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Speech-Language Pathology (MSSLP)

The Master of Science (MSSLP) in Speech-Language Pathology serves either as a professional preparation for clinical certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or as preparation for graduate study leading to the Ph.D. degree. The MSSLP program provides a broad range of basic science courses and specialized offerings emphasizing evaluation and treatment of language, articulation, fluency, voice, swallowing, and neurologically-based communication disorders. Students are prepared for careers as clinicians in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and community clinics.

Clinical practicum experiences occur at the on-campus Speech and Hearing Center and many affiliated clinics, rehabilitation centers, schools, and hospitals. Within this framework, students must meet the academic and practicum requirements leading to the Clinical Fellowship (CF) that occurs post graduation. Completion of the CF results in national certification (the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology awarded by ASHA) and eligibility for State of Alabama Licensure.  For the students with backgrounds in communication sciences and disorders, the MSSLP program typically extends for five academic semesters, including one partial semester of clinical externship.  For those students who do not have a background in communication sciences and disorders, the program of study can be expected to last six academic semesters or longer.

Graduate assistantships are available annually on a competitive basis.

Applications for admission and assistantships are accepted after November 1 with enrollment beginning in the Fall Semester only.  Details regarding the Admissions process and deadline can be found on the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology website. Specific information about the Master's program is available from the department.

Requirements For Admission

Students are admitted in the Fall Semester only.

The following criteria supplement the Graduate School criteria:

Regular Admission

  1. A baccalaureate degree (or equivalent).  Students with an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders can expect to track through a five semester program.  Students without an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders apply directly to the MSSL Program.  These students can anticipate taking additional course work and track through a six semester program or longer.
  2. A minimum 3.0 ("A"=4.0) overall undergraduate GPA is required to be considered for regular admission, a minimum of 2.5 overall undergraduate GPA for provisional admission.
  3. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the last five years. In order to be considered for regular admission, a minimum combined score of 290 for the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the GRE is required. In rare instances applicants with a GRE score of less than 290 may be considered for provisional admission. The score for the writing portion will be evaluated.
  4. Three references from faculty at the undergraduate institution are required. It is recommend that two of these references be provided by Ph.D. faculty within the applicant's undergraduate department.
  5. A Letter of Intent stating the applicant's reasons for pursuing the degree.

Because the number of applicants is greater than the number of vacancies in the program, students are admitted on a competitive basis, based on the criteria stated above. Because of limited course sequencing, students are admitted in Fall Semester only.  Details regarding the Admissions process and deadline can be found on the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology website. 

In addition, students should have one course each in biological sciences, physical sciences, behavioral sciences, and statistics. In addition, students should have coursework in human anatomy and physiology and, an adequate background in psychology. Students are strongly encouraged to complete course work in areas dealing with multicultural issues, aging/gerontology, and human development.

Typical Requirements For Degree

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology degree requires:

  1. A minimum of five semesters of full-time academic study. A portion of the final semester is spent off campus completing the externship.
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0.
  3. A passing grade on a comprehensive examination administered during the final semester before leaving for the externship, or satisfactory completion of a thesis.
  4. Demonstration of academic and clinical competencies as reflected in the 2014 Standards for Clinical Certification in Speech-Language Pathology Verification by Program Director document.
  5. 375 clinical clock hours in the required areas as stipulated by ASHA.  Note:   Students without an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders will have to complete 25 hours of clinical observation before starting their 375 clinical clock hour requirement.
Typical Course Sequence Credit Hours

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology *Note:  Students without undergraduate degrees in communication sciences and disorders will be required to complete a course in clinical phonetics and a course in clinical observations during the Fall Semester of Year 1.
Clinical Training will start Spring Semester of Year One
This will offset completing the SLP 598 externship until Summer Semester of Year 2.

