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SLP Graduate Courses and Examinations

The curriculum provides students exposure to major areas of communication, including articulation and phonology, fluency, voice and resonance, receptive and expressive language, hearing (including the impact on speech and language), swallowing, cognitive aspects of communication, social aspects of communication, and communication modalities. Students have multiple opportunities to engage in interprofessional educational experiences, simulated learning experiences, research forums, career fairs, and practica in a variety of educational and healthcare settings. Students are provided opportunities to work with individuals across the lifespan and the continuum of care, including Early Intervention, School-Age (K-12), Geriatrics, Special Population Adults, University Students, and Working Professionals. Student clinical experiences include individuals with diverse backgrounds relative to age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, educational level, communication abilities, culture, and language.

Qualifying Examination:

Students must successfully complete a thesis or the qualifying examination administered by the Program. Those electing to take the qualifying examination must sit for the exam during the spring semester of their first year of graduate study. Students have two opportunities to take the exam. Two failures result in dismissal from the program.

Curriculum Requirements:

The Master of Science in speech – language pathology requires 57 credit hours (not including credit hours for prerequisite coursework for students without a background); a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised practicum, of which a minimum of 375 must be in direct client/patient contact, and at least 25 in clinical observation. At least 325 of the 375 clock hours must be at the graduate level.
Prerequisite courses: The following courses are required for students without an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology

Course Course Name                             Credits
SPLP  115 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis (Phonetics) 3
SPLP  224 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech & Hearing 3
SPLP  312 Language Acquisition 3
ADUL 334 Audiology 3
SPLP 434 Diagnostics 3
SPLP 507 Speech/Hearing Disorders & Related Disciplines 3

Required courses for the Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology

Contact the Program Office for the recommended course of study.

Course Number Course Name Credits
1109 500 Sociolinguistic and Theoretical Perspectives on Language 3
1109 520 Neuroanatomy of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism 3
1109 534 Stuttering 3
1109 535 Language Disorders 3
1109 536 Articulation and Phonological Disorders 3
1109 560
1109 561
1109 562
1109 563
1109 564
Practicum in Speech (Minimum of 5 semesters required) 15
1109 634 Aphasia 3
1109 635 Voice Disorders 3
1109 637 Motor Speech Disorders 3
1109 638 Dysphagia 3
1107 552 Aural Rehabilitation 3
1109 555 Communication Modalities 3
1109 610 Speech Science 3
1109 674 Research Methods in Communication Sciences 3
1109 695 Independent Study 1-3
1109 698 Elective 3
1109 699 Thesis VC