Course Descriptions

PACS 234. Introduction to Speech and Hearing Sciences and Disorders

Introduction to the fields of speech-language pathology, audiology, education of hearing-impaired children, and speech and hearing sciences.  Normal speech and hearing processes are discussed, as well as communication disorders.  Selected research topics in speech and hearing sciences are presented.  Credit 3 units.

PACS 401. Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing

Introduction to anatomy and physiology of the peripheral hearing system and central nervous system, including functional descriptions of the systems and processes underlying speech and hearing function and dysfunction. Variable credit, maximum 3 units.

PACS 4011. Behavior Management

Introduction to various behavior management systems effective in both individual and group environments.  Behavior interventions, classroom management strategies, environmental controls, psychodynamic techniques, and biophysical interventions are discussed, observed, and practiced.  Focus is on working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Lectures and experience with children.  Credit 2 units.

PACS 416. Evaluation Techniques for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

A basic introduction to psychometrics with emphasis on the selection, interpretation, and evaluation of assessments. Specific techniques for evaluating intellectual, educational, and linguistic abilities and achievement in children who are deaf or hard of hearing, from infancy through adolescence, are discussed and demonstrated.  Credit 3 units.

PACS 421. Introduction to Electroacoustics

Introduction to the physics of sound.  Topics include production, transmission, and reception of sound and factors affecting human communication. Includes discussion, lectures, problems, and lab. Credit 3 units.

PACS 424. Speech and Hearing Sciences

Surveys a broad array of speech and hearing science topics. Focus is on how speech and hearing science research findings can be applied to the practice of deaf education. Credit 1 unit.

PACS 4301. Sign Language I

Basics of American Sign Language are introduced, including vocabulary, grammatical structure, fingerspelling, and cultural information about the Deaf community. This is a highly interactive and participatory course. Credit 2 units.

PACS 4302. Sign Language II

Continues development of American Sign Language with additional vocabulary, emphasis on expressive and receptive abilities, conversational skills, and knowledge of Deaf culture. This is a highly interactive and participatory course. Prerequisite: PACS 4301-Sign Language I or instructor permission. Credit 2 units.

PACS 434. Typical Language Development

Study of typical language development, including the phonologic, morphologic, semantic, syntactic and metalinguistic aspects. Interactions between linguistic and other areas of child development will be discussed. Contrasts will be explored between typical and atypical child development to shed light on language learning processes. Credit 3 units.

PACS 438. Early Literacy Development of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Development of early print-recognition, reading, and writing of children who are typically hearing and children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Focus is on the years leading up to kindergarten. An overarching theme is the interaction between early language and early literacy development. Evidence-based strategies for differentiated instruction will also be discussed. Credit 3 units.

PACS 444. Amplification Systems and Aural Rehabilitation for Children

This course will provide students with a broad understanding of amplification systems and principles and methods of aural rehabilitation as they apply to children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Amplification systems to be covered will include digital hearing aids, cochlear implants and a full range of assistive devices. Aural rehabilitation topics will emphasize patient management and will include communication strategies, conversation styles and speech recognition assessment. Students will be provided with videotapes, live demonstrations and in-class activities. Direct contact with children and technological devices will also be used to support lectures and discussions.  Credit 2 units.

PACS 4511. Practicum in Deaf Education

Supervised practicum in education of children who are deaf or hard of hearing Students will be placed in field experiences (early, mid-level, and culminating levels) in a variety of educational settings with a variety of age ranges, using interventions in areas such as language, speech, auditory training, reading, math, and other content areas.  Credit 7 units.

PACS 4512. Practicum in Deaf Education

Supervised practicum in education of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students will be placed in field experiences (early, mid-level, and culminating levels) in a variety of educational settings with a variety of age ranges, using interventions in areas such as language, speech, auditory training, reading, math, and other content areas.  Credit 7 units.

PACS 4515. Language Instruction for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Principles and methods of developing competence in spoken English in children who are deaf or hard of hearing, birth to grade 12. Includes presentation of differentiated instructional techniques for teaching a diverse population of children who are deaf or hard of hearing English vocabulary, syntax, and pragmatics, as well as techniques for auditory training. Evaluations and data-driven lesson planning/IEP/IFSP development will be discussed, as well as the role of families as engaged, educational partners in spoken language development. Credit 3 units.

