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Program Details

Degree requirements (or equivalent courses)


  • CDS 105 Speech and Language Developement
  • CDS 211 Nature of Language
  • CDS 220 Phonetics
  • CDS 201 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • CDS 410 Audiology

A typical schedule includes the following courses from communication disorders, special education and early childhood:

Summer 1

  • Intervention with Children Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
  • Pediatric Audiology and Habilitation
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum
  • Elective


  • Counseling Issues in Communication Disorders
  • Child and Family Theory
  • Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Auditory Technology and Cochlear Implants
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum
  • Elective 


  • Communication Development for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
  • Family-Centered Intervention
  • Administration in Early Childhood Education
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum
  • Elective

Summer II

  • Language and Literacy for Children at Risk
  • Curriculum Development in Early Childhood Deaf Education
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum
  • Elective

Practicum experiences are designed to develop knowledge and skills in a variety of settings, including home visits, toddler groups, early childhoood classrooms and inclusive early childhood programs.

Specific courses required for the graduate program are listed on the EIDE Curriculum Guide Sheet (3.17 MB) and in the Fontbonne University Course Catalog.