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Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

124 Total credits required

Calvin University’s online bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology and audiology includes 36–39 courses. Our curriculum features a person-focused, Christian approach to the field.

Core Courses

A general introduction to speech-language pathology and audiology. These rapidly growing interdisciplinary professions are devoted to helping individuals manage or overcome communication challenges. Communication is a God-given gift that allows us to be social beings. When people have difficulty communicating, it affects almost all aspects of their lives. Students will gain a general understanding of prevention, evaluation, and rehabilitation issues for persons with speech, language, and hearing disorders in clinical and educational settings.

 A study of the anatomic and physiologic bases for the development and use of speech, language, and hearing. The course focuses on the central and peripheral auditory mechanisms of the human body, and on the respiratory, phonatory, and articulatory mechanisms required for speech production. The course includes a laboratory section.

A study of phonetic theories and the use of International Phonetic Alphabet symbols in analyzing, categorizing, and transcribing the sounds of the world’s languages, focusing on American English. The course emphasizes understanding the processes involved in the production of specific phonemes. The laboratory section of the course focuses on developing students’ skills in broad and narrow transcription.

An introduction to speech physiology and the instrumentation used to measure physiologic aspects of speech. Topics include a basic understanding of the acoustic theories of speech production, experience in acoustic instrumentation, recording, and analysis equipment and procedures, an overview speech perception, and clinical applications of the speech science theories, instrumentation, and procedures.

An introduction to hearing and hearing science. Topics include the physics of sound, the anatomy and physiology of the human auditory system, and the psychophysics of human hearing.

*SPAUD 322 is a combination of SPAUD 218 and SPAUD 344 and satisfies both requirements for our MA applicants.

An examination of early language development research in phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Theories of language acquisition and implications for practice are examined. Particular attention is given to the role of adults in language development and to the relationship between language development and cognitive development. Also listed as Education 311.

This course provides a thorough understanding of nervous system anatomy and physiology as it relates to speech, language, and hearing. Principles of molecular biology, systems theory, neuromuscular control, somatosensory processing and complex cognitive function are included. Select communication disorders are discussed to highlight the effects of breakdowns in nervous system function during speech, language, and hearing processes.

The study of the classification of hearing disorders and the behavioral and electrophysiological measurement of hearing, including subjective and objective testing procedures. Prerequisites: SPAUD 210.

This course provides a supervised clinical experience in which the student clinician observes individuals who have various speech, language, or hearing impairments under the supervision of a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. This course is required as the initial field experience for speech pathology and audiology majors and is designed to introduce students to general therapy and assessment procedures across the disciplines. Prerequisites: SPAUD 101, SPAUD 210, SPAUD 216, SPAUD 217, and SPAUD 218.

Students learn about the nature, assessment and treatment of speech sound disorders and language disorders in children and adults. Students review the developmental, anatomical and physiological aspects of speech sound production, learn the causes of speech sound disorders, and differentiate the characteristics of developmental, sensory, motor and neurological speech sound disorders. Students will also learn about language disorders, including a basic understanding of pediatric and adult language differences, delays and disorders related to language-learning disabilities, attention-deficit disorders, aphasias, dementia, and traumatic brain injury. Prerequisites: SPAUD 210, SPAUD 216, SPAUD 217, SPAUD 218. Course is required for SPAUD BA program and highly recommended for the SPAUD BA-MA program.

The study of the fundamental aspects of auditory rehabilitation, including individual and group amplification systems, auditory training, speech reading, and counseling with children and adults. Prerequisites: SPAUD 210, 217, 218 and 344.

A study of some of the more interesting and important characteristics of language, with particular attention given to the processes of language acquisition; to patterns and effects of linguistic change through time; to variations in language from region to region, social class to social class, and gender to gender; and to the assumptions informing the study of various grammars.

An overview of human psychological development from birth to death. The primary objective is to understand the behavior characteristic of each stage of development and the factors which influence that behavior. Open to non-majors and Psychology majors in the pre-health professions, or by permission of instructor. Not open to students who have taken or plan to take PSYC 208 or PSYC 209. Prerequisite: PSYC 151 or EDUC 202, or permission of the instructor.

A course that reviews significant grammatical terms; analyzes how words can be combined into longer constructions in English; examines the kinds of meanings–such as agency, modality, and solidarity–that those constructions can convey; and discusses how patterns of clauses conveying these various kinds of meaning within texts can be related to textual contexts.

A course that reviews the fundamentals of English grammar and examines the possibilities and limitations of teaching grammar in the ESL classroom. Students must research or practice the teaching of some of this grammatical material. Prerequisite: ENGL 101 or ENGL 102.

Select a physics or chemistry course to fulfill the program prerequisites.

This course is a study of the major theories of biology as applied to human beings. The student is introduced to the concepts of cell, genetics, ecology, and evolution through the study of the anatomy, physiology, and development of the human body and health. Students apply these concepts to contemporary issues in human biology, society, and the environment. Laboratory activities utilize methods of biological investigation, with an emphasis on human anatomy and physiology. Three two-hour sessions weekly. Lectures and laboratory. Lab fee: $70

An introduction to the concepts and methods of probability and statistics. The course is designed for students interested in the application of probability and statistics in business, economics, and the social and life sciences. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability theory, random variables and probability distributions, sampling distributions, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and correlation and regression.

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