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About the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology

Ours is a clinically oriented Master of Science degree program, providing basic training for all practice settings. As we are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, our graduates meet the academic and practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence awarded by that association. They also meet licensure requirements in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as other states. Most of our graduates also choose to meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education for certification to provide speech-language pathology services in the schools. We continually strive for excellence in preparing students for careers in speech-language pathology. To do this, we review our Speech-Language Pathology Program's Long-Term Strategic Planannually.

At the graduate level, we admit a cohort of full-time students each Fall semester. While you may submit an application at any time, it is best to be certain that we have received all of your application materials by February 15. That is when our Admissions Committee starts to make decisions for the following Fall.

Our master’s curriculum is composed of 48-51 credits. Our students spend their first full year (Fall, Spring, and Summer) taking classes and beginning their clinical experiences in the on-campus Speech and Hearing Clinic. The second year (Fall and Spring semesters) is spent mostly at off-campus practicum sites, returning to campus once per week to complete one class (such as a seminar). A master’s thesis is optional, depending on your career goals.

We have a large network of school, hospital, rehabilitation, and community agency placements, allowing our students to tailor their clinical experiences to their anticipated career path, to an extent. This network spreads from Pittsburgh to Dubois to Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Since 1992, the employment rate for graduates of our master’s degree program has been 100 percent. Over the past three cohorts of students admitted (see Table 1), our program completion rate has averaged 100 percent. Over the last six years, 132 students have been admitted to the program and 130 have completed it (98 percent).

Table 1: Program Completion and Employment Rates
Cohort # Admitted/# Completed = % Number-% employed
2012–2014 22/22 = 100% 22 - 100%
2011–2013 22/22 = 100% 22 - 100%
2010–2012 22/22 = 100% 22 - 100%

An average of 97 percent of those students passed the national examination in Speech-Language Pathology on the first attempt, and 100 passed on their second attempt (see Table 2). 

Table 2: Pass Rate on the ASHA CCC-SLP (also the PA licensure) Exam
Academic Year Passed on First Attempt Passed on Retake
2013–2014 22/22 = 100% N/A
2012–2013 22/22 = 100% N/A
2011–2012 19/21 = 91% 100%

Prerequisites

In order to be competitive for admission, an applicant’s grade point average should be 3.6 or higher, you should be highly recommended by those writing letters of support, and your application should demonstrate a high degree of thought and writing proficiency. GRE scores are required. On the old GRE format, you need a score of at least 900 (verbal + quantitative) for serious consideration for admission. On the new GRE format, you need a score of 145 on the verbal, a 145 on the quantitative, and a 3.5-4.0 on the writing for serious consideration for admission.

In order to meet certification requirements upon completion of our master’s degree, an applicant’s undergraduate transcript should show nearly all of these courses, or their equivalent:

  • One course each in the biological and physical sciences
  • Probability and Statistics and one other college math course
  • One course each in English composition and literature
  • Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • Clinical Phonology (phonetics)
  • Speech Science I and II
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
  • Introduction to Audiology
  • Aural Rehabilitation
  • Language Development
  • Articulation and Language Disorders
  • Stuttering and Voice Disorders
  • Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Experiences I and II (clinical observation experiences)

If you are interested in teacher certification, you must either have the following prerequisites (or their equivalent), or you will have to complete them in conjunction with your graduate course work:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Technology for Learning and Instruction
  • Organization and Administration of Speech and Hearing Programs in the Schools

If you have not taken a significant number of the above undergraduate courses, you must apply for admission to the Office of Adult and Continuing Education in order to make up those coursework deficiencies through the second degree program. You must have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale in order to be considered for admission as a second degree student, and have passing scores on the Praxis I reading, writing, and math tests. To request an application, contact the Office of Adult and Continuing Education.

If you would like assistance in deciding whether or not you need to apply to the second degree program, please contact:

Dr. David Stein
Program Coordinator
Speech-Language Pathology
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Davis Hall, Room 203
570 S. Eleventh St.
Indiana, PA 15705-1087
724-357-2450
dwstein@iup.edu

Program Requirements

The academic coursework we offer to our graduate students in speech-language pathology includes:

  • Diagnostic Methods
  • Diagnostic Audiology
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Neurological Communication Disorders
  • Articulation
  • Language Disorders of Children
  • Stuttering
  • Voice
  • Elements of Research
  • Seminar offering such as these recent topics:
    • Counseling
    • Language sampling
    • Medical speech-language pathology
    • Assistive technology
    • Communication disorders of persons with hearing loss

Our students have two on-campus clinical practica involving the supervised delivery of speech-language therapy, plus one experience each with speech-language diagnostic clinic and hearing testing clinic. The two off-campus practicum placements typically involve one student teaching and one health care setting. Before you start any clinical practicum, you must pass a speech and hearing screening, a tuberculosis screening, and a criminal record check and purchase student malpractice insurance.

Before graduation, we must have evidence that you have attempted the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology.

Application Materials

Application materials are available from and are initially processed by IUP’s Graduate School. Your application, official transcripts of all previous college course work, letters of recommendation from two people who are familiar with your academic background, an essay, and a nonrefundable application fee are required. The essay should address this prompt: Describe a time that you have been of significant benefit to another person.

Go to the IUP Graduate Admissionspage for the link to application materials.  Our program has a limited number of quarter-time assistantships available each year.

Again, please be sure that all application materials are submitted prior to February 15 for matriculation at the beginning of the following Fall semester.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must score at the 90th percentile or higher on the written and spoken TOEFL subtests and speak English at the level of General American standards.

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