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Learning Goals

Students completing a Ph.D. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences will:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the research literature (including critical reading & thinking) in one or more areas of specialization from one or more areas of the program: Speech, Language, or Hearing Sciences. These areas, will include, but not be limited to:
    First and Second Language Acquisition
    Multilingual Speech Language Development and Disorders
    Cross‐linguistic Speech and Language Development and Disorders
    Neurobiology of Language Development and Developmental Language Disorders
    Neurobiology of Adult Language Disorders and Normal Aging
    Language Processing in Children and Adults (Developmental Psycholinguistics)
    Dyslexia in Children and Adults
    Childhood Language Disorders (e.g., Specific Language Impairment, Autism, Hearing Impairment)
    Production and Perception of Speech
    Neurophysiology of Hearing
    Pediatric Hearing Impairment
    Adult Hearing Impairment
    Assessment and learning opportunities: First Examination; Second Examination; Second Level Project; Dissertation Seminar; 8000 level seminars and directed readings; independent studies; Dissertation; adviser and committee mentoring.

  2. Demonstrate competence in research design and statistics.
    Assessment and Learning opportunities: Grades of B or Higher in two doctoral level statistics courses and in Advanced Research Design. Successful completion of First Exam, successful completion of second level research project, and dissertation; mentoring in laboratories, laboratory meetings, colloquia.

  3. Demonstrate knowledge of research ethics.
    Assessment and Learning Opportunities: Responsible Conduct of Research Course; Professional Issues course; Pass CITI Training; writing of IRB proposals; mentored laboratory assignments; colloquia; dissertation seminar.

  4. Demonstrate an understanding of Instrumentation and software for research and implement specific instrumentation tools in their research.
    Assessment and Learning Opportunities: Instrumentation Course; second level project; laboratory meetings and mentoring; research practice; colloquia; dissertation seminar; dissertation.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to formulate and write grant proposals.
    Assessment and learning opportunities: Professional Issues course; laboratory meetings; mentoring by adviser; internal doctoral research grants.

  6. Demonstrate appropriate oral presentation skills for the presentation of research reviews and new research as well as for teaching and for answering focused questions from different audiences.
    Assessment and learning opportunities: First examination presentation; presentations in 8000 level seminars; second level research project presentation; presentations at Dissertation Seminar; dissertation-defense presentation; presentations in laboratory meetings; mentored presentations at professional meetings; teaching course; mentored adjunct experiences.

  7. Demonstrate basic professional writing skills that include the ability to write an original, synthesized and critical review of the literature in a given area of scholarship.
    Assessment and learning opportunities: First examination; second level project - written requirement; papers in 8000 level courses; Professional Issues course; dissertation proposal, dissertation.

  8. Demonstrate the ability to write scholarly articles for publication and an understanding of the publication process in the students’ areas of specialization.
    Assessment and learning opportunities: Second level project; Professional Issues course; dissertation; mentoring by adviser; mentored publication in peer-reviewed journals.