PACS 4525. Foundations of Literacy Theory and Instruction

Principles and methods of developing reading and writing competence in children who are typically hearing, with an emphasis on the stages of development and appropriate teaching sequences.  Based on this foundation, strategies and methods will be presented for making appropriate differentiated learning adaptations and interventions for reading instruction with students who are deaf or hard of hearing who have language and reading deficits. Additional topics include the use of children’s literature in instruction, the intersection of language and reading development, content literacy, and general language arts instruction.  Credit 4 units.

PACS 4526. Literacy Lab: A Focus on Typical and Atypical Learners

Emphasizes observation and some practice planning and teaching reading and writing with students who are typical and atypical learners, including children who are deaf or hard of hearing and who struggle to develop appropriate literacy skills. Observations will focus on areas such as how teachers use differentiated learning strategies for diverse learners, the use of children’s literature in instruction, the intersection of language and reading development, instruction in content literacy, and general language arts instruction. Credit 2 units.

PACS 454. Mathematics and Content-Area Instruction for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing I

Principles and methods of teaching mathematics to students who are typically hearing and those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Strategies for other content-area instruction (science, social studies), use of instructional technology, and strategies for improving content literacywill also be discussed, with an emphasis on techniques for working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students will practice developing and implementing lesson plans that are aligned to state and national standards. Credit 3 units.

PACS 455. Mathematics and Content-Area Instruction for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing II

A continuation of PACS 454. Principles and methods of teaching mathematics to students who are typically hearing and those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Strategies for other content-area instruction (science, social studies), use of instructional technology, and strategies for improving content literacy will also be discussed, with an emphasis on techniques for working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students will practice developing and implementing lesson plans that are aligned to state and national standards.   Credit 3 units.

PACS 457. Counseling Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Examines the psychological needs of families who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The aim of the course is to help teachers of children who are deaf or hard of hearing interact more effectively with parents and caregivers, using a collaborative model that views families as engaged partners in the educational process.  Students will develop a repertoire of interviewing and counseling skills, as well as learn about a wealth of resources to share with families. Credit 3 units.

PACS 458. Speech for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Development, improvement and maintenance of speech skills for children who are deaf or hard of hearing through multisensory approaches. Articulation, voice and rhythm patterns are considered. Lectures, demonstrations and practice.  Credit 3 units.

PACS 460. Audiology Staffing

Supervised observation and practicum in audiology.  Credit 1 unit.

PACS 4611. Practicum in Audiology

Supervised practicum in audiology.  Credit 1 unit.

PACS 4612. Practicum in Audiology

Supervised practicum in audiology.  Credit 1 unit.

PACS 4613. Practicum in Audiology

Supervised practicum in audiology.  Credit 4 units.

PACS 4621. Practicum in Audiology

Supervised practicum in audiology.  Credit 2 units.

PACS 4622. Practicum in Audiology

Supervised practicum in audiology.  Credit 2 units.

PACS 4623. Practicum in Audiology

Supervised practicum in audiology.  Credit 4 units.

PACS 4631. Practicum in Audiology

Supervised practicum in audiology.  Credit 2 units.

PACS 4632. Practicum in Audiology

Supervised practicum in audiology.  Credit 2 units.

PACS 4633. Practicum in Audiology

Supervised practicum in audiology.  Credit 6 units.

PACS 4641. Clinical Externship in Audiology

Full-time clinical externship in audiology (on campus).  Credit 9 units.

PACS 4642. Clinical Externship in Audiology

Full-time clinical externship in audiology (on campus).  Credit 9 units.

PACS 4651. Clinical Externship in Audiology

Full-time clinical externship in audiology (off campus).  Credit 9 units.

PACS 4652. Clinical Externship in Audiology

Full-time clinical externship in audiology (off campus).  Credit 9 units.

