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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Undergraduate Orientation Spring 2012. Contact Information (CHP & SW). Important Records for Students to Keep. Your program check sheets show the courses you need show the courses you have taken Your DARS (university records)

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    1. Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Undergraduate Orientation Spring 2012

    2. Contact Information (CHP & SW)

    3. Important Records for Students to Keep • Your program check sheets • show the courses you need • show the courses you have taken • Your DARS (university records) • should be double-checked against program check sheets • shows your GPA, expected graduation date, and minors/double majors/honors, etc. • Your course syllabi • Important for anyone applying to graduate school • Necessary for MA programs in SLP and certification

    4. Department Majors

    5. Speech-Language-Hearing Content • Development of speech and language in children • Structure and analysis of speech and language • Psychological aspects of language • Speech and hearing anatomy and physiology • Human Neuroscience • Speech acoustics and perception • Audiology • Research Methods

    6. Undergraduate major in SLH • Does not provide all of the training necessary to become a Speech-Language Pathologist / Audiologist • Requirements to become an SLP/Audiologist include • graduate study (Master’s Degree) • Supervised clinical experiences • national exam

    7. Observing Clinical Work in Speech-Language Pathology • Undergraduates can sign up for up to 3 hours of clinical observation in the Speech-Language-Hearing Center each term • Observations can start the 3rd week of classes • Sign up on the door to Room 140 Weiss Hall • Obtain a signature sheet from the front office (110 Weiss). Have the certified SLP who supervised the session sign your form • Undergraduates can also arrange observations at sites outside of Temple. Signature requirements are the same. You can use the Temple form to record hours and obtain signature(s).

    8. Linguistics Content • Formal analysis of the linguistic structure of language • Experimental phonetics and phonology • Psychology of language • Language acquisition • Required elective choices enable students to study philosophy of language, language disorder, logic, semantics, language history, linguistic anthropology, etc.

    9. Capstone Courses • When? • Each CSCD undergraduate takes the appropriate 3-credit capstone course in his/her final semester • What/Why? • “Capstone” definition: finishing touch, peak, crowning achievement • These courses bring together the knowledge and skill gained in the major • Which? • Speech-Language-HearingCSCD 4396 Orientation to Clinical Management • Description: Principles underlying the diagnostic and therapeutic processes in communication disorders; Introductory training of students in the application of these principles • LinguisticsCSCD 4397 Fieldworkin linguistics • Description: Students conduct guided research on a topic in the structure (syntax, semantics, morphology, and/or phonology) of a language * Contact your advisor the semester before you begin to make sure this will be set up properly for you

    10. CSCD students often have the option of studying a second major or a minor • Common second majors/minors • Psychology major/minor • Spanish major/minor • Anthropology major/minor • Public Health minor • Cognitive Neuroscience minor

    11. Gen Ed Requirements: All Students

    12. Course Requirements for SLH Majors:Courses in the Department * Banner will not allow you to register for a course without having taken the proper pre-requisite

    13. Course Requirements for SLH Majors:Courses Outside the Department

    14. Course Requirements for Linguistics Majors:Courses in the Major

    15. Elective Requirements for Linguistics Majors Select 4 from this list* *Other courses may be approved for linguistics elective requirements – but these will require advisor approval Linguistics student are also required to take 2 semesters of a foreign language or ASL

    16. Academic Policies • Full-time students • Take 12 credits or more (avg. load is 15-17 credits) > 17 credits requires additional tuition and special permission • Credits required for graduation • College of Health Professions and Social Work= 122 • Grades required for credit • Required courses for the major: C is the minimum passing grade • Gen Ed courses: C- is the minimum passing grade

    17. Course repetition • Can only happen once • Academic probation • Cumulative GPA < 2.0 after earning 30 credits / more • Can result in dismissal if continues • Dean’s List • For 2011-12, minimum GPA 3.69 (the cut-off varies)

    18. Avoid Academic Dishonesty Plagiarism • The unacknowledged use of another person's labor, ideas, words, and/or assistance • Assume that all work done for courses -- papers, examinations, homework exercises, laboratory reports, oral presentations -- is to be done by the individual student by him or herself, unless explicitly told otherwise by the instructor • If the work has involved other resources -- journals, books, or other media -- these resources must be cited in a manner appropriate to the course (as determined by your instructor) • Everything used from other sources -- suggestions for organization of ideas, ideas themselves, or actual language -- must be cited

    19. Cheating • The thwarting or breaking of the general rules of academic work or the specific rules of the individual courses. Includes: • falsifying data • submitting, without the instructor's approval, work in one course which was done for another • helping others to plagiarize or cheat from one's own or another's work • or actually doing the work of another person

    20. Courtesy • Cell phones should be set to silent and put away during class • Laptops can be used in class only with instructor permission and for purposes directly related to class • There should be no talking among classmates unless the teacher has allowed a break or asked for such discussion • Emails to advisors and faculty should be respectful. Avoid the use of “hey” and addressing them by first names, unless specifically instructed that it is ok to do so • Show up on time to class and stay until the class is dismissed • It is best to make appointments or come during open office hours to see faculty/advisors

    21. Graduation with Distinction in CSCD(For SLH & Linguistics students) • GPA of 3.5 or higher in the major and overall • No grade below B in the major • A faculty member who agrees to mentor • Enrollment in honors independent study • Completion of an honors paper at the end of the 3-credit independent study during which the student will engage in an empirical study or library research in the field of CSCD

    22. Research in the Department • Bilingual language and literacy • Health and literacy • Adult language disorders • Language and the brain • Functional neuro-imaging of language processing and audition • Child language disorders • Stuttering, cluttering • Linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax) • Literacy and aphasia

