College of Education and Professional Studies

Enrollment and Admissions

Permission to Enroll in Beginning Sequence Junior/Prerequisite Courses

Students who plan to begin the Speech-Language Pathology course sequence as undergraduates or those who have previously earned a bachelor degree in another major must request permission to enroll in the beginning sequence of courses offered in the Fall semester. These courses are prerequisite to and lead to the Spring prerequisite courses. The Foundations of Speech-Language Pathology course is offered both Fall and Spring semesters and does not require permission to enroll. It should be taken prior to or concurrent with the junior level/prerequisite courses as listed below.

Any Full Semester

  • Foundations of SLP

Fall Semester only

  • Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • Normal Language Development
  • Acoustic Phonetics

Spring Semester only

  • Audiology
  • Language Disorders
  • Articulation Disorders

Required Form and Transcripts: Students must submit a Request for Permission to Enroll in SLP Beginning Sequence Courses form along with current transcripts showing all completed coursework. Forms with transcripts should be submitted to the Program Coordinator during the second half of the Spring semester. The form is available at the bottom of this page, in the SLP program, and from the SLP undergraduate enrollment advisor in the Enrollment Center in the Nigh University Center.

Required Minimum GPA: Permission to enroll is based on a minimum 2.75 GPA overall or in the last 30 hours to gain entrance to the major/prerequisite courses. Permissions are prioritized based on GPA; that is, those with higher GPAs are given permission earlier. The criