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Speech-Language Pathology

Speech Courses

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.

SLPA 201. Professional Issues. 1 Unit.

This seminar covers in ethical and legal issues, practice standards, employment and business considerations for the practice of speech-language pathology.

SLPA 205. Adult Neurological Disorders I. 3 Units.

This class presents formal and informal assessment strategies and treatment strategies for adults who have language-based and motor speech-based communicative difficulties secondary to stroke, trauma, and degenerative conditions. Focus is directed to understanding a managing aphasia and motor speech disorders. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Speech-Language Pathology program.

SLPA 209. Language Disorders II. 3 Units.

Students examine assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with language disorders in the language-for-learning and advanced language stages. An overview of language disorders in children and adolescents and the relationship between language and literacy are also components of this course.

SLPA 211. Language Disorders III. 3 Units.

Students examine assessment and treatment of children with language disorders in the prelinguistic, emerging, and developing language stages. Causation, prevention, and early intervention issues, as well as considerations for special populations, are also covered in this course. Prerequisites: SLPA 209 or permission of instructor.

SLPA 215. Aural Rehabilitation. 3 Units.

Students explore the theory and methods of habilitation/rehabilitation of hearing impaired children and adults. Procedures include speech and language development, speech conservation, speech reading, auditory training and amplification with individual and group hearing aids. Prerequisite: SLPA 127.Graduate standing.

SLPA 217. Voice Disorders. 3 Units.

This graduate course concerns the study of the human voice and related disorders. Course content includes normal vocal development as well as functional and organic voice disorders. The primary course objective is to instruct students in the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of vocal pathologies. Graduate standing.

SLPA 219. Speech Sound Disorders II. 3 Units.

This course is designed for the advanced student to describe the characteristics, classifications, and causes of articulation/phonological disorders; describe the principles of assessments and assessment procedures; describe concepts, principles, and approaches to treatment; integrate theories and research to clinical practice; and demostrate clinical problem solving skills for individuals with speech sound disorders or differences. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Speech-Language Pathology program.

SLPA 222. Adult Neurological Disorders II. 3 Units.

This class will explore the assessment and treatment strategies in the management of cognitive and communicative difficulties secondary to traumatic brain injuries, right hemisphere disorders, and dementia. Evidence-based, pragmatic and experiential approaches will be explored in the differential diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Speech-Language Pathology program.

SLPA 225. Public School Issues. 1 Unit.

This seminar reviews the organization and administration of language, speech, and hearing programs in public schools. Students also review federal and state legislation and legal decisions influencing public school speech-language pathologists. Graduate standing.

SLPA 227. Auditory Processing Disorders. 1 Unit.

The role of the speech-language pathologist in the process of screening, diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of auditory processing disorders. Students obtain experience in administering and interpreting auditory processing screening tests and developing management plans.

SLPA 229. Dysphagia/Swallowing Disorders. 3 Units.

This graduate-level course investigates the nature of normal and abnormal swallowing function, the causes of dysphagia, its assessment and clinical management. Graduate standing.

SLPA 231. Augmentative/Alternative Communication. 2 Units.

The course provides students with information about unaided and aided systems for alternative and augmentative communication. Students gain information and laboratory experiences that help them determine the most appropriate devices and methods of therapy for an individual and how to incorporate them into a complete communication system. Graduate standing.

SLPA 233. Cleft Palate and Syndromes. 2 Units.

Students analyze research and theory in etiology, diagnosis and treatment of craniofacial anomalies and other genetic syndromes that involve communicative disorders. Diagnosis and treatment of speech disorders associated with cleft palate are emphasized. Graduate standing.

SLPA 237. Managed Care. 1 Unit.

This is a graduate seminar in ethical and legal issues, practice standards, employment and government regulations for the speech-language pathologist who practices in the medical environment.

SLPA 239. Assessment Procedures. 1 Unit.

This course provides students with hands-on, practical experience administering, scoring, analyzing, and interpreting formal and informal speech/language assessment tests and measures. Speech/language assessment procedures and report writing are also taught in this course.

SLPA 241. Research Methods. 3 Units.

Students explore various research methodologies and statistical designs applicable to communicative disorders. They study and critical evaluate empirical studies from current literature and examine scholarly and professional writing skills. Students learn the application of the scientific method, use of qualitative and quantitative data, and assessment and treatment of clients with communicative disorders.

