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2019-20 NSU Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-20 NSU Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Speech-Language Pathology, M.S.


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OSRHE Program Code: 137
CIP Code: 510203

Major Code: 6870

(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. www.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 Associatoin (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 Speeech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). 2200 Research Boulevanrd, 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.

SLP Leveling Courses


Decisions regarding leveling coursework equivalency are determined by the SLP program faculty. Contact the program director with questions about leveling courses.

Sign Language may be taken as a community course, but you will need to submit a certificate of course completion to the SLP program.

A statistics course is required for the SLP program. If one has been completed at the undergraduate level, it will not need to be repeated unless the final course grade was less than a C.

Students must complete all SLP prefix leveling courses with a grade of B or better.

  • SLP 3213 Language Disorders in Children

  • SLP 3223 Clinical Phonetics

  • SLP 3363 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanism

  • SLP 3443 Materials and Methods for Clinical Practices

  • SLP 3813 Language Development

  • SLP 4233 Speech, Hearing, and Voice Science

  • SLP 4413 Audiology for Speech-Language Pathology

  • SLP 4473 Aural Rehabilitation

  • SLP 4803 Neuroanatomy

  • SPED 3313 American Sign Language I #

  • Statistics course (3 hrs)

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.

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