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Graduate Catalog 2014-15


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Application Deadlines:
(Fall only - January 15th. Students accepted to the program are eligible for a summer start date.) NOTE: If you are a new graduate student and you intend to apply for a Competitive Graduate Award (CGA), the deadline for having all of your application materials turned in is January 15th. If you apply for the CGA but your SIUE application is incomplete, your application for the Competitive Graduate Award will be removed from consideration.


The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders offers a program leading to the Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology. The graduate program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Students who complete the program are prepared to accept professional opportunities in health care facilities, community clinics, private practice, and public schools. The program combines classroom instruction and research and provides opportunities for graduate internships in a variety of settings. Students completing the prescribed program are eligible to apply for any of the following: ASHA certification, Illinois licensure in Speech-Language Pathology, and non-teachingcertificature/licenture  for the Illinois public schools.   Additional requirements may apply for each certificate/license.


To be considered for admission to the graduate program, students must submit undergraduate and graduate transcripts, scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) , a résumé (maximum of two pages) and three letters of recommendation. Transcripts, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation are all submitted through the Centralized Application Service. The resume is submitted directly to the program director. For more information on applying, please visit the department website at Students must document a 3.0 grade point average (A=4.0) to apply. Admission is a competitive process. Not all qualified applicants will be admitted to the program.

The majority of students have completed a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology with specific undergraduate course work. Some provision is made for students with degrees in related fields following the completion of undergraduate course work in speech-language pathology and audiology.


Thirty-six (36) semester hours of acceptable graduate credit are required to complete the Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology. These hours include twelve (12) core courses, one elective, and a culminating comprehensive examination or six core courses, four electives, and a culminating thesis.

Students in the program must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 in all graduate courses. No credit is allowed toward a graduate degree in courses in which a grade below C is earned. The program has two plans through which the program requirements are fulfilled.

Thesis Plan

Required courses (18 hours): SPPA 469, 503, 544, 545, 548, 560

Electives (minimum of 12 hours from the following): SPPA 498, 511, 515, 520, 540, 541, 542, 543, 547, 551, 555, 558, other approved course work in the area of specializations or related areas.

Thesis (6 hours): SPPA 599.

Non-thesis Plan

Required courses (34 hours): SPPA 469, 498 or equivalent, 503, 520, 540, 541, 542, 543, 544, 545, 547, 548, 560

Electives: (minimum of 2 hours) within the specialization or in related areas. Students having completed an approved course in AAC as an undergraduate student will need to complete an additional 3.0 credit hours of elective requirements.


All students must pass either a written or an oral comprehensive examination administered by the graduate faculty in speech-language pathology. The examination covers the broad areas of speech and hearing sciences, speech-language pathology, and audiology. Students may choose the thesis option in lieu of a written examination.

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