All COMD courses are taught via independent study via the Internet. All classes are taught every semester. Students are allowed to take as many (up to 5) or as few courses as they wish each semester.
Courses are $275 per credit.
See Department Policies on Transfer Credits and Prerequisites.
The post-bachelors courses are not graduate level courses and cannot be counted as graduate credit.
Recommended Course Sequence
Below is a list of required COMD courses with their required prerequisites and a sample sequence of when to take them if the student is planning to take a "full" load. It is recommended that courses are taken in the order listed below, and degree-seeking students are required to take all 12 courses in the sequence listed. If a different order is selected, the student must not take the courses requiring prerequisites until those listed prerequisites are completed.
All classes are required by the Department of Communicative Disorders at Utah State University cannot be taken for pass/fail credit.
COMD 2500, Language, Speech, and Hearing Development; 3 credits (no prerequisites)
COMD 3100, Fundamentals of Anatomy for Speech and Language; 3 credits (no prerequisites)
COMD 3500, Phonetics/Developmental Phonology; 3 credits (no prerequisites)
COMD 5100, Language Science; 3 credits (no prerequisites)
COMD 3120, Disorders of Articulation and Phonology; 3 credits (prerequisites: COMD 2500 & COMD 3500)
COMD 3400, Acoustics and Anatomy of the Ear; 3 credits (prerequisite: COMD 3100)
COMD 4450, Assessment and Treatment of Children with Communicative Disorders; 3 credits (prerequisites: COMD 2500, 3100 and 3500)
COMD 5900, Observation/Grad Prep; 2 credits (prerequisite: COMD 2500)
COMD 3700, Basic Audiology; 3 credits (prerequisite: COMD 3100 & COMD 3400)
COMD 5070,(Speech Science; 3 credits (prerequisite: COMD 3100, 3400 & COMD 3500)
COMD 5200 (Filimoehala), or COMD 5200 (Elsweiler) Language Assessment and Intervention for Preschool Children; 3 credits (prerequisites: COMD 2500 & COMD 5100)
COMD 5330, Aural Rehabilitation; 3 credits (prerequisite: COMD 3100 & COMD 3400)
Please Note: Candidates for a second bachelor’s degree who did not satisfy American Institutions requirements in the first bachelor’s degree, must satisfy any deficiencies in these requirements before receiving the second bachelor’s degree. These courses are typically the general education courses completed as part of a bachelor’s degree.
Strongly Recommended Courses (not included in this program)
The following non-COMD courses are strongly recommended and may be required for certain graduate schools. Most graduate schools require a statistics course as a requirement for admission. Statistics will have to be in a Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) student's record in order to be eligible for ASHA certification. If you have not already completed a statistics course, you should do so. If you have not completed courses of this type as part of another university degree, you should discuss this in more detail with your advisor. Some of these non-COMD courses may not be available online at USU or taught every semester.
- Education of Exceptional Children SPED 4000, 2 credits
- Sign Language I COMD 2910, 4 credits
- English Composition (rec) ENGL 1010, 3 credits
- Persuasive Writing ENGL 2010, 3 credits
- General Psychology PSYC 1010, 3 credits
- Math 1010 or 1050, 4 credits
- Introduction to Biology BIOL 1010, 4 credits
- Human Anatomy BIOL 2320, 4 credits
- Human Physiology BIOL 2420, 4 credits
- Analysis of Behavior PSY 1400 & PSY 1410, 3 credits
- Introduction to Stats STAT 1040, 3 credits
- Children's Literature, ENGL 3530, 3 credits
Course Descriptions and Textbooks
Description: Introductory Course: Language, Speech, and Hearing Development-- Language, speech, and hearing development throughout life and strategies for facilitating development. Requisite for human communication and language learning. Theoretical models of language acquisition and intracultural/intercultural differences. Nature, causes, and prevention of language, speech, and hearing disorders.
Textbook: Language Development From Theory to Practice, 2nd Edition, Khara L. Pence Turnbull & Laura M. Justice, Allyn & Bacon, 2012.
COMD 2500 Syllabus
Description: Fundamentals of Anatomy for Speech and Language-- Basic study of the structures and functions associated with the sub-processes of speech and hearing, including respiration, phonation, resonation, articulation, neurology, and hearing.
