Worcester State University
Communication Sciences & Disorders Department


Educational Goals

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Worcester State University currently offers a 39-credit undergraduate major in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  This is a pre-professional program designed for students who anticipate earning a Master's Degree, state licensure, and national certification as speech-language pathologists or audiologists.  However, students who complete an undergraduate degree degree in CSD are prepared to further their studies in related fields (e.g., special education, social work, or regular education) and/or obtain gainful employment.

Students who complete the undergraduate program receive a Bachelor of Science degree.  As part of the program, students complete 25 hours of observation of communication disorders across a variety of clients in regard to age, disorder, severity level, and linguistic/cultural background.  The undergraduate curriculum also provides prerequisite courses for students interested in a Master's Degree in speech-language pathology who come from other academic disciplines both at Worcester State University and across the consortium.

Undergraduate CSD Program Goals/Student Learning Outcomes, and Procedures for Measurement


1.    Program goal: Students will complete a comprehensive undergraduate program in communication sciences.


Student Learning Outcomes:  The student will:

Demonstrate knowledge of concepts associated with communication sciences.


            Procedure:  Students will complete a take-home examination during their first semester of their senior year. This objective examination will examine basic CSD sciences including phonetics, normal development of speech and language, hearing science, speech science, and anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism. The examination will consist of multiple choice, true/false, close tasks, short answers, and definitions. It will contribute to a portion of the grade for CD 410.


2.   Program goal:  Students will develop a basic understanding of communication disorders.


Student Learning Outcomes:  (1) The student will:

Analyze case studies of individuals with speech, language, and/or hearing disorders, (2) Identify specific information regarding speech, language, and/or hearing disorders.



            Procedure:  During CD 310 Language Disorders, CD 320 Speech Disorders, and CD 400 Aural Rehabilitation, students will analyze a case study regarding the disorder based on information obtained through class lecture, discussions, and readings.


3.   Program goal:  Students will develop critical thinking and analytic skills.


Student Learning Outcome:  The student will:

Critique intervention or assessment sessions of WSU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic clients for aspects of rapport, timing, materials, or other specified issues related to specific age of client and speech, language, or hearing disorder.


            Procedure:  During CD 301 Directed Observations and CD 401 Advanced Directed Observations, students will learn to observe intervention or assessment sessions with clinic clients for such issues as rapport between clinician and client, timing of the session, and appropriateness of materials used to highlight session objectives. A written response to each observation will be graded and returned
for revision as needed. Revision will be required if the grade is less than 8/10 on the first draft.


4.   Program goal:  Students will develop students’ professional writing and speaking skills.


Student Learning Outcomes:  The student will:

(1) Complete a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) course with the CSD major (i.e., CD 301 & CD 401), (2) demonstrate improved oral presentation skills, (3) demonstrate improved written skills pertaining to communication sciences and disorders. 


Procedure:  Written and longitudinal skills will be assessed longitudinally using rubrics.


5.   Program goal:  Students will be prepared to succeed in further education and/or professional endeavors.


Student Learning Outcomes:  The student will:

Undergo an exit interview to discuss his/her decision to either further his/her education, or begin a professional endeavor based on undergraduate preparation received from CSD curriculum.


            Procedure: Students will complete and
            exit interview in CD 430 Neuroscience in Communication Sciences & 



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