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Speech Pathology and Audiology Collection Development Guidelines

General Department Guidelines

Undergraduate Goals:

The School of Speech Pathology and Audiology offers a pre-professional Bachelor of Science degree. Undergraduate education is characterized by basic scientific information and theoretical considerations, with an emphasis on preparation for professional training at the master's level.

Graduate Goals:

The primary goal for the master's program is the training of competent speech-language pathologists and audiologists who will critically evaluate communication disorders and the methods used in the habilitation and rehabilitation of those disorders. It involves intensive clinical exposure and emphasizes the development of those knowledge areas and skills necessary to train clinically competent speech-language pathologists and audiologists at the master's level. The doctoral program is designed so that students' curricula are tailored to meet individual needs and interests. Training at the doctoral level may emphasize preparation for employment in laboratory, clinical, or educational settings. In addition, the school plans to offer a joint Au.D. degree with the University of Akron in the near future.

Departmental Areas of Concentration:

The School of Speech Pathology and Audiology has developed various courses and seminars in two major areas:

  1. Speech language pathology, including speech and language development, speech science, age-related changes in communication, communication and speech disorders, language assessment and intervention, speech and language rehabilitation, etc.
  2. Audiology, including audiometry, aural rehabilitation, amplification, auditory electrophysiology, pediatric audiology, articulation and phonology, etc.

Degrees Offered:

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Arts
  • Combined Baccalaureate-Master's Degree
  • Bachelor of Science

Special Programs within the School:

  • The Speech and Hearing Clinic
    The Speech and Hearing Clinic supports and enhances the learning and research activities of faculty and students in the School of Speech Pathology and Audiology. The specific research facilities and the diverse numbers of individuals served within the clinic at Kent State University and at over one-hundred affiliated clinics, hospitals, and schools in the area create a large pool of potential participants for research relating to communication disorders.
  • Kenneth W. Berger Hearing Aid Museum and Archives
    The collection encompasses more than 3000 different hearing aid models. It is the largest collection in the world. A large collection of archival materials is also housed. Included are hearing aid technical data sheets, advertising, photographs, letters, house organs, and trade journals. In addition, there is a diverse collection of audiometers used to test hearing and fit hearing aids.

Department's home web page

Scope of Coverage

The following subject areas are collected at the research level:

  • Language development
  • Speech and language disorders
  • Second language acquisition
  • Audiology; Hearing disorders
  • Language and communication disabilities
  • Electronacoustics and psychoacoustics
  • Age-related changes in communication
  • Experimental phonetic

The following subject areas are collected at the advanced instructional level:

  • Speech science
  • Hearing science
  • Speech language pathology
  • Communication disorders
  • Communication and speech disorders
  • Speech and language rehabilitation
  • Language assessment and intervention
  • Audiology
  • Audiometry
  • Aural rehabilitation
  • Amplification
  • Auditory electrophysiology
  • Pediatric audiology
  • Articulation and Phonology
  • Otology
  • Physiology
  • Laryngology
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Apply the Following Parameters to the Above Scope of Coveage Areas

Emphasis on English language materials and needed translations of foreign language works.

Date of Publication:
Emphasis on current materials, retrospective materials that are consistent with the subject profile may be purchased to support teaching and research.

Geographical guidelines:
Primarily from United States though no geographical area is specifically excluded.

Society or Publisher Emphasis:
University press, trade, scholarly and professional publishers

Multiple copies:
Acquire as needed

Material Types
Recent Acquisitions!


Extensive collection of scholarly publications at advanced instruction and research level in speech pathology and audiology

Audio Visual Material:
Selectively acquired as requested by the school

Theses and dissertations:
Selectively acquired as requested by the school

Microform reproductions:


Active list of KSU School of Speech Pathology and Audiology Subscriptions.


Methods of Acquisition:
"The Federal Depository Library Program (44 USC 19) provides for the establishment and maintenance of depository libraries and the distribution of Government documents to those libraries for use by the public." (Federal Depository Library Manual, revised Nov. 1993)

Kent State University University Libraries is a Federal Depository Library which is designated by Congress to provide access to U.S. Government publications. Kent State also holds collections of State of Ohio and United Nations publications as well as state and Canadian geological publications.

Federal and State Government Publications and Information:
Most government publications and information are now available from various government agency sites.


Government Search Engines

Legislative and Regulatory Material

Agency Material

U.S. Government Job Resources

Online Services and Electronic Resources:

Various electronic resources and online databases are made available through the University Libraries website.

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Interdisciplinary Relations

Faculty in the Speech Pathology and Audiology share common areas of research interests with faculty in other subject areas such as communication studies, education, physiology, linguistics, sociology, psychology, anatomy and some areas of medicine.