Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

http://csd.wvu.edu

Degree Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology

The undergraduate program in Speech Pathology and Audiology is committed to the preparation of students interested in graduate study and eventual careers as a speech-language pathologist, audiologist, or as a researcher/teacher-scholar within the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. Leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, this pre-professional program emphasizes education in liberal studies; anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms; development of speech and language skills; awareness of cultural diversity and its relationship to communication; phonetics; and a broad introduction to communication sciences and disorders.

The professions of speech-language pathology and audiology are exciting fields wherein professionals provide services to individuals with communication disorders.  The demand for certified practitioners is continually increasing; consequently, job prospects remain very good.  The pre-professional undergraduate program and subsequent graduate study in either speech-language pathology or audiology enable graduates to seek employment in a variety of settings and work with individuals of all ages.  They may also pursue academic and research careers in the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.

Pre-Speech Pathology and Audiology

Admission

Normally, students are first admitted to the pre-Speech Pathology and Audiology (Pre-SPA) program of study and matriculate as such during their freshman and sophomore years. Pre-SPA students are advised in the College of Education and Human Services within the Office of Student Services. To qualify for Pre-SPA admission, incoming freshmen must present an overall high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, 1050 or higher on the SAT, or 23 on the ACT.

Students who transfer into pre-SPA during the freshman or sophomore year from either another major at WVU or from another university must present a grade point average of 3.0 for all undergraduate coursework taken prior to the time of transfer.

Requirements

Students are considered pre-SPA until they have met the requirements specified below and have applied and been accepted into the SPA degree program. The following are the minimum requirements for all Pre-SPA students applying for the SPA major:

1. Completion of at least fifty-eight academic hours, including a letter grade of C- or better in each of the following courses:

  • ENGL 101 & 102 (or equivalent ENGL 103)
  • Elementary Foreign Language 101 & 102 (or equivalent)
  • LING 101
  • MATH 126 (or higher)
  • STAT 211 (or ECON 225)
  • PSYC 101
  • BIOL 101 & 103 (or BIOL 102 & 104)
  • Physical Science (Physics or Chemistry course)
  • Human Inquiry & The Past (GEF 5)

2. Successful completion of CSAD 199, Orientation to Speech Pathology and Audiology (for students declaring Pre-SPA as an incoming freshman);
3. A letter grade of ‘B’ or better in CSAD 200, Introduction to Communication Disorders;
4. A letter grade of ‘B’ or better in CSAD 270, Effective Public Speaking;
5. A score of at least 80% on the SPA Qualifying Examination (administered in CSAD 200); and
6. An overall GPA of at least 3.00 (A = 4.0).

These requirements are subject to change.  Interested students should contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders or http://csd.wvu.edu for information on current requirements.

B.S. Degree Program in Speech Pathology and Audiology

Admission

After completing all pre-SPA requirements listed above, a student must apply for admission to the degree program by completing an application form obtained from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 805 Allen Hall.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain an application form and submit it to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders between the deadline dates of February 15 and March 1.  No applications will be accepted after March 1.  After the application has been reviewed and verified, the student will receive a letter summarizing the department’s admission decision.  Students will be ranked according to their overall GPA for all undergraduate coursework.  The forty-five students with the highest GPA will be admitted to the B.S. degree program at the beginning of the junior year.  Students who are not admitted should consult their advisor to plan their next steps.

Following admission to the degree program, the student must continue to meet GPA standards set by the department in order to continue in the program and graduate with a degree in speech pathology and audiology.

Speech Pathology and Audiology

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Departmental requirements

A minimum grade of C- is required for all courses counting toward the major, except where noted. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. A minimum score of 80% on the SPA Qualifying Examination (administered in CSAD 200) is required.

A minimum grade of C- is required for GEF courses, except where noted.

