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Prespeech Pathology

Prespeech Pathology Program Online

The Prespeech Pathology concentration admits post-baccalaureate students into an online program of courses that will aid them in meeting the entrance requirements for the Master of Science in Speech, Language, and Learning at Northwestern University, as well as for other speech pathology master’s programs with similar requirements. These preparatory courses, known as leveling courses, ensure that all students beginning a master’s program in speech pathology have equivalent levels of preparation.

The Prespeech Pathology program is entirely online, consisting of five courses developed and taught by the The Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. Students may complete all five courses, or they may enroll only in those courses that are required to gain entrance into the master’s program of their choice.

All of the Prespeech Pathology program courses are considered preparatory course work for a master’s program. Students accepted into the program may apply for federal financial aid.

This program is jointly sponsored by the School of Communication and the School of Professional Studies at Northwestern University.

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About the Prespeech Pathology Program

Prespeech Pathology Courses

  • CSD 301 Anatomy and Physiology of Vocal Mechanism
  • CSD 305 Phonetics
  • CSD 318 Introduction to Audiology
  • CSD 319 Aural Rehabilitation 
  • CSD 392 Language Development and Usage
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Transfer Credit Policy for Prespeech Pathology

Transfer credit is not accepted into this program. However, the program’s flexibility allows students to enroll in only those courses that they need.

Prespeech Pathology Tuition

Students at Northwestern's School of Professional Studies pay per course. Note: for enrollment in courses during the Northwestern Summer Session, the SPS academic year tuition rate applies only for students in the Prespeech Pathology program, and for students in Northwestern's Master of Science in Speech, Language and Learning programFor more information about financial obligations and tuition, please visit the Tuition information page. 

Admission for Prespeech Pathology

In addition to completing an online application, you'll also need to submit a few supplemental materials. A list of requirements for admission including application deadlines and tips on how to apply can be found on the Admission page.

Prespeech Pathology Registration Information

Whether you're a first-time registrant or current and returning student, all students register using our online student registration and records systems. Important information about registering for courses at SPS, including registration timelines and adding or dropping courses in which you are already enrolled, can be found on the Registration page.

Prespeech Pathology Frequently Asked Questions

Review frequently asked questions about Prespeech Pathology Program on the Prespeech Pathology Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Program Courses:Course Detail
Anatomy Physiology Vocal <> CSD 301-DL

This course covers anatomical and physiological mechanisms of breathing, phonation and articulation. Laboratories include dissection and participation in physiological research. The course is conducted completely online. It will be asynchronous; students can participate in discussions and complete assignments by working at their own pace, as long as deadlines are met. A technology fee will be added to tuition. This course is restricted to students in the Prespeech Pathology program.


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Phonetics <> CSD 305-DL

This course is an introduction to phonological analysis, dynamics of articulation and dialect variations, focusing on training in transcription of English speech sounds. The course is conducted completely online. It will be asynchronous; students can participate in discussions and complete assignments by working at their own pace, as long as deadlines are met. A technology fee will be added to tuition. This course is restricted to students in the Prespeech Pathology program.


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Intro to Audiology <> CSD 318-DL

The course is an introduction to the measurement of hearing in humans, covering the basic anatomy of the ear, measurement of hearing, potential disorders of hearing. Lecture/laboratory. The course is conducted completely online. It will be asynchronous; students can participate in discussions and complete assignments by working at their own pace, as long as deadlines are met. A technology fee will be added to tuition. 


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Aural Rehabilitation <> CSD 319-DL

This course is designed to expose students to fundamental aspects of clinical aural habilitation for hearing impaired adults and children. Students will be able to describe the acoustical, educational, emotional, and psychosocial impact of hearing impairment. Students will develop a hypothetical case study detailing evaluation techniques, potential outcomes for the hypothetical patient, setting of therapy goals, and design of activities to reach those goals.

This course is conducted completely online. A technology fee will be added to tuition.


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Language Development Usage CSD 392-DL

This course covers the development of spoken and written language as it relates to child development, including phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic components. Cultural and individual linguistic diversity is also a focus. The course is conducted completely online. It will be asynchronous; students can participate in discussions and complete assignments by working at their own pace, as long as deadlines are met. A technology fee will be added to tuition.


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