Teaching Methods in Speech-Language Pathology Sample Syllabi

Course Description

This course is designed to:

  • Provide an overview of general issues
  • Provide an overview of diagnostics and treatment modalities for speech-language pathologists in various settings
  • Integrate and discuss issues in cultural diversity as they pertain to the aforementioned general issues, diagnostics, and treatment modalities in speech-language pathology

Course Objectives

To provide a forum for discussion of topics related to the speech-language pathologist and clinical practice issues in various settings by describing specific disorders and related assessment and intervention methods with a special focus on life span issues.

Required Text

Owns, R.E., Metz, D.E., & Haas, A.H. (2002). Introduction to Communication Disorders: A Life Span Perspective (2nd ed.). Massachusetts: Allyn and Bacon.

Class Outline

Class 1: Overview of Course and Assignments

  • Lecture: A journey from student to professional (Chapter 1)
  • Typical and disordered communication (Chapter 2)

Class 2: Lecture: Anatomy and Physiology Related to Speech, Hearing and Language (Chapter 3)

Class 3: Lecture: Communication Development (Chapter 4)

  • Assessment and intervention (Chapter 5)

Class 4: Lecture: Childhood Language Impairments (Chapter 6)

  • Adult language impairments (Chapter 7)

Class 5: Lecture: Fluency Disorders (Chapter 8)

Class 6: Lecture: The Voice and Voice Disorders (Chapter 9)

Class 7: Lecture: Disorders of Articulation and Phonology (Chapter 10)

  • Cleft lip and cleft palate (Chapter11)

Class 8: Lecture: Neurogenic Speech Disorders (Chapter 12)

Class 9: Lecture: Disorders of Swallowing (Chapter 13)

Class 10: Lecture: Augmentative and Alternative Communication Disorders (Chapter 14)


Case presentations

Each student is required to select a disorder and present information to the class. Along with characteristics about the disorder, each student will create a case profile by providing information on how each disorder may be assessed (possible test used) and treated.

The case profile will include the following:

  • type of disorder (definition & characteristics)
  • client age
  • medical/family history
  • reason for referral
  • summary of language/speech concerns
  • assessment materials (description, age ranges, areas covered) and rationale
  • intervention (goals & objectives)
  • service delivery model
  • special considerations

On the day of presentation, a type-written summary is required. In addition, a journal article and 1-page abstract (format attached) is required. The journal article should be related to the identification, assessment or management of the disorder selected. A copy of the presentation must be submitted to the instructor on the day of scheduled presentation. Please use visuals (i.e. Power Point, transparencies, video). No poster board. Please utilize audio information when necessary. It is each student's responsibility to make his or her presentation informative, creative and interesting. Each student should demonstrate a solid working knowledge of the subject chosen. Be prepared to answer scholarly questions from the instructor and fellow classmates.

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