Major in Speech Pathology & Audiology Requirements
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS
FIRST YEAR SEMINAR
CSAD 199Orientation to Speech Pathology and Audiology (required for entering Pre-SPA freshmen)1
GENERAL EDUCATION FOUNDATIONS CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS
GEF 1, 5, 6, & 715
Choose one of the following (GEF 2):4
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Choose one of the following (GEF 3):3
Elementary Statistical Inference
Elementary Business and Economics Statistics
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (GEF 4)3
CS 101Intro to Computer Applications (also fulfills GEF 8)4
LING 101Introduction to Language (also fulfills GEF 8)3
CSAD 270Effective Public Speaking (minimum grade of B- required; also fulfills GEF 8)3
SUPPORTING AREA COURSES
MATH 126 College Algebra or higher (prerequisite for STAT 211 or ECON 225)3
Elementary Foreign Language (choose one from the following):6
Elementary Modern Standard Arabic 1
and Elementary Modern Standard Arabic 2
First Year Chinese 1
and First Year Chinese 2
Elementary French 1
and Elementary French 2
Intensive Elementary French
Introduction to German Language and Culture 1
and Introduction to German Language and Culture 2
Elementary Italian 1
and Elementary Italian 2
Elementary Japanese 1
and Elementary Japanese 2
Elementary Portuguese 1
and Elementary Portuguese 2
Elementary Russian 1
and Elementary Russian 2
Elementary Spanish 1
and Elementary Spanish 2
Intensive Elementary Spanish
Chemistry or Physics (choose one from the following):3
Introductory Physics
Conceptual Physics
Physics of Music
Light, Vision and Color
General Physics
Survey of Chemistry
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Principles of Chemistry
Normal Human Development (choose one from the following):3
Families Across the Life Span
Family Interaction and Communication
Introduction to Human Development
Abnormal Human Development (choose two courses from the following):6
Health of the Individual
Nonverbal Communication
Communication and Aging
Advanced Study in Nonverbal Communication
Disability and the Family
Disability and Society
Health Care Ethics
Sociolinguistics
Research Methods in Psychology
Sex Roles and Behavior
Introduction to Social Psychology
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Behavior Principles
Topics in Social Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment
Exceptional Children
Cognition and Memory
Learning and Behavior Theory
Perception
Applied Behavior Analysis
Developmental Reading
Recreation Services for Special Populations
Human Diversity
Introduction to Social Work
Social Welfare Policy and Services 1
Death and Dying
Women and Men in Society
Special Education in Contemporary Society
MAJOR AREA COURSES
CSAD 200Introduction to Communication Disorders (minimum grade of B- required)3
CSAD 274Manual Communication3
CSAD 276Intermed Manual Communication3
CSAD 320Speech Science4
CSAD 322Phonetics3
CSAD 324Language Acquisition3
CSAD 326Articulation and Cleft Palate3
CSAD 340Hearing Science4
CSAD 342Hearing Screening Programs3
CSAD 390Clinical Observation Speech-Language Pathology1
CSAD 391Clinical Observation/Audiology1
CSAD 422Voice and Stuttering3
CSAD 424Language Disorders3
CSAD 440Audiological Assessment3
CSAD 442Aural Rehabilitation3
CSAD 460Professional Writing/Speaking (fulfills Writing and Communication Skills requirement)3
CSAD 482Clinical Practice/Speech-Language Pathology (partial requirement for SPA capstone)3
CSAD 483Clinical Practice/Audiology (partial requirement for SPA capstone)3
CSAD 485Clinical Study and Application (partial requirement for SPA capstone)1
ELECTIVES (number of electives may vary to reach minimum 120 credits to graduate)10
Total Hours120

Students must complete minimum requirements in clinical practicum, a minimum of 56 hours in SPA coursework, and a minimum of 17 hours of supporting area courses relating to natural sciences, normal/abnormal growth and development, and related issues.

Senior Capstone

All students in the B.S. in speech pathology and audiology program must complete a capstone experience before graduation.  SPA majors select and research a topic of personal interest within the discipline and, in addition to developing a capstone paper, present evidence of their scholarship in both oral and poster form.

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CSAD 1991ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3CDFS 110, 415, or PSYC 241 (Normal Human Development)3
PSYC 101 (GEF 4)3STAT 211 or ECON 225 (GEF 3)3
Elementary Foreign Language 1013Elementary Foreign Language 1023
College Algebra (MATH 126 or higher)3Choose one of the following (GEF 2):4
GEF 53 
  
 16 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CSAD 2003CSAD 2763
CSAD 270 (GEF 8)3LING 101 (GEF 8)3
CSAD 2743Physical Science3
GEF 73Abnormal Human Development 23
Abnormal Human Development 13GEF 63
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CSAD 3204CSAD 3243
CSAD 3223CSAD 3263
CSAD 3423CSAD 3404
CSAD 3901CSAD 4603
Elective4CSAD 3911
 15 14
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CSAD 4403CSAD 4223
CSAD 4823CSAD 4243
CS 101 (GEF 8)4CSAD 4423
Elective3CSAD 4833
Elective3CSAD 4851
 16 13
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Goals

Speech Pathology and Audiology

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is committed to the preparation of students interested in graduate study and eventual careers as a speech-language pathologist, audiologist, or as a researcher/teacher-scholar within the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. To those ends, the program has established the following learning goals, which are linked to the department's mission:

  • Prepare students for subsequent graduate study in audiology, speech-language pathology, or communication sciences and disorders.
  • Provide broad knowledge relating to theory and practice within the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.
  • Provide learning and outreach opportunities to support students’ interests in diverse populations and cultures.
  • Develop communication skills, phonetic transcription skills, and awareness of cultural diversity and its relationship to communication.