SLPA 245. Disorders of Fluency. 2 Units.

This is an introductory course in fluency disorders with emphasis upon etiology, theory, diagnosis, and treatment of stuttering and cluttering.

SLPA 247. Autism Spectrum Disorders. 2 Units.

Students examine the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. An overview of the nature and characteristics of autism spectrum disorders, as well as associated neurobiological factors, are additional topics taught in this course.

SLPA 253. Medical Speech Pathology. 1 Unit.

This course is designed to introduce graduate level clinicians in Speech-Language Pathology to the medical setting. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Speech-Language Pathology program.

SLPA 255. Counseling Skills in Speech-Language Pathology. 2 Units.

This course is direceted to enhancing student’s counselling skills, therapeutic effectiveness and relationship with future clients, and knowledge of areas and techniques important in counselling. Teaching will be through didactic and experiential processes. The experience of self-actualization through various exercies will ve emphasized.

SLPA 283. Diagnostic Lab. 1 Unit.

A weekly three-hour lab experience that includes demonstration and practicum in the assessment of speech and language disorders.

SLPA 287A. Internship in Speech and Hearing. 2-4 Units.

SLPA 287B. Fieldwork in Speech and Hearing. 2 Units.

SLPA 288. Externship. 3-9 Units.

This experience is designed to provide students with a full-time, supervised experience in the field. Educational and medical settings are available. Open only to students who have completed all of their academic coursework, comprehensive examinations and have maintained a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Course may be repeated. Graduate standing in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology.

SLPA 289A. Advanced Clinic. 1-3 Units.

SLPA 289B. Advanced Clinic. 1-3 Units.

SLPA 291. Graduate Independent Study. 1-4 Units.

SLPA 293. Special Topics. 2-4 Units.

SLPA 297. Graduate Research. 1-4 Units.

SLPA 299. Thesis. 2 or 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

Understand the importance of embracing and serving a diverse world

Program Specific Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of communication disorders and differences and swallowing disorders, and methods of prevention, evaluation, and intervention. 
2. Demonstrate skill in selecting appropriate tools and conducting evaluations with diverse populations and across the lifespan. 
3. Demonstrate skill in conducting intervention with diverse populations and across the lifespan. 
4. Demonstrate interaction and personal qualities consistent with the standards of the profession. 
5. Demonstrate knowledge of school-based and medical-based speech-language pathology services.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of processes used in discipline-related research. 
7. Demonstrate knowledge of counseling principles and practices applied to the practice of speech-language pathology with diverse populations and across the lifespan. 
8. Demonstrate knowledge of standards of ethical conduct. 
9. Demonstrate knowledge of processes used in research and of the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practice. 
10. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary professional issues. 
11. Demonstrate knowledge of communication and swallowing disorders and differences, including the appropriate etiologies, characteristics, anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates. 
12. Demonstrate knowledge of entry level and advanced certifications, licensure, and other relevant professional credentials, as well as local, state, and national regulations and policies relevant to professional practice. 
13. Demonstrates kills in oral and written or other forms of communication sufficient for entry into professional practice. 
14. Complete a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in the practice of speech-language pathology with at least 325 of the 400 clock hours completed at the graduate level. 
15. Pass the national examination adopted by ASHA for purposes of certification and licensure in speech-language pathology.

Speech-Language Pathology Faculty

Jeannene Ward-Lonergan, Professor and Chair, 1999., B.S., St. Joseph College, 1984; M.S., Boston University, 1989; Ph.D. University of Connecticut, 1995.

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

Nicholaus Brock, Assistant Clinical Professor, Clinic Director, Stockton Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center, 2016., B.S., University of the Pacific, 2011; M.S., University of the Pacific, 2012.

Benjamin Reece, Assistant Clinical Professor, Director of Clinical Education, 2015., BA, University of the Pacific, 2001; M.S., University of the Pacific, 2008

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

Derek Isetti, Assistant Professor, 2015., BA, University of California, Irvine, 1996; M.S., University of the Pacific, 2008; Ph.D., University of Washington, 2014.

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

Madhu Sundarrajan, Assistant Professor, 2019., Bachelor of Information Technology, University of Delhi, India, 2004; M.S. University of Texas at Dallas, 2007; Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, 2015

Michael Susca, Associate Professor, 2001, B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1975; M.S., University of New Mexico, 1977; Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2001.