2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived]

Applied Clinical and Educational Sciences

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Dr. Christine D. MacDonald, Chairperson
Department Office: University Hall, room 211
Web site: http://www.indstate.edu/education/cdcsep/

In addition to the undergraduate major in speech-language pathology and an undergraduate counseling minor, the department offers a number of graduate degree programs and several undergraduate courses in counseling, school, and educational psychology which may count as electives in undergraduate programs.

Communication Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology Programs


The communication disorders area of the department offers undergraduate and graduate preparation in communication sciences and disorders. The undergraduate program provides a thorough theoretical base and an introduction to disorders that affect communication.  The undergraduate program includes practicum experiences for qualified students on campus at the Rowe Center for Communicative Disorders. 

Students interested in pursuing certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and state licensure as speech-language pathologists must first complete the baccalaureate degree in communication sciences and disorders, and then a master’s degree in speech-language pathology. Undergraduate students may earn the bachelor of science degree. Candidates for this degree should consult the University requirements described elsewhere in the Catalog. The requirements for the accredited master of science degree can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Experiential Learning

Communication Disorders - Undergraduate completion of the CD 398 and CD 400 sequence of courses provides the learner with guided experiences involving the evaluation and treatment of individuals with communication disorders. In CD 398: Introduction to Clinical Methods and Procedures, students assist an advanced graduate student with their assigned client. With mentoring by the graduate student and supervision by a certified faculty member, the students gain knowledge and skills that will be implemented in CD 400: Clinical Practicum when they deliver services with increased independence with clientele in the Rowe Center under faculty supervision.  The skills gained in the two courses will provide valuable experience for graduate study in speech-language pathology or for employment in jobs such as a speech-language pathology assistant or instructional aide.

Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology Programs


An 18-credit counseling minor is offered in the department that is very useful for students in majors that emphasize working with people.  Students learn counseling techniques for individuals and groups.  The department offers accredited master’s degrees in school counseling and clinical mental health counseling; the educational specialist degree in school psychology; and doctoral programs in school psychology and counselor education.

The school and educational psychology areas of the department offer courses that (a) are part of teacher licensure and other undergraduate programs, (b) may be used as electives to enrich undergraduate programs, and (c) may be used to prepare students for graduate study in school psychology or educational psychology. (Undergraduate students may not major in school psychology or educational psychology.) The fields of school psychology and educational psychology include the study of human development, learning, personality and adjustment, multicultural education and diversity, and measurement and research design. A major concern is the identification and implementation of strategies that lead to effective human development.

The following courses are approved for the University’s Foundational Studies Program:

Counseling 425

FS2010: Upper-Division Integrative Electives

Educational Psychology 202

          FS2010: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Educational Psychology 221

FS2010: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Educational Psychology 341

FS2010: Global Perspectives and Cultural Diversity

Educational Psychology 401

FS2010: Upper-Division Integrative Electives



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