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Division of Communication Disorders

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


MARK GUIBERSON, B.A. University of Colorado 1997; M.A. 1999; Ph.D. Colorado State University 2006; Professor of Speech-Language Pathology 2019, 2011.
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.

Associate Professors

MARY JO C. HIDECKER, 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 2019, 2013.
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

ERIN J. BUSH, B.S. University of Wyoming 2000; M.S. University of Nebraska-Kearney 2003; Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2011; Assistant Professor of Speech-Langauage Pathology 2015.
BREANNA KRUEGER, B.A. University of Wyoming 2007; M.A. University of Kansas 2011; M.A. 2013; Ph.D. 2017; Assistant Professor 2017.

Academic Professionals

SCOTT FOOR, B.S. California Baptist University 2012; M.A. University of Northern Colorado 2018; Assistant Lecturer 2018.
TERESA J. GARCIA, B.S. University of Wyoming 1989; M.S. 1991; Senior Lecturer 2016, 1995.
ESTHER HARTSKY, B.A. Adams State University 2000; A.A.S. Pikes Peak Community College 2004; Assistant Lecturer 2017.
ERIN PAGE, B.S. University of Kentucky 2007; M.S. University of Wyoming 2014; Assistant Lecturer 2017.
KAREN RICHARD, B.A. University of Wyoming 2002; B.A. Appalachian State University 2005; M.S. University of Wyoming 2011, Assistant Lecturer 2018.
CORRI SANDOVAL, B.S. University of Wyoming 2000; M.S. 2010; Assistant Lecturer 2017.
ERIN PAGE, B.S. University of Kentucky 2007; M.S. University of Wyoming 2014; Assistant Lecturer 2017.

Adjunct Clinical Instructor

Melissa Denker, 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 on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. 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

The B.S. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science provides a quality preprofessional education in human communication sciences and disorders. Students graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to go on to further education in professional programs in speech-language pathology, audiology, and to other careers in health and education. Program quality is monitored and maintained through regular examination of the results of direct and indirect measures of teaching and learning goals.

Students earning a B.S. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science will demonstrate competencies in the following areas within (a) human communication and swallowing, (b) clinical knowledge and skills, and (c) communication and professionalism.

A. Core Competencies in Human Communication and Swallowing Science

1.  Anatomical and physiological bases of communication and swallowing
2.  Neurological bases of communication and swallowing
3.  Acoustic and articulatory bases of communication
4.  Psychological and linguistic bases of communication
5.  Social and cultural bases of communication
6.  Research methods used in the field of communication disorders

B. Introductory Clinical Knowledge and Skills

7.  Nature of hearing and balance disorders
8.  Remediation of hearing and balance disorders
9.  Nature of speech and swallowing disorders
10. Nature of language and literacy disorders
11. Principles and methods of assessment and treatment
12. Phonetic transcription and language sample analysis of typical speakers

C. Basic Competencies in Communication and Professional Areas

13. Scholarly and professional written expression
14. Scholarly and professional oral expression
15. American Sign Language or other second language
16. Locating and evaluating resources for evidence-based practice
17. Problem-solving and critical thinking
18. Self-regulation and meta-cognition
19. Interpersonal interactions and teamwork
20. Behavior conforming to academic and professional ethical standards

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year: Fall Hours
USP FYS Course 3
ENGL 1010 3
SPPA 1010 3
PSYC 1000 3
LIFE 1010 4
Total Hours 16
Freshman Year: Spring Hours
MATH 1400 (or MATH 1450) 3
PHYS 1050 4
USP V Course 3
Electives 5
Total Hours 15
Sophomore Year: Fall Hours
KIN 2040 3
KIN 2041 1
FCSC 2121 4
SPPA 2110 4
SPPA 2210 3
Total Hours 15
Sophomore Year: Spring Hours
SPPA 2120 4
SPPA 3160 4
USP COM2 Course 3
Elective 3
Total Hours 14
Junior Year: Fall Hours
SPPA 3265 3
SPPA 4240 3
STAT 2050 4
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Hours 16
Junior Year: Spring Hours
SPPA 4220 3
SPPA 4310 3
Required (PSYC 4310, PSYC 4320, or CNSL 4520) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Hours 15
Senior Year: Fall Hours
SPPA 4340 3
SPPA 4750 (COM3) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective (3000/4000 level) 3
Total Hours 15
Senior Year: Spring Hours
SPPA 4150 3
SPPA 4250 4
SPPA 4380 3
Elective (3000/4000 level) 4
Total Hours 14
Total Hours in Curriculum and Required for Degree 120
Hours Required in 3000/4000 Level Courses 42

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. Also note that speech, language, and hearing topic courses from community colleges do not transfer or count as course equivalents.

Speech and Hearing Clinic

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

There is a 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. We accept students to start in the fall of each year. For application, admission, and description of the program, see the division website.

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 September 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.

For International (including Canadian) students, the university must determine whether financial resources are sufficient for study here.

International Students

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.

Requirements Following Offer of Admission

Students who accept an offer of admission to the program must then apply to the university for formal admission.

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.

Graduate Student Outcome Data

In the last three years, 90% of MS SLP students completed the program “on-time” and 100% obtained employment and passed the Praxis Exam.

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 9.5 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 awarded to applicants with full admission.

Differential Tuition

The graduate program in speech-language pathology has a differential tuition rate. See the Division website and/or fee book for details.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master's Programs

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is a professional degree program. The graduate program consists of a minimum of 55 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 on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Typical Programs of Study

Plan A (thesis) (64 hour program)

Speech-Language Pathology

36 hours of graduate academic coursework

24 hours of graduate clinical practicum

4 hours of 5960 thesis research

Plan B (Non-thesis) (61 hour program)

Speech-Language Pathology

36 hours of graduate academic coursework

24 hours of graduate clinical practicum

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/or thesis defense

3. Passing a national clinical certification examination

To see specific competencies, refer to the Graduate Handbook on the division website.

Leveling Coursework

Leveling is completed on a course-by-course basis. Students are encouraged to enroll in a second bachelor's degree program. 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 website for a list of courses.

Continuing Education

Students may take graduate coursework as continuing education without having been admitted to the graduate program, if instructor consent is granted. 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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