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Washington State University Graduate School

Speech and Hearing Sciences, M.S.

Student Learning Outcomes


Specific Outcomes of the Program:

  1. Consistent with our accrediting standards, the Speech and Hearing Sciences student earning a master’s degree in speech-language pathology will be able to demonstrate acquisition of knowledge of principles and methods for prevention, assessment, and intervention for: 1) articulation disorders; 2) fluency disorders; 3) voice and resonance disorders; 4) receptive and expressive language disorders; 5) swallowing disorders; 6) cognitive aspects of communication disorders; 7) social aspects of communication disorders; 8) communication modalities; and 9) the impact of hearing disorders on speech and language. The foregoing nine areas are termed the ‘Big Nine” knowledge and skill competency areas (KASA) consisting of 191 individual goals.
  2. Communicate information clearly and effectively in written and oral form according to professional standards.

Speech and Hearing Sciences students earning a master’s degree with an emphasis in speech-language pathology will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of the basic human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, physiological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases;
  2. Knowledge of the nature of speech, language, hearing, and communication disorders and differences and swallowing disorders, including their etiologies, characteristics, anatomical, physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental and linguistic and cultural correlates;
  3. Knowledge of the principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders, including consideration of anatomical, physiological, psychological, developmental, and linguistic, and cultural correlates of the disorders; d. Knowledge of standards of ethical conduct;
  4. Knowledge of the processes used in research and the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practice;
  5. Knowledge of contemporary professional issues;
  6. Skills in screening, evaluation, and prevention procedures, including collection of case history information; selection and administration of appropriate evaluation procedures; interpretation, integration and synthesis of information to develop diagnoses and make appropriate recommendations for intervention; and completion of administrative and reporting functions necessary to support evaluation and refer clients/patients for appropriate services;
  7. Skills in developing, implementing, and monitoring appropriate intervention plans with measurable and achievable goals that meet clients’/patients’ needs; measuring and evaluating clients’/patients’ performance and progress; and modifying intervention plans, strategies, materials, or instrumentation as appropriate to meet the needs of clients/patients.

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