Graduate study of Speech and Language Pathology

About

Holder of the graduate study of Speech and Language Pathology:
Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb

Executors of the graduate study of Speech and Language Pathology:

  • Department of Speech and Language Pathology
  • Department of Hearing Impairments

Head of the study of Speech and Language Pathology: Prof. Draženka Blaži, PhD; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Duration of the study: two academic years or 4 semesters

ECTS: 120

Academic degree: Master of Speech and Language Pathology

The graduate study of Speech and Language Pathology has been taught since the academic year of 2008/2009.

The Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of the Republic of Croatia issued the accreditation for conducting this programme on June 18, 2004, and the license on June 2, 2005 and on August 22, 2006. Since the academic year of 2010/2011 it is taught according to the updated programme.

The Speech and Language Pathology is a science engaged in prevention, detecting, diagnostics, and treatment of disorders in human communication which implies all those processes and functions linked with speech production, and with the perception and production of oral and written language, as well as forms of non-verbal communication (definition by the Standing Liaison Committee of EU Speech and Language Therapists - CPLOL).

Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences does not offer full degree study programme of Speech and Language Pathology in English language.

Knowledge

The study of Speech and Language Pathology includes fundamental theoretical knowledge of:

  • Fundamental speech and language pathology disciplines such as:
    aphasia, dysarthria, dyspraxia, communication disorders, developmental speech-language disorders, voice disorders, speech fluency disorders, feeding and swallowing disorders, dyslexia, disorders caused by cerebral palsy, hearing impairments, and complex disorders;
  • Auxiliary disciplines such as: biomedical sciences, sciences of language, and behavioural sciences
  • Research methods

The Speech and Language Pathologist is an independent expert and his/her activities are focused on the field of prevention, evaluation, and intervention in cases of disorders of human communication, their treatment, and scientific research (definition by the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics - IALP: Guidelines for initial education in logopedics, 1993). The Speech and Language Pathologists is qualified for the work in prevention, diagnostics, and rehabilitation of verbal and non-verbal communication disorders of persons with developmental difficulties (intellectual difficulties, cerebral palsy, motoric and chronic diseases, blindness, partial sightedness, autism), and for selection and development of supporting and AAC systems.

Speech and Language Pathologists work in:

  1. health protection system (hearing and speech rehabilitation centres, pediatric, otolaryngologic, neurologic, psychiatric, audiology and phoniatry clinics, mental health institutions and counselling centres),
  2. field of education (as expert associates in preschool institutions, primary schools, education centres),
  3. social welfare system (children’s' homes, geriatric institutions),
  4. special institutions (rehabilitation centres and institutions),
  5. scientific-research institutions (research centres, faculties),
  6. non-governmental organizations, and (7) private practice.

The student has to pass all compulsory and elective courses, complete the obligatory practical work in elected institutions, write a thesis under Mentor's guidance which can be a research or overview and should have between 40 and 50 pages. The thesis is defended before a threemember commission.

Competences

The holder of this qualification is authorized to perform expert tasks in the field of his/her academic degree. Upon the completion of the graduate study of Speech and Language Pathology, the speech and language pathologist becomes an independent expert engaged in prevention, evaluation, diagnostics, intervention treatment, and research in the field of speech-language pathology and hearing impairments, i.e. disorders in communication of all age groups regardless of the cause of impairments.

He/she scientifically studies the human communication and pathological aberrations in communication processes (which relate to understanding and production of oral and written language, and adequate forms of non-verbal communication).

The work of the speech-language pathologist in the rehabilitation process includes the following:

  • language disorders
  • articulation disorders
  • speech disorders
  • voice disorders
  • speech fluency disorders
  • aphasias and other neurological language disorders (dysarthria, apraxia)
  • written language disorders (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia)
  • learning of speech by deaf children
  • speech therapy for persons with hearing impairments
  • therapy for feeding and swallowing disorders
  • therapy for disorders caused by d Eustachian tube related to aging