 
Year 1    
Fall Semester   12
SLP 541 3 hrs  
SLP 533 3 hrs   
SLP 565 3 hrs  
SLP 596* 3 hrs  
Spring Semester    12
SLP 568  3 hrs   
SLP 561   3 hrs   
SLP 566  3 hrs   
SLP 596  3 hrs   
Maymester    7
SLP 567 *will be taught during the Maymester 2 hrs   
Summer Semester    
SLP 521 2 hrs   
SLP 596  3 hrs   
Year 2      
Fall Semester   12
SLP 510 3 hrs  
SLP 551 3 hrs  
SLP 532 3 hrs  
SLP 596 3 hrs  
Spring Semester    12
SLP 534 2 hrs  
SLP 588 2 hrs  
SLP 598 8 hrs  
*A special course fee is assessed for the following course:
SLP 596 $183.00
 

Retention Policies

  1. Any term in which a graduate student enrolled in the MSSLP program drops below a 3.0 GPA, the student will be placed on probationary status and has a period of one semester to attain a 3.0 GPA or be dismissed from the program.
  2. A student in the status of Provisional Admission who has not earned a minimum of a B Grade in all courses completed in their first semester in the program and does not have a 3.0 GPA upon completing 15 semester hours of graduate credit toward degree requirements will be academically dismissed from the MSSLP program.
  3. Any student who receives a grade lower than a "C" in a graduate level course will be dismissed from the program.
  4. A "C" in any combination of two or more MSSLP courses will result in academic dismissal.
  5. Dismissal due to poor performance can occur at any time during the course of study. Students should understand and agree that they may be required to complete additional and/or augmentative work or clinical experience as determined by the faculty. As such, graduation may be delayed.
  6. If for any reason a student must withdraw from the MSSLP program, re-admission will require approval of the department chairperson and the Dean of the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions.
  7. If a student is dismissed from a program prior to the end of the regular semester and that dismissal occurs after the University's refund deadline, the student will not receive any type of refund even if the next series of classes have not begun.

Typical Course Sequence

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Credit Hours
Year 1    
Fall Semester   12
SLP 541 3 hrs  
SLP 533 3 hrs   
SLP 565 3 hrs  
SLP 596* 3 hrs  
Spring Semester    12
SLP 568  3 hrs   
SLP 561   3 hrs   
SLP 566  3 hrs   
SLP 596  3 hrs   
Maymester    2
SLP 567* will be taught during
the Maymester
2 hrs   
Summer Semester     5
SLP 521 2 hrs   
SLP 596  3 hrs   
Year 2      
Fall Semester   12
SLP 510 3 hrs  
SLP 551 3 hrs  
SLP 532 3 hrs  
SLP 596 3 hrs  
Spring Semester    12
SLP 534 2 hrs  
SLP 588 2 hrs  
SLP 598 8 hrs  

*A special course fee is assessed for the following course:
SLP 596 $183.00

Speech Pathology and Audiology Administrative Staff (251) 445-9378
Chair Elizabeth E. Adams
Professor Emeritus Evans, Holston, Sellers, Talbott
Associate Professors Adams, B. Beverly, Davis, Gordon-Hickey, Ramkissoon
Assistant Professors T. Beverly, Choi, Garand, Nichols, Rishiq,
Roberts, Smith
Instructors Brown, Hill, Hudson, McVay
   

Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/alliedhealth/speechandhearing

The mission of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology is to provide undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs that challenge the students to achieve the highest standards of academic learning, scientific inquiry and clinical excellence. The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology seeks to deliver a comprehensive program of academic, research and clinical training in the areas of speech, language and hearing development and disorders. The Department offers the Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences, the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, the Doctor of Audiology, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Sciences and Disorders, degree programs.

The undergraduate program readies the graduate to undertake professional study on the graduate level. Students in Speech-Language Pathology who complete the master's program will meet all the academic and practicum requirements to be eligible for the Clinical Fellowship (CF) that leads to national certification (CCC/SLP) by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and eligibility for the Alabama State License. Students in Audiology who complete the Doctor of Audiology program will meet all the academic and practicum requirements for national certification (CCC/A) and also be eligible for the Alabama State License. The Graduate programs in both Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of ASHA.