The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA) accredits the Communication Sciences and Disorders program.
A master’s degree is required for certification by ASHA and by the State of Texas for professional licensure. The master’s degree and ASHA certification are considered the minimal credentials in the area of Speech-Language Pathology.
In addition to meeting the college graduate admission requirements, applicants to the program must have completed required background courses in normal human communication processes at the undergraduate or postbaccalaureate level with a grade point average of at least 3.00 (A=4.00). Less tangible factors also contribute to admission decisions. These may include the potential 1) for communicating effectively and interacting constructively in a clinical and/or supervisory relationship and 2) for contributing to the profession of speech-language pathology.
Before acceptance into any course with practicum activities, all students must pass during the first semester in residence a speech, voice, and language proficiency assessment. Students removed from graduate standing are not eligible to register for practicum courses.
Plan I: Thesis Option
Students must complete 28 hours in content courses in the major, and 15 credits of practicum experience. An additional 6 hours will consist of thesis credit for a minimum total of 49 credit hours. An oral defense of the thesis is required.
Plan II: Non-thesis Option
Students must complete a minimum of 28 hours in content courses in the major, 6 credits of electives, and 15 credits of practicum experience for a minimum total of 49 credits. The electives can be approved electives taken in Communication Sciences and Disorders or selected from pre-approved courses outside the department. A comprehensive examination is required.