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Whether helping a child who stutters or an adult with a hearing loss, the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program, formerly Communication Disorders, in the Department of Health and Human Performance offers students the opportunity to learn about human communication; speech, language, and hearing disorders; and intervention methods for children and adults experiencing communication problems. As a national leader offering an undergraduate pre-professional degree, MTSU’s program helps prepare students for graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology.


What We're Doing

Kathryn Blakenship, Karen Davis and Elizabeth Smith

Small program is a communication giant during pandemic

Students in the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program prepare to help people with daily communication challenges from stuttering to hearing loss and more. When the pandemic shut down MTSU in March 2020, few people understood how vital communication was during the crisis more than Kathryn Blankenship, Karen Davis and Elizabeth Smith. All three agreed “teamwork” and “communication” were the keys to their success with teaching classes, encouraging students and providing clinical services to the public during a time of many uncertainties. Collectively the MTSU team felt they learned the value of patience and positivity and how creative they could be utilizing technology without compromising the compassionate and cutting-edge services that are the hallmarks of the clinic. Today many clinic services are still offered online, and they have a blueprint on how to communicate and safely function during any future crisis. “We learned that our students are amazing! They didn’t miss a beat and quickly adjusted to a new normal,” said Smith. “We are small group, but we are mighty!”

Dr. Rebecca Fischer

COVID-19 protocol no obstacle for Speech-Language-Hearing clinic

What could have been a setback for students in the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program turned into an opportunity for improving the curriculum. Dr. Rebecca Fischer divided her fall 2020 and spring 2021 lab classes in half. One lab’s students would use audiometers, which are machines used to measure hearing ability, while the other worked on a different assignment, and vice versa. This was a way to avoid multiple students sharing audiometers. Another technique Fischer used to help maintain pandemic protocols in phonetics classes was to put a list of 20 words in a different universal alphabet on a sheet of paper with the phonetically correct pronunciations on the back. Fischer created videos in which she said the words correctly. The students could view the videos on digital devices at their leisure and check their responses. This kind of ingenuity also enabled Fischer to continue welcoming clients to the clinic where speech-language pathology and audiology majors obtain practical experience. “I know a lot of clinics that had to close down, and I am just very proud of our faculty, our students, and our clients that we were able to keep the clinic open,” Fischer said.


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Students in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology focus on careers dealing with evaluation, treatment, and prevention of human communication disorders. Professionals in speech-language pathology and audiology provide clinical services in health care and education facilities and serve as consultants in business, industry, and government. Some majors become speech and hearing scientists who engage in research.

Speech and hearing professionals work in a variety of settings. Examples include

  • Hospitals and community clinics
  • Public and private schools
  • Health departments
  • Long-term care and home health facilities
  • Private and public industry
  • Private practice offices
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Universities and research laboratories

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Children's Hospital at Erlanger
  • Community Care of Rutherford County
  • Department of Defense
  • Feltz Therapy Services, LLC
  • Gallaudet University
  • Hawkins County Schools
  • Jones Therapy Services
  • Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • National Health Care
  • Regional One Health Medical Center
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Special Kids, Inc.
  • Speech Pathology Services of East Tennessee, LLC
  • Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Stepping Stones Group
  • Tri Star Health Systems
  • VA Hospitals
  • Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
  • Warren County Schools

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.

Undergraduate

The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program in the Health and Human Performance Department at MTSU offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. To practice as a licensed audiologist or speech-language pathologist, students must also complete a master's or doctorate program.

For students who have completed an undergraduate degree in another major, MTSU offers the prerequisite courses necessary for a graduate degree in speech-language pathology.
 
A minor in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology also is offered.

Graduate

The Health and Human Performance Department offers an M.P.H. in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health. The department also offers an M.S. in Exercise Science and Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Management, which has two concentrations: Recreation and Leisure Services and Sport Industry.

The Health and Human Performance Department also offers a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Human Performance with a specialization in Exercise Science. 

Other programs offered by HHP

Other undergraduate majors offered by the Health and Human Performance Department that lead to a B.S. include Athletic Training; Exercise ScienceCommunity and Public Health with two concentrations: Public Health and Health Education and Lifetime Wellness; Leisure and Sport Management; and Physical Education.

