Communication Disorders (CDO) Major
Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology
B.A.A. or B.S. degrees
CDO Prerequisties Flowchart
CDO 278 (3)
Normal Speech Development/Descriptive Phonetics
CDO 330 (3)
CDO 331 (3)
Introduction to Audiology
CDO 335 (3)
The Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
CDO 338 (3)
Introduction to Speech Sound Disorders
CDO 340 (3)
Child Language Assessment and Intervention
CDO 417 (3) Introduction to Adult Communication Disorders
CDO 431 (3)
CDO 439 (3)
Diagnostic and Intervention Methods in Speech-Language Pathology
CDO 463 (3)
Introduction to Acoustic Phonetics
CDO 494 (4)
Mentored Practicum in Communication Disorders
CDO 525 (3) Research Design in Communication Disorders
CDO 551 (3) Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Clinical Focus
40 semester hours
CDO 495 (3)
*Note: Electives that provide extra beneficial content but do not count toward the major: CDO 130, 230.
Additional requirements for all majors
3.25 GPA in the major
Not less than a C in any single course in the major
Courses must be selected in consultation with an advisor
Students are permitted to enroll in CDO 278, 330, 331 and 335 only twice. No other CDO course retakes are allowed.
Post-Bachelors Degree students
Post -Bachelors Degree students are required to take the following courses to be eligible to apply for the SLP -MA graduate program: CDO 278, 330, 331, 335, 338, 340, 439,463 and 494
Post Bachelors Degree - CDO Prerequesites Flowchart
Description of CDO Courses
CDO 230 - Introduction to Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders 3 (3-0)
Aspects of speech-language pathology and audiology for elementary, secondary, and special education teachers, parents, and allied professionals in the management of speech, language, and hearing disorders.
CDO 278 - Normal Speech Development/Descriptive Phonetics 3 (3-0)
Study of speech sound acquisition emphasizing broad and narrow transcription of normal and disordered American English speech sound production using the International Phonetic Alphabet.
CDO 330 - Language Development 3 (3-0)
Study of language development in normally developing children from birth through adulthood; oral language sample analysis; language characteristics in disordered language learners.
CDO 331 - Introduction to Audiology 3 (3-0)
Anatomy and basic psychophysics of hearing; pathologies causing hearing loss; quantitative measurements of hearing; practice in testing.
CDO 335 - The Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing 3 (3-0)
Anatomical and neuroanatomical structures and functions for speech and hearing.
CDO 338 - Introduction to Speech Sound Disorders 3(3-0)
The study of formal and informal assessment of speech sound system disorders, associated factors and intervention approaches applied to various etiologies. Prerequisites: A signed major in CDO and CDO 278, 335. Co-requisites: CDO 340, 431.
CDO 340 - Child Language Assessment and Intervention 3 (3-0)
Formal/informal assessment of language, cognition, and communication functioning in infant through school-aged children not developing normal language parameters: intervention approaches for deficits in language. Prerequisite: A signed major in CDO and CDO 330. Co-requisities: CDO 338, 431.
CDO 402 – Diagnostics in Communication Disorders 2 (2-0)
Exploration of the diagnostic process in speech and language including formal and informal assessment methods and tools and strategies for analysis/interpretation of diagnostic findings. Prerequisites: CDO 230, 278, 330, 335, 338, 340.
CDO 417 - Introduction to Adult Communication Disorders
Overviews neuroanatomical bases of acquired adult communication disorders and
reviews nature and impact of such disorders including aphasia, dementia,
apraxia, dysarthia, and traumatic brain injury. Prerequisites: A signed major in CDO and CDO 335, 340. Co-requisites: CDO 439, 494.
CDO 431 - Audiologic Rehabilitation 3 (3-0)
Habilitative and rehabilitative issues/approaches for persons with hearing loss, including hearing aids, cochlear implants, speechreading, conversational strategies, auditory training, speech/language intervention, psychosocial adjustment, and education. Prerequisites: CDO 331.
CDO 439 - Diagnostic and Intervention Methods in Speech-Language Pathology 3 (3-0)
Classroom lecture integrating the clinical interaction process with clinical principles and techniques. Prerequisites: A signed major in CDO and CDO 278, 338, 340. Co-requisites: CDO 494, 417.
CDO 463 – Introduction to Acoustic Phonetics 3 (3-0)
Physical properties of sound generation, transmission, reception, and perception. Acoustics of sound production, phonemic distincions, and graphic representations of American English speech. Prerequisite: A signed major in CDO and CDO 278. Co-requisites: CDO 525, 551.
CDO 494 - Mentored Practicum in Communication Disorders 4 (2-4)
Supervised clinical assignment with an experienced student mentor encompassing up to 4 hours per week; with required weekly lectures regarding clinical procedures, issues, and cases. CR/NC only. Prerequisites: A signed major in CDO and CDO 338, 340.. Co-requisites: CDO 417, 439.
CDO 495 - Clinical Experience: Communication Disorders 3-6 (spec)
Enables students in communication disorders to carry out directed clinical practicum. Weekly discussion of clinical problems and cases. Prerequisites: CDO 230, 278, 330, 331, 335, 338, 340, 402, 439, 494, a grade point of at least 3.0 in CDO major courses, signed major in CDO. Recommendatons: permission of instructor
CDO 525 - Research Design in Communication Disorders 3(3-0)
Study of critical evaluation of scientific literature. Research in evidence-based practice related
to clinical decision-making. Exploration
of quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods in research design procedures. Prerequisites: A signed major in CDO and CDO 494, 439; a statistics course; or admission to the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Co-requisites: For Undergraduates only - CDO 463, 551.
CDO 551 Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Clinical Focus 3(3-0)
This course examines
clinical procedures and evidence-based practice for assessment of intervention
in communication skills of clients with autism spectrum disorders. Prerequisites: A signed major in CDO and 30 hours CDO coursework or admitted SLP or AuD.