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ERIC Number: EJ930723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0042-8639
Utah State University: Cross-Discipline Training through the Graduate Studies Program in Auditory Learning & Spoken Language
Houston, K. Todd
Volta Review, v110 n2 p323-330 Sum 2010
Since 1946, Utah State University (USU) has offered specialized coursework in audiology and speech-language pathology, awarding the first graduate degrees in 1948. In 1965, the teacher training program in deaf education was launched. Over the years, the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education (COMD-DE) has developed a rich history of research and personnel preparation, especially in the areas of childhood hearing loss, family-centered early intervention, and educational audiology. Recognizing the opportunity to provide in-depth graduate training to students in audiology, speech-language pathology, and deaf education, faculty within COMD-DE and the USU Department of Psychology developed the Graduate Studies Program in Auditory Learning and Spoken Language (GSPALSL) in 2007 to meet the growing need for preservice training. Initially, expenses for students selected to complete the GSPALSL were funded entirely by a private, nonprofit foundation. While the foundation continues to provide tuition support and stipends to students who major in deaf education and special education, students in audiology and speech-language pathology receive tuition support and stipends through a personnel preparation training grant (2008-2012) awarded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs and Rehabilitative Services (OSEP). Over the past three years, the GSPALSL has come to embrace a model of cross-disciplinary training for graduate students in audiology, speech-language pathology, and deaf education. This has been done to utilize interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary service delivery models and to demonstrate best practices for the children and families served through practica experiences. Because the program is relatively new, more work is needed to refine many aspects of graduate training; however, with continued university support at all levels, funding, and program expansion, the faculty at USU look forward to many years of providing innovative training opportunities at both the preservice and in-service levels. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Utah