SPLH 588. Multicultural Considerations in Speech-Language-Hearing I. 1 Hour S.
This course introduces foundational concepts of culture and diversity, bilingualism, bias, and components and processes leading to cultural competency. Students explore health and educational disparities in the United States and beyond. Students will reflect on their cultural identity, and how their experiences and perspectives may differ from others, and how their experiences can influence service delivery in speech-language pathology and audiology. Prerequisite: SPLH 566 or LING 415 or consent of instructor. LEC.
Communication is central to human behavior, and the treatment of communication disorders requires specialized knowledge and skills.
The master's degree in speech-language pathology is designed to produce highly skilled clinicians seeking to enter the field and is typically completed in five full-time semesters (including a summer semester). The program length may vary, for example, for the student requiring prerequisites to be completed or one pursuing additional thesis or course work. A master's degree from KU will, in most circumstances, satisfy the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 's certification standards for continuing on to the clinical fellowship year. A certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology is awarded upon completion of a successful clinical fellowship.
The Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders offers Ph.D. programs in both speech-language pathology and in audiology for post-baccalaureate study of normal and disordered aspects of communication. These programs are designed to prepare suitably qualified individuals for leadership positions in research and academia. A major focus of these programs is to advance the science of these fields, and to elucidate the scientific basis for the procedures and processes used in clinical practice. A combined Au.D./Ph.D. track also is available. This track facilitates the completion of both degrees in a 6-year post-baccalaureate period. Students who wish to earn both Au.D. and Ph.D. degrees should contact their advisor.