Communication Sciences and Disorders 630

COSD 630: Professional Development I

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission

Credit Hours: (1)

Discussion of contemporary professional and legal issues, the Code of Ethics of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and organization of ASHA. Focus on requirements for certification, specialty recognition, licensure, and other relevant professional credentials.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Topics covered include

  • ASHA Code of Ethics
  • Organization of ASHA
  • Current legal and professional issues
  • Requirements for certification, specialty recognition, licensure and other relevant professional credentials


Detailed Description of Conduct of the Course

This course emphasizes reading and discussion of contemporary professional, ethical, and legal issues in the field of communication sciences and disorders. Students will be instructed regarding the Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA) form required for certification and program requirements for demonstrating satisfactory performance through ongoing formative assessment of knowledge and skills. Speakers may be invited to present information for discussion by the participants in the seminar.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of, appreciation for, and ability to interpret the ASHA Code of Ethics.
2. Demonstrate understanding of certification requirements related to completion of the KASA form.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary professional issues, including professional practice, academic program accreditation standards, ASHA practice policies and guidelines, and reimbursement procedures.
4. Demonstrate knowledge about certification, specialty recognition, licensure, and other relevant professional credentials, including knowledge of state and federal regulations and policies related to the profession of speech-language pathology.
5. Demonstrate understanding of the structure and purposes of ASHA.


Assessment Measures

Assessment measures may be based on active participation in discussions, ground rounds/case presentations, class demonstrations, journal entries, and/or papers on the topics being discussed.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

January 2003 Title changed, Raymond Linville, Chair