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Undergraduate Degree not in SPA?

Students wishing to enter the masters' degree program in speech-language pathology who hold a baccalaureate degree in some other profession must first take a series of undergraduate courses in speech pathology and audiology.

These courses are listed in the sequence in which they are offered; it is not possible to begin this sequence in the spring. Any student who wants to attend part-time should consult with John Hawks, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator.

I. Required courses in Speech Pathology and Audiology

Fall (15 semester hours)
Applied Phonetics
Hearing Science
Anatomy and Physiology of Speech
Speech and Language Development
Neural Processes in Speech and Language (optional, but strongly recommended)

Spring (11 semester hours)
Audiometry
Clinical Preparation-Audiology (2)
Language Disorders in Children and Adolescents
Articulatory and Phonological Disorders

Summer (3 hours)
Aural Rehabilitation

Fall (8 hours)
Clinical Procedures
Clinical Preparation-Speech/Language Pathology (2)
Speech Science

Students begin by applying to the general admission office of the university to obtain post-baccalaureate (post-undergraduate, not seeking a degree) status in order to take these undergraduate courses.

Students then apply to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services for admission into the masters' program after completion of the Fall semester. The deadline for this application is February 15 and, if accepted, students begin the masters' program in the fall.

The remaining undergraduate courses are subsequently taken along with graduate level courses.  It is important to note that admission to post-baccalaureate status does not guarantee acceptance into the master's program.

II. Required courses for ASHA certification

ASHA requires students to have courses in the following areas. These courses are not required for the master's degree itself, but are required to meet certification standards.

These can be undergraduate courses:

  • biological science
  • physical science
  • mathematics or statistics
  • behavioral or social sciences (2 courses)

III. Clinical Preparation

Before students can begin accruing clinical clock hours in the master's program, they must have obtained and documented a minimum of 25 hours of clinical observation. While some of these hours may be required as part of undergrad speech & hearing courses, students are responsible for obtaining the remaining hours on their own during the post-baccalaureate program. Procedures for obtaining these hours are posted in the department.