9: Curry School of Education

General Information | Teacher Education Degree Programs | Course Descriptions | Faculty

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Secondary Education Programs | Special Education Programs | Health and Physical Education Program
Sports Studies: Sports Medicine Program | Communication Disorders Program | Sample Programs
Elementary | Secondary | Physical Education with Health or Athletic Training Option
B.A.-M.T. in Special Education | B.S.Ed. in Communication Disorders | B.S.Ed. in Sports Medicine | General Electives

Communication Disorders Program

The Communication Disorders Program offers a four-year pre-professional curriculum leading to a B.S.Ed. in Communication Disorders. Students electing this option will pursue a master's degree following the receipt of the B.S.Ed., since a master's degree is the entry level degree for practice in the professions of communication disorders. The undergraduate curriculum prepares students who wish to choose from one of three career paths in communication disorders and sciences; (a) audiology, (b) speech-language pathology, or (c) speech and hearing science. The program is geared toward graduate study, a strong background in general sciences is recommended. Students should be career-oriented in communication disorders and sciences. Students admitted to the program will undergo a screening of their speech and hearing and must follow up on any recommendations which are made based on the screening test results.

General education requirements for applicants are 12 credits in humanities, including English composition and English literature (required) and the balance from any of the following fields: foreign language, public speaking, fine arts, music, or philosophy; 12 credits in social sciences, including one class in american history (HIUS, required) and the balance from psychology and/or sociology, history, anthropology, economics, political science, or geography; 15 credits in natural sciences and mathematics, including a course in college level mathematics (MATH 111 or above), statistics, and three science courses (require BIOL 201-202, and PHYS 106); EDHS 450 (Contemporary Health Issues) and one credit in physical activity (PHYE), and six credits in professional education (EDLF 315 or PSYC 250 and EDLF 316).

The program includes at least 37 credits of approved course work in the nature, prevention, evaluation, and treatment of speech, language, hearing, and related disorders. This pre-professional course work addresses issues pertaining to normal and abnormal human development and behavior across the life span, and to culturally diverse populations. The Bachelor of Science degree, awarded upon completion of the four-year, 120-credit program, is not adequate preparation for provision of clinical services to children and adults with communicative disorders, nor for professional certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Completion of an accredited graduate program in speech pathology or audiology is required for ASHA certification and state licensure.


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