Major Learning Outcomes

The Graduate Program at Baylor University has identified 8 major Learning Outcomes to be completed by the end of the program.

Assessment / Evaluation

Learning Outcome 1

Student will demonstrate the ability to select and implement evaluation procedures (case history information, standardized tests, non-standardized tests, screening procedures, and/or behavioral observations) and adapt the procedures to meet the individual client needs.

Assessment / Diagnosis / Interpretation

Learning Outcome 2

Student will demonstrate the ability to interpret and integrate evaluation results (case history information, standardized test results, non-standardized test results, screening results, and/or behavioral observations) to define the client's communicative functioning. Student develops diagnostic impressions, integrates data in order to identify etiologic and/or contributing factors, and makes recommendations leading to appropriate case management.

Clinical Management / Treatment

Learning Outcome 3

Student will demonstrate the ability to select/develop and implement intervention strategies for the treatment of communication and related disorders and select/develop/use materials and instrumentation that will enhance the treatment process.

Learning Outcome 4

Student will develop and implement specific, reasonable, and necessary treatment plans. The treatment plan includes long-term goals and measurable short-term objectives that reflect a learning sequence appropriate for the client.

Learning Outcome 5

Student will demonstrate the ability to plan and implement a program of periodic monitoring of the client's communicative functioning through the use of appropriate data collection methods. The student interprets and uses data to modify treatment plans, strategies, materials, and/or instrumentation to meet the individual needs of the client.

Learning Outcome 6

Student will demonstrate the ability to prioritize activities, maintain client records and comply with program administrative and other regulatory policies in a timely manner.

Interaction with Others / Communication Skills

Learning Outcome 7

Student will demonstrate the ability to present information accurately, clearly, logically and concisely in oral communications, written reports, and letters that are appropriate for the needs of the audience. Student uses terminology and phrasing consistent with the semantic competency of the audience and includes accurate and complete information, listens carefully to clients and others, takes initiative in providing appropriate clarifications when needed and demonstrates appropriate nonverbal communication style. The student demonstrates the ability to listen to input from others, make appropriate decisions based on shared information, and contributes information that promotes mutual problem solving. The student provides counseling and supportive guidance regarding the client's communication disorder to client, family, caregivers, and significant others.

Learning Outcome 8

The student will demonstrate the ability to plan and implement educational programs for other professionals and/or the general public to facilitate the treatment and acceptance of disabilities associated with communication disorders. The student demonstrates the ability to consider the needs of the audience and provide clear and meaningful educational information.