PACS 466. Rehabilitative Audiology

Principles and methods of aural rehabilitation with an emphasis on patient management.  Topics include communication strategies and conversation styles, speech recognition assessment and hearing aid service provisions for adults, older persons, children, and family members.  Credit 3 units.

PACS 468. Pediatric Audiology

Fundamentals of audiologic assessment for infants and children. Behavioral and electrophysiologic procedures,  and assessment of auditory processing abilities, are presented.  Credit 3 units.

PACS 470. Business Practices

Issues relating to establishing a private practice including clinical management, small business and accounting practices, models of private practice, referrals and reimbursement, and managed care.  Credit 2 units.

PACS 5001. Electrophysiologic Techniques I

Introduces basic concepts in administration and interpretation of physiologic and electrophysiologic measures, with focus on auditory evoked potentials (AEP).  Content covers basic instrumentation, parameters and variables affecting the AEP, auditory brainstem response (ABR), middle (MLR) and late (LLR) evoked potentials, auditory steady state response (ASSR) and otoacoustic emissions (OAE).  Credit 3 units.

PACS 5002. Electrophysiologic Techniques II

Advanced concepts related to the administration and interpretation of physiologic and electrophysiologic measures.  Content includes in-depth study of ABR and other auditory evoked potentials, and the clinical application of these for the audiologist.  Additional topics include study of electrocochleography (ECochG), P300 auditory responses, and mismatched negativity (MMN). This course will include a thorough study of intraoperative monitoring including neurophysiology and anatomy review, cranial nerve monitoring, spinal cord monitoring, and facial nerve monitoring. Credit 1 unit.

PACS 502. Pharmacology

Includes basic information related to medications utilized for treating common hearing/balance disorders. Hearing and balance side effects of medications are discussed, as are ototoxic and preventative mechanisms related to pharmacology.  Credit 1 unit.

PACS 505. Auditory Neuroscience

Development of an in-depth understanding of issues related to auditory neurophysiology from the auditory nerve to the cortex.  Credit 2 units.

PACS 506. Genetics in Hearing Loss

Study of the genetic causes of hearing loss and balance disorders, and syndromes affecting the auditory and vestibular systems.  Credit 1 unit.

PACS 507. Vestibular Disorders

Comprehensive course covering the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of vestibular disorders.  Credit 3 units.

PACS 510. Auditory Perception

Study of how the listener perceives parameters of and differences in acoustical stimuli. Perception of the speech stimulus is also studied in detail, both for listeners who are typically-developing and those who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Credit 3 units.

PACS 511. Hearing Conservation

This course will cover topics related to hearing conservation, including effects of noise on hearing, environmental noise, classroom acoustics, federal regulations, interactions of noise and other agents, and ototoxicity.  Additional topics may vary year-to-year.  Credit 3 units.

PACS 517. Counseling for Audiology

Examines the relationship between clinician and patient in audiology.  Topics include counseling theory and practices, and principles and methods of effective interviewing and counseling across the lifespan.  Credit 2 units.

PACS 519. Psychosocial and Educational Foundations of Deafness

Examines psychological, social, educational, legal, historical, and cultural influences related to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Additional topics include IEPs and interprofessional collaboration related to post-high school transitions.   Credit 3 units.

PACS 543. Survey of Speech and Language Disorders

Surveys a broad range of speech and language disorders in terms of associated characteristics, assessment techniques and treatment considerations.  Credit 2 units.

PACS 544. Clinical Observation and Methods in Speech-Language Pathology

Provides students with an introduction to clinical methods and observation experiences in speech-language pathology. Credit 3 units.

PACS 551. Research Seminar

This course covers topics related to outcomes research and evidence-based practice as a foundation for students’ independent studies. Topics such as how to be a critical thinker skills when reviewing research data from studies, and how to use data from research to drive decision-making will be discussed.Credit 0.5 units.

PACS 551A. Journal Club

Presentation and discussion of current issues and recent research in the fields related to hearing and deafness.  Credit variable, maximum 6 units.

