Description

The bachelor of science in communication sciences and disorders provides the pre-professional courses required for graduate study in either speech-language pathology or audiology. The entry level for practice as a speech-language pathologist requires a masters degree in speech-language pathology. A doctorate of audiology (AuD) is required to practice audiology. Upon completion of degree and licensure/certification requirements, a person may work in a variety of settings including schools or other education agencies, medical clinics or other medical/nursing facilities, health agencies, or private practice.

General Information

The College offers undergraduate programs leading to a bachelor of science in education and human sciences degree in more than 40 different teaching endorsements. Some students in other UNL colleges choose to seek certification, completing a degree in their home college while meeting all requirements for teacher certification in the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Early field placement in public and private schools is a nationally recognized hallmark of the teacher education program in the College of Education and Human Sciences. While internships are a valuable enhancement to many students’ education, in the College of Education and Human Sciences, practicum experiences and student teaching are a critical and essential part of the teacher education curriculum and these must be successfully completed. A student’s inability to complete these field experiences, for any reason, may adversely impact the candidate’s ability to gain admission into the College or maintain enrollment in a teacher preparation program. Students unlikely or unable to complete the field experience may be counseled to seek other opportunities where success is more attainable. (See “Criminal History Background Check Requirement” and “Professional and Ethical Behavior” under the OTHER heading for additional information with respect to behaviors impacting field experience participation.)

Teacher education endorsements are divided into field endorsements or single-subject endorsements. Field endorsements certify the candidate to teach a broader range of courses compared to single-subject endorsements, which certify the candidate to teach in one subject area only. Consequently, a teacher holding a field endorsement is typically more marketable than a teacher holding a single-subject endorsement.

Candidates may also elect to complete requirements for supplemental endorsements; these are additional endorsements that can be added to a field or single-subject endorsement but cannot be taken alone. Supplemental endorsements require additional credit hours beyond those needed for the first endorsement (field or single-subject). Teachers may increase their marketability by adding supplemental endorsements.

Students may also choose to complete requirements for two endorsements simultaneously. Completing a second endorsement will require additional credit hours beyond those required for the first endorsement. Often the completion of two endorsements requires more than 120 credit hours of course work and may require additional semesters of course work. Students may contact the College Student Services Center, 105 Henzlik Hall, or their advisor, for assistance in deciding whether to complete: field or single-subject endorsements, one or more supplemental endorsements, or multiple endorsements.

Admission

Admission to the College of Education and Human Sciences does not guarantee admission into a teacher education program. Admission into the undergraduate pre-professional training program in communication sciences and disorders does not guarantee admission into graduate school. Graduate programs have competitive admission requirements. To stay on track in the program, students must:

  1. Complete courses by certain times in sequence.
  2. Maintain an average of 3.0 or better across SLPA courses.
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better by the end of year two in the program.

Other

Education Employment Services

The Career Services Center, 230 Nebraska Union, offers a professional placement service to students and alumni who are seeking employment in education and related fields. In addition to providing on-campus interviews with select schools throughout the year, this office sponsors an annual Education Recruitment Day in the spring, which offers students an opportunity to interview with hiring officials from many schools.

Criminal History Background Check Requirement

The College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) has the responsibility to ensure that all students who interact with children of all ages, served by schools or other public or private agencies meet a high level of personal, professional and ethical behavior. These CEHS students must complete an official criminal history background check through the CEHS vendor, prior to participating in a field experience or internship. Students are responsible for the cost of any required criminal history background check and will be required to complete one upon admission to a program and/or an initial field placement. Eighteen months after the initial background check has been completed, undergraduate students are required to complete the CEHS self-disclosure report, a self-report collected by the college. Graduate students will be required to complete the self-disclosure report at the same time as the initial background check is conducted and again eighteen months later. If more than three years have elapsed after the initial background check is conduced, CEHS students must complete an additional background check prior to participating in a field experience or internship. Students are responsible for the cost of additional background checks.

Students with felony or any misdemeanor charges or convictions, as reported on the background check, may be contacted by the College. Depending upon the frequency and severity of the charges and/or convictions, students may be required to meet with the Director of Professional Experiences. If any new charges or convictions are acquired after a background check has been completed, students are required to report those to the Director of Professional Experiences within two weeks after the event occurs. Failure to disclose any new information concerning one's criminal history can lead to removal from the program. Continued participation in school or community field experiences in the College will be based on the type and number of convictions, the recency of those occurrences, and whether they violate the requirements of the Nebraska Department of Education and/or the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. If the convictions are deemed to be serious in nature, a student may be prohibited from participating in a field experience in a pre-school, school or public agency setting. The student may then be referred to the department chair for further disciplinary action.