The department offers undergraduate minors in Athletic Coaching and Officiating, Driver and Traffic Safety Education, Communication Disorders, Health, Health and Physical Education, Health and Human Performance, Recreation, and Somatic Movement Education.

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, B.S.

Department of Health and Human Performance 
615-904-8541
Rebecca Fischer, program coordinator
Rebecca.Fischer@mtsu.edu

The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major focuses on diagnosis and intervention for those who have speech or hearing problems. It provides a foundation for students who wish to continue study at the graduate level to become certified as speech-language pathologists or audiologists or who wish to pursue other careers related to communication disorders.

Prior to enrollment in clinical methods (CDIS 3300), students must achieve a minimum overall GPA of 2.60 in 60 credit hours or 3.00 in the last 30 credit hours, a minimum GPA of 2.80 in the major, and a minimal grade of C in each prerequisite course. To enroll in and continue clinical practicum, students must meet academic and professional eligibility criteria established by the faculty and published in the clinic manual. Academic criteria include GPA standards, mastery of phonetic features and transcription, mastery of morpheme analysis, and competence in speaking and writing. Students who do not receive a grade of B- or higher in both English composition courses (ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020) will be required to retake (ENGL 1010 and/or ENGL 1020) to improve writing proficiency.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology, B.S., Academic Map 

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirement54 hours
Minor15-21 hours
Electives4-10 hours
TOTAL120 hours

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Requirements (54 hours)

  • CDIS 3130 - Hearing and Speech Science

    3 credit hours

    Examines the acoustics of sound and speech production and the perception of sound and speech. Practical application of this knowledge to clinical settings emphasized.

  • CDIS 3150 - Phonetics  3 credit hours  

    CDIS 3150 - Phonetics

    3 credit hours

    Training in the recognition and production of the sounds of speech with an analysis of their formation; extensive practice in phonetic transcription.

  • CDIS 3200 - Speech Sound Disorders

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDIS 3050 and CDIS 3150. Speech development, etiologies of phonological/articulatory problems, and approaches for assessing and remediating speech-sound errors.

  • CDIS 3260 - Language Acquisition and Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Language development and procedures for analyzing child language. Semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic development explored through examining child language transcripts.

  • CDIS 3270 - Language and Literacy Development in School-Age Children

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CDIS 3260 with C or better. Introduces language and literacy development in school-age children. Sampling and analysis in the areas of semantics, morphosyntax, and pragmatics to identify school-age children with and without language disorders.

  • CDIS 3300 - Clinical Methods in Speech Language Pathology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDIS 3200, CDIS 3260, and academic criteria established by the faculty. Planning and implementing treatment programs for individuals with speech-language disorders. A foundation for clinical practicum.

  • CDIS 3350 - Introduction to Audiology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CDIS 3050 with C or better. The etiologies and diagnoses of hearing problems; practical experience in administering audiometric examinations.

  • CDIS 4400 - Neurology in Speech Language Pathology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDIS 3300 and CDIS 3400. Structures and function of the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system and their constituent parts. Focuses on function as it impacts human communication. Includes historical perspectives in the study of the brain and development of imaging techniques.

  • CDIS 4550 - MTSU Clinic Practicum in Speech Language Pathology A

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDIS 3300, prior semester application, and completion of academic and professional criteria established by the faculty. Supervised clinical practice in the University clinic.

  • CDIS 4560 - MTSU Clinic Practicum in Speech Language Pathology B

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDIS 4550, prior semester application, and completion of academic and professional criteria established by the faculty. Supervised clinical practice in the University clinic.

  • CDIS 4900 - Diagnostic Procedures in Speech Language Pathology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDIS 4550 and CDIS 4560 or permission of instructor. Basic concepts of measurement and application of diagnostic procedures used in speech-language pathology.

Guided Electives (15 hours)

Choose 15 hours from the following:

  • CDIS 3010 - Communication Disorders in Pop Culture

    3 credit hours

    Popular films and literature used to explain how persons with speech, language, and hearing disorders portrayed to the public and how that information promotes images that are positive and negative. Explores how these things influence public opinion.