Courses

CSAD 170. Speaking to Communities. 3 Hours.

Focuses on guided direction to improve the student's conversational and public speaking skills through a variety of presentational formats to external audiences via community outreach. Code switching among dialects will be introduced and discussed.

CSAD 199. Orientation to Speech Pathology and Audiology. 1,2 Hour.

Designed to meet the First Year Experience core objectives for pre-spa students. This course serves as an orientation to the professions of speech pathology and audiology as well as departmental degree programs, requirements, and personnel.

CSAD 200. Introduction to Communication Disorders. 3 Hours.

Survey of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders. Introduction to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders and the professions of speech- language pathology and audiology.

CSAD 270. Effective Public Speaking. 3 Hours.

Designed for improvement of the student's speech based upon theory and demonstrated performance of voice and diction skills and public-speaking skills for effective communication in a variety of speaking situations.

CSAD 274. Manual Communication. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Development of skills needed to communicate in sign language. The manual alphabet, basic number concepts, and the basic vocabulary of traditional American signs.

CSAD 276. Intermed Manual Communication. 3 Hours.

PR: CSAD 274 or consent. Improve skills needed to communicate in sign language. Includes increasing sign language vocabulary, practicing finger spelling, and communicating with signs.

CSAD 278. Communication Disorders. 3 Hours.

(For non-majors.) Survey of normal processes and disorders of speech, language, and hearing in children and adults. Intended for students and teachers in early childhood, elementary, secondary and special education; language arts specialists; child development specialists; psychologists; and rehabilitation specialists.

CSAD 280. Communication Disorder in Film. 3 Hours.

Analysis of selected films to explore the socio-emotional and functional impact of impaired speech, language, hearing, and cognition and the ways in which society views people with communication disorders.

CSAD 293. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

CSAD 305. Rural Issues in Speech, Language, and Pathology. 2 Hours.

Presentation and discussion of issues related to the practice of speech-language pathology in rural school systems.

CSAD 320. Speech Science. 4 Hours.

PR: CSAD 200 or consent. Detailed discussion of the speech production process, including acoustic, anatomical, and physiological aspects of speech production.

CSAD 322. Phonetics. 3 Hours.

PR: CSAD 200 or consent. Standard speech sounds of the English language. Use of phonetic symbols for recording speech sounds. Classification systems presented.

CSAD 324. Language Acquisition. 3 Hours.

PR: CSAD 320 and CSAD 322. Normal processes involved in the acquisition of language, including the development of phonological, semantic, morphological, pragmatic, and syntactical systems. Application of these processes to the diagnosis and treatment of language disorders.

CSAD 326. Articulation and Cleft Palate. 3 Hours.

PR: CSAD 322. Characteristics and etiology of articulatory and phonological disorders; survey of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Characteristics of articulation and resonance, and survey of evaluation and treatment considerations for cleft palate.

CSAD 340. Hearing Science. 4 Hours.

PR: CSAD 320. Detailed discussion of auditory processing in the speech perception process, including acoustic, anatomical, and physiological aspects of speech perception.

CSAD 342. Hearing Screening Programs. 3 Hours.

PR: CSAD 200 or consent. Disorders of hearing; screening programs from birth through geriatrics; introduction to industrial programs.

CSAD 362. Parent Programs Communication Disorders. 3 Hours.

PR: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 and CSAD 200 or consent. For majors only. Students will learn to organize and implement parent involvement programs in a variety of settings, interview parents, conduct conferences, utilize appropriate materials and interact effectively with parents of children communication disorders in various clinical settings.

CSAD 370. Augmentative/Alternative Communication. 3 Hours.

Discussion of augmentative/alternative communication options for persons who are unable to meet their daily needs through natural modes of verbal, manual, or written communication. Demographics, assessment, and treatment of candidates for AAC interventions.

CSAD 388. Interantional Experience/Communication Sciences and Disorders. 3 Hours.

Faculty-led exploration of professional practices and perspectives related to communication sciences and disorders in foreign countries and cultures. Offered only through study abroad. Additional fees required.

CSAD 390. Clinical Observation Speech-Language Pathology. 1 Hour.

PR: CSAD 200 or consent. Introduction to clinical procedures and issues in speech-language pathology, including professional ethics, certification requirements, assessment/treatment process variables, clinical observations, behavioral objectives, cues, and feedback.

CSAD 391. Clinical Observation/Audiology. 1 Hour.

PR: CSAD 200 or consent. Introduction to clinical procedures and issues, including professional ethics, certification requirements, assessment/treatment process variables, clinical observations, behavioral objectives, cues, and feedback.

CSAD 393A. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

CSAD 420. Exploring Speach-Language Pathology Clinical Settings. 3 Hours.

