The Curriculum of the Department of Communication Disorders
Studies in the Department of Communication Disorders are conducted in a single-department track. The curriculum includes theoretical and practical studies, and clinical experience in the field. The program is based on four main components:
- Basic Sciences – medical and behavioral sciences
- Language and Speech – normal and pathological development, diagnosis and treatment of disorders
- Hearing Sciences (Audiology) – hearing, hearing impairments, diagnosis and rehabilitation of hearing disorders, rehabilitation-related technologies
- Fundamentals of research – statistics, scientific reading and writing, and research methods.
Additional therapeutic subjects are also studied, such as Israeli Sign Language, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, the integration of arts into therapy, therapeutic and interpersonal relationships and more.
The Study Program
The curriculum is covered over the course of seven semesters (three and a half years) of study, and includes 159 academic hours of lectures, seven hours of exercises and workshops, and 76 hours of clinical training. This is in addition to compulsory courses in Jewish Heritage, English, and Hebrew Expression that apply to all students studying at the university. The department reserves the right to make changes in the curriculum.
The students in the department are required to do clinical training that is integrated into the curriculum throughout all the years of study. The clinical training is carried out at various educational and treatment centers, by the following specifications:
Year 1: Includes observations of typical language development in preschools and kindergartens (regular and special education), along with workshops at the university. In audiology classes, students learn to perform hearing tests using special computer software.
Year 2: Includes observations in various educational settings (special education kindergartens and schools) and health care settings (language and speech disorder clinics, child development medical centers and rehabilitation facilities). In the field of audiology, students practice hearing testing using computer software that simulates various hearing impairments.
Years 3-4: In the third and fourth years, students work under the supervision of speech-language pathologists and audiologists that are clinical instructors in their fields, at the department’s university clinic and in various institutes for the diagnosis and rehabilitation of hearing, communication, language and speech impairments in a variety of populations.