  • CDIS 3450 - Fluency Disorders

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CDFS 3300 with C or better. Etiologies, assessment, and treatment of fluency disorders.

  • CDIS 3500 - Multicultural Issues in Communication Disorders

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CDIS 3300 with C or better. An introduction and initial overview of the impact of culture and cultural variation on language and communication. Includes a foundational understanding of cultural-linguistic diversity, application to the clinical process, and overall cultural competence in communication sciences and disorders.

  • CDIS 4500 - Aural Rehabilitation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDIS 3300  with C or better and CDIS 3350. Materials and methods employed in programs for persons with hearing loss.

  • CDIS 4570 - MTSU Clinic Practicum in Speech Language Pathology C

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDIS 4560, prior semester application, and completion of academic and professional criteria established by the faculty. Supervised clinical practice in the University clinic.

  • CDIS 4580 - MTSU Clinic Practicum in Speech Language Pathology D

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDIS 4570, prior semester application, and completion of academic and professional criteria established by the faculty. Supervised clinical practice in the University clinic.

  • CDIS 4620 - Independent Study  1 to 3 credit hours  

    CDIS 4620 - Independent Study

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Recommendation by a departmental faculty member. Study of a specific area of speech/ language pathology or audiology to be completed through instructor-student conferences.

  • CDIS 4630 - Independent Study  1 to 3 credit hours  

    CDIS 4630 - Independent Study

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Recommendation by a departmental faculty member. Study of a specific area of speech/language pathology or audiology to be completed through instructor-student conferences.

  • CDIS 4660 - School Practicum in Speech Language Pathology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CDIS 4560, prior semester application, and approval by faculty. Advanced clinical practicum/externship in the schools under the supervision of an ASHA-certified practitioner based in the schools and MTSU faculty.

  • CDIS 4850 - Speech and Language Disorders in Childhood

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDIS 3300 with C or better or permission of instructor. A comprehensive study of the speech, language, and voice difficulties experienced by children.

  • CDIS 4860 - Seminar in School Speech Language Pathology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDIS 4560, prior semester application, and approval by faculty. Covers topics appropriate to the implementation of federal, state, and local laws that affect service-delivery of speech-language and hearing in the school setting. Study of best practices in service delivery, school, culture, working with parents, and how to integrate related services such as speech-language and hearing intervention into the academic environment.

  • CDIS 4700 - Practicum in Audiology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDIS 3350 and CDIS 4550 or permission of instructor. Laboratory course in applying principles of audiology.

  • CDIS 4750 - Advanced Audiology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CDIS 3300 with C or better or permission of instructor. The development of advanced skills in the evaluation and remediation of hearing problems.

  • CDIS 4950 - Research Methods in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CDIS 3300. Introduces research designs and strategies frequently used in the fields of speech language pathology and audiology. Analysis of research literature and understanding of statistical procedures commonly employed in studying this small yet diverse population.

  • ANTH 3410 - Linguistic Anthropology

    3 credit hours

    Language in its anthropological contexts with a focus on language as one element of culture, including how a language fits into the cultural system, how language is distinguished from other components of culture, how culture and language interrelate, and what techniques and methods can be used to infer nonlinguistic facts from linguistic material.

Minor (15-21 hours)

Electives (4-10 hours)

Curriculum: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 6 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours (BIOL and either CHEM or PHYS recommended)
  • General elective 1 credit hour

 

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AST 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AST 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 29 Hours

Sophomore

  • CDIS 3130 - Hearing and Speech Science

    3 credit hours

    Examines the acoustics of sound and speech production and the perception of sound and speech. Practical application of this knowledge to clinical settings emphasized.

  • CDIS 3150 - Phonetics  3 credit hours  

    CDIS 3150 - Phonetics

    3 credit hours

    Training in the recognition and production of the sounds of speech with an analysis of their formation; extensive practice in phonetic transcription.

