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Division of Communication Disorders

Teresa Ukrainetz, Director
Health Sciences Building, Room 265
Phone: (307) 766-6427
Fax: (307) 766-6829


MARY HARDIN-JONES, B.A. Texas Tech University 1978; M.S. 1979; Ph.D. University of Iowa 1984; Professor of Speech-Language Pathology 2005, 2001.
DAVID L. JONES, B.S. Westminster College 1980; M.A. University of Iowa 1983; Ph.D. 1987; Professor of Speech-Language Pathology 2005, 2001.
TERESA A. UKRAINETZ, B.A. University of Calgary 1984; M.S. University of British Columbia 1987; Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin 1995; Director, Division of Communication Disorders 2008; Professor of Speech-Language Pathology 2007, 1995.

Associate Professors

ROGER W. STEEVE, B.A. San Diego State University 1990; M.A. 1993; Ph.D University of Washington 2004; Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology 2011, 2005.

Assistant Professors

MARK GUIBERSON, B.A. University of Colorado 1997; M.A. 1999; Ph.D. Colorado State University 2006; Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology 2011.
B.A. University of Iowa 1981; M.A. 1984; P.h.D. Michigan State University 2004; M.S. 2011; Assistant Professor of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology 2013.
DOUGLAS B. PETERSEN, B.A. Utah State University 1999; M.Ed. 2002; Ph.D. 2010; Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology 2012, 2010.

Academic Professionals

TODD L. CORBETT, B.A. University of Wyoming 1993; M.A. Lewis & Clark College 1994; Associate Lecturer 2006, 1999.
LYNDA D. COYLE, B.A. Holy Names College 1981; M.S. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 1982; Senior Lecturer 2007, 1999.
CHRISTIANE DECHERT, B.A. Georg August Universitat 1979; M.A. University of Arizona 1982; M.A. Washington State University 1997; Associate Lecturer 2010, 2002.
TERESA J. GARCIA, B.S. University of Wyoming 1989; M.S. 1991; Associate Lecturer 2004, 1995.
CATHERINE L. ROSS, B.S.W. Missouri State University 1973; M.S. University of Wyoming 1999; Assistant Lecturer 2012, 2008.
AMY M. WEAVER, B.S. University of Wyoming 1997; M.S. 2001; Associate Lecturer 2010, 2004.

Adjunct Clinical Instructors

Anna Anderson, M.S., CCC-SLP
Cynthia Anderson, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kathe Dahill, M.S., CCC-SLP
Rosanne DeMattia-Pash, M.S., CCC-SLP
Susie Fornstrom, M.S., CCC-SLP
Leah M. Horst, M.A., CCC-SLP
Sara L. Howatt, M.S., CCC-SLP
Lealani Kersenbrock, M.S., CCC-SLP

Professors Emeriti

Janis A. Jelinek
Douglas W. Laws
Michael A. Primus

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

The areas of speech-language pathology and audiology are concerned with disorders of communication. Included in these areas are the studies of systems underlying the normal communicative process (phonetics, acoustics, neurology, anatomy and physiology); development of speech, hearing and language functions; deviations from the normal communicative process; and diagnosis and management of speech, language and hearing disorders.

The Division of Communication Disorders offers a bachelor's (B.S.) degree in speech, language and hearing science. The bachelor's degree is considered preprofessional preparation for entrance into a graduate program in either speech-language pathology or audiology. A graduate degree is needed to work in most employment settings. The division offers a Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology. The combined undergraduate and graduate programs are designed to prepare students to meet the academic and clinical requirements for Wyoming licensure and the Certificate of Clinical Competence awarded by the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

The graduate program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). See the division web site for additional information.

Any student seeking admission to the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology within the Division of Communication Disorders will be required to obtain a background check as specified by college policy.

Undergraduate Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.S. program in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, students will meet the following goals and objectives.

Students in this program acquire the fundamental knowledge of speech, language, and hearing science to prepare them for graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology. Students are introduced to communication disorders and intervention, but the majority of clinical education is accomplished in the graduate program. The undergraduate goals and objectives are based on the accreditation standards of our graduate program in speech-language pathology.

Program quality and overall student learning is monitored through examination of  student performance in the following areas:

A. Principles of biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and the social/behavioral sciences

1. Successfully complete at least one course in each of the biological, physical, social, and mathematical science.

B. Biological bases of human communication

1. Describe anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism, including respiration, phonation, articulation, and resonance

