Online Classes in Communication Disorders

Online programs in communication disorders are available in a hybrid format for those interested in working with people who are hard of hearing or have speech disorders. Participants become eligible for certification as a speech pathologist or audiologist by completing a graduate degree program.

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Online Communication Disorder Classes

The descriptions below are for some of the most commonly offered online classes in communication disorders degree programs.

  • Speech and Language in the Hearing Impaired Course: This online course introduces students to the developmental process of speech and language skills for those who are hard of hearing. Participants learn how to evaluate communication skills used by the patient and determine which interventions can be utilized with the patient's disorder. Usually taken toward the beginning of a program, this course provides a foundation upon which the rest is built.
  • Diagnosis of Speech and Language Pathology Course: The ability to recognize, diagnose and assess the complex communication disorders of clients is important to the treatment process. This online course describes the characteristics of multiple disorders, explaining how these disorders develop and how patients can benefit from various interventions. Providing a more in-depth understanding of communication disorders, this advanced course is a continuation of previous online classes about language skill development.
  • Research of Communication Disorders Course: Through online discussion posts and intensive research projects, an online research course or project exposes the student to the use of applied research methods and statistics used in speech-language pathology and audiology. Online library research skills are taught, and students use them to complete projects and assignments. Whether working with a research committee through an online classroom or simply using online library resources to submit a research paper, the student uses an online component in every aspect of the program.
  • Phonetics Theory and Application Course: Students learn how to utilize the phonological system to teach the English language. Other topics that may be studied during this course include phonetic analysis, phonemic analysis and the recording of standard and deviant speech.
  • Practicum Course: All graduate programs require a supervised practicum experience in addition to online classes. This practical aspect of the program is completed in community- or medical-based facilities in order to give students clinical experience with patients who have communication disorders. While clocking the required 400 hours for certification eligibility, students also participate in an online course to share their experiences and ask questions of clinical concern as they arise.
  • Advanced Diagnostics Procedures Course: This course helps students develop skills in writing clinical reports after assessing various communication disabilities. Emphasis is placed on identifying diseases in patients from the pediatric to the geriatric level.
  • Neurology Speech Language Course: In this course, students analyze the nervous system and its central role in speech and other bodily functions. They look at how trauma, disorders and diseases can affect speech.

Program Information

Several academic institutions offer online speech-language pathology graduate programs certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Programs include master's degrees in communication disorders and education specialist (EdS) degrees in special education/communication disorders. The EdS degree offers more training than a master's degree, but without the research focus required for a doctoral degree. Graduates from these programs are eligible to become speech pathologists or audiologists by earning certification through ASHA. Available ASHA certifications are the Certificate of Clinical Compliance in Audiology (CCC-A) or Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). Online programs in communication disorders can offer fully online courses, but typically require students to participate in an on-site practicum at a medical or community facility.

Online classes in communication disorders are available through master's degrees. Students will study things like neurology, phonetics theory and research of communication disorders.

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