Professional and Ethical Behavior: Avoiding Risky Behaviors

Students planning to enter professions in education or the human sciences must be able to demonstrate that they are individuals of strong moral character who can make mature decisions for themselves and others. Therefore, the College of Education and Human Sciences requires that its students show a high degree of moral character and the ability to act in a responsible manner. Students must consider how the College, the profession, an employer, or the community perceive or evaluate the impact of any questionable behavior. Students' success in their profession is impaired by taking risks that are unacceptable for children, demonstrating a lack of professionalism and good judgment, and showing disregard for one's personal reputation or the integrity of the College.

The College of Education and Human Sciences reserves the right to evaluate student fitness for the profession and deny entry to or dismiss a student from any program if, through the reasonable exercise of the judgment of its Certification Officer or the Director of Professional Experiences, the College determines that the student's behavior represents a lack of integrity, questionable moral/ethical character, or represents risk to young persons. Such behaviors shall be adequate foundation to deny the student's participation in any practicum or field experience to protect the interests and safety of children. The consequences of unprofessional, unethical or risky behavior will depend upon the unique circumstances involved.

Appeal to the Dean

Should a student object to the determination made by the Certification Officer or the Director of Professional Experiences with respect to a criminal behavior or unprofessional behavior, the student may appeal to the Dean of the College, in writing, within ten days of the determination, requesting the Dean of the College to investigate and review the determination. The student's written appeal shall clearly explain the basis for the appeal. The Dean will review the student's basis for appeal and is authorized but not required to look into related concerns, whether or not sure concerns are contained in the student's written appeal. The Dean shall render a decision on the appeal as soon as reasonably possible, but in no case longer than 20 days following the initiation of the appeal. Once the Dean has completed the review and investigation, he or she shall deliver to the student and the Certification Officer or the Director of Professional Experiences a written decision, which shall be final and not subject to further appeal or review with the University of Nebraska.

College Requirements

College Admission

College Admission

Students accepted by the University must have an ACT of 20 or SAT of 950, or rank in the upper half of their high school graduating class, and have the following high school preparation to be eligible for guaranteed admission to the College of Education and Human Sciences:

  • Four years of English that include intensive reading and writing experience;
  • Two years of one foreign language;
  • Four years of mathematics, that include Algebra I, II, geometry and one year that builds on a knowledge of algebra;
  • Three years of natural sciences that include at least two years selected from biology, physics, chemistry, and earth science and one year of laboratory instruction;
  • Three years of social studies, to include at least one year of American and/or world history and one year of history, American government, and/or geography.

Transfer and Readmitted Students

Transfer students from universities or colleges outside of UNL and readmitted students seeking admission to the College of Education and Human Sciences must have an accumulated average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or above and no high school deficiencies. Students who do not meet these requirements must enroll as deciding students in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center or in another college. Once they have completed 12 graded hours at UNL with a minimum 2.0 grade point average, and have removed any high school deficiencies, UNL students may apply for admission to the College.

Transfer and readmitted students must meet the graduation requirements for the College of Education and Human Sciences as stated in the current catalog in effect at the time they enter or reenter the College.

Students who left the College on probation, or who were dismissed, may seek readmission to the College after two semesters by applying to the UNL Admissions Office. Readmission is not assured. However, the admissions committee is receptive to giving students a second opportunity to be successful. The committee is interested in knowing what the student has done in the intervening period that would suggest the student will be successful when readmitted. Successfully completing correspondence courses and/or community college courses is an effective way to demonstrate one’s commitment to academic success.

Transferring from Other Colleges within UNL

Students transferring to the College of Education and Human Sciences from another University of Nebraska–Lincoln college or from the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, be in good academic standing, and meet the freshman entrance requirements that exist at the time of their admission to the College of Education and Human Sciences. Students must fulfill degree requirements that exist at the time of their admission to the college, not at the time they enter UNL.