2. Describe anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism

3. Describe anatomy and physiology of the swallowing mechanism

C. Neurological bases of human communication

1. Describe major components of the central and peripheral nervous system.

2. Describe the auditory pathways and processes in the central nervous system.

3. Describe the language pathways and processes in the central nervous system

4. Describe the speech pathways and processes in the central nervous system

D. Acoustic bases of human communication

1. Describe acoustic properties of vowels and consonants

2. Describe transmission of sound waves through air

E. Psychological, linguistic, and developmental bases of human communication

1. Describe cognitive development and its relationship to language

2. Demonstrate knowledge of phonological development

3. Identify phonological processes

4. Transcribe speech using the International Phonetic Alphabet

5. Describe the development of morphosyntax

6. Explain the major features of multiple language acquisition

7. Perform a language sample analysis across the major constituents of language

F. Nature and remediation of hearing disorders

1. Differentiate among common auditory disorders.

2. Describe the communication problems associated with hearing impairment and deafness.

3. Demonstrate knowledge of basic hearing screening procedures.

4. Identify current amplification techniques and assistive devices for hearing loss.

G. Processes used in research  

1. Critically evaluate research literature methodology.

2. Explain experimental and descriptive research methods.

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year: Fall Hours
USP CA Course 3
ENGL 1010 3
SPPA 1010 3
PSYC 1000 3
LIFE 1010 4
Total Hours 16
Freshman Year: Spring Hours
USP CH Course 3
MATH 1400 (or MATH 1450) 3
PHYS 1050 4
POLS 1000 3
Elective 3
Total Hours 16
Sophomore Year: Fall Hours
KIN 2040 3
KIN 2041 1
USP D Course 3
SPPA 3210 3
SPPA 2110 4
SPPA 2250 1
PEAC 1001 1
Total Hours 16
Sophomore Year: Spring Hours
FCSC 2121 4
SPPA 2120 4
USP G Course 3
USP WB Course 3
Elective 3
Total Hours 17
Junior Year: Fall Hours
SPPA 3265 3
Any USP QB STAT Course 4
USP O Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Hours 16
Junior Year: Spring Hours
SPPA 4310 3
SPPA 3160 4
Atypical (PSYC 4310, PSYC 4320, CNSL 4520) 3
Elective (3000/4000 level) 3
Total Hours 13
Senior Year: Fall Hours
SPPA 4380 3
Elective (3000/4000 level) 3
SPPA 4340 3
SPPA 4750 (WC) 3
Elective (3000/4000 level) 3
Total Hours 15
Senior Year: Spring Hours
SPPA 4150 3
SPPA 4240 3
SPPA 4250 3
SPPA 4220 3
Elective (3000/4000 level) 3
Total Hours 15
Total Hours in Curriculum and Required for Degree 124
Hours Required in 3000/4000 Level Courses 48

Note: a grade of C or better must be earned in all courses for the major; courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade unless offered for S/U only.  

Speech and Hearing Clinic

Speech and hearing clinical services are available to University of Wyoming students. For information concerning these services, contact the Division of Communication Disorders.

There is one student organization with whom speech-language pathology and audiology majors may choose to affiliate, the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Objectives are to promote and recognize scholastic achievement and to support clinical, research, and service endeavors.

Graduate Study

Admission to the M.S. Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology

Admission Requirements

Admission to the master's program in speech-language pathology is made on a competitive basis.  Students can apply for the campus or distance tracks (see our website for a program description). We accept students to start in the fall of each year. Minimum requirements for full admission to the master's program in speech-language pathology are the following:

1.   Academic Transcripts

Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be submitted. These must show progress toward completion of a bachelor's degree and coursework in communication disorders. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) is required for full admission. Grades for the fall courses and enrollment in the spring courses prior to application should be present on the transcripts. An official transcript showing completion of the bachelor's degree will be required by the first semester of graduate study.

2.   Communication Disorders Coursework

Official transcripts showing undergraduate coursework in communication disorders are required. See the Division website for the recommended and required coursework (Leveling). A course in each of phonetics, speech and language development, and anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, along with at least one other Leveling course, are required before beginning the graduate program. A file review will be conducted on acceptance into the program to determine other missing courses, which will be completed during the graduate course of study.

3.   GRE Report

Official report of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Quantitative, Verbal, and Writing scores must be submitted. A cumulative score of at least 291 (900 minimum score with the old GRE scoring system) on the verbal and quantitative sections is required for full admission. The Division requires all applicants to report their GRE score, regardless of whether they already have a graduate degree.

4.   Recommendation Letters

Three letters of recommendation must be submitted. At least two of the letters should be from previous instructors who are familiar with the applicant's academic performance and can address potential for success in graduate school.

5.   Candidacy Statement

A candidacy statement must be submitted. It consists of a short essay (maximum 400 words) on the applicant's qualifications for a graduate degree in speech-language pathology. Statement prompt: Explain why you should be among the select group that is chosen for this educational and career opportunity.

6.   Campus or Distance

Applicants must state which track is desired at the beginning of the candidacy statement: on-campus or distance. Students cannot mix the tracks, but can be considered for either or both. See the website for descriptions of the two tracks.

7.   TOEFL

International students from non-English-speaking countries need a TOEFL score of 600 to show English proficiency. Additional sources of evidence may be requested by the division to make a final decision. English proficiency must be sufficient for success in graduate school and certification as a speech-language pathologist in the United States, even if the applicant intends to return to the native country.

