- School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
- Speech-Language Pathology
- Graduate Program
- Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Admission to the Program
If you don't have an undergraduate degree in the discipline, you must complete the following prerequisite courses before applying to the graduation program in speech-language pathology at NIU.
- COMD 221 Phonetics and Phonology - 3 credit
- COMD 300 Introduction to Audiology - 3 credit
- COMD 305 Introduction to Language Development - 3 credit
- COMD 323 Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech & Hearing Mechanisms-3 credits
- COMD 325 Introduction to Hearing and Speech Science - 4 credits
- COMD 330 Neuroscience of Communication and Related Behaviors - 3 credits
- COMD 421 Aural Rehabilitation - 3 credits
- COMD 429 Assessment Procedures in Communicative Disorders - 3 credits
- COMD 435 Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders - 3 credits
There are a few half-time (10 hr/wk) graduate assistantships available in the department. Some SLP graduate students also apply for and receive graduate assistantships in other departments across campus.
You may also have the opportunity to work on research projects for faculty members with externally-funded grants.
There are active programs of research in several areas. Students are encouraged to talk with faculty and can participate in research projects in a variety of topics:
- mother-infant interactions and their influence on early language development
- metrics for assessing phonological development in children under the age of three
- language and literacy development and disorders
- interactions between cognitive and linguistic processes in treating adult neurogenic language disorders
- early communication skills of children with autistic spectrum disorder
- motor and language interactions
- Neuromotor Speech Disorders (apraxia of speech and Parkinson's disease)
- Functional near-infrared optical brain imaging (FNIR) study
- Speech intelligibility and cognitive processing in bilingual populations
Students participate in a variety of clinical programs supervised by faculty with expertise in that area:
- specialty diagnostic teams (e.g. acquired language disorders, AAC, early intervention)
- interdisciplinary clinics (e.g. language-literacy)
If you have a concern regarding a course you should first attempt to resolve the issue with the faculty member most directly involved. If the issue requires further resolution, the appropriate staff will intervene up to the dean if necessary. You may be asked to submit a written signed complaint.
Any student, instructor, staff member or member of the public may submit complaints about the NIU graduate speech-language pathology program.
Any specific concerns relating to the program's compliance with standards for accreditation should be signed and submitted to the CAA:
Chair, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard #310
Rockville, Maryland 20850
- Specialization in Speech-Language Pathology
- Speech-Language Pathology