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PhD Program Requirements

The complete program requires a minimum of 64 credits beyond the master's degree in communicative disorders. Twenty-two credits are core courses which all students in the doctoral program must take. Fifteen credits are specialization credits based on the student's individual interests. Eight credits comprise the student's professional products and experiences. One credit is the preliminary exam. Six credits are additional research methods. Student dissertation/thesis comprise of a minimum of 12 credits.


These courses must be taken by all students in the doctoral program:

EDUC 6570 Introduction to Educational and Psychological Research (3 credits)
Introduction to research methods including identifying research questions, conducting research literature reviews, and design and implementation of research projects.

EDUC 6600 Measurement, Design, & Analysis (3 credits)
This course integrates concepts in measurement, research design, and statistical analysis for research in psychology and education.

SPED 7920 Doctoral Orientation Seminar (3 credits)
Orients new students to the doctoral program including career planning, program planning, fundamental concepts of scientific research and literature review, and knowledge of the available facilities and faculty members.

SPED 7940 Journal Reading Group (2 credits *2 semesters)
Under faculty direction, students read and discuss published research. Students learn to critique empirical and theoretical papers as well as current research findings in important areas of Disability Disciplines.

SPED 7950 Multicultural Issues in Disability (3 credits)
This seminar will focus on the juxtaposition of disability and ethnic/cultural/linguistic diversity. Three broad areas will be presented. The first area will focus on the ethnic/cultural/linguistic demography of disability. The second area will focus on the prejudice, discrimination, and handicapism and the ways in which these forces impact upon an individual who has a disability and who is a member of an ethnic/cultural/linguistic minority group. The third area will focus on practice applications, translating the concept of the first two areas into practical suggestions for professional practice.

SPED 7820 Cross-Specialization Topical Seminars (3 credits *2 courses)
In-depth study of special topics in special education, rehabilitation, behavior analysis, and disabilities studies. Seminars examine historical aspects, relevant research, and theoretical positions.


Students will enroll in at least one graduate content area course that relates to their primary interest area. Specialization courses will comprise 15 credits. Examples of possible courses include:

COMD 6020 Language Diagnosis and Intervention with School-age Children

COMD 6030 Disorders of Fluency

COMD 6120 Adult Disorders of Motor Speech & Swallowing

COMD 6130 Neuropathologies

COMD 6140 Pediatric Neurogenic Disorders

COMD 6210 Bilingual/Multicultural Services

COMD 6810 Disorders of Phonation

COMD 6900 Advanced Topics in Speech and Language Disorders (3 credits * 2 courses)
Discussion of advanced topics and issues in language disorders, including theories of information processing and learning mechanisms underlying language disorders, the nature of various types of language disorders, language assessment, and language intervention.

COMD Seminars (3 credits *2 courses) Students will take an additional 6 credits in seminars on topics of relevance to their programs. Examples of possible seminars include: 

COMD 7820 Research Seminar in Communication Disorders COMD 7830 Seminar: Special Topics 


Students will take a minimum of 6 additional credits in research methods. Students are encouraged to consider the following courses, although students' committees will consider additional options:

SPED 7700 Single Subject Research Methods

SPED 7710 Advanced Single-Subject Research Methods and Design

EDUC 7610 Measurement, Design and Analysis II

PSYC 7020 Advanced Evaluation Methodology and Techniques

PSYC 7780 Multivariate Methods in Psychology and Education

PSYC 7670 Literature Reviews in Education and Psychology