  • CDIS 3200 - Speech Sound Disorders

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDIS 3050 and CDIS 3150. Speech development, etiologies of phonological/articulatory problems, and approaches for assessing and remediating speech-sound errors.

  • CDIS 3260 - Language Acquisition and Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Language development and procedures for analyzing child language. Semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic development explored through examining child language transcripts.

  • CDIS 3350 - Introduction to Audiology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CDIS 3050 with C or better. The etiologies and diagnoses of hearing problems; practical experience in administering audiometric examinations.

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - World Literatures  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - World Literatures

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours (BIOL and either CHEM or PHYS recommended; courses required by graduate schools )
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • General elective or minor course 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Junior

  • CDIS 3270 - Language and Literacy Development in School-Age Children

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CDIS 3260 with C or better. Introduces language and literacy development in school-age children. Sampling and analysis in the areas of semantics, morphosyntax, and pragmatics to identify school-age children with and without language disorders.

  • CDIS 3300 - Clinical Methods in Speech Language Pathology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDIS 3200, CDIS 3260, and academic criteria established by the faculty. Planning and implementing treatment programs for individuals with speech-language disorders. A foundation for clinical practicum.

  • CDIS 4400 - Neurology in Speech Language Pathology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDIS 3300 and CDIS 3400. Structures and function of the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system and their constituent parts. Focuses on function as it impacts human communication. Includes historical perspectives in the study of the brain and development of imaging techniques.

  • CDIS 4550 - MTSU Clinic Practicum in Speech Language Pathology A

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDIS 3300, prior semester application, and completion of academic and professional criteria established by the faculty. Supervised clinical practice in the University clinic.

  • Mathematics (MATH) 3 credit hours (MATH 1530 recommended; stats required for graduate school)
  • Minor course 3 credit hours
  • General elective or minor course 3 credit hours
  • Guided electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Senior

  • CDIS 4560 - MTSU Clinic Practicum in Speech Language Pathology B

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDIS 4550, prior semester application, and completion of academic and professional criteria established by the faculty. Supervised clinical practice in the University clinic.

  • CDIS 4900 - Diagnostic Procedures in Speech Language Pathology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDIS 4550 and CDIS 4560 or permission of instructor. Basic concepts of measurement and application of diagnostic procedures used in speech-language pathology.

  • Guided electives 9 credit hours
  • Minor courses 12 credit hours
  • General elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

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Communication Disorders

CDIS 2150 - Voice and Diction
3 credit hours

Development of professional voice quality through classroom exercises, individual instruction, and recording assignments to achieve accurate pronunciation, articulation, and expression of American English needed to meet required non-regional accent standards in voice-based occupations.

CDIS 3010 - Communication Disorders in Pop Culture
3 credit hours

Popular films and literature used to explain how persons with speech, language, and hearing disorders portrayed to the public and how that information promotes images that are positive and negative. Explores how these things influence public opinion.

CDIS 3050 - Introduction to Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
3 credit hours

Overview of the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology, with emphasis on the common disorders of speech, language, and hearing and their treatment.

CDIS 3130 - Hearing and Speech Science
3 credit hours

Examines the acoustics of sound and speech production and the perception of sound and speech. Practical application of this knowledge to clinical settings emphasized.

CDIS 3150 - Phonetics
3 credit hours

Training in the recognition and production of the sounds of speech with an analysis of their formation; extensive practice in phonetic transcription.

CDIS 3200 - Speech Sound Disorders
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 3050 and CDIS 3150. Speech development, etiologies of phonological/articulatory problems, and approaches for assessing and remediating speech-sound errors.

CDIS 3250 - Speech and Language Development for the Educator
3 credit hours

Topics include theories of development of language in children from birth through the age eight (approximate end of the developmental period); the impact of the development of oral language on the teaching of reading and writing; an overview of the common speech and language problems seen in the school-aged child; and the influence of environmental factors on the child's ability to communicate and learn.

CDIS 3260 - Language Acquisition and Analysis
3 credit hours

Language development and procedures for analyzing child language. Semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic development explored through examining child language transcripts.

