Department of Communicative Disorders (CD)

 
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 Association.

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Programs

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 states.

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 sites.
 

Faculty

Chair
  • Angela Barber
Clinic Director
  • Mrs. Mary Ray-Allen
Coordinator, Audiological Services
  • Dr. JoAnne Payne
Graduate Research Professor
  • Dr. Charles Formby
Associate professors
  • Dr. Angela Barber
  • Dr. Anthony Buhr
  • Dr. Marcia Hay-McCutcheon
Assistant professors
  • Dr. Spyridoula Cheimariou
  • Dr. Memoria Gosa
  • Dr. Paul Reed
Clinical instructors
  • Mrs. Mary Bryan
  • Mrs. Kandis Chatman
  • Mrs. Candace Cook
  • Mrs. Barbara Kucharski
  • Mrs. Sara Shirley
  • Mrs. DeLaine Stricklin

Courses

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.

CD
501
Hours
3
Intro To Research Meth

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
502
Hours
3
Psychology of Language

Language is a system of symbols that we use to communicate. The power of this system enables us to share the contents of our minds with other people who share that language. The evolution of language has profoundly shaped the lives of human beings, enabling our species to transmit knowledge from one generation to the next. This accumulated knowledge over time and space has allowed humans to proliferate as a species. New words are added to a language as new ideas emerge. The psychology of language is the study of the processes by which we as human beings generate grammatical sequences of linguistic symbols for comprehension by the listener.

CD
505
Hours
3
Augmentative/Alt Communication

This course will review the basic aspects of the field of augmentative/alternative communication including aided and unaided symbols, strategies, and techniques.

CD
507
Hours
2
Technical Writing

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. The course will include three sections: academic writing, speech-language pathology documentation and business writing. Throughout the course, students will compile a portfolio that will be useful during their graduate coursework and clinical experiences.

CD
508
Hours
3
Diagnostic Practicum

The course is designed to provide graduate students in speech-language pathology with quality practicum experience evaluating individuals across the lifespan who present with a wide variety of speech-language disabilities.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate student standing in the Department of Communicative Disorders
CD
509
Hours
3
Language Development

Advanced study of normal language and communication development. Presentation and discussion of theories, individual differences, and cultural differences in typically developing children.

CD
511
Hours
3
Speech & Hearing Science

A study of speech physiology, basic electronics, basic acoustics, speech acoustics, auditory perception, and neuroanatomy. Open to CD majors only.

CD
512
Hours
3
Language Disorders

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
Hours
3
Autism Spectrum Disorders

Presentation and discussion of theories and methods of language assessment and intervantion of variuos language-impaired populations.

CD
515
Hours
1-3
Professional Seminar

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
Hours
3
Multicultural Issues

Study of multicultural issues and how they affect speech and language. Presentation and discussion of American cultures and communicative differences.

CD
517
Hours
1-9
Adv Clin Pract Speech

Individual assignments in selected areas of speech and language therapy. Clinical practice and scholarly investigation, with regular staff consultation.

CD
518
Hours
3-9
Advanced Clinical Practicum II

The course is designed to provide graduate students in speech-language pathology with quality clinical practicum experiences involving diagnostic, treatment, and counseling services to individuals across the lifespan who present with a wide variety of speech-language disabilities. These experiences are offered in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, public schools, medical facilities, early intervention programs, residential settings, and nonresidential clinic settings. The student will demonstrate application of theory, knowledge, and skills in an intense external practicum site.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 4 semesters of CD 517: Advanced Clinical Practicum I
CD
520
Hours
1-3
Spec Topics Commun Disorders

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
Hours
3
Diagnostic Procedures, Speech

This course will provide the student with an understanding of the theory and practice of differential diagnoses of persons with speech and language disorders.

CD
535
Hours
2
Medical SLP

This graduate-level elective course will address current topics related to the practice of medical speech-language pathology in a variety of medical settings. This course will prepare learners for healthcare practicum placements and a career in the healthcare setting by teaching topics not covered in other content courses. A variety of topics will be explored including the following: collaborative models in the medical setting, medical/administrative terminology, clinical documentation, counseling, as well as practical applications throughout.

CD
542
Hours
3-6
Public School Internshp

No description available.

CD
543
Hours
3
Basic Audiology

Introduction to hearing evaluation, conservation, and impairment. Also considers the auditory system: anatomy, physiology, and pathology. Includes three laboratory sessions.

CD
544
Hours
3
Aural Rehabilitation

The rehabilitation of hearing impaired people primarily through audiology and visual training. Other sensory training, language development, speech production, and guidance are also considered. Offered in the spring semester. Open to CD majors only.

CD
545
Hours
1-3
Audiology Lab Experience

Supervised laboratory or clinical experience in hearing evaluation and rehabilitation.

CD
550
Hours
1-3
Independent Study

No description available.

CD
551
Hours
3
Phonolog Dev Assessmnt Intervn

Advanced study of normal phonological/articulation development. Presentation and discussion of theories, practices, differential diagnosis, and intervention of disorders of articulation/phonology.

CD
552
Hours
3
Neurology I

Basic neuroanatomy of the normal human cortex and what happens when impacted by disease or trauma.

CD
553
Hours
3
Neuro II

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
Hours
3
Fluency Disorders

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
Hours
3
Sem In Voice Disorders

Advanced study of the physiological, acoustical, and psychological factors underlying voice disorders, methods of rehabilitation, and problems in research.

CD
556
Hours
3
Acquired Motor Speech Disorder

Advanced study of the nature, assessment and treatment of acquired speech disorders, including dysarthria and apraxia.

CD
557
Hours
3
Languae Diagnosis Spec Populat

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 populations.

CD
559
Hours
1-3
Instrumentation

Theory and practice of speech and voice analysis techniques which may include laryngeal imaging, acoustic analysis, aerodynamics analysis, and interpretation of spectrograms.

CD
575
Hours
1-3
Dysphagia In Children

Advanced study of the nature, assessment, and treatment of swallowing disorders in children. Special populations (tracheostomized, ventilator) will be included.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing
CD
576
Hours
3
Dysphagia In Adults

Advanced study of the nature, assessment, and treatment of swallowing disorders in adults. Special populations (tracheostomized, ventilator-dependent) will be included.

CD
598
Hours
1-6
Research Not Re Thesis

Planning, executing, and evaluating research. For students following Plan II.

CD
599
Hours
1-6
Thesis Research

All aspects of the thesis, from selecting a problem to writing the results and conclusions.