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Degree Programs

B.S. Degree | M.S. Degree | Non-SPLP Background Degree Program


B.S. Degree

The B.S. degree is a pre-professional degree that is designed to prepare students for graduate level study in speech-language pathology or audiology. The undergraduate curriculum is comprised of two levels: pre-Speech-Language Pathology and Speech-Language Pathology (SPLP). Students in pre-Speech-Language Pathology are initially in provisional status. Typically, during the freshman and sophomore years pre-Speech-Language Pathology students are required to take a general core in the areas of English, math, science, and social and behavioral sciences as well as pre-Speech-Language Pathology courses.

Pre-SPLP courses:

1013 (Introduction to Speech, Language, Hearing Disorders)

1052 (Speech and Language Acquisition)

2040 (Anatomy, Physiology for Speech)

2002 (Speech and Hearing Science)

Students are eligible to apply for progression from the pre-Speech-Language Pathology program to the undergraduate Speech-Language Pathology program after completing pre-Speech-Language Pathology program curricula. Beginning Summer I, 1995, all students declaring a SPLP major must meet the following requirements before applying for regular admission to the degree program: 1) satisfactory completion of any required developmental course, 2) satisfactory completion of all courses under the "Freshman Year" requirements of the SPLP curriculum, 3) satisfactory completion of all special requirements of the SPLP major. These special requirements include a) completion of SPLP 1013, 1052, and 2002 with a "C" or better; b) completion of a speech, language, and hearing screening test; c) an uncorrected cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better; d) an uncorrected GPA of 3.0 or better in the 1000- and 2000-level SPLP courses, e) SLP faculty approval. Note that meeting the basic requirements does not guarantee that the student will be selected to progress to upper-level SPLP courses. The above requirements also apply to transfer students.

Upon progression and acceptance into the Speech-Language Pathology program, students are eligible to enroll in advanced (4000 level) courses. Students must complete 25 hours of supervised observation in audiology and/or speech-language pathology at approved on and off-campus sites (including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, and private agencies).

Speech-Language Pathology upper level courses:

4001 (Phonetics)

4004 (Multicultural Issues in Clinical Service Delivery)
4005 (Diagnosis of Communication Disorders)
4028 (Articulation Disorders)

4033 (Language Pathology)
4035 (Clinical Procedures & Observations)
4077 (Audiology)
4090 (Neurophysiological Bases for Communication)

M.S. Program

The master's degree program in Speech-Language Pathology at ULM prepares students for a career as a speech-language pathologist. The M.S. program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Graduate courses in Speech-Language Pathology provide students with advanced study and specialization in speech-language pathology (e.g., language, voice, phonology/articulation, fluency, swallowing, and hearing). Knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom and clinic provide opportunities for students to acquire the professional competencies necessary to practice independently in the field of speech-language pathology. Additionally, knowledge and skills acquired in the Speech-Language Pathology research class are instrumental in allowing students to conduct independent research which is often presented at local, state, regional, and national levels.

Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Courses:
5005 (Research in Speech-Language Pathology)
5020 (Seminar in Articulation)
5025 (Stuttering Research and Remediation)
5028 (Language Disorders in Children)
5030 (Speech-Language Pathology Diagnostics, Birth-Five)
5042 (Voice Disorders)
5050 (Neurological Disorders I: Introduction and Identification)
5052 (Neurological Disorders II: Evaluation and Management)
5060 (Augmentative/Alternative Communication)
5061 (Seminar in Oropharyngeal Involvement)
5070 (Seminar in the Profession)
5076 (Clinical Practicum, Site I)
5077 (Audiology for the Speech-Language Pathologist)
5081 (Internship, School Site)
5086 (Internship, Medical Site)
5091 (Research Projects)

Students completing the graduate program qualify for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in speech-language pathology from ASHA www.asha.org and licensure from the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology www.lbespa.org. Students from Speech-Language Pathology typically do very well (usually 100% pass rate) on the National Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology.

Non-SPLP Background Degree M.S. Program

Students who have an undergraduate degree in a field other than speech-language pathology may be eligible for the Non-SPLP Background Degree Program. Students initially take only undergraduate Speech-Language Pathology courses, and add graduate courses as they fulfill undergraduate requirements. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded the M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology and are eligible for ASHA certification and state licensure. Applications for the Non-SPLP Background Degree Program are only accepted for the fall semester.

For more information, see: Non-SPLP Background Degree Program FAQ