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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.

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.

Summer 2016 Course Offerings

  • 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.
  • SPA5528L Lab in Adult Speech/Language Pathology Diagnostics (1-3)
    This course provides completion of formal and informal evaluation procedures with adults who have speech and/or language disorders.
  • SPA5553 Seminar in Clinical Differential Diagnostics (2)
    Prerequisite: SPA5553L.
    This course is a discussion of formal and informal assessment of a variety of speech and language disorders. Content discussed relates to people evaluated during accompanying laboratory.
  • SPA5565 Seminar in Dysphagia (3)
    Prerequisite or Corequisite: . Prior anatomy and neurology courses are recommended
    This course covers a review of the anatomy, neurology, and function of the normal swallow. Etiologies and types of dysphagia in children and adults. Evaluation and management of swallowing disorders.
  • SPA5942 Community Clinical Practicum (1-4)
    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.
  • 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.


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