Speech Language Pathology M.S.

Speech Language Pathology M.S.

SLP_students(56 Semester Hours)

Purpose

The graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology provides students with academic and clinical practicum experiences necessary for a career in various work settings available to a Speech-Language Pathologist. Students who complete the Master of Science degree will have the academic and minimum 400 clinical practicum hours necessary to meet requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the license in speech-language pathology from Oklahoma State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and the Oklahoma State Department of Education Standard Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology.

Specialty Accreditation

The Master of Science program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, MD   20850-3289, 800-498-2071. https://caa.asha.org/

Credential Requirements

Students who complete the Master of Science degree will have the academic and clinical practicum experience necessary to meet requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and apply for certification in Speech-Language Pathology. Additional requirements include passing the Praxis exam scores and documentation of the clinical fellowship experience. To practice in the State of Oklahoma, program completers must also apply for a license in speech-language pathology from the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and the Oklahoma State Department of Education Standard Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology.

Advisement

The program chair serves as adviser for all SLP graduate students. Students who have been admitted to the SLP graduate program must attend a scheduled group advisement/orientation meeting prior to their first enrollment in SLP graduate courses. Students will meet with the program chair during subsequent semesters for advisement concerning course sequences and to track progress toward completion of the degree.

Accreditation Information

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology provides students with the academic and clinical experiences necessary for a career in various work settings where Speech-Language Pathologists practice. Students completing the degree will complete academic and clinical experiences (minimum of 400 hours) to prepare them to meet the requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the license in speech-language pathology from the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and the Oklahoma State Department of Education Standard Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology.

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at Northeastern State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). 2200 Research Boulevard, Mail 310; Rockville, MS 20850-3289. 800-498-2071. https://caa.asha.org/

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and social/behavioral sciences.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication processes,, including biological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases.
  • Demonstrate effective and professional oral and written communication and documentation.
  • Apply critical thinking to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information.
  • Describe communication disorders and differences that are diagnosed and treated by speech-language pathologists.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional practice and the code of ethics in the field of speech-language pathology.

Admission Requirements

Criteria for admission into the M.S., Speech-Language Pathology program include:

  1. Admission to the Graduate College
    Official transcripts of all previous college coursework directly submitted by the institution where coursework was completed to the NSU Graduate College.
  2. Baccalaureate degree in communication disorders or leveling courses.
    Baccalaureate degree in communication disorders from an accredited college or university OR baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in another discipline and completion of leveling course requirements listed below with a grade of B or better.
  3. Undergraduate GPA of 3.25 overall or 3.5 in undergraduate SLP courses.
  4. Submission of Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test Scores.
    Submit scores that are no more than 5 years old. There is no minimum score requirement; scores used to differentiate between applicants as necessary.
  5. Submission of the SLP Program application packet.
  6. Personal or phone interview for students with first language other than English; may be required for other students.

NOTE: Only applicants with complete application packets will be considered. The responsibility for requesting transcripts is the applicant’s. Transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution attended to Northeastern State University, Graduate College Office, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, 74464. SLP program applications are available from the SLP program and are due by February 1 for the following fall term.

In the event the number of qualified student applicants exceeds the number of spaces projected to be available in the graduate program (based on a 6:1 student to graduate faculty ratio), applicants will be reviewed and ranked according to the above criteria by a committee made up of the SLP graduate faculty. Students will be admitted to the program based on their ranking and the number of spaces available.

The deadline for applications for the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program is February 1st.  The SLP graduate program starts in the summer semester.  Students applying for the graduate program must have taken the following courses.  Students with a Bachelor’s degree in a program other than Speech-Language Pathology may apply for the graduate program after the completion of the “leveling courses” below.

Applying to the SLP Graduate Program

Statement of Interest:

  • No requirements for length.
  • Describe why you are confident that you will be successful in grad school.
  • anything that describes what is special about you, or
  • why you chose speech pathology, or
  • indicators that you are a hard worker, that you will go the extra mile, managing good grades while working/playing sports/playing in marching band, or
  • indicators of leadership - in organizations or in the community

These are just ideas.  These might trigger a completely different idea for you.  It just lets the committee hear your heart...your intent.

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for the NSU SLP Graduate Program is February 1st.

