Undergraduate Course Catalog

Speech Pathology and Audiology

M. J. Germani, Chairperson

Speech-language pathologists provide diagnostic services and therapy to people with speech or language problems. Audiologists provide diagnostic and rehabilitative services to people with hearing and balance problems. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists work in medical settings, schools, private practice, community and university clinics, long-term care facilities, and industrial settings.

The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology's programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). To become licensed, certified speech-language pathologists, students must complete both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. To become licensed, certified audiologists, students must complete both a bachelor's degree and a doctorate degree. As part of their work, students acquire extensive clinical practicum experience working with patients who have speech, language, and hearing problems.

At the undergraduate level, the department offers preprofessional undergraduate majors in speech-language pathology and preaudiology. The majors, combined with an appropriate graduate program, lead to a state professional license, national certification, and school licensure. Admission to the clinical portion of the major is selective. Students should obtain a copy of the department's “Undergraduate Major Admission and Progression Policies” from the department office, Arts and Communications Building, Room 104. For information on the department's Master of Arts (MA) in Speech-Language Pathology and Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree, see the Ball State University Graduate Catalog.

The department operates the Ball State University Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Clinics as campus facilities where students can participate in their initial practicum experiences under the supervision of the department's faculty.


MAJOR IN PREAUDIOLOGY (BA/BS), 64-65 hours 

Completion of the major in preaudiology preparation does not guarantee admission to any Ball State post-baccalaureate program in audiology, nor to other graduate or professional audiology programs. Admission to such programs is usually competitive and typically requires submission of standardized test scores.

Although most students entering AuD programs will have completed a four-year undergraduate program, those with outstanding qualifications may be admitted after only three years. Students who have completed the undergraduate preaudiology preparation major requirements and who have been admitted to an AuD program may be able to use the credit earned in their first year of AuD professional courses to meet the senior-year course requirements for the baccalaureate degree from Ball State.

Admission and progression policies are available from the SPAA office (AC 104). 

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BIO
CHEM
HSC
MATH
MGT
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101
250
125
300
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100
241
100
100
101
260
270
343
344
345

Principles of Biology 1
Gen, Org, Biochem/Hlth Sci
Emergency Health Care
Mathematics Applications
Managing Behavior in Org
Principles of Marketing
Intro to Psyscological Science
Statistics
Principles of Sociology
Survey of Speech Path and Aud
Clinical Phonetics
Speech Acoustics
Language Development
Introduction to Audiology
Hearing 2
Clinical Audiology

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5
3
3
3
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3
3
3
2
3
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3
3
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3-4 hours from:

PHYC

100
110

Conceptual Physics (3)
General Physics 1 (4)

3-4

3 hours from:

ANAT    
SPAA

201
161

Fundamentals of Human Anatomy (3)
Anat & Phys of Sp & Hr (3)

3

3 hours from:

PHYS
PSYS

205
412

Fund of Hum Phys (3)
Sensation and Perception (3)

3

3 hours from:

CS
ISOM

104
125

Introduction to Computers (3)
Micro Apps for Business (3)

3

3 hours from:

SNLN
SPCE

251
240

American Sign Language 1 (3)
Hist Ed Deaf Prsns/Psych Dfns (3)

 
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 64-65 hrs

SPAA 210, as prerequisite to SPAA 344, is waived.

MAJOR IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY (BA/BS), 65 hours

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343
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Introduction to Computers  
Intro to Linguistics Science
Infant/Toddler Devlop Educ (3) 
 
Child Development (3)  
Intro to Psychological Science
Statistics  
Applied Behavior Analysis 
Survey of Speech Path and Aud 
Clinical Phonetics
Anat & Phys of Sp & Hr
Speech Sound Disorders 
Speech Acoustics
Language Development
Clinical Procedures
Intro to Diagnostics  
Clinical Practicum (3)  
Introduction to Audiology
Hearing 2  
Neuroanat/Spch, Lng, & Hr
Child Language Disorders 1
Organic Disorders
Intro Stdnts w/Except Nds

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 65 hrs

Admission to the clinical portion (SPAA 311, 319) of this major is restricted and selective. Admission and progression policies are available from the SPAA office (AC 104). To be eligible to apply for certification or licensure to work as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist in Indiana (as in most states), it is necessary to complete a master’s degree. By 2007, a doctorate (in some states, a Doctor of Audiology degree will be specified) will be required for certification and licensure (in some states) to work as an audiologist.

For students planning to major in audiology at the graduate level, certain undergraduate course substitutions may be made with the permission of the department chairperson.

One or two years of foreign language study is recommended but not required. 

MINOR IN SPEECH PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY, 24 hours

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101
161
210
260
270
343

Survey of Speech Path and Aud 
Clinical Phonetics
Anat & Phys of Sp & Hr
Speech Sound Disorders 
Speech Acoustics
Language Development  
Introduction to Audiology

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4 hours from electives in SPAA

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 24 hrs

SPEECH PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY (SPAA)

100 Survey of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (2)
Introduction to speech-language pathology and audiology and a survey of communication disorders. Particularly helpful for persons thinking about careers in communication disorders or in related fields (teaching, nursing, gerontology, etc.). 

101 Clinical Phonetics (3) 
Study of phonetics as applied to communication disorders. Transcription practice of normal and abnormal speech. Relationship of phonological transcription and analysis to communication disorders. 

161 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing (3) 
Study of the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms. Includes respiratory, phonatory, articulatory-resonance, and hearing mechanisms. 

210 Speech Sound Disorders (3) 
Overview of articulatory phonetics and normal/disordered phonological development. Discussion of structural, neurologic, and environmental conditions contributing to phonologic disability in children. Assessment and treatment procedures for children with phonological disorders. 
    Prerequisite: SPAA 101. 

260 Speech Acoustics (3) 
Introduction to the physical nature of speech and its relationship to speech production and perception.
    Prerequisite: SPAA 101, 161. 

270 Language Development (3) 
Overview of language and language development. Consideration of phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Theories of language acquisition. Cultural diversity as related to language. 

299X Experimental/Developmental Topics (3-6) 
Topics relevant to the discipline. Course titles will be announced before each semester. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned. 

311 Clinical Procedures and Observations (3) 
Methods course to prepare speech-language pathology and audiology students for clinical practicum. Overview of professional, ethical, diagnostic, and therapy topics. Observation of therapy is required. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    Parallel: SPAA 312. 
    Open only to approved clinical SPAA majors. 

312 Introduction to Diagnosis and Appraisal (3) 
Techniques in the diagnosis of speech and language disorders. Recognizing and understanding the components of differential diagnosis. Practice in administration and interpretation of selected tests. 
    Prerequisite: SPAA 101, 210; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Parallel: SPAA 311 or permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to approved clinical SPAA majors. 

319 Clinical Practicum (3)
Clinical practicum in speech-language pathology and audiology/aural rehabilitation. Students perform observations and provide supervised clinical services for persons with various communication disorders. Two hours of clinical practicum and two one hour laboratory periods weekly. 
    Prerequisite: SPAA 270, 311, 312; permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term. 
    Open only to approved clinical SPAA majors. 

342 Audiology for Deaf Education (3) 
Overview of audiology and aural rehabilitation for deaf education majors. 
    Prerequisite: SPAA 101; SPCE 240. 
    Open only to deaf education majors or with permission of the department chairperson. 

343 Introduction to Audiology (3) 
Overview of the anatomy and physiology of hearing, hearing disorders, hearing assessment, and hearing screening. 
    Prerequisite: SPAA 161, 260. 

344 Aural Rehabilitation (3) 
Overview of aural rehabilitation. Practical implications of various types of hearing losses and appropriate rehabilitative procedures. Amplification, auditory training, speechreading, educational and vocational considerations, and psychosocial implications of hearing loss. 
    Prerequisite: SPAA 210, 270, 343. 

345 Clinical Audiology: Orientation and Visitation (2) 
Orientation to the practice of clinical audiology in various settings and work environments. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to preaudiology preparation majors. 

361 Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Speech, Language, and Hearing (3) 
Overview of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with a concentration on neurological mechanisms related to speech, language, and hearing. 
    Prerequisite: SPAA 161. 

371 Child Language Disorders 1 (3) 
Introduction to the nature, cause, and treatment of language disorders in children. 
    Prerequisite: SPAA 270. 

414 Stuttering 1: Research and Theory (3) 
An introduction to the disorder of stuttering with attention directed to its symptoms and development. Reviews the research and theoretical formulations regarding stuttering and its treatment. 
    Prerequisite: SPAA 210. 

418 Organic Speech and Language Disorders (3) 
An overview of speech and language disorders resulting from organic problems. Areas covered include cerebral palsy, aphasia, cleft palate, dysphagia, vocal abuse, head trauma, and laryngectomy. 
    Prerequisite: SPAA 161. 

420 Orientation and Clinical Practicum in School Settings (2) 
Orientation and clinical practicum in speech-language pathology and audiology/aural rehabilitation in school settings. 
    Prerequisite: SPAA 319; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to approved clinical SPAA majors on a credit/no credit basis. 

492 Directed Study in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (1-3) 
Individual directed study in speech-language pathology and audiology. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.