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Speech-Language Pathology

Speech Courses

SLPA 051. Introduction to Communication Disorders. 3 Units.

This course introduces students to language, voice, fluency, articulation and hearing disorders in children and adults. It is open to non-majors. (GE1A)

SLPA 053. Sign Language I. 3 Units.

This course introduces students to comprehension and expression through sign language. It is open to non-majors with permission of department. (GE2A)

SLPA 055. Sign Language II. 3 Units.

A major part of the instruction for this course is conducted in sign language. This course requires active participation by the students to further develop beginning sign language skills.

SLPA 101. Clinical Methods I. 2 Units.

Students participate in observations and analysis of therapy, materials, teaching methods, behavioral management and data collection.

SLPA 103. Clinical Methods II. 1 Unit.

Students study methods, materials, and treatment of communicative disorders. Content includes: staffings, case studies, presentations, demonstrations, and class discussion.

SLPA 105. Clinical Methods III. 2 Units.

This course assists the beginning clinician with: writing professional reports, accountability issues while exploring a variety of therapy delivery models.

SLPA 107. Clinical Methods IV. 1 Unit.

Students discuss and analyze current clinical experiences. They also explore different disorders, populations, and work environments.

SLPA 110. Clinical Observations. 1 Unit.

SLPA 110A. Clinical Observations. 1 Unit.

This course offers structured clinical observations for seniors not enrolled in SLPA 189A or SLPA 189B. Grading is Pass/No Credit only.

SLPA 110B. Clinical Observations. 1 Unit.

This course offers structured clinical observations for seniors not enrolled in SLPA 189A or SLPA 189B. Grading is Pass/No Credit only.

SLPA 121. Speech and Language Development. 3 Units.

This course is designed to provide basic information relative to speech and language acquisition in normal children. Phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic development is considered, as well as pyschosocial and intellectual correlates. This course is open to non-majors.

SLPA 123. Language Disorders I. 3 Units.

This introductory course examines the speech language and behavioral characteristics associated with mental retardation, hearing impairment, emotional disturbance and neurological involvement. Discussion of appropriate diagnosis and therapeutic techniques is included.

SLPA 125. Speech Sound Disorders I. 3 Units.

An introduction to the etiology, assessment and remediation of articulation and phonologic disorders is the primary focus of the course. It is further designed to prepare students for the beginning clinical practicum experience.

SLPA 127. Audiology. 3 Units.

This introductory course in audiology emphasizes basic acoustics and psychoacoustics, anatomy and physiology of the ear, hearing measurement (pure-tone, speech and tympanometry) and types of causes of hearing impairment. This course is open to non-majors.

SLPA 129. Anatomy and Physiology of Speech. 3 Units.

Students examine the anatomy and physiology of the mechanisms of speech and hearing. This course is open to non-majors.

SLPA 131. Phonetics. 3 Units.

Students study the analysis and classification of the phonemes of standard and nonstandard dialects of American English. The course includes: intensive practice in the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet, the intensive use of Visual Phonics, and the application of phonetics to communicative disorders.

SLPA 133. Neurogenic Case Studies in Speech-Language Pathology. 3 Units.

This course requires students to integrate course content from all SLPA courses taken previously in analyzing and synthesizing clinical cases related to acquired neurogenic communication disorders.

SLPA 137. Speech and Hearing Science. 3 Units.

Speech and Hearing Science provides the student with academic and laboratory training in the sciences that provide the foundation of clinical practice in communication disorders. Students gain proficiency with various types of clinical equipment through hands-on experience.

SLPA 139. Diagnostics. 3 Units.

Students study the principles, models and methods of assessment of speech and language disorders. Topics include interview, testing, and reporting procedures.

SLPA 143. Multicultural Populations. 3 Units.

Students examine theoretical models of normal second language acquisition and bilingualism that emphasize the relationship to accurate identification of communication disorders. The content distinguishes between language differences due to differing cultural linguistic variables and underlying, cross-lingual language impairment. Current research and trends in diagnosis and re-mediation techniques for multicultural clients is studied as well as. Problem-solving approaches for specific clinical cases. (DVSY, ETHC)

SLPA 145. Disorders of Fluency. 3 Units.

This introductory course in fluency disorders (stuttering) emphasizes etiology, theory, diagnosis and treatment of this speech disorder.

SLPA 151. Behavior Modification for SLPs. 3 Units.

This class focuses on basic and advanced principles of behavior modifications as they relate to the area of communication sciences and disorders. Multiple strategies to increase, decrease, or modify behaviors are introduced. Theoretical and applied experiences in planning intervention strategies, measurement techniques, generalization and maintenance of changed behaviors are emphasized.

SLPA 181. Diagnostic Observation. 1 Unit.

SLPA 181 offers structured diagnostic observations for seniors not registered in SLPA 183. Grading is Pass/No Credit only.

SLPA 183. Diagnostic Laboratory. 1 Unit.

This course is a weekly three-hour lab experience that includes demonstration and practicum in assessment of speech and language disorders.

SLPA 189A. Beginning Clinic. 1 Unit.

SLPA 189B. Intermediate Clinic. 1 Unit.

SLPA 191. Independent Study. 1-4 Units.

Major Field Competence

Demonstrate knowledge in the discipline

Critical and Creative Thinking

Demonstrate critical and creative thinking


Demonstrate effective oral and written skills

Ethical Reasoning

Understand the importance of integrating ethical behavior in their personal and professional lives

Collaboration & Leadership

Demonstrate the importance of collaborating with others within and across disciplines

Intercultural and Global Perspectives

Evidenced by satisfactory completion of the assessment and intervention project in SLPA 143 – Multicultural Populations.

Program Specific Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication processes.
2. Demonstrate introductory knowledge of human communication disorders and swallowing disorders.
3. Demonstrate introductory knowledge of assessment and intervention procedures for the major types of communication disorders and swallowing disorders.
4. Demonstrate a commitment to ethical and compassionate service.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases.
7. Demonstrate the ability to integrate information pertaining to normal and abnormal human development across the life span.

Speech-Language Pathology Faculty

Benjamin Reece, Assistant Clinical Professor of Speech-Language Pathology, Director of Clinical Education, 2015, BA, University of the Pacific, 2001; MS, University of the Pacific, 2008.

Nicholaus Brock, Nicholaus Brock, Assistant Clinical Professor and Clinic Director, Stockton Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center, 2016, BS, University of the Pacific, 2011; MS, University of the Pacific, 2012.

Jeannene Ward-Lonergan, Professor and Chair, 1999, BS, St. Joseph College, 1984; MS, Boston University, 1989; PhD, University of Connecticut, 1995.

Larry Boles, Professor and Graduate Program Director, 2010, BA, San Francisco State University, 1978; MA, San Francisco State University, 1982; PhD, University of Arizona, 1995.

Simalee Smith-Stubblefield, Professor Emeritus, 1983, BS, University of Wyoming, 1976; MA, University of the Pacific, 1982.

Derek Isetti, Assistant Professor, 2015, BA, University of California, Irvine, 1996; MS, University of the Pacific, 2008; PhD, University of Washington, 2014.

Jill Duthie, Associate Professor, 2006, BA, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1972; MA, California State University, Northridge, 1976; PhD, University of Oregon, 2005.

Madhu Sundarrajan, Assistant Professor, 2019, BIT, University of Delhi, India, 2004; MS, University of Texas at Dallas, 2007; PhD, University of Texas at Dallas, 2015.

Michael Susca, Associate Professor, 2001, BS, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1975; MS, University of New Mexico, 1977; PhD, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2001.