Internship (1-12)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course provides intensive practical experience in the diagnosis and/or treatment of persons with speech-language and hearing disorders in service oriented professional settings under the close supervision of persons who have clinical certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. To be completed in the final semester of the master's program. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.
  • SPA6825 Seminar in Speech Pathology (1-3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course is an advanced study of communication disorders, including review of literature and critique of research methodology. May be repeated from term to term, to a maximum of nine semester hours.
  • SPA6930 Seminar in Special Topics: Clinical Methods (1-3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course content varies as faculty offers different issues and special topics concerning the discipline. May be repeated from term to term, to a maximum of nine semester hours. Students may enroll in more than one section during the same semester.


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