To remain current, College of Education and Human Sciences students must enroll in, and complete, at least one UNL course that will apply toward degree requirements during a 12 month period. Students who readmit following an absence of one year or more must meet all requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog in effect at the time of readmission and enrollment. Students who transfer to another UNL college and later return to the College of Education and Human Sciences will be considered readmitted students. Students who transfer out of a teacher education program, but who continue their certification program while seeking a degree in another UNL college, are exempt from this policy.

International Students

The College of Education and Human Sciences welcomes undergraduate international students. As a part of admission to the College, international students must present a TOEFL score of 550 or higher and TSE score of 230 or higher.

Students seeking teacher education and state certification must meet the same requirements as any other undergraduate students, including the CORE examination or other basic skills test approved by the Nebraska Department of Education. Students who have received a degree outside of the United States and are interested in teacher certification are required to have a transcript review completed by an approved agency not directly associated with the University of Nebraska. For more information, please contact the Student Services Center.

Removal of Deficiencies

Students admitted to the University with core deficiencies are expected to remove those deficiencies in a timely manner. Students with deficiencies are not eligible for graduation. The courses that students use to clear core deficiencies may also be used to meet ACE requirements or other graduation requirements. The Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences will make the final decision concerning any problems or questions that may arise in satisfying requirements to remove deficiencies.

College Degree Requirements

Grade Rules

Minimum Grade Requirements

Grade requirements vary from major to major. Please see the appropriate major listing or check with your advisor regarding minimum grade requirements.

Pass/No Pass Option

CEHS students are allowed to take up to 12 hours of Pass/No Pass (P/N) credit. The college departments vary on P/N policies. Students should check with their advisor to be certain they qualify for the Pass/No Pass option.

Grade Appeals

Any student enrolled in a course in the College of Education and Human Sciences who wishes to appeal alleged unfair and prejudicial treatment by a faculty member shall present his/her appeal in writing to the Dean’s Office no later than 30 days after notice of the student’s final course grade has been mailed from campus.

Students may use and are encouraged to use the following sequential procedures to appeal the grade. The problem may be solved at any of the levels of the appeal procedure.

  1. Contact the instructor. Frequently the problems can be solved at this point.
  2. Submit a request to the chair of the department.
  3. Take the case to the departmental Grading Appeals Committee. The Committee is contacted by the department chair.
  4. Take the case to the College Appeals, Retention and Certification Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office.

The complaint will be forwarded to a committee consisting of faculty and student representatives. After a hearing, the Committee will make a written recommendation regarding the appeal. The Committee’s recommendation is binding on the appealing student and faculty member.

Transfer Credit Rules

Acceptance of Transfer Grades
  • Grades earned at UNL, UNO, UNK
  • Grades of D-, D, D+, and C- satisfy requirements in all programs in the College unless specified otherwise. Students who receive a grade of D-, D, D+, C-, however, are encouraged to retake the course.
  • Grades earned outside the University of Nebraska system

The college will accept no more than 9 credit hours of grades less than a C from any program outside the University of Nebraska system. Grades below a C can only be applied to general education requirements and elective classes.

Maximum Number of Hours for Transfer

Transfer courses are evaluated by the University and by the College to determine UNL and College course equivalencies. The College determines which courses will be accepted and how they will apply toward degree requirements. Sixty (60) is the maximum number of hours that will be accepted on transfer from a two-year college. Ninety (90) is the maximum number of hours that will be accepted on transfer from accredited four-year colleges and universities.

Courses taken 10 years before admission or readmission to the College will be evaluated by the major department to determine if it is appropriate to accept those courses for transfer credit and for application to degree requirements. Specific courses will be reviewed in keeping with the guidelines specified by each department.

Transfer Credit from Technical, Non-Accredited and Foreign Institutions

Students who desire to transfer from these institutions must have each course evaluated by the appropriate departmental representative. All rules stated above in reference to grades and maximum credit hours apply. For additional information and guidance in this process contact the Dean’s Office.

Transfer Agreements with UNO and UNK

Transfer agreements between the three institutions within the University System allow for a smooth transition for students interested in taking courses from UNO, UNK, and/or UNL. Although restrictions noted above on grades and maximum transfer hours still apply, there are some exceptions. For purposes of residency, courses from UNO and UNK fulfill these requirements. Students planning to major in a program in the college should read the specific requirements noted with individual programs. Questions about academic transfer should be addressed to the Advising Office.