Conditional Status

An applicant may be admitted conditionally if he or she does not meet the GPA or GRE requirements for full admission, and the Division determines that there are sufficient areas of strength for success in graduate school in comparison to other applicants.  Conditions will be placed on admission such as graduate grade point average, performance criteria, or completion of certain courses.

Application Procedure

Applications to our master's program must be made through an electronic, centralized application service: the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service for Clinical Education in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (CSDCAS). Instructions and application procedures are available at  Check the division web site in October for current instructions and deadlines.

Applicants will be notified of the division's decision on acceptance, alternate, or denial by mid-March. Applicants should respond to the offer by April 15. Alternates will be offered positions that become available after April 15.

International students should submit their application materials directly to the University of Wyoming not to CSDCAS (except Canadians, who use CSDCAS). Applicants must have transcripts translated and assessed for equivalency to the American university system to be considered for admission. In addition, for International (including Canadian), the university must determine whether financial resources are sufficient for study here. 

Requirements Following Offer of Admission

Students who accept an offer of admission to the program must then apply to the university for formal admission. Students will be required to submit one set of official transcripts to the university and an official GRE score report (university, code 4855; and division, code 0620). In addition, students must pass a criminal background check.

Criminal Background Check

Admission to the graduate program in speech-language pathology is contingent upon passing a criminal background check. Each student recommended for admission into program will be required to obtain, pay, and pass a criminal background check. These background checks are routinely required by schools, hospitals, and other agencies that participate in the clinical education of our students. The results of the background check may determine admission to our program. Please see the College of Health Sciences website for the policy and procedures document.

Program Specific Graduate Assistantships

Financial help for graduate students is available each year through the department with assistantships and other funding. Typically, graduate assistantships include one-half tuition support and a monthly stipend. These assistantships require the student to spend 10 hours per week assisting faculty members in teaching and research.

Awards are competitive and based on past academic performance, evidence of professional promise, and letters of recommendation.

Graduate assistantships are only awarded to campus applicants with full admission.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master's Programs

The graduate program consists of a minimum of 50 SCH of academic coursework, on-campus clinical practica, and external clinical practica. Students may pursue either a thesis or non-thesis track during their graduate studies. Both tracks lead to eligibility for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), granted by the Clinical Certification Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Graduates are also eligible for the Wyoming license in speech-language pathology. A supervised Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) is required beyond the graduate degree for certification. The master of science program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Plan A (thesis) (57 hour program)

Speech-Language Pathology

33 hours of graduate academic coursework

20 hours of graduate clinical practicum (clinical track)

4 hours of 5960 thesis research

Plan B (Non-thesis) (54 hour program)

Speech-Language Pathology

33 hours of graduate academic coursework

20 hours of graduate clinical practicum (clinical track)

1 hour 5961 comprehensive examination 

Upon completion of the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, students will meet knowledge and skill competencies within the following standards

A. In academic coursework, students will demonstrate knowledge of:

1. Basic human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, development, linguistic and cultural bases  

2. Etiologies and characteristics of communication and swallowing disorders in the areas of articulation, stuttering, voice and resonance, language, hearing, swallowing, cognition, social aspects, and communication modalities

3. Principles and methods of prevention, assessment and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders  

B. In clinical education, students will demonstrate knowledge and skills in:  

1. Planning and execution of evaluation and treatment at an appropriate level of independence

2. Professional comportment and culturally-sensitive clinical practices

3. Competent clinical writing

C. At the conclusion of the graduate program, students will demonstrate preparation for entry into clinical practice by: 

1. Successful completion of external clinical practica

2. Passing the oral comprehensive examination

3. Passing a national clinical certification examination

To see specific competencies, refer to the Grad Handbook on the Division website.

Distance Learning Program

The University of Wyoming Division of Communication Disorders offers a distance master's degree program and leveling course work in speech-language pathology. The program is open to both resident and nonresident students. Refer to the division Web site for current information and the Outreach School for course registration.

Leveling Coursework

Leveling is completed on a course-by-course basis, not as part of a degree program. Students sign up for leveling courses as non-degree undergraduate (NDU) each semester that they take only undergraduate courses. Any semester in which a student takes a graduate class (numbered 5000 or above), the student must change status to non-degree graduate (NDG). This allows the graduate courses to be applied to the master's program at a later date. Fees and tuition for all the coursework in that semester are charged at the graduate student rate. Refer to the division Web site for a list of courses.

Continuing Education

Students may take graduate coursework as continuing education without having been admitted to the graduate program. If students are accepted at a later date into the graduate program, they may apply a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours earned as a non-degree student toward their graduate degrees. Coursework submitted must be approved by the division at the time the official program of study is submitted. Coursework may not be older than 6 years from time of master's graduation.

Course Transfers and Waivers

In accredited programs of speech-language pathology, evaluation involves both course grades and demonstration of specific knowledge and skills. As a result, for any course transferred, waived, or applied from non-degree status, evidence of the knowledge and skills linked to that course will still be required.

Speech-Language Pathology (SPPA) Courses

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