Pediatric Audiology Elective & Specialization

The Pediatric Audiology Elective (PAE) offers students enrolled in its Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience related to pediatric audiology, with a focus on listening and spoken language skills for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  This opportunity is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education (CFDA 84.325K). 

During the second year of study, AuD students admitted to the PAE will receive a one-time additional award of $6000; up to 10 awards are available per year and include a service obligation.  The requirements are:

  1. a minimum of two (2) extra courses totaling at least six (6) semester hours*
  2. one assigned clinical experience during year 2
  3. a minimum of two (2) collaborative group assignments

*Grant-approved courses are PACS 457 – Counseling Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (3 semester hours) and PACS 555 – Early Intervention: Serving Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Birth to Age 5 (3 semester hours)

Students who complete the PAE who then go on to complete a fourth-year externship within a site that provides >50% pediatric experiences within the overall rotation will also be eligible for a Pediatric Audiology Specialization (PAS) notation on the official transcript.