Transfer Agreements with Community Colleges

Articulation agreements and “Transfer with Ease Programs” with Nebraska community colleges indicate how courses and programs will transfer to UNL and the College of Education and Human Sciences. The same guidelines noted above on the acceptance of courses, grades, and hours also apply to these institutions. Students interested in transferring from a community college should consult with their school or the Student Services Center to determine which courses will transfer to fulfill specific College of Education and Human Sciences requirements.

Courses from accredited two-year institutions will generally not be substituted for 400-level human sciences classes in the College. The 300-level courses will be considered on an individual basis by the respective departments in the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Courses taken prior to course articulation agreements will be accepted contingent upon departmental validation of the credit.

Residency Rules

Students must earn a minimum of 120 credit hours to earn a degree.

All students are expected to complete at least 30 of their final 36 hours of credit at UNL.

Degree Application Process

Graduation Requirements

Students are expected to develop a clear understanding of degree requirements and to plan their course of study with a College advisor. Students requiring clarification of outstanding degree requirements should visit with a College advisor promptly.

Students should access their Degree Audit via MyRed at least once each term to review degree requirements and progress toward graduation. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure their Degree Audit accurately reflects their current College and program of study.

Students who believe their Degree Audit has errors or omissions should visit with a College advisor promptly. It is important that you resolve these matters as soon as practicable to avoid a delay in graduation.

Each student with MyRED access must submit an online Application for Graduation via MyRED for each degree to be received by:

  • The last Friday in January for May graduation
  • The last Friday in June for August graduation
  • The last Friday in September for December graduation

Students submitting an electronic Application for Graduation via MyRed will be billed a $25.00 per degree fee on their student account. Those students without MyRED access may apply for graduation in person at the Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building or by mail. Applications for Graduation submitted in person or by mail must be accompanied by a check or money order in the amount of $25.00 payable to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Failure to submit a timely Application for Graduation may preclude the awarding of a degree in the intended term.

Your Application for Graduation and required $25.00 fee are good only for the term marked on your application. Neither your application nor your fee, are transferrable to another term. If you submit an Application for Graduation and pay the $25.00 fee for a specified term but do not complete your degree requirements in that term, you will need to reapply to graduate in a future term and incur another $25.00 fee.

Commencement ceremony information will be emailed to all degree applicants approximately one month before graduation. Each student who has applied for graduation must submit an online Commencement Attendance Form via MyRED, which will be available when the informational email is distributed.

Only those students who have applied for graduation, had the application accepted, and fulfilled all degree requirements as of the last day of the academic term may participate in the commencement ceremony for that term. Because the University of Nebraska–Lincoln has a commencement for each term, ceremony participation is allowed only in the term during which the student has properly and timely applied for graduation and fulfilled degree requirements.

Catalog Rule

Students are responsible for following the rules, policies and requirements found in the UNL Undergraduate Catalog for the academic year in which they were last admitted to a program in the College of Education and Human Sciences. Students must complete all program requirements from a single catalog year. In consultation with their advisor, a student may choose to move to and follow a subsequent catalog if it is in their best interest.

Learning Outcomes

Majors in communication sciences and disorders will be able to:

  1. Critically read and evaluate research and clinical resources.
  2. Explain typical and atypical processes in speech, language, and hearing and the impact of communication disorders on participation in life.
  3. Understand how processes of biology, behavior, human development, and technology relate to speech, language, and hearing.
  4. Demonstrate strong spoken and written communication skills.

Major Requiements

Endorsement Requirements

ACE Requirements
ACE 1.
ENGL 151Writing and Argument3
ACE 2.
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Human Communication
Public Speaking
Communicating in Small Groups
Business and Professional Communication
Interpersonal Skills for Leadership
ACE 3.
STAT 218Introduction to Statistics3
or EDPS 459 Statistical Methods
ACE 4.4
See course(s) with a 1 listed in specific emphasis below
ACE 5.3
ACE 6.
Select one of the following:3
Human Development and the Family
Fundamentals of Child Development for Education
Fundamentals of Adolescent Development for Education
ACE 7.3
ACE 8.
Select one of the following:3
Professional Issues for the Communication Disorders Specialist (if in Audiology or Speech-Pathology emphasis)
Workshop Seminar ([Research Rotation & Reflection] if in Speech, Language, & Hearing Research Emphasis)
ACE 9.
See course(s) with a 2 listed in specific emphasis below3
ACE 10.
See SLPA 496 in emphasis below for total number of credit hours3-12
Credit Hours Subtotal: 31-40
Communications Sciences & Disorders Core Requirements
GERO 200Introduction to Gerontology3
or GERO 455 Health Aspects of Aging
or GERO 459 Disorders of Communication in Older Adults
SLPA 150Communication Processes and Disorders4
SLPA 250Descriptive Phonetics and Normal Speech Development3
SLPA 251Normal Language Development4
SLPA 453Neurological Foundations of Speech and Language3
SLPA 454Research Methodology in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology3
SLPA 455Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms4
SLPA 456Speech and Hearing Science4
AGRO 215 / HORT 215 / TLMT 215Genetics4
or BIOS 206 General Genetics
MATH 103College Algebra and Trigonometry5
or MATH 106 Calculus I
PSYC 181Introduction to Psychology4
Electives0-14
Emphasis (selected from below)35-39
Credit Hours Subtotal: 89-93
Total Credit Hours120-133