PACS 554. Fundamentals of Early Intervention and Child Development

Course provides information about general and exceptional child development, focusing on ages birth through five years. Course also discusses historical and philosophical tenets of early intervention practice, focusing on a collaborative coaching model, which views families as engaged partners in the child’s education. Other topics include addressing needs of families from a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds, linking families to resources, and Federal laws that govern special education services for children with disabilities including transitions in service provisions for children at the age of 3 years Credit 1 unit.

PACS 555. Early Intervention: Serving Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Birth to Age 5

This course provides an overview of early childhood development of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, birth to age 5, with particular focus on early speech and language development, intervention strategies, assessment techniques, instructional strategies, and aural rehabilitation.  Course discusses the philosophical tenets of early intervention practice, which views families as engaged partners in the child’s education, and respects cultural and linguistic diversity. Students will learn about IFSP and IEP development, as well as a variety of resources that can be provided to families. Credit 3 units.

PACS 558. Pre-Service Teacher Preparation

This course is designed to help students in the deaf education teacher training program create a teaching portfolio that reflects their own teaching development. Students willdemonstrate their ability to reflect on and critique their own teaching practice especially in relation to course planning, instructional strategies, differentiated learning, data-based decision-making, tiered systems for supporting instruction, and classroom management,.  Professional issues, including developing arésumé and conducting interviews, will also be discussed.  Credit 1 unit.

PACS 5601. Clinical Audiology I

An introduction to the field of clinical audiology.  Covers the role of the audiologist in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing disorders; the administration and interpretation of audiologic test results; and amplification systems and assistive devices, such as DM/FM technology.  Additional topics may include relevant calibration and instrumentation requirements, audiology as a career, aural rehabilitation, and legal and ethical issues in the field.  Credit 3 units.

PACS 5602. Clinical Audiology II

Covers hearing evaluation and diagnosis in clinical audiology from infancy through adulthood.  Topics include auditory processing disorders, functional hearing loss, and other advanced measures.  Credit 3 units.

PACS 565. Hearing Devices in Audiology I

Philosophical issues related to the selection and evaluation of hearing devices, including hearing aids and alternative devices.  Means of adjusting hearing devices and measuring their function and benefit are covered.  Credit 3 units.

PACS 5652. Hearing Devices in Audiology II

Advanced issues related to the selection and evaluation of hearing aids. Means of adjusting hearing aids and measuring their function and benefit.  Credit 3 units.

PACS 5653. Hearing Devices in Audiology III

Course covers a variety of topics related to selection, fitting and rehabilitation of cochlear implant patients.  Lectures and practical experience in psychophysical testing, programming of the cochlear implant, and auditory training.  Credit 3 units.

PACS 569. Hearing Disorders

This course covers the nature and causes of hearing disorders, including outer and middle ear, cochlear, retrocochlear and central nervous system.  Credit 2 units.

PACS 570. Independent Study

Students engage in independent work on the Independent Study, which demonstrates advanced crticial thinking and writing skills.   Credit variable, maximum 6 units.

PACS 5700. Capstone Project

Independent work on the Capstone Project.   Credit variable, maximum 6 units.

PACS 5701. Capstone Project Seminar.

This weekly, joint meeting is intended to provide extra and preliminary support for initiation of the Capstone Project. Areas will include, but are not limited to: journal article critique, scientific writing, overview of research design and methodologies, statistical review, support for graph and table construction, and others.  Credit 1 unit.

PACS 574. Statistics and Research Methods

Examines experimental and field research methods as they apply to audiology and communication sciences.  Covers such methods as surveys, survey interviews, content analysis, and experimental design.  Credit 3 units.

PACS 575. Special Topics

Special topics in speech and hearing sciences, audiology, and/or education of the deaf or hard of hearing. Credit variable, maximum 4 units.

PACS 577. Research in Speech and Hearing

Credit variable, maximum 12 units.

PACS 587. Dissertation Research

Credit variable, maximum 12 units.

PACS 597. Supervised Teaching in Speech and Hearing

Mentored teaching experience as a graduate teaching assistant.  Under faculty supervision, credit may be earned through instruction of undergraduate or graduate students in courses offered by PACS. Credit variable, maximum 12 units.