James Madison University

Online M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

Course List

A complete listing of all core and elective courses is available in the CSD program section of the official JMU Graduate Catalog.

The courses described below will be offered via on-line technology for students enrolled in the Online MS SLP program. Courses must be taken in the sequence offered with their cohort. The course timeline indicated is tentative and subject to change. 

CSD500 Introduction to Research in CSD
Focuses on both basic and applied research interpretation.

CSD515 Human Communication & Aural Rehabilitation 
This course focuses on the impact of hearing loss on human communication across the lifespan. Aural habilitation and rehabilitation procedures common to the 20th century are compared with today’s trends and with projected advances expected for the 21st century.

CSD522 Communication Disorders of TBI
An overview of the role of speech-language pathology in the interdisciplinary management of cognitive-communicative deficits associated with traumatic brain injury.

CSD527 Aging & Communication
A study of the underlying processes of normal aging and the potential effects of senescence on communication abilities. Emphasis is placed on the speech, language, and cognitive therapeutic interventions relative to geriatric care.

CSD528 Autism: Focus on demographics of autism spectrum disorders, historical and contemporary diagnostic and treatment procedures, and the role of the speech-language pathologist in interdisciplinary programs. 

CSD529 Augmentative Communication
Assessment and intervention strategies for the speechless population will be presented. Students will participate in demonstrations of alternative communication systems. An interdisciplinary team approach to (re)habilitation will be studied.

CSD530 Early Intervention
Introduction to early intervention programs and approaches for infants and toddlers with emphasis on the role of the speech-language pathologist in team intervention. 

CSD544 Evaluation & Treatment of Swallowing Disorders
Current research and clinical management will be presented of individuals showing difficulties in feeding orally and aspirating. Normal physiology of deglutition and the multidisciplinary approach toward the management of dysphagia will be emphasized.

CSD560 Neuromotor Speech Disorders 
The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the theoretical and clinical aspects in the areas of dysarthria and apraxia. Similarities and differences of the speech impairments in these disorders will be demonstrated and applied to diagnosis and treatment.

CSD581 Speech Practicum
Speech-language pathology practicum. This particular practicum course must be completed as part of the total 10 credits in practicum courses

CSD582 Speech Practicum
Speech-language pathology practicum. This practicum course must be completed as part of the total 10 credits in practicum courses. Satisfactory completion of the course requires participation in professional development activities as outlined in the course syllabus, in addition to clinical practicum.

CSD583 Speech Practicum
Speech-language pathology practicum. This particular practicum course must be completed as part of the total 10 credits in practicum courses.

CSD604 Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology of Speech & Language
Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with an emphasis on speech and language behavior. Comprehensive examination of the neuroanatomic and neurophysiologic substrate for cognition and communication.

CSD605 Physiological & Acoustical Phonetics
Respiratory, phonatory, resonatory and articulatory components of speech output are considered. Theoretical models of speech production and reception are discussed.

CSD623 Advanced Study of Phonological Disorders
Articulatory phonetics, phonological processes and co-articulation are considered. Emphasis is given to analysis of phonological delays/disorders and specific procedures of remediation.

CSD625 Pediatric Dysphagia
Current research and clinical management will be presented of individuals showing difficulties in feeding orally and aspirating. Normal physiology of deglutition and the multidisciplinary approach toward the management of dysphagia will be emphasized. 

CSD632 Processes & Disorders of Speech Fluency
Advanced diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of stuttering for children and adults are studied. Particular emphasis is placed on differentiating incipient stuttering from normal dysfluencies.

CSD640 Advanced Children’s Language Disorders
Comprehensive study of children’s pragmatic, semantic and syntactic impairments. Emphasis is placed upon etiologies, evaluation and habilitation procedures. 

CSD641 Language Disorders in Adults 
Theoretical comparative aspects and clinical management of aphasia in adults are emphasized. Communication disorders associated with right hemisphere brain damage are also considered.

CSD 656 Voice Disorders
The study of laryngeal functions and disorders. In-depth study of acoustic and physiologic parameters of the vocal mechanism. Emphasis is given to the diagnosis and management of vocal pathologies.

CSD 682 Speech Practicum
Supervised speech-language pathology practicum. This practicum course must be completed as part of the total 10 credits in practicum courses. Length and frequency of clinical experience determined by CAC and the director of clinical education in accordance with student’s clinical needs.

CSD683 Speech Practicum
Supervised speech-language pathology practicum. This practicum course must be completed as part of the total 10 credits in practicum courses. Length and frequency of clinical experience determined by CAC and the director of clinical education in accordance with student’s clinical needs.