PR: CSAD 324 and CSAD 326. Overview of governmental regulations, ethical considerations, relevant technology, and administrative/ programmatic matters germane to the clinical practice of speech-language pathology and audiology in various settings including schools, medical and rehabilitation facilities, and private practice.

CSAD 422. Voice and Stuttering. 3 Hours.

PR: CSAD 200 and CSAD 326. Basic knowledge about and understanding of voice disorders and stuttering; relevant theories, facts, research findings, and clinical practice related to the epidemiology, etiology, course, prevention, diagnosis, and remediation.

CSAD 424. Language Disorders. 3 Hours.

PR: CSAD 324. The nature and etiology of child and adult language disorders are described. Assessment and remediation procedures are examined.

CSAD 440. Audiological Assessment. 3 Hours.

PR: CSAD 340 and CSAD 342. Application of basic audiological techniques, including puretone and speech audiometry, masking, and immittance testing.

CSAD 442. Aural Rehabilitation. 3 Hours.

PR: CSAD 440 or consent. Communication and hearing impairment; aural rehabilitation evaluation; remediation including amplification, auditory and visual training, and ALD.

CSAD 460. Professional Writing/Speaking. 3 Hours.

PR: (ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 and CSAD 270) or consent. (For majors only.) Designed for improvement of students' professional skills, specifically oral and written. Emphasis is placed on report writing, letter writing, resume writing, listening, interviewing, group problem solving, leadership, persuasion, and public speaking.

CSAD 482. Clinical Practice/Speech-Language Pathology. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Orientation to clinical methods for evaluation and treatment of speech-language disorders. (Graded pass/fail.).

CSAD 483. Clinical Practice/Audiology. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Orientation to clinical methods for evaluation and treatment of hearing disorders. (Graded pass/fail.).

CSAD 485. Clinical Study and Application. 1 Hour.

PR: CSAD seniors. CSAD seniors will meet in weekly seminars with a faculty mentor to develop and orally present a clinically-oriented research poster.

CSAD 493A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

CSAD 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

CSAD 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent.

CSAD 497. Research. 1-6 Hours.

Independent research projects.


Faculty

Chair

  • Jayne M. Brandel - Ph.D. (University of Kansas)

Professors

  • Carolyn Peluso Atkins - Ed.D. (West Virginia University)
    Speech-language pathology, Speech improvement, Public speaking, Effective communication
  • Mary Ellen Tekieli Koay - Ph.D. (University of Oklahoma)
    Speech-language pathology, Neurophysiology, Neuropathologies
  • Norman J. Lass - Ph.D. (Purdue University)
    Speech and hearing science
  • Robert F. Orlikoff - Ph.D. (Columbia University)
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Vishakha W. Rawool - Ph.D. (Purdue University)
    Audiology, Auditory electrophysiology, Otoacoustic emissions, Auditory processing disorders, Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Dennis M. Ruscello - Ph.D. (University of Arizona)
    Speech-language pathology, Language, Articulation, Cleft Palate-Craniofacial disorders, Clinical supervision
  • Kenneth O. St. Louis - Ph.D. (University of Minnesota)
    Speech-language pathology, Fluency disorders

Associate professor

  • Jayne M. Brandel - Ph.D. (University of Kansas)
    Speech-language pathology, Child language development and disorders

Teaching Associate Professors

  • Karen B. Haines - M.S. (West Virginia University)
    Speech-language pathology, Augmentative and alternative communication, Clinical supervision
  • Gayle B. Neldon - Ed.D. (West Virginia University)
    Audiology, Amplification, Clinical supervision

Assistant Professors

  • Jeremy J. Donai - Ph.D. (Texas Tech University)
    Audiology, Psychoacoustics, Amplification, Hearing aids
  • Kimberly M. Meigh - Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
    Speech-language pathology; Motor speech disorders, Motor learning, Diagnostics, Adult neurogenic communication disorders
  • Michelle W. Moore - Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
    Speech-language pathology, Child language disorders, Literacy, Phonological disorders

Teaching Assistant Professor

  • Ashleigh J. Callahan - Ph.D. (James Madison University)
    Audiology, Vestibular evaluation/rehabilitation, Hearing conservation

Clinical Instructor

  • Leslie C. Graebe - M.S. (West Virginia University)
    Speech-language pathology, Clinical practice, Clinical supervision

Teaching Instructor

  • Janet J. Petitte - M.S. (West Virginia University)
    Audiology, Hearing aids, Clinical supervision

Professor Emeritus

  • Charles M. Woodford - Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emeritus

  • Conrad Lundeen - Ph.D.

Assistant Professors Emeritae

  • Lynn R. Cartwright - Ed.D.
  • Cheryl L. Prichard - Ed.D.