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  • Course description
    Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology
    Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders

    Program Overview
    The master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology is typically completed in five fulltime
    semesters, including a summer semester. Exceptions may occur for the student who
    has a number of prerequisites to complete or one who extends his/her program for
    additional thesis or course work. A master’s degree from KU will, in most
    circumstances, satisfy the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s
    certification standards for continuing on to the Clinical Fellowship Year. The Certificate
    of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology is awarded upon completion of a
    successful Clinical Fellowship.

    Academic Prerequisites

    1. An acceptable bachelor's degree.
    2. Thirty-four credits in speech pathology, including the following courses or their
    equivalents:

     The Physics of Speech
     Survey of Communication Disorders
     Neuroscience of Human Communication
     Fundamentals of Clinical Phonetics
     Language Science
     Language Sample Analysis
     Language Development
     Research Methods in Speech-Language-Hearing
     Principles of Speech Science
     Principles of Hearing Science
     Introduction to Audiological Assessment and Rehabilitation
     Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology

     At least one course in the following areas: biological sciences (i.e., biology, anatomy,
    physiology, genetics), physical sciences (i.e., physics, chemistry), mathematics
    (statistics is recommended to fulfill this requirement), and the social/behavioral
    sciences (i.e., psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology). Students with a
    bachelor’s degree from a liberal arts college or university should meet this
    requirement. Students with a bachelor’s degree from a non-liberal arts college or
    university should consult with an advisor from the Department of Speech-Language-
    Hearing: Sciences and Disorders to determine if this requirement has been met.

    Clinical Prerequisites
    Students are required to have completed 25 clock hours of directed clinical observation
    before beginning graduate clinical practicum. If observation hours are needed, those will
    be provided during the first semester of enrollment in the master’s program.
    Requirements for the M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology
    Program with Thesis
    1. Minimum of 46 graduate credits
    a. At least 33 credits of academic coursework including:
     SPLH 764 Seminar in Multicultural Issues (2 credits)
     SPLH 860 Evaluation of Speech and Language (2 credits)
     SPLH 862 Clinical Processes (2 credits)
     SPLH 868 Professional Seminar (2 credits)
     At least 16 basic elective credits in SPLH
     At least 5-6 advanced elective credits in SPLH or another department
     4-6 credits in SPLH 899 Master's Thesis
    b. At least 13 credits of clinical practice including:
     SPLH 864 Adv. Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology (7 credits)
     SPLH 866 Field Study in Speech-Language Pathology (5 credits)
     1-5 additional credits in either SPLH 864 or SPLH 866 to attain a minimum of
    400 total clock hours of clinical practice with at least 325 of these clock hours
    accumulated at the graduate level.
    2. Pass both formative and summative exams.
    3. Completion of an acceptable thesis and oral defense.
    Program without Thesis
    The non-thesis program has the same degree requirements as those described above for
    the M.A., except that the thesis is replaced with a minimum of 3 credits of additional
    research-related coursework, a research practicum experience, or an independent study
    course. The latter two options may include independent research projects or on-going
    laboratory activities.
    Graduate Coursework
    The following graduate courses are offered. Required courses are noted with an asterisk.
     Communication and Social Skills/Relationships
     Advocacy and Leadership
     Communication and Autism
     Neural Bases of Speech and Voice
     Infant Development
     *Multicultural Issues: Diagnostics
     *Multicultural Issues: Treatment
     Children Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
     Aerodynamics of Speech
     Circuit Theory and Instrumentation
     Communication Neuroscience
     AAC in Schools
     AAC in Literacy
     Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
     ASL
     AAC Technology Lab
     AAC: Issues and Research
     Language Development
     Developmental Phonological Disorders
     Dysarthria and Apraxia
     Fluency Disorders
     Phonatory Disorders
     Speech Disorders in Special Populations
     Dysphagia
     Language Disorders of Children: Infants/Toddlers
     Language Disorders of Children: Preschool Children
     Language Disorders of Children: School-Aged Children
     Language Disorders of Adults
     Language Disorders of Special Populations
     Language Disorders Secondary to CHI/Dementia
     Alternative/Augmentative Communication
     Reading Disorders
     *Evaluation of Speech and Language
     *Clinical Processes
     *Advanced Clinical Practice
     *Field Study in Speech-Language Pathology
     *Professional Seminar
     Research Practicum
     Independent Study
     Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology
     Clinical Treatment of Phonological Disorders
     Master’s Thesis

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