    23. Organizations / Conferences • Linguistics • LSA Linguistics Society of America • Speech-Language-Hearing • ASHA American Speech/Language Hearing Association • PSHA Pennsylvania Speech/Language Hearing Assoc • NSSHLA National Student Speech/Language/Hearing Association • Temple Branch of NSSLHA

    24. What is NSSLHA? The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association The national organization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of normal & disordered human communication The only official national student association recognized by the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA) Approximately 11,000 members with chapters in more than 301 colleges & universities

    25. Temple Chapter • Who are we? • Graduate and undergraduate students who are looking to pursue a career in speech-language pathology, linguistics, or audiology • What do we do? • Participate in community service, social, and academic activities geared towards meeting the needs of our members. • Provide informative sessions regarding ASHA, NSSLHA, job opportunities, and local activities. • Enable students to get to know their classmates and become familiar with the department!

    26. Recent Temple NSSLHA Events Monthly meetings NSSLHA Speaker Series Presentations from faculty and professionals in the field Fundraising E.g., Totebag and t-shirt sales Social Events Restaurant week, Potluck Dinner, NSSLHA night out Community Service: Relay for Life, Special Olympics

    27. National Membership • Access to exclusive services and opportunities: • A print subscription to ASHA leader and one ASHA journal of your choice • Several issues of NSSLHA’s “News & Notes” and the Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders • Access to “member’s only” sections on NSSLHA and ASHA websites including online journals • Eligibility for the NSSLHA to ASHA Conversion Program Discount, which represents a significant savings on dues and fees for your first year of ASHA membership and certification • How to Apply for National Membership • Go the NSSLHA website to view the 2011 Application Form • Call the Action Center 1-800-498-2071 • Pay $60 per year

    28. How can you get involved in Temple’s Chapter? Complete a registration form $15 yearly membership dues (checks payable to NSSLHA) Return to any of the NSSLHA officers or place in the NSSLHA mailbox in Weiss Hall Join our listserv for important updates on meetings and events! go to:, click on ACCESS LIST WEBSITES, click on NSSLHA then JOIN LISTSERVE and fill out your email address Don’t forget to check out our NSSLHA bulletin board Located in the department across from the patient waiting room and main office Questions or concerns? Please email us at

    29. Applying to Graduate School in SLP, Audiology or Linguistics? • Start planning and preparing early • Start planning and preparing early • Start planning and preparing early • Go to to learn about the different graduate programs in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology • Go to to learn about the different graduate programs in Linguistics

    30. To Apply to Graduate SchoolYou are likely to need: • GRE scores • Official transcripts • from Temple and any other college(s) you attended • Reference letters from 2-3 individuals (preferably faculty) • Personal statement and/or writing sample • Resume

    31. Temple Info on Grad Applications for Speech/Language Pathology • • DO YOUR BEST WORK to get into grad school! • Consider other options • Admissions Info for Temple • For 30 spaces in our 1st year MA class starting Fall 2012, we received ~400 applications • We accepted 60 (because some decide among a number of possible MA programs) • ~330 were not accepted; 10 wait-listed

    32. CSD Dept. Policy on Letters of Recommendation for Graduate Study in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)/Audiology (AUD) Student Achievement and Recommendation Packet Requirements • The student achievement requirementsreflect our observation that the level of academic achievement required to be successful in a grad program in SLP/AUD and the ratio of applicants to accepted students mean that students who do not meet the requirements below are unlikely to be successful in gaining admission or successfully completing the program, if admitted. • The recommendation packet requirementsreflect the increasing number of recommendations faculty are being asked to write in a given semester (sometimes more than 100 per faculty member), the numbers of packets that have been submitted with information missing which can jeopardize a students’ chances of admission and/or require the faculty members to take considerable time checking application requirements and tracking down students to bring in additional forms, etc.

    33. Student Achievement Requirements for Letters of Recommendation • Students must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 • Students must have a grade of B or better in the course(s) taught by the faculty members who are being asked to write the letters • Students must have no more than one grade of C in any course in the undergraduate major

    34. Recommendation Packet Requirements: • Students must provide faculty with their materials at least 30 days ahead of the due dates • (not counting the time between Christmas and New Years) • Students must provide each faculty member who will be writing for them with a packet that includes: • student resume • personal statement • complete DARS with all course grades and GPA • stamped and addressed envelopes (with return address of faculty member) for printed recommendations • list of all schools to get recommendations from the faculty member(s) and their due dates

    35. All of these items should be placed in a folder or manila envelope with the student’s name on the outside. • All forms should be signed by the student and have all student parts filled out as well as the information about who is being asked to write the recommendation. • Students must double check to make sure that they have everything the faculty members need to submit the recommendations to the correct addresses. • Students can ask for up to 10 letters of rec. from a given faculty member in a single year. • Please be advised that individual faculty members may have additional requirements.

    36. How to Succeed as a CSCD Major • See your advisor every semester and especially before and during your last semester (to make sure you will be set to graduate) • Monitor your own progress (check sheet, DARS) • Make sure you are in the right major for you • See your instructors during office hours • Alwaysgo to class and do your work on time • If an absence cannot be helped, make sure you find out what you missed by checking blackboard, talking to your classmates, checking in with your instructor

    37. Print out the appropriate check sheet for your major from the following two pages to keep track of your progress toward your degree at Temple

    38. **See below regarding Stats class • **Psych 1167 (Foundations in Statistical Methods) is recommended to fulfill a future ASHA certification requirement in Statistics (in addition to the department’s Research Methods course). Other statistics courses may be acceptable. See your advisor.