Communication Sciences and Disorders 650

COSD 650: Professional Development II

Prerequisite: Graduate standing and COSD 630

Credit Hours: (1)

This course addresses summative assessment of curricular and clinical knowledge and skills and development of professional skills, including interviewing, counseling, and collaborating with clients, family members, and other professionals.

 

Detailed Description of Content of the Course

In this course, students will engage in summative assessment activities including 1) assembling reflections relating to how content information has been applied in speech-language clinical practicum; 2) collecting clinical work including items such as lesson plans, clinical reports, clinical materials developed, IEPs developed (i.e., all with names removed to insure confidentiality), 3) reviewing preparation and test taking strategies for the national examination in speech-language pathology, and 4) preparing for a comprehensive examination covering graduate coursework.

In addition, the course will promote development of professional skills, including applying for jobs, interviewing, counseling, and collaborating with clients, family member, and other professionals.

 

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Students will engage in a variety of summative assessment activities including written and spoken responses to questions concerning knowledge and skills gained in academic and clinical experiences. For example questions might include:

  • What was the most relevant content knowledge you added to your knowledge base this semester and how have you demonstrated that knowledge in your treatment plans, IEPs, progress notes, and/of diagnostic reports?
  • In what way have you demonstrated your commitment to working with individuals with communication disorders this semester?
  • How have you demonstrated your understanding and application of research principles related to speech, language, hearing, and related disorders during this semester?
  • Based on your semester experience, what goals would you set for yourself to continue your professional development?
  • What have you learned that will make you an effective speech language pathologist?
  • What is your philosophy of the development of communication learning and best practices for assessment and intervention?

Students will organize a portfolio collection of clinical work including items such as lesson plans, clinical reports, clinical materials developed, IEPs developed. Students will learn skills such applying for jobs, interviewing, counseling, and collaborating with clients, family member, and other professionals.

Students will review preparation and test taking strategies for the national examination in speech-language pathology. Several practice tests will be administered. Students will prepare sample review questions in the format used for the national examination.

Students will prepare for a comprehensive examination covering graduate coursework.

 

Goals and Objectives of the Course

As a result of completing this course, students will

  • Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate their academic and clinical experiences
  • Organize a collection of clinical work including items such as lesson plans, clinical reports, clinical materials developed, IEPs developed.
  • Demonstrate skills in professional communication, including communicating effectively with clients, family member, and other professionals; interviewing for professional employment, counseling, and collaborating with other professionals.
  • Demonstrate understanding of preparation and test taking strategies for the national examination in speech-language pathology.
  • Engage in preparation for a comprehensive examination covering graduate coursework.

 

Assessment Measures

Assessment measures may include evaluation of the organization and quality of students’ portfolio collections and the quality of their written reflections, evaluation of student participation in classroom demonstrations of communication scenarios, scores on sample practice tests, and creation of preparation materials for the comprehensive examination.

 

Other Information

None

 

Review and Approval

January 2003 Course Title Changed Raymond Linville, Chair