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Student & Program Assessment – University

Undergraduate Program Data

The COMDDE bachelor degree (BA/BS) campus and online programs primarily provide pre-professional education for entry into graduate professional programs in speech-language pathology. Most COMDDE undergraduate students go in that direction, with some ending as bachelor-prepared speech-language pathology technicians/assistants. The COMDDE bachelors’ programs also provide knowledge and skills pertaining to the graduate professional degrees in audiology and deaf education, although those programs have their own prerequisite coursework. Students graduating with a COMDDE BA/BS also gain foundational knowledge and skills relevant to further preparation for other careers in education and health services.

Upon graduation, students will demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of human communication sciences and disorders
  2. Introductory knowledge and skills pertaining to clinical management of communication disorders
  3. Competency in communication across spoken, written, and visual modalities
  4. Awareness of the professions of speech-language pathologist, audiologist, and deaf educator

Undergraduate COMDDE Coursework Relevant to Graduate Education in Communicative Disorders

  Biological, Neurological, & Acoustic Bases of Communication & Swallowing Psychological & Developmental Bases of Communication Linguistic & Cultural Bases of Communication Intro to Disorders of Communication & Swallowing Basic Audiology Intro to SLP Assessment & Treatment
COMD 2600 Intro   X X X X X X
COMD 3100 Speech Science X          
COMD 3010 American Sign Language 1     X      
COMD 3120 Mgmt of Speech Sound Disorders       X   X
COMD 3200 Child Language Development   X X      
COMD 3400 Hearing Science X          
COMD 3500 Phonetics/Developmental Phonology   X X      
COMD 3600 Language Science   X X      
COMD 3700 Basic Audiology       X X  
COMD 4200 Clinical Methods       X   X
COMD 4450 Child Comm Disorders       X   X
COMD 4500 Adult Communication Disorders       X   X
COMD 5070 Advanced Phonetics X          
COMD 5210 Cultural & Linguistic Diversity   X X      
COMD 5240 Neural Bases of Cog & Comm X          
COMD 5330 Aural Rehabilitation       X X  

Note: See https://caa.asha.org/ and https://www.asha.org/certification/

  1. Direct:
    1. For Objectives #1, #2, and #4, an assessment of learning will occur as a pre-test activity in COMD 2600 (Intro to Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education) and post-test activity in COMD 4200 (Clinical Methods) [new]
    2. For Objective #3, communicative competency in the visual/gestural modality will be assessed at the end of COMD 3010 [new]
  2.  Indirect:
    1. An exit online survey administered one year after graduation [new]
    2. An exit interview for SLP graduate students administered in the final semester of the master’s program [new]
    3. Graduate faculty evaluation of student performance in the three COMDDE graduate professional programs
    4. Student, advisor, and instructor feedback from informal and formal sources
  1. Direct: First set to be reported in Fall, 2020
  2. Indirect: First set to be reported in Fall, 2020 
  1. 2019: Based on indirect data from a recent curriculum review, and continuing student, advisor, and instructor feedback, existing courses were reformulated or are being phased out, and three new upper division courses were added: COMD 5240 - Neural Bases of Cognition and Communication, COMD 4200 - Clinical Methods, and COMD 4500 – Adult Communication Disorders. Indirect data sources and student course evaluations from 2018 and 2019 indicate a high level of satisfaction with the curricular changes.
  2. 2020: Further decisions, based on direct and indirect sources listed in the Assessment Plan to be reported in Fall, 2020

Audiology Graduate Program Data

Deaf Education Graduate Program Data

Upon graduation, students will demonstrate

  1. Knowledge of theory, strategies, and principles of serving children who are DHH in the classroom setting.
  2. Competencies in direct service delivery, demonstrating theory to practice principles and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  3. Knowledge of language acquisition and communication proficiency.