NOTE: SLPA students who complete sufficient course work in education will receive a minor in education along with the major degree.

Choose One Emphasis from the Following:

Audiology Emphasis
Select from the following:49
Beginning American Sign Language I
Beginning American Sign Language II
Hearing and Balance I
Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation
Hearing and Balance II
Linguistic Needs of Bilingual and Culturally Different Students 2
Readings and Research in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology
Human Anatomy
General Chemistry I (or higher) 1
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory 1
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory 1
Elementary General Physics I (or higher) 1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 49
Speech, Language, & Hearing Research Emphasis
Select from the following:36-37
Introduction to Biological Engineering and Agricultural Engineering
Computer-Aided Problem-Solving
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology
Human Anatomy
Cell Biology
General Chemistry I (or higher) 1
Introduction to Informatics
Fundamentals of Computer Science
Computer Science I
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory 1
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory 1
Elementary General Physics I (or higher) 1
Workshop Seminar
Readings and Research in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Credit Hours Subtotal: 36-37
Speech-Language Pathology Emphasis
Select from the following:35-36
Any BIOS or LIFE course 1
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology
Human Anatomy
General Chemistry I (or higher) 1
Elementary General Physics I
Learning in the Classroom
Learning and Motivation Principles for Secondary Teaching
Hearing and Balance I
Methods for the Communication Disorders Specialist
Language Disorders: Preschool Level
and Language Disorders: Preschool Level Lab
Phonological Disorders
Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation
Linguistic Needs of Bilingual and Culturally Different Students 2
Readings and Research in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Instructional Technology
Introduction to Special Education
School and Society
Introduction to Philosophy of Education
Studies in the Foundations of Education
Ethics and Education
Democracy and Education
Credit Hours Subtotal: 35-36
1

 Fulfills ACE 4 courses.

2

 Fulfills ACE 9 courses.

ACE Requirements

All UNL students will be required to complete a minimum of 3 hours of approved course work in each of the 10 designated Achievement Centered Education (ACE) student learning outcome areas. These can be viewed at http://ace.unl.edu. Students will be provided a list of classes they can select from to meet each of the 10 ACE Student Learning Outcomes (SLO). There may be required courses within an education endorsement program that will also satisfy ACE requirements. Therefore, it is highly recommended that students contact their advisor prior to registering for ACE classes in order to insure that each of the class selections are in the best interest of the students’ academic program.

Additional Major/Endorsement Requirements

Grade Requirements in Education Programs

Requirements for completion of an undergraduate degree in a teacher preparation program include a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75. Students seeking certification must also have a 2.5 GPA in their endorsement and education courses with no grade lower than a C in their pre-professional courses and no grade lower than a C+ in their professional education courses.

Transfer Grades

Up to 9 hours of transfer credit with grades below C may be applied to the General Education requirements and elective classes in programs leading to the undergraduate degree in teacher preparation. Transfer grades of C- and D may not be used in the major/endorsement area courses or in the professional courses in teacher preparation programs.

Pass/No Pass Grade Option–for Education Students

A student enrolled at the University may, in certain instances, take a grading option of Pass/No Pass (P/N) for a specific course. A grade of pass represents satisfactory completion of a course with a grade of C or better. Credits earned under the pass grade option count toward graduation, but no grade points are tabulated in the cumulative grade point average. Likewise, a grade of No Pass is not tabulated in the grade point average. The following rules apply to students who are enrolled in teacher preparation programs who choose the Pass/No Pass option:

  1. Only one course in each subject endorsement may be taken P/N; two courses in a field endorsement may be taken P/N.
  2. Pre-professional and professional education classes may not be taken P/N unless a class already has a P/N designation.
  3. Any course in the general education requirements unless otherwise stipulated by the department of the course may be taken P/N.
  4. Total P/N credits may not exceed 12 credit hours. This limit does not include courses offered on a P/N only basis.

Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process with core course deficiencies will have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL.

Beyond Classroom Grades

In all fields of study, students are expected to attain certain grades and other academic accomplishments in the classroom. In addition to this, students preparing themselves to be teachers, counselors and for other careers in education, are also reviewed to evaluate their ability to successfully and safely interact with children, parents, potential educational employers, and the community-at-large, whose interest in the education of its children often exceeds its concern for other community and governmental services.

SLPA101
Beginning American Sign Language I

Description: Beginning course in American Sign Language (ASL). Development of vocabulary and grammatical structures of ASL. Receptive and expressive skill development. Easy ASL video literature.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

SLPA102
Beginning American Sign Language II

Prerequisites: SLPA 101.

Description: Beginning course in American Sign Language (ASL). Development of vocabulary and grammatical structures of ASL. Receptive and expressive skill development. Easy ASL video literature.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

SLPA150
Communication Processes and Disorders

Description: Introduction to the speech, language, and hearing problems of children and adults. Identification and understanding of different types of communication disorders; appropriate referrals; general orientation to the field of speech-language pathology and audiology. Normal speech and language development. Clinical observations may be required.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

SLPA201
Second Year American Sign Language I

Prerequisites: SLPA 101 and 102.

Description: Conversational American Sign Language (ASL). Idiomatic uses of ASL. Use of ASL for creative expression. Extensive viewing, translation and discussion of videotaped ASL conversations and literature.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

SLPA202
Second Year American Sign Language II

Prerequisites: SLPA 201.

Description: Conversational American Sign Language (ASL). Idiomatic uses of ASL. Use of ASL for creative expression. Extensive viewing, translation and discussion of videotaped ASL conversations and literature.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

SLPA230
The Brain and Human Communication

Description: Scientific background for understanding brain functions as applied to normal human communication and communication disorders. How the brain engages in visual communication, auditory communication, attention, organization, memory, and expression.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 6 Social Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 6 Social Science

SLPA250
Descriptive Phonetics and Normal Speech Development

Description: Theories of acquisition and development, phoneme classification and factors affecting phonological systems. Development of proficiency in phonetic transcription.

This course is a prerequisite for: SLPA 455; SLPA 456; SLPA 464

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SLPA251
Normal Language Development

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing.

Description: Description of the normal language acquisition process in children; theories of language development and factors influencing language acquisition.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

SLPA271
Hearing and Balance I

Description: Identification of the deaf or hard of hearing. Etiologies and pathologies of hearing impairment. Basic testing techniques of pure tone and speech audiometry.

This course is a prerequisite for: SLPA 472; SLPA 473

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

SLPA397A
Introduction and Observation

Prerequisites: Admission to the Pre-Professional Program in speech-language pathology and audiology.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

SLPA398
Special Topics in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Prerequisites: Permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SLPA399
Independent Study

Prerequisites: Permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

SLPA421
Professional Issues for the Communication Disorders Specialist

Prerequisites: Senior standing

Description: Professional issues as they relate to the speech-language professional. Legal aspects, program issues, and administrative responsibilities.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

SLPA441
Methods for the Communication Disorders Specialist

Prerequisites: Senior standing

Description: Specific methods for planning, organizing and delivering clinical services in speech-language pathology.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SLPA450
Audiology for Educators of the Deaf or Hard of HearingCrosslisted with SLPA 850

Description: Anatomy and physiology of hearing; components of adequate evaluation for placement and educational planning; diagnosis using audiogram, functional and communication assessment; stimulation and utilization of residual hearing; and managment of assistive and/or augemntative devices.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SLPA452
Normal Language Development During School YearsCrosslisted with SLPA 852

Description: Normal syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic language development in school-age children and youth. Complex syntax, semantic development, pragmatic development, using language to learn, language-literacy relations, and abstract language development.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SLPA453
Neurological Foundations of Speech and Language

Description: To gain a working knowledge of the organization (neuroanatomy) and function (neurophysiology) of the central and peripheral nervous system in relation to motor control, somatosensory physiology, vocalization, central pattern generation, speech, and language production. Special consideration is directed towards the neurology of human communication processes, speech and language; classification of impairments (sensory, motor, integrative functions) according to the site of lesion(s).