The NSU SLP Graduate Program starts in the Summer semester.  This has several advantages:

  1. It allows our students to carry a lighter course load during the semesters that they are performing their practicum.
  2. It allows us to get some basics in place before practicum begins in the Fall semester.

Students must complete all undergraduate requirements during the Spring semester in order to start graduate school in the summer.

SLP Leveling Courses

Applicants to the NSU SLP Graduate Program who do not have a bachelor’s degree in SLP/Communication Disorders may be required to take leveling courses.  These courses must be completed by the end of the Spring semester prior to the start of the new cohort in the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program in the Summer semester. 

ASHA required leveling courses must be completed with a C or better.

  • 25 hours of Guided Observation Hours:  ASHA requires that undergraduate students observe 25 hours of speech therapy sessions.  For every hour of observation, a CCC/SLP who has completed ASHA’s requirements for clinical supervision must spend 15 minutes debriefing what was observed.  This same license, CCC/SLP must sign that the observation and debriefing was completed. https://www.asha.org/Certification/Certification-Standards-for-SLP-Clinical-Practicum/

Note:  The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certification Standards have very specific requirements for prerequisite courses that must appear on a college or university transcript.  These courses are Biology, Chemistry or Physics, Statistics, Social Science, and Behavioral Science. Please refer to the ASHA website for details of the requirements for these courses that meet ASHA Certification Standards.

All SLP prefix leveling courses must be completed with a B or better.

  • SLP 3213 Language Disorders in Children OR SLP 4213 Language Disorders in Adolescents
  • SLP 3223 Clinical Phonetics
  • SLP 3363 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanism
  • SLP 3813 Language Development
  • SLP 4413 Audiology for Speech-Language Pathology
  • SLP 4783 Articulatory and Phonological Disorders
  • SLP 4xx3 Aphasia

Retention Standards

Students must maintain a 3. 0 grade point average or above in all didactic coursework as well as internship and externship experiences. To remain in good academic standing, SLP graduate students must maintain an average of “B” for all course work, and failure to maintain a 3. 0 average may result in dismissal from the program. Students who earn a C in a graduate course will be placed on program probation and will meet with the program advisor for remediation. If a student makes an additional C in subsequent coursework, the student risks dismissal from the program.

Graduation Requirements

Student must have an overall minimum grade point average of 3. 0 on a 4. 0 scale of all college work attempted. Student must satisfactorily complete the minimum 400 clinical hours required by ASHA.

Required Courses

  • SLP 5001 - Fundamentals of Speech-Language Pathology
  • SLP 5143 - Advanced Audiology for Speech Language Pathology
  • SLP 5150 - Advanced Supervised Clinical Practice Lab in Speech and Hearing (enroll in SLP 5152 a minimum of 3 semesters)
  • SLP 5153 - Clinic Internship
  • SLP 5159 - Clinic Externship
  • SLP 5172 - Fluency Disorders
  • SLP 5222 - Early Intervention
  • SLP 5343 - Augmentative & Alternative Communication
  • SLP 5410 - Trends & Issues in Communication Disorders (SLP 5411 Trends & Issues: Service Delivery)
  • SLP 5443 - Language & Literacy: Assessments and Interventions
  • SLP 5523 - Diagnostics in Speech-Language Pathology
  • SLP 5612 - Craniofacial Anomalies
  • SLP 5802 - Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • SLP 5823 - Adult Neurological Disorders
  • SLP 5843 - Advanced Articulation & Phonological Disorders
  • SLP 5853 - Voice & Resonance Disorders
  • SLP 5902 - Motor Speech Disorders
  • SLP 5912 - Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology
  • SLP 5923 - Dysphagia

 

STATE LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS

Completion of the Northeastern State University (NSU) Master of Science (M.S.) Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) degree program does not guarantee employment in the speech-language pathology profession.  Students are responsible for confirming all education, certification, and other licensing requirements prior to enrollment as the requirements vary state to state.  The NSU SLP graduate degree program is designed to meet the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification and accreditation requirements and may not meet licensing requirements for all states.  Please check with the appropriate state licensing board where you wish to work for more information regarding accurate, up-to-date requirements.

For contact information for licensing boards, you may reference the ASHA website at https://www.asha.org/advocacy/state/.