COMDDE Coursework for Deaf Education Programs

 

Classroom Teaching Pedagogy

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Language Acquisition and Communication Proficiency

Special Education Services

Bilingual-Bicultural
COMD 4910 American Sign Language III     X  
COMD 4920 American Sign Language IV     X  
COMD 6730 Multiple Disabilities and Syndromes X X X X
COMD 5900 Bilingual Bicultural Deaf Education X X X  
COMD 5600 Classroom Teaching using ASL X   X  
COMD 5610 Intro to Education of DHH X X X  
COMD 5620 Teaching School Subjects X X X  
COMD 5630 Literacy Methods Early Childhood   X X  
COMD 5740 Teaching Reading X   X  
COMD 5780 Sociocultural Aspects of Deafness X X X  
COMD 6640 Seminar: Issues in Deaf Education X X X  
SPED 5710 Young Children with Disabilities X X X X
COMD 6700 Practicum in Education of DHH X X X  
COMD 6770 Audiology and Teachers of DHH   X X  
COMD 6800 Student Teaching –Day School X X X  
COMD 6830 Student Teaching – Residential X X X  
COMD 6850 Seminar in Communicative Disorders X X      
Listening and Spoken Language
SPED 5010 Applied Behavior Analysis I X     X
SPED 5040 Foundations of Assessment and Instruction X X X X
SPED 5050 Applied Behavior Analysis II X     X
SPED 5530 Technology for Teaching X     X
SPED 5820 Young Children with Disabilities X X X X
SPED 5840 Practicum: Serving Children with Autism X     X
SPED 5880 Assessment for Early Childhood Special Ed X     X
SPED 6030 Special Education Student Teaching X     X
ComD 6320 Language and Literacy X   X  
COMD 6340 Strategies for LSL Development X X X  
COMD 6350 LSL Early Elementary and Itinerant X X X  
COMD 6360 Preschool Curriculum X X X  
COMD 6580 Family-Centered Practices   X X  
COMD 6700 LSL Practicum X X X X
COMD 6730 Multiple Disabilities and Syndromes   X   X
COMD 6770 Audiology and Teachers of Children DHH   X X  
COMD 6850 Interdisciplinary Seminar   X    
COMD 7520 Intro to Cochlear Implants     X  

Objective #1

Bilingual-Bicultural Program: An assessment of learning will occur as a pre-test activity in ComD 5630 and a post-test activity in ComD 6650.

Listening and Spoken Language Program: An assessment of learning will occur as a pre-test activity in ComD 6340 and a post-test activity in ComD 6320.

Objective #2

Bilingual-Bicultural Program: Competencies will be assessed in final semester of program utilizing a 4-point Likert competency rating form in student performance in direct service delivery.

Listening and Spoken Language Program: Competencies will be assessed in final semester of program utilizing a 4-point Likert competency rating form in student performance in direct service delivery.

Objective #3

Bilingual-Bicultural Program: Students’ American Sign Language communication and teaching proficiency is assessed via a graduate comprehensive performance exam administered and rated by the teaching faculty prior to the student teaching placement.   

Listening and Spoken Language Program: Student proficiency in auditory development and the listening hierarchy will be assessed in a competency evaluation activity in ComD 6340.

Additional Indirect Assessments:

  1. An exit online survey administered one year after graduation [new]
  2. An exit interview for Deaf Education graduate students administered in the final semester of the master’s program [new]
  3. Student, advisor, and instructor feedback from informal and formal sources
  1. Direct: First set to be reported in Fall, 2020
  2. Indirect: First set to be reported in Fall, 2020
  1. 2019: Based on recent curriculum review, content was added to ComD 6340; revised content and format of ComD 6850 interdisciplinary seminar for LSL students.
  2. Based on student performance and curriculum review, a pre-requisite of ComD 3010 ASL I was added to ComD 5610 and ComD 4780. The faculty determined that the students needed a basic understanding of ASL, Deaf history and culture that is covered in ComD 3010 in order to better participate in class activities and better understand the content covered in ComD 5610 and 4780.
  3. Based on student, and alumni, feedback and a review of the Deaf Education Praxis exam, the Special Education courses previously required were replaced with different Special Education courses that have more classroom and service delivery application. A new section of ComD 6730 was added and SPED 5710 was added to the Bilingual Bicultural Deaf Education program of study.
  4. Based on curriculum review the faculty changed the sequence of the two literacy courses in the bilingual bicultural program to better align with the content of other courses offered during each semester. Fall semester courses now focus on infancy and early childhood language and literacy development and services for young deaf children while Spring semester courses focus on teaching the school-age population of deaf children. Hence, ComD 5740 was moved to Spring semester and ComD 5630 was moved to Fall semester.
  5. Additional content addressing typical childhood developmental milestones will be added to LSL program in preparation for Fall 2020 curriculum.
  6. 2020: Further decisions, based on direct and indirect sources listed in the Assessment Plan to be reported in Fall, 2020.

Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program Data