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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Speech-Language Pathology - MA

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Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology – MA5326

Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders
School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences
Grover Center W218
Athens, OH 45701-2979
Fax: 740.593.0287

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: Fall

Program Overview

The Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders is dedicated to excellence in research and teaching undergraduate and graduate students who will be successful in future academic study and employment.

This two-year program provides the academic and clinical experiences necessary for professional certification and licensure with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Teacher licensure is also an option. The program includes a sequence of core courses, hands-on clinical coursework, elective opportunities, patient-care experiences, and a choice between one or two externships near the end of the program. We offer students access to state-of- the art facilities and equipment, a variety of clinical experiences, and possibilities for mentored research experiences.

The program offers numerous distinctive opportunities, including:

  • Academic and clinical experiences leading to professional national certification and state licensure. Optional teacher licensure.
  • Ample and diverse clinical experiences in a variety of settings including a beautiful, well-equipped on-campus clinic located in the same building as the academic classrooms, research labs and offices.
  • Engagement with multicultural, multinational and multilingual students and faculty
  • Dedicated and personalized clinical supervision from seasoned clinicians.
  • A nationwide network of over 250 clinical externship sites.
  • Opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary and global health initiatives.

Master’s degree applicants who are interested in academic careers and who demonstrate potential for doctoral study may request consideration for admission to a special Joint M.A. to Ph.D. program. This program is for students who are certain they wish to pursue a Ph.D. and receive a M.A. degree along the way. Upon completion of the program, the student will have completed a master’s degree in speech-language pathology and a doctorate of philosophy in speech language science. This allows for maximum efficiency overall, and permits the student to pursue research and clinical training simultaneously, rather than sequentially. The purpose of this program is to nurture and guide students with excellent potential while integrating master’s and doctoral coursework, research, and clinical experiences.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to appraise research in the discipline.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate professional behaviors when interacting with key stakeholders.
  • Students will be able to identify appropriate diagnostic tools and procedures for child and adult clients.
  • Students will be able to identify appropriate treatment techniques and procedures for child and adult clients.

Opportunities for Graduates

The Master of Arts in speech-language pathology (M.A.) degree at Ohio University provides numerous distinctive opportunities including ample and diverse clinical experiences and settings and a nationwide network of clinical externship sites. Speech-language pathologists are employed in early intervention, preschools, K-12 schools, health care facilities, and colleges and universities.

Further Information

Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/rcs/csd/graduate/slp.cfm

Admission Requirements

  • 3.0 minimum overall undergraduate grade point average
  • Completion of the CSDCAS application
  • Completion of the Ohio University Graduate Application
  • Completion of ASHA Prerequisites:
    • Biological Science (General Biology or Human Biology or Human Anatomy and/or Physiology)
    • Physical Science (Physics or Chemistry)
    • Social/Behavioral Science (Psychology, Sociology or Cultural Anthropology)
    • Statistics (Stand-alone course)
  • Completion of CSD Prerequisites:
    • Introduction to Communication Disorders
    • Phonetics
    • Speech Science
    • Hearing Science
    • Anatomy/Physiology of Speech and Language
    • Basic Audiology
    • Language Development Sign Language I
    • Aural Rehabilitation
  • International applicants must additionally submit an English proficiency score (TOEFL or IELTS) and a sample of spoken English
  • Complete application information and instructions can be found at:
  • Up to 8 hours of graduate-level coursework is considered.

International Students

This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete 71 hours of approved graduate coursework and CSD and ASHA prerequisites.

Course Requirements

Complete the following courses:

Other Requirements

Non-credit requirements are the following:

  • Satisfaction of ASHA clinical requirements for meeting certification
  • Completion of 25 observation and 375 clinical hours
  • Official Score Report on the NTE (PRAXIS) exam

Culminating Experience

All students complete a case-based evidence-based practice project in consultation with faculty and clinical staff. Students work in teams and make a public presentation of their findings in the fall semester of year two.

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