Curriculum and Programme

I semester

COMPULSORY COURSES
Phonologic Disorders Prof. Draženka Blaži, PhD ECTS: 4
Developmental Speech-Language Disorders II Prof. Diana Arapović, PhD ECTS: 5
Developmental Psycholinguistics Prof. Melita Kovačević, PhD ECTS: 5
Psychological Aspects of Hearing Impairments Prof. Marta Ljubešić, PhD ECTS: 3
Practice of Speech and Language Pathology Assis. Prof. Senka Sardelić, PhD ECTS: 4
ELECTIVE COURSES
Language Development of Deaf and
Hard of Hearing Persons
Prof. Ljubica Pribanić, PhD ECTS: 3
Communication Systems of Persons
with Hearing Impairments
Prof. Sandra Bradarić-Jončić, PhD ECTS: 3
Croatian Sign Language 301 Prof. Sandra Bradarić-Jončić, PhD ECTS: 3
Forensic Acoustics and Phonetics Prof. Mladen Heđever, PhD ECTS: 3
Speech and Language Disorders of
Persons with MR
Prof. Emica Farago, PhD ECTS: 3
Supported communication Prof. Marta Ljubešić, PhD ECTS: 3
Selected Subjects of Speech and
Language Pathology
ECTS: 2

II semester

COMPULSORY COURSES
Aphasia I Prof. Tatjana Prizl-Jakovac, PhD ECTS: 5
Scientific Research Methods of
Speech and Language Pathology
Assis. Prof. Jelena Kuvač Kraljević, PhD ECTS: 4
Reading and Writing Disorders II Prof. Mirjana Lenček, PhD ECTS: 4
Voice Disorders II Prof. Natalija Bolfan Stošić, PhD ECTS: 4
Practice of Speech and Language Pathology Assis. Prof. Senka Sardelić, PhD ECTS: 4
ELECTIVE COURSES
Croatian Sign Language 302 Prof. Sandra Bradarić-Jončić, PhD ECTS: 3
Methodology of Language Research Assis. Prof. Marijan Palmović ECTS: 3
Neurobiology of Language Prof. Diana Arapović, PhD ECTS: 3
Neurolinguistics II Prof. Melita Kovačević, PhD ECTS: 3
Computer Processing of Child’s Language Assis. Prof. Marijan Palmović ECTS: 3
Specific Neurological Diagnostics in the
Function of Speech and Language Pathology
V. Šerić ECTS: 3
Selected Subjects of Speech and Language
Pathology
ECTS: 2

III semester

COMPULSORY COURSES
Speech and Language Pathology Diagnostics Assis. Prof. Jelena Kuvač Kraljević ECTS: 5
Rehabilitation of Hearing and Speech II Assis. Prof. Luka Bonetti ECTS: 4
Stuttering Assis. Prof. Senka Sardelić, PhD ECTS: 5
Disorders of Social Communication Prof. Marta Ljubešić, PhD ECTS: 3
Practice of Speech and Language Pathology Assis. Prof. Senka Sardelić, PhD ECTS: 4
ELECTIVE COURSES
Aphasia II Prof. Tatjana Prizl-Jakovac, PhD ECTS: 3
Croatian Sign Language 401 Prof. Sandra Bradarić-Jončić, PhD ECTS: 3
Croatian as a Native Language and 
Foreign Language
ECTS: 3
Narrative Analysis in the Evaluation of
Speech-Language Abilities
Prof. Diana Arapović, PhD ECTS: 3
Language Difficulties of Bilingual Children Prof. Melita Kovačević, PhD ECTS: 3

IV semester

COMPULSORY COURSES
Speech Acoustics Prof. Mladen Heđever, PhD ECTS: 5
Practice of Speech and Language Pathology Assis. Prof. Senka Sardelić, PhD ECTS: 4
Individual Research Work (Thesis) ECTS: 15
ELECTIVE COURSES
Croatian Sign Language 402 Prof. Sandra Bradarić-Jončić, PhD ECTS: 3
Selective Mutism Prof. Marta Ljubešić, PhD ECTS: 3
Differential Diagnostics of Speech
Fluency Disorders
Assis. Prof. Senka Sardelić, PhD ECTS: 3
Bilingual Education of Deaf Children Prof. Sandra Bradarić-Jončić, PhD ECTS: 3