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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Speech and Hearing Science

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Speech and Hearing Science provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in speech and hearing sciences and/or are preparing for application to professional graduate programs in speech-language pathology, audiology, or auditory and language neuroscience. With a graduate degree, students may pursue a number of careers, including but not limited to, speech language pathologist, audiologist, speech scientist, and researcher. Students interested in becoming a Speech Language Pathology Assistant should refer to the Certificate of Completion (CCL) and Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Speech Pathology Assistant.

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Speech and Hearing Science (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8142
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2021-2022
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Communicate in a culturally responsive manner, demonstrating empathetic and active listening skills.
  2. Communicate complex information clearly with a purpose appropriate to the context and audience in written and oral forms.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to learn from and adapt to changing contexts.
  4. Evaluate research and its clinical applications to inform decision making.
  5. Describe speech, language and hearing development and communication disorders using an understanding of biological and behavioral principles.
  6. Identify the impact of individual, cultural, and linguistic differences on communication across the lifespan.
  7. Explain professional and ethical standards as they apply to working with individuals with communication disorders.
  8. Apply critical thinking skills to issues in speech, language, and hearing across the lifespan.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SLP205 Introduction to Communication Disorders Critical course Gateway course 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
BIO160 or
BIO201 or
PHY101 or
PHY111
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Anatomy and Physiology I or Introduction to Physics or General Physics I SQ or SG 4
COM110 Interpersonal Communication Critical course SB 3
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104 or
AAA/CPD115
Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SLP214 Speech Sound Disorders and Phonetics 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
(MAT15+ and
MAT182)
or
MAT187
(College Algebra/Functions and Plane Trigonometry) or Precalculus MA 3–9

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY230 or
MAT206
Introduction to Statistics or Elements of Statistics CS 3
HES210 or
IFS215
Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness or Cultural Context of Health Information C, G or C 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology SB 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO160 or
BIO201 or
PHY101 or
PHY111
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Anatomy and Physiology I or Introduction to Physics or General Physics I SQ or SG 4
RE Restricted Elective 3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry L 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
Elective General Elective Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with the Program Director or an Academic Advisor.

Program Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication C, G, SB 3
EDU/ENH291 Children's Literature HU 3
ENG213 Introduction to the Study of Language HU, SB 3
PSY240 Developmental Psychology SB 3
SLP104 Speech, Language, And Hearing Development 3
SLP210 Speech And Hearing Anatomy And Physiology 3
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology SB 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SLP205 Introduction to Communication Disorders Critical course Gateway course 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104 or
AAA/CPD115
Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SLP214 Speech Sound Disorders and Phonetics 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM110 Interpersonal Communication Critical course SB 3
(MAT15+ and
MAT182)
or
MAT187
(College Algebra/Functions and Plane Trigonometry) or Precalculus MA 3–9

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
PSY230 or
MAT206
Introduction to Statistics or Elements of Statistics CS 3
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology SB 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO160 or
BIO201 or
PHY101 or
PHY111
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Anatomy and Physiology I or Introduction to Physics or General Physics I SQ or SG 4
HES210 or
IFS215
Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness or Cultural Context of Health Information C, G or C 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
BIO160 or
BIO201 or
PHY101 or
PHY111
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Anatomy and Physiology I or Introduction to Physics or General Physics I SQ or SG 4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry L 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RE Restricted Elective 3
Elective General Elective Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with the Program Director or an Academic Advisor.

Program Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication C, G, SB 3
EDU/ENH291 Children's Literature HU 3
ENG213 Introduction to the Study of Language HU, SB 3
PSY240 Developmental Psychology SB 3
SLP104 Speech, Language, And Hearing Development 3
SLP210 Speech And Hearing Anatomy And Physiology 3
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology SB 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Speech and Hearing Science (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=157792).


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