M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

  • The Speech-Language Pathology program culminates in a Master of Science degree. IUP is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

    The program provides for the completion of the academic and practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA, for Pennsylvania Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology, and for Level I Certification in Teaching the Speech and Language Impaired from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The tripartite role is fulfilled by completion of all the course requirements for the B.S.Ed. and the M.S. degrees. Consequently, applicants who do not meet all of the undergraduate requirements will be asked to complete the necessary deficiencies before registering for graduate courses. Workshops are not to be considered applicable for degree requirements. The thesis option is available with approval of your advisor.

    Admission Criteria

    Admission Policy: The Graduate Admission Committee will review all applicants for admission in terms of courses listed on the transcript(s) as well as grade point average. Applicants will be informed of any deficiencies when they receive the acceptance letter from the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Undergraduate courses in the major with a letter grade below a “C” will not be accepted as a prerequisite to graduate study and will be treated as a course deficiency. The graduate coordinator will advise the person of the procedures to fulfill the deficiencies.

    Because the program has a limit on the number of applicants that it can accept, first priority for admission will be granted to applicants with at least a grade point average of 3.50 out of 4.00 overall in Speech-Pathology and Audiology, GRE scores of at least 145 verbal, 145 quantitative, and 3-4.5 for analytical writing, and strong letters of recommendation from at least two faculty members. Second priority will be given to applicants with a grade point average between 3.0 and 3.5.

    All students planning to pursue Pennsylvania Teacher Certification will be required to complete the PAPA test series prior to beginning the Master’s Program in the fall semester.

    Applicants for whom English is not their native language must achieve a score at the ninetieth percentile or higher on the oral and written subtests of the TOEFL. If applicants are not graduates of an undergraduate program in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the restrictions relative to completing deficiencies will also apply. Furthermore, the applicant must provide the program’s Graduate Admission Committee with an audiotape recording of twenty minutes of free conversation with a colleague and twenty minutes of reading from a professional text. The committee will judge the adequacy of the spoken language; the applicant may be required to successfully complete speech therapy before being allowed to register for clinical practicum experiences.

    Observation hours and clinical practicum completed in another country will be accepted when they have been supervised by a speech-language pathologist or an audiologist who holds the appropriate certification from ASHA.

    Program Requirements

    Candidates for the Master of Science degree must meet the academic and practicum requirements for the Certificate for Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. A minimum of 48-51 hours is required for the degree.

    Required Courses:

    SPLP 600 Neurolinguistics 3 cr.
    SPLP 604 Diagnostic Methods 3 cr.
    SPLP 610 Articulation 3 cr.
    SPLP 616 Stuttering 3 cr.
    SPLP 618 Voice 3 cr.
    SPLP 630 Language Disorders of Children 3 cr.
    SPLP 632 Neurological Communication Disorders 3 cr.
    SPLP 635 Seminar in Communication (two taken) 6 cr.
    SPLP 640 Diagnostic Audiology 3 cr.
    SPLP 661 Advanced Clinical Practicum I 2 cr.
    SPLP 662 Diagnostic Clinic 1 cr.
    SPLP 663 Hearing Testing Clinic 1 cr.
    SPLP 671 Advanced Clinical Practicum II 2 cr.

    Select two of the following:

    SPLP 696 Internship in Hospitals 6 cr.
    SPLP 697 Internship in Community Agencies 6 cr.
    SPLP 698 Internship in Schools 6 cr.

    Retention in the Program

    No person will be granted a degree who has more than one “C” grade in graduate courses in Speech-Language Pathology. Only one of these courses may be repeated in accordance with the School of Graduate Studies and Research procedures. Clinical courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher to meet the requirements for graduation. Furthermore, the practicum hours in clinical courses with a grade of “C” or lower will not apply to ASHA certification or state licensure requirements.

    National Examination

    Prior to receiving their degree, students must pass the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and provide evidence of the attempt to the graduate coordinator. The examination should be taken during the last semester of enrollment.