Textbook: (Required) Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology for Communication Disorders (with CD-ROM), 2nd Edition ISBN-10: 1-133-01821-1, ISBN-13: 978-1-133-01821-6
You can order the textbook from the USU Bookstore, the publisher, or from any other source you choose.
COMD 3100 Syllabus
Description: Disorders of Articulation and Phonology-- Introduction to articulation and phonological disorders and related problems. Emphasis directed at evaluation, management, and measures of success. Principles of programming are presented.
Textbooks: (Required): Pena-Brooks, A. & Hegde, M.N. (2007). Assessment and Treatment of Articulation and Phonological Disorders in Children-2nd Edition. Pro Ed, Inc. ISBN-13: 978-1-4164-0230-5
(Optional): Secord, W. (2007). Eliciting Sounds - Techniques for Clinicians 2nd Edition. ISBN-13: 978-1-4018-9725-3
COMD 3120 Syllabus
Description: Acoustics and Anatomy of the Ear-- Principles of physical acoustics as applied to Communicative Disorders. Course includes anatomy, physiology, and metabolism of the human auditory system.
Textbook: Seikel, J. Anthony, King, Douglas W. & Drumright, David G. Anatomy & Physiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing. 4th Ed. DELMAR Cengage Learning.
COMD 3400 Syllabus
Description: Phonetics/Developmental Phonology-- Study of the development of the phonological subsystem in English and the acoustic and physiological characteristics of speech sounds.
Textbook: Fundamentals of Phonetics by Larry Small, 3rd edition
COMD 3500 Syllabus
Description: Basic Audiology-- Study of pure tone audiometry, including clinical masking, speech audiometry, and clinical immittance measures.
Textbook: Introduction to Audiology, Martin & Clark, 11th Edition
The Allyn & Bacon Communication Sciences and Disorders Series
ISBN-10:0132108216 | ISBN-13: 978-0132108218
COMD 3700 Syllabus
Description: Introduction to Speech and Language Assessment and Intervention in Children will allow students to develop awareness of the relationship between speech, language, and communication; review models of speech and language development; identify causes and characteristics of speech and language disorders in children; learn about assessment procedures for children with speech and language disorders; and learn about intervention strategies for children with speech and language disorders.
Textbook: Hegde, M. N. & Pomaville, F. (2008). Assessment of Communication Disorders in Children. Resources and Protocols. San Diego CA: Plural Publishing.
COMD 4450 Syllabus
Description: Speech Science -- Explores contemporary theory, research findings, clinical applications, and laboratory experiences in measurement and analysis of normal speech production. Acoustic, aerodynamic, and physiologic data are explored to develop an understanding of the key processes of speech production and perception.
Textbook: Speech and Voice Science by Behrman, Alison, Plural Publishing, Inc.;Edition 2. ISBN-10: 1597564818, ISBN-13: 978-1597564816
COMD 5070 Syllabus
Description: Language Science-- Study of clinical analysis of syntactic and morphological properties of speech.
Textbook: Discovering English Grammar by Richard Veit, 1999. 2nd Edition ISBN: 0-205-28483-3
COMD 5100 Syllabus
Description: Language Assessment and Intervention for Preschool Children-- Preschool assessment and intervention, including language sampling and analysis procedures, test administration and interpretation, informal language assessment, intervention goals and objectives, planning clinical management, language facilitation strategies, teaching approaches, classroom-based language intervention, and enhancing emergent literacy.
Textbook: Language Disorders from Infancy through Adolescence, 4th Edition Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Communicating. Paul & Norbury ISBN: 9780323071840
COMD 5200 Syllabus
Description: Aural Rehabilitation-- Ramifications of hearing loss among children and adults and rehabilitative audiological techniques and programs.
Textbook: Introduction to Auditory Rehabilitation, by Carole E. Johnson and published by Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN-13 = 978-0-205-42417-7
COMD 5330 Syllabus
Description: Observation/Grad Prep -- The acquisition of the 25 hours of observation required by ASHA takes place as part of this course. Problems of mutual interest to students and the instructor are investigated and reported. No textbook
COMD 5900 Syllabus