6.6 DEPARTMENT OF
COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS (CD)
Office: Room 310, 700 University
The Department of Communicative Disorders
offers a graduate program leading to the master of science degree in
speech-language pathology. The program is accredited by the Council on
Academic Accreditation through the American Speech-Language-Hearing
The program combines coursework,
observation, and practicum to familiarize students with communicative
disorders and to develop their skills in assessment and rehabilitation. Most
students with undergraduate degrees in communicative disorders will complete
the degree requirements in five semesters of full-time study. Students who
complete the master's degree will also have met the academic and practicum
requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association and for a license from the State of
Alabama. These credentials enable graduates to be employed in clinical
settings as well as in the public schools of Alabama
and many other states, depending upon the certification requirements of those
Practicum sites include UA's Speech and
Hearing Center, public schools, DCH Regional Medical Center, University
Medical Center, West Alabama Rehabilitation Center, Bryce Hospital, RISE
Program, VA Medical Centers in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, and other sites in
the Birmingham area. Certified and/or licensed professionals supervise at all
Applicants must submit scores on the
Graduate Record Examination general test or the Miller Analogies Test. After
admission to a program, each student's effectiveness will be given a
broad-based evaluation by faculty and supervisors. Decisions on clinical
placement, completion of the program, or termination of the student from the
program will be based on factors such as course grades, demonstrated clinical
competence, and personality factors. See the
Admission Criteria section of this catalog for more information.
The requirements for the master of
science degree follow the general policies outlined in the
section of this catalog.
Students may not receive credit at both
the 400 and 500 levels for courses of equivalent content. Graduate students
enrolled in 500-level courses that are also offered at the 400 level will be
expected to perform extra work of an appropriate nature. Graduate credit will
not be granted at the 400 level.
Study of research methods for use in communicative disorders and related
disciplines. Emphasis on evaluation of experimental design for clinical
research and critical reading of published research.
CD 504 Transdisciplinary Teams in Speech and Hearing. One hour.
This course will include presentation and discussion of transdisciplinary
assessment and intervention techniques with individuals with language and
CD 505 Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC). Three hours.
A review of the basic aspects of the field of augmentative/alternative
communication, including aided and unaided symbols, strategies, and
techniques. An overview of augmentative/alternative communication assessment
and intervention principles and procedures will be presented.
506 Sociolinguistics in Speech-Language Pathology. Three
framework for systematically analyzing cultural similarities and
differences. Examination of cultural differences, verbal and nonverbal,
in the clinical setting.
CD 507 Technical Writing for
Speech-Language Pathology. Two Hours.
This course will provide students with the necessary writing tools to
develop efficient and professional technical writing skills pertinent to the
field of speech–language pathology.
CD 509 Language Development. Three hours.
Advanced study of normal language and communication development. Presentation
and discussion of theories, individual differences, and cultural differences
in typically developing children.
CD 512 Language Disorders in Children.
Presentation and discussion of theories, practices, and methods of
differential diagnosis and language intervention for language-impaired
children ages birth to 21 years of age.
CD 514 Autism Spectrum Disorders. Three
This course will include presentation and discussion of theories and methods
assessment and intervention of various language-impaired populations.
CD 515 Professional Issues. One hour.
Study of professional issues in the field of communicative sciences and
disorders. Includes current issues, practice standards, certification,
licensure, ethics, employment, and professional organizations.
CD 516 Multicultural Issues. Three hours.
Study of multicultural issues and how they affect speech and language.
Presentation and discussion of American cultures and communicative
CD 517 Advanced Clinical Practicum, Speech. Two to three hours.
Individual assignments in selected areas of speech and language therapy.
Clinical practice and scholarly investigation, with regular staff
CD 518 Externship in Speech-Language
One to six hours.
Forty hours a week of clinical practice
in setting. Application of theory, knowledge and skills in an intense
external practicum site.
CD 520 Special Topics in Communicative
Disorders. One to three hours.
Graduate students will enroll in special topics one or more times depending
upon offerings and student program interests. Topics will vary annually to
reflect students' needs for educational experiences within the profession
appropriate at the time.
CD 529 Diagnostic Procedures, Speech. Three Hours.
Advanced study of theory and practice of differential diagnosis of persons
with speech and language disorders.
CD 542 Public School Internship. Three to six hours.
Organization, management and implementation of public school speech,
language, and hearing programs will be discussed. Students will receive
supervised clinical practice in the public schools.
CD 551 Phonological Development, Assessment,
and Intervention. Three hours.
Advanced study of normal phonological/articulation development. Presentation
and discussion of theories, practices, differential diagnosis, and
intervention of disorders of articulation/phonology.
CD 552 Neurology I. Three hours.
Basic neuroanatomy of the normal human
cortex and what happens when impacted by disease or trauma.
CD 553 Neurology II. Three hours.
Advanced study of the nature, assessment, and treatment of language and
cognitive disorders associated with acquired brain injury, such as stroke,
TBI, and dementia.
CD 554 Fluency Disorders. Three hours.
The study of the nature, assessment, and treatment of stuttering. Emphasis on
understanding the different onset and developmental theories and different
approaches to treatment.
CD 555 Voice Disorders. Three hours.
Advanced study of the physiological, acoustical, and psychological factors
underlying voice disorders, methods of rehabilitation, and problems in
CD 556 Acquired Motor Speech Disorders:
Adults. Three hours.
Advanced study of the nature, assessment, and treatment of acquired speech
disorders including dysarthria and apraxia.
CD 557 Language Diagnosis and Intervention:
Special Populations. Three hours.
Theories, practices, and methods of differential diagnosis and intervention
for language and phonology in multicultural, behaviorally disordered,
severely multi-handicapped, mentally retarded, and learning disabled
CD 558 Dialect Reduction. One to three
Study of diagnostic and therapeutic
methods of reduction of dialect in persons where English is not their first
language and where dialect interferes with intelligibility.
CD 559 Instrumentation for Speech and
One to three hours.
Theory and practice of speech and voice
analysis techniques which may include laryngeal imaging, acoustic analysis,
aerodynamics analysis, and interpretation of spectrograms.
CD 575 Dysphagia in Children. One to three
Advanced study of the nature, assessment, and treatment of swallowing
disorders in children. Special populations (tracheostomized, ventilator) will
CD 576 Dysphagia in Adults. Three hours.
Advanced study of the nature, assessment, and treatment of swallowing
disorders in adults. Special populations (tracheostomized,
ventilator-dependent) will be included.
CD 597 Case Studies in Speech-Language
Pathology. One hour.
Multidimensional case studies are presented for discussion and case
management. Strategies for successful completion of comprehensive and PRAXIS
exams are discussed.
CD 598 Research Not Related to Thesis. One
to six hours.
Planning, executing, and evaluating research. For students following Plan II.
CD 599 Thesis Research. One to six hours.
All aspects of the thesis, from selecting a problem to writing the results