CDIS 3270 - Language and Literacy Development in School-Age Children
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDIS 3260 with C or better. Introduces language and literacy development in school-age children. Sampling and analysis in the areas of semantics, morphosyntax, and pragmatics to identify school-age children with and without language disorders.

CDIS 3300 - Clinical Methods in Speech Language Pathology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 3200, CDIS 3260, and academic criteria established by the faculty. Planning and implementing treatment programs for individuals with speech-language disorders. A foundation for clinical practicum.

CDIS 3350 - Introduction to Audiology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDIS 3050 with C or better. The etiologies and diagnoses of hearing problems; practical experience in administering audiometric examinations.

CDIS 3400 - Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDIS 3050 or permission of instructor. The anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism.

CDIS 3450 - Fluency Disorders
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDFS 3300 with C or better. Etiologies, assessment, and treatment of fluency disorders.

CDIS 3500 - Multicultural Issues in Communication Disorders
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDIS 3300 with C or better. An introduction and initial overview of the impact of culture and cultural variation on language and communication. Includes a foundational understanding of cultural-linguistic diversity, application to the clinical process, and overall cultural competence in communication sciences and disorders.

CDIS 4400 - Neurology in Speech Language Pathology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 3300 and CDIS 3400. Structures and function of the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system and their constituent parts. Focuses on function as it impacts human communication. Includes historical perspectives in the study of the brain and development of imaging techniques.

CDIS 4500 - Aural Rehabilitation
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 3300  with C or better and CDIS 3350. Materials and methods employed in programs for persons with hearing loss.

CDIS 4550 - MTSU Clinic Practicum in Speech Language Pathology A
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 3300, prior semester application, and completion of academic and professional criteria established by the faculty. Supervised clinical practice in the University clinic.

CDIS 4560 - MTSU Clinic Practicum in Speech Language Pathology B
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 4550, prior semester application, and completion of academic and professional criteria established by the faculty. Supervised clinical practice in the University clinic.

CDIS 4570 - MTSU Clinic Practicum in Speech Language Pathology C
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 4560, prior semester application, and completion of academic and professional criteria established by the faculty. Supervised clinical practice in the University clinic.

CDIS 4580 - MTSU Clinic Practicum in Speech Language Pathology D
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 4570, prior semester application, and completion of academic and professional criteria established by the faculty. Supervised clinical practice in the University clinic.

CDIS 4600 - Off-Campus Practicum in Speech Language Pathology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 4560, prior semester application, and approval by faculty. Advanced supervised clinical practice in an off-campus clinical facility.

CDIS 4620 - Independent Study
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Recommendation by a departmental faculty member. Study of a specific area of speech/ language pathology or audiology to be completed through instructor-student conferences.

CDIS 4630 - Independent Study
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Recommendation by a departmental faculty member. Study of a specific area of speech/language pathology or audiology to be completed through instructor-student conferences.

CDIS 4660 - School Practicum in Speech Language Pathology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDIS 4560, prior semester application, and approval by faculty. Advanced clinical practicum/externship in the schools under the supervision of an ASHA-certified practitioner based in the schools and MTSU faculty.

CDIS 4700 - Practicum in Audiology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 3350 and CDIS 4550 or permission of instructor. Laboratory course in applying principles of audiology.

CDIS 4750 - Advanced Audiology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDIS 3300 with C or better or permission of instructor. The development of advanced skills in the evaluation and remediation of hearing problems.

CDIS 4800 - Speech and Language Disorders in the Adult Population
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDIS 3300 with C or better. Overview of the impact of age on communication. Identification and remediation of communication problems associated with the aging process.

CDIS 4850 - Speech and Language Disorders in Childhood
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 3300 with C or better or permission of instructor. A comprehensive study of the speech, language, and voice difficulties experienced by children.

CDIS 4860 - Seminar in School Speech Language Pathology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 4560, prior semester application, and approval by faculty. Covers topics appropriate to the implementation of federal, state, and local laws that affect service-delivery of speech-language and hearing in the school setting. Study of best practices in service delivery, school, culture, working with parents, and how to integrate related services such as speech-language and hearing intervention into the academic environment.

