School of Health and Human Services

Program Goals

Academic Goals

The academic goals of our training program focus on students learning and incorporating evidence-based practice to:

  • describe the biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic and cultural bases of basic human communication and swallowing;
  • explain the major theoretical accounts regarding the typical acquisition and development of speech, language, and hearing; and the relationship of cognitive development to communication acquisition and development and swallowing.
  • describe and explain the characteristics and etiologies of:
    • articulation
    • fluency
    • voice and resonance, including respiration and phonation
    • receptive and expressive language
    • hearing, including the impact on speech and language
    • swallowing
    • cognitive aspects of communication
    • social aspects of communication
    • communication modalities;
  • describe the principles, materials and methods of assessment for people with communication and swallowing differences and disorders;
  • list methods of prevention for communication and swallowing differences and disorders;
  • describe principles and methods of intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders;
  • explain the processes used in research and the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practice;
  • explain the certification process, specialty recognition, licensure and professional credentials;
  • describe the standards of ethical conduct; and
  • demonstrate oral and written language competency.

Clinical Goals

The clinical goals of the graduate practicum component of our training program focus on students learning and incorporating evidence-based practice to:

  • evaluate the speech, language, hearing and communication disorders and differences and swallowing disorders of children and adults;
  • identify the factors causing or coexisting with communication problems using appropriate procedures, materials, and instrumentation;
  • prepare and implement evidence-based treatment programs for children and adults;
  • identify and, when possible, prevent the occurrence or development of potential communication problems;
  • integrate speech, language, cognitive, and/or swallowing therapy with other necessary services;
  • refer a client for other services when appropriate;
  • use technology in relevant aspects of service delivery;
  • maintain accurate data for the purpose of documenting the short- and long-term effectiveness of intervention approaches and directing future program planning;
  • write diagnostic and therapy reports in a style commensurate with professional standards; and
  • educate and counsel clients and their families to effectively manage the communication disorder and/or difference.


The personal and professional goals of our program focus on students learning to:

  • follow professional ethical standards;
  • demonstrate problem-solving and decision-making abilities;
  • locate academic and clinical information independently to advance and enhance personal and professional roles;
  • support and value social, cultural and ethnic diversity;
  • seek further knowledge and continue educational activities during their professional career;
  • advocate for their clients and the profession; and
  • seek further knowledge in interprofessional practices.
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