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New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University

2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Education

MAJOR: Communication Disorders

The Communication Disorders curriculum provides specialized preparation for students who plan to enter a graduate program to become speech-language pathologists or audiologists. Students supplement their academic study of typical communication development, communication disorders and clinical management with observation of the clinical experience in the department’s Edgar R. Garrett Speech and Hearing Center. To begin the clinical management and procedures sequence (C D 321, C D 322, C D 323) a student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students must maintain a B or better in all courses from C D 301 and beyond, to remain in the program.

The undergraduate program provides approximately one-half of the academic requirements needed for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensure by the New Mexico State Department of Education. Certification and licensure at state and national levels requires completion of the master’s degree. Details regarding certification are available from the Department of Special Education/Communication Disorders.

Professional employment opportunities for speech-language pathologists and audiologists are numerous within settings such as school systems, community clinics, medical centers, hospitals, private practice, residential programs and schools for individuals with disabilities.

Requirements

Program Requirements

Required coursework (132 credits; minimum 48 upper-division credits)

General Requirements

See the "General Requirements" in the College of Education section. A list of specific general education courses is available at the Education Advisement Center in O’ Donnell Hall, Room 101.

Communication Disorders (63 credits)

C D 221Introduction to Communication Disorders

3 cr.

C D 301Language Acquisition

3 cr.

C D 321Clinical Methods

3 cr.

C D 322Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanisms

3 cr.

C D 323Phonetics

3 cr.

C D 324Introduction to Speech Science

3 cr.

C D 325Language Disorders

3 cr.

C D 326Clinical Procedures

3 cr.

C D 374American Sign Language I

3 cr.

C D 375American Sign Language II

3 cr.

C D 421Speech Disorders

3 cr.

C D 422Audiology

3 cr.

C D 423Neural Bases of Communication Disorders

3 cr.

C D 424Aural Rehabilitation

3 cr.

C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior

3 cr.

C EP 451VIntroduction to Counseling

3 cr.

SPED 350Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society

3 cr.

Electives

9 cr.

Electives: Selected from the list of recommendations from the C D program

C D 221 and C D 301: Courses recommended for students who plan to enter a graduate program in education of the deaf/hard of hearing.

Graduate Program (53 credits)

Students entering the graduate program with an undergraduate major in Communication Disorders can expect to complete the program in two years and be awarded a Masters of Arts in Communication Disorders and specialization in Speech-Language Pathology. Graduate programs for students without a communication disorders background are generally one year longer. Enrollment in graduate courses in Communication Disorders is limited to persons who have been accepted into the graduate program in communication disorders. To complete a course of study, each student is expected to meet the program’s academic and clinical competency criteria as well as the recommendation of state and national certifying bodies for educational licensure and clinical certification.

The master’s degree program in Speech-Language Pathology at New Mexico State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Admission requirements and procedures, which are available upon request, are listed in the Graduate Catalog.