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Illinois Speech and Hearing Science

Dear SHS Graduate Students:

I am writing to update you on SHS plans for continuity of education as we face challenges due to the COVID-19 risk. I understand that you have many questions and concerns as we move forward.  I will do my best to address them, but please understand that things may change in the future.  SHS faculty and staff are doing their very best to support you, as is the College of Applied Health Sciences.

Our primary concern is your health and welfare. Any students experiencing symptoms or illness should follow university and public health guidelines. Resources for these guidelines on what to do, self-quarantine, and testing information include:

The Graduate College has provided guidance for graduate students through a series of massmails. Here is the link.

Academic Classes

Starting next week, all classroom and lab instruction will move online.  Faculty will be working remotely. Your course instructors should reach out to you to explain how they will transition to online instruction. If you do not have access to computers or internet access at home, please let me know as soon as possible.

Ph.D. Students

Consult with your faculty advisor to determine appropriate next steps in your research projects/training.

Clinical Training for M.A. – SLP and Au.D. Students

At this time, we do not know how potential closures and restrictions will impact our students or their ability to acquire an adequate number of ISBE hours or ASHA hours. We hope to learn more from these licensure and credentialing bodies moving forward. They understand that these are unprecedented times. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

  • SLP students seeking the Professional Educator’s License must have 150 ISBE hours – 100 of those can also count toward ASHA hours. Jennifer Dahman is working with cooperating school districts to address these challenges.  
  • ASHA requires 400 clinical clock hours for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. Of these, 25 can come from observation and 75 from clinical simulations.
  • ASHA does not have a minimum number of clinical hours for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology. Ten percent of audiology clinical hours can come from clinical simulations.

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Clinic:

Effective immediately, we will limit face-to-face contact in the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Clinic. That means we will work remotely as much as possible.

    • Audiology
      • Clients typically come from high-risk groups and telepractice is not practical.
      • We will not schedule new appointments for audiology services until future notice. Drs. Reidy and Lawrence are working on a plan to provide support for current clients who need services such as hearing aid repair.
      • Drs. Reidy and Lawrence are working on developing Simucase lessons for Au.D. students. The department  is looking for other audiology simulation software that can help you gain hours.
    • Speech-Language Pathology
      • Services will transition to telepractice in the next two weeks as is practical. Clarion Mendes is your contact person for questions.
      • Your clinical faculty in speech-language pathology also will provide clinical training opportunities in Simucase.

External Clinical Placements:

At this time, students are allowed to go to external placement sites if the site is willing to accept them.  Things are changing rapidly. If the agency that you are working with closes for any length of time due to COVID-19 please let your external clinical placement point person know. For current information, please contact the appropriate external clinical placement point person as listed below.

      • Clarion Mendes:  M.A. Year 2 summer medical placements
      • Dr. Noa Hannah: M.A. Years 1-2 mini medical placements during the academic year
      • Jen Dahman: School placements
      • Brittney Reidy:  Au.D. Years 2-3 external placements
      • Amanda Lawrence: Au.D. 4th Year Placement

Please note:  If you do not feel comfortable participating in external clinical training, we will support you.

Dissertation/Qualifying Exam/Early Research Project/M.A. Thesis/AuD Capstone Project

Consult with your faculty advisor regarding your projects. The Graduate College has approved fully remote Preliminary and Final Examinations in these circumstances without the need for a petition. The same procedures will be followed for department-internal research milestones.

Preliminary Exam for Au.D. Students (formerly known as the Comprehensive Exam)

Plans for administering this written examination have not been finalized. More information to come in the future.

Student Employment

We will do our best to minimize disruption to student employment.

Students with tuition-waiver generating Teaching Assistantships will continue to provide course support as we move online. Continue to coordinate your efforts with the faculty member teaching the course.

Students with tuition-waiver generating Research Assistantships will continue to be assigned work by their faculty supervisor. Faculty have been encouraged to develop activities that students can do remotely.

Hourly student workers should contact their faculty supervisors for guidance. Faculty have been encouraged to develop activities that students can do remotely.

In closing, please know that we understand your concerns about your uncertainty. None of us has ever been in a situation like this before. We thank you for your patience and flexibility as we adjust how we take care of business and present our coursework. I want to assure you that the University, and SHS in particular, will be doing all that can be done to keep everyone informed and on course as we move through the rest of the semester. Our department will work with each of you to meet your needs as we all adjust.

signature for Karen Kirk

  • Karen Iler Kirk, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan Professor and Head
  • Program Director
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Speech & Hearing Science
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Champaign, IL 61820-6206
Phone: (217) 333-2230
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