Basic Science / Human Communication Science Coursework

To satisfy the requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for clinical certification, every student must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences (ASHA Standard IV-A) 2014 Speech Language Pathology Certification Standards.
Students must also demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases (ASHA Standard IV-B). Typically, most of these requirements have been met at the undergraduate level.
All students seeking clinical certification must also complete the following University of Illinois undergraduate courses or their equivalents. For students entering with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech and Hearing Science or Communication Sciences and Disorders, the program typically involves two academic years and two summers.

  • SHS 200 Phonetics
  • SHS 240 Hearing Science
  • SHS 300 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
  • SHS 301 Speech Science
  • SHS 320 Development of Spoken Language
  • SHS 450 Audiology
  • SHS 451 Aural Rehabilitation (may be taken at the graduate level for graduate credit)