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2017 Masters Graduates

Graduate Study

DIVISION OF COMMUNICATION DISORDERS

Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program


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The Master of Science education program in speech-language pathology at the University of Wyoming is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Program Overview

In our speech-language pathology graduate program, you will study academic and clinical aspects of the field concurrently, applying what you have learned in your academic work to the clients you diagnose and treat, and addressing questions raised in clinical experiences in your courses. Our program provides the academic and clinical experiences needed for ASHA certification. Our program will provide you the background to work in any setting as an SLP.

On your path to becoming a speech-language pathologist, you will learn about communication difficulties, such as voice disorders, phonology problems, stuttering, language impairments, and learning disabilities. You will also learn about communication and swallowing difficulties associated with neurological disorders such as strokes, head injuries, and cerebral palsy. You will be prepared to work with people across the lifespan, from infants to seniors,  in diverse settings, including schools, preschools, hospitals, extended care centers, universities, and private practice. You will learn to diagnose speech and language disorders in children and adults, make recommendations for remediation, and provide direct intervention. You can work with researchers investigating the nature and treatment of communication disorders, and conduct your own thesis research.  

About our Program

The Master's in Speech-Language Pathology is a full-time, two-year (six consecutive semesters) degree program consisting of ≈ 61 semester hours (SCH) of graduate study that includes coursework and practicum. The program is delivered in six consecutive semesters with full-time fall, spring, & summer enrollment required. The program is delivered in a hybrid format; the “first year” (three semesters) is delivered on campus, while the “second year” (three semesters) is delivered via distance. The majority of coursework occurs on campus.

First Year: Students enroll in coursework while engaging in clinical practicum in the UW Speech & Hearing Clinic for the first three semesters (fall, spring, summer). During the first year of the program, students are required to be on the UW Main Campus in Laramie, Wyoming.

Second Year: The second year includes online synchronous coursework in the Fall semester, and an intensive “community placement”. These community-based practicums can occur in Wyoming or another state as long as a cooperative agreement can be obtained and the site and student placement is approved by the University, the program, and the externship supervisor.  Students complete the oral comprehensive exam during the second year. During the spring and summer semesters of the second year, students engage in two full-time clinical externships in an educational and medical setting (arranged by our externship coordinator). Externships occur throughout the U.S., generally at sites for which we have existent/formerly established contracts (most often in the Mountain-west region).

The Higher Education Act - State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) may affect clinical practica options. For the most current listing and updated information, students should check the State Authorization/Licensure information (click on link), as they request externships and work with the externship coordinator up until placement. We will not place students in States where there is no agreement in place.

 

 

Admission to Graduate Program

For admission into our speech-language pathology graduate program, go to our Admission and Application page for more information.

Individuals without a bachelor's degree in communication disorders must take a set of undergraduate core course work before applying to the master's program. For more information, please see leveling program.

Individuals with the prerequisites may enroll in graduate speech-language pathology academic courses with instructor consent and on a space available basis as a Non-degree Graduate Student. Up to 12 semester hours of prescribed speech-language pathology course work taken in this status may be applied upon admission to the graduate program on approval of the Division faculty and the university. This may include transfer of up to 9 semester credits from another university. All course work must be completed within 6 years of the date of graduation from the master's program. Successful completion of graduate coursework in speech-language pathology prior to admission in no way ensures acceptance into the graduate program.

CONTACT US

Division of Communication Disorders

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3311

Health Sciences, 265

Laramie, WY  82071

Phone: 307-766-6427

Fax: 307-766-6829

Email: comdis@uwyo.edu

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