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SLPA454
Research Methodology in Speech-Language Pathology and AudiologyCrosslisted with SLPA 854

Prerequisites: Speech-language pathology and audiology major

Description: Introduction to research principles, methods, and design. Survey and critique of research in special education and communication disorders.

This course is a prerequisite for: SLPA 487

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SLPA455
Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms

Prerequisites: SLPA 250

Description: Normal anatomical structures involved in speech and hearing and the consequences of their actions.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

SLPA456
Speech and Hearing Science

Prerequisites: SLPA 250 or permission

Description: Nature, propagation, and analysis of sound; the sensation and perception of sound.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

SLPA461
Language Disorders: Preschool LevelCrosslisted with SLPA 861

Prerequisites: Must enroll in both SLPA 461 (lecture) and SLPA 461L (lab)

Description: Characteristics of language impaired preschool children and the nature of their disorders. Introduction to principles of assessment and treatment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SLPA461L
Language Disorders: Preschool Level LabCrosslisted with SLPA 861L

Prerequisites: Must enroll in both SLPA 461 (lecture) and SLPA 461L (lab)

Description: Practical application of language assessment and intervention in preschool children with language disorders.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

SLPA464
Phonological Disorders

Prerequisites: SLPA 250

Description: Assessment and remediation of phonological disorders.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

SLPA472
Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation

Prerequisites: SLPA 271 or equivalent

Description: Introduction to materials and educational methodologies and models for rehabilitation of the deaf or hard of hearing. Review of levels of communication, information processing, auditory training, and speech reading.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SLPA473
Hearing and Balance II

Prerequisites: SLPA 271

Description: Fundamental clinical audiology techniques beyond basic pure tone testing, including advanced pure tone testing techniques; bone conduction measurement theory and procedures; masking theory and techniques; speech audiometry; and impedance audiometry.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SLPA484
Research Issues

Description: Ethics and responsibilities associated with the conduct of research, including scientific conduct, data custody and management, establishing and promoting good laboratory practices, defining a project/study team (authorship, roles, responsibilities), due process and investigator protections in alleged cases of scientific fraud, human and animal protection, research dissemination modes and grant funding.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

SLPA486
Augmentative CommunicationCrosslisted with SLPA 886

Description: Introduction to the augmentative communication options for persons unable to speak or write because of physical, language, or cognitive disability.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SLPA487
Research Rotation and Reflection

Prerequisites: SLPA 454 or SLPA 854

Description: Gain research experience in laboratories affiliated with the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders under the supervision of research faculty.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SLPA488
Linguistic Needs of Bilingual and Culturally Different StudentsCrosslisted with SLPA 888

Prerequisites: SLPA 250 and 251 or permission

Description: Theoretical and applied information about situational factors which have an impact on spoken and written language; addresses how individual differences due to gender, handicapping conditions, socio-economic status, and cultural-ethnic background contribute to diversity in communication patterns and often act as a barrier to successful interactions in learning and social settings.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity

SLPA490
Workshop Seminar
Course details
Credit Hours:1-12
Max credits per semester:12
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-12

ACE:

SLPA496
Readings and Research in Speech-Language Pathology and AudiologyCrosslisted with SLPA 896

Prerequisites: Permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

SLPA497
Practicum in Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders

Prerequisites: SLPA 397A.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

SLPA499H
Honors Thesis

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.

Description: Conduct a scholarly research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Speech-Language Pathologist, Lincoln Public Schools - Lincoln NE
  • Speech-Language Pathologist, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital - Lincoln NE
  • Speech-Language Pathologist, Omaha Public Schools - Omaha NE
  • Senior Project Engineer, Alfred Benesch Company - Lincoln NE
  • Specch-Langauge Pathologist, York General Hospital - York NE

Internships

  • Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellow, MedStar National Rehabilitaion Hospital - Washington D.C DC

Grad Schools

  • Masters in Special Ed with Deaf Ed. Endorsement,University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln, NE
  • Ph.D.,University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln, NE
  • Au. D.,University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln, NE
  • Speech-Language Pathology, Rockhurst University - Kansas City MO
  • Deaf Hard of Hearing Interpreter,University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI