College of Nursing & Speech-Language Pathology
The Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology graduate program enables students to develop professional knowledge and clinical skills.
Traditional and non-traditional students will demonstrate leadership, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities professionally and competently in a variety of clinical settings. The graduate program offers a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
The program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
A graduate of the program will meet the academic requirements for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP), licensure from the Mississippi Department of Health, and teacher licensure from the Mississippi Department of Education.
The program is 18-36 months in length depending upon the student's background and enrollment. Forty-two graduate credit hours are required for a master's degree. No more than six hours of practicum credit will count toward the degree. Six semester hours of approved course work may be transferred for credit. Students must enroll for full-time study. Graduate academic classes are typically taught at night and clinical experiences are offered during the day. Students are required to have malpractice insurance, CPR certification, a criminal background check, and 25 hours of clinical observation earned at an accredited university before enrolling in clinical experience.
Admission to the graduate speech-language pathology program is competitive. Decisions regarding admission are made during the months of March and April. In order to be considered for admission, the candidate must have completed the graduate school application process by March 1 for Fall admission.
In addition to meeting the same admission standards required of other applicants, international applicants must satisfy other university requirements. For more information and assistance, please contact: Office of International ProgramsMississippi University for Women1100 College St. MUW-1613Columbus, MS 39701 USA(662)241-6305
Students who have an undergraduate degree in an area other than speech-language pathology, communicative disorders, etc., must complete seven prerequisite courses. These courses are:
SPA 201··············· Phonetics
SPA 209··············· Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
SPA 210··············· Development of Normal Speech and Language
SPA 303··············· Introduction to Audiology
SPA 313··············· Speech and Hearing Science (Prereq: SPA 209)
SPA 403··············· Strategies in Therapy for the Hearing Impaired (Prereq: SPA 303)
SPA 449··············· Neurology
These classes may be completed prior to or after admission to the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program. Completion of these courses prior to admission does not guarantee the student entrance into the SLP Graduate Program. Please note that additional courses may be required in order to meet standards of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Students should meet with an academic advisor in the Speech-Language Pathology Program for information prior to enrolling in coursework.
For more information regarding prerequisites for graduate study see the Prerequisite Courses Brochure.
Adapted from a draft document of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (2007)
The Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program· makes every effort to enroll and prepare students to become competent speech-language pathologists. The program requires rigorous academic training and intense clinical preparation. In order to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to the practice of speech-language pathology, individuals must have knowledge, skills, and attributes in five areas in order to fulfill the essential functions of graduate education. These five areas are communication, motor, intellectual-cognitive, sensory-observational, and behavioral-social. These knowledge areas, skills and attributes enable a student to fulfill the essential functions of graduate student training programs, and to meet graduate and professional requirements as measured by state licensure and national certification. Many of these skills can be learned and developed during the course of the graduate program through coursework and clinical experience. The starred items (*), however, are skills that represent intrinsic capacities or abilities, and should be present when a student begins the graduate program.
A student must possess adequate communication skills to:
A student must possess adequate motor skills to:
A student must possess adequate intellectual and cognitive skills to:
A student must possess adequate sensory attributes in the modalities of vision, hearing, and touch to:
A student must possess adequate behavioral and social attributes to:
Speech-language pathologists working with individuals who have communication disorders must demonstrate excellent oral communication skills. Speech-language pathology students are expected to model all aspects of Standard American English including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and suprasegmental aspects of speech.
Additionally, students must speak in a clearly intelligible manner during spontaneous conversation, and produce all consonant and vowel phonemes of English accurately, at the sentence level, prior to beginning the clinical practicum experience.
All graduate students who are admitted into the Speech-Language Pathology Program will be screened for speech, language, and hearing difficulties during the first fall term of their enrollment. Screening will be conducted by second-year graduate students under the supervision of licensed and ASHA-certified faculty in the Speech and Hearing Center.
Additionally, faculty members may identify concerns regarding a student's communication skills at any time. Students identified by either means are encouraged to have a speech-language evaluation either at the MUW Speech and Hearing Center or at a facility of the student's choice.
In the event therapy is recommended, the student will be encouraged to enroll in therapy at the MUW Speech and Hearing Center or at a facility of the student's choice. Evaluation and/or therapy through the MUW Speech and Hearing Center will be provided at no cost. All costs incurred for services provided through another facility will be responsibility of the student.
The student must demonstrate skills as specified in the Oral Communication Proficiency Policy prior to enrollment in any clinical practicum.
SPA 500 - Research Methods in SLP
SPA 503 - Articulation/Phonology Disorders
SPA 525 - Language Science
SPA 513 - Practicum in SLP ( on campus-SHC)
SPA 501 - Motor Speech Disorders
SPA 502 - Language Disorders
SPA 504 - Voice Disorders
SPA 513 - Practicum in SLP (on Campus-SHC)
SPA 511 - Readings in SLP
Language elective rotation*
SPA 513 - Practicum in SLP (on campus-SHC)
SPA 505 - Fluency Disorders
SPA 522 - Dysphagia
SPA 530 - Neurogenic Disorders of Communication
SPA 515 - Practicum in SLP (off campus-public school emphasis)
SPA 507 - Craniofacial Anomalies and Associated Speech Disorders
SPA 512 - Seminar in Medical SLP
SPA 515 - Practicum in SLP (off campus-medical)
SPA 521 Communication Disorders in Infants
SPA 545 Multicultural Language Difference
SPA 555 Language Learning Disabilities
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Please refer to the list below to contact individuals who may best be able to assist you.
For Questions About…..
Academic schedule, prerequisites, transfer credit, etc.
Graduate school applications, graduate school forms, academic file
SLP Graduate Program Secretary
Clinic assignments, clock hours, KASA, MS credentialing, practicum requirements, orientation
Interim SLP Program Chair and Graduate Practicum Coordinator
Below is a list of events/activities for which you should be prepared.
What You Need to Do
Application and all requested accompanying materials must be received by the Speech-Language Pathology Program. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed.
Late March of application year
Notification of admission to MUW SLP Program
Upon notification of acceptance, respond in writing (email is acceptable) your intention to attend MUW or your declination. Observe and comply with deadline provided.
Admission to Graduate Studies
Submit official transcripts showing conferred undergraduate degree. Must be received by SLP Graduate Program.
Notification of practicum requirements/paperwork
Earn CPR certification and provide copy of card to SLP Program. Forward any earned observation or clinical clock hours to MUW SLP Program. If student has acquired less than the required 25 observation hours, contact the SLP Program. Complete criminal background check (information to be provided by SLP Program).
Fall term Registration Day
Group advising for academic schedule
Meet with advisor to determine courses/schedule for Fall term.
First week of Fall term
The Speech-Language Pathology Program conducts a mandatory seminar addressing clinical issues during the first week of each fall term. (You will receive a letter notifying you of the dates/times/location for this seminar.)
First semester of graduate school
Plan clinical observations.
ASHA requires 25 hours of clinical observation in order to earn certification. If you did not complete the required observation as part of your undergraduate program, you will need to do so during the summer preceding your first semester of graduate school.
Beginning of second semester/completion of 9 hours
Program of Study Application for Admission to Candidacy
Meet with your advisor to complete appropriate forms.
Graduate Speech-Language Pathology Application
Dept. of Speech-Language PathologyJoy TownsendInterim Chair
Cromwell Communication Center Phone: (662) 329-7270
1100 College Street Columbus, MS 39701phone: 662.329.4750 or 877.462.8439