CDIS 4900 - Diagnostic Procedures in Speech Language Pathology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDIS 4550 and CDIS 4560 or permission of instructor. Basic concepts of measurement and application of diagnostic procedures used in speech-language pathology.

CDIS 4950 - Research Methods in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDIS 3300. Introduces research designs and strategies frequently used in the fields of speech language pathology and audiology. Analysis of research literature and understanding of statistical procedures commonly employed in studying this small yet diverse population.

Mission Statement

The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program helps prepare undergraduate students for graduate studies to become Speech-Language Pathologists and/or Audiologists through rigorous academic studies and clinical experience supervised by credential professionals.

The academic and clinical courses emphasize the following instructional principles: 

  • Understanding communication development over the life span
  • Preventing, diagnosing, and treating communication problems
  • Communicating effectively in oral and written language
  • Thinking logically, critically, and ethically
  • Supporting research and evidence-based clinical practices
  • Appreciating cultural diversity in an ever-changing society
  • Providing community services and establishing community partnerships
  • Participating in professional organizations and continuing education

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Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

The Middle Tennessee State University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic serves children and adults who have hearing, articulation, language, voice, stuttering, and other communication problems. Client services are provided by undergraduate students under the supervision of our clinical faculty, who are certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in speech-language pathology (CCC-SLP) or audiology (CCC-A), and are licensed by the State of Tennessee. The clinical services offered by the MTSU Clinic are based on the educational needs of the student clinicians completing the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major. When selecting cases, the clinical coordinator considers the client's disability, space availability, sufficient clinical staff, and scheduling policies. 

The MTSU Clinic functions within the academic semester calendar. Each semester, clients or parents obtain a parking pass from Parking Services. Services provided by the University Clinic are billed on a sliding scale at the end of each semester. Currently there is a waiting list for therapy in the University Clinic. For further information, please call 615-898-2661.

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Client Forms

Completed forms should be returned via fax (615-898-2815), email or mail:

Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic 
MTSU Box 364 
1301 E. Main St. 
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

The Clinic Experience

In addition to the academic course work, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology majors receive instruction in clinical management. Undergraduate programs that offer opportunities for clinical training are unique. Specialized clinic courses and experiences allow majors to combine academic knowledge with actual clinical services.

Student clinicians work in the University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic (CDIS 4550-4580) under the direct supervision of speech-language pathologists and audiologists certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. When meeting special requirements, clinicians may also engage in off-campus clinical (CDIS 4600) or school services (CDIS 4650). Through clinical practicum, students earn clock hours to apply toward the total hours required by graduate programs to fulfill national certification standards. The School Speech-Language Teacher license requires completion of CDIS 4650. Clinical materials and equipment are periodically reviewed and updated so that students receive optimal training in diagnostic methods and therapeutic management.

Prior to enrollment in clinical practicum, students must meet academic and professional eligibility criteria established by the faculty and published in the clinic manual. Academic criteria include a minimum overall GPA of 2.6 in 60 credit hours or 3.0 in the last 30 credit hours, a minimal GPA of 2.8 in the major, a minimal grade of C in each prerequisite course, mastery of phonetic features, and competence in speaking and writing. Students who do not receive a grade of B- or higher in both English composition courses (ENGL 1010 and 1020), as well as students who show unacceptable writing skills in academic or clinical course work, will be required to take an additional English writing course.

The University Clinic, located in the Alumni Memorial Gym (basement), serves children and adults who have hearing, articulation, language, voice, stuttering, and other communication problems. The University Clinic functions within the academic semester calendar.

View a video about the University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. 

Additional Information

Contact Information

Tammy Walker
Tammy.Walker@mtsu.edu
615-898-2661

Who is My Advisor?

Sarah Fossett (A-D, L, P)
Sarah.Fossett@mtsu.edu
615-898-4818 | CKNB 201

Crystal Ellis (E-J, K, M, Q)
Crystal.Ellis@mtsu.edu
615-898-4810 | CKNB 201

Judy Monroe (N-O, R-Z)
Judy.Monroe@mtsu.edu
615-904-8494 | CKNB 201

Mailing Address

MTSU Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 364
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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