OSRHE Program Code: 087
CIP Code: 510204
Major Code: 6900
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association defines the scope of practice of speech-language pathology as the evaluation and treatment of all aspects of communication and swallowing and related areas that impact communication and swallowing: speech production, fluency, language, cognition, voice, resonance, feeding, swallowing, and hearing. (Scope of Practice) The Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology provides pre-professional undergraduate education as a prerequisite for admission to a master's degree program in Speech-Language Pathology.
A master's degree is required for licensure in speech-language pathology and for the Certificate in Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC/SLP).
To qualify for the CCC/SLP, students who complete the Master of Science degree will have the academic and clinical practicum experience necessary to pass the required speech-language pathology Praxis exam and to complete the required Clinical Fellowship after graduation.
To practice in the State of Oklahoma, students must complete the Master of Science degree program, the Clinical Fellowship, and pass the Praxis exam in order to apply for a license in speech-language pathology from the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (OBESPA).
To practice in the Oklahoma public schools, students who complete the Master of Science degree program must pass three competency examinations and apply for the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) Standard Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology. (Link to OSDE Test Requirements.) The three competency examinations are the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET), the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE), and the Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT) Speech-Language Pathology (035) exam.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate depth and breadth of understanding of fundamental concepts of speech-language pathology.
- Teach effective speech-language pathology lessons that can lead learners to a deep understanding of concepts within speech-language pathology.
- Focus on the academic, clinical and research foundations needed for a career in communication disorders.
- Prepare the student to make decisions and to take appropriate, thoughtful action to identify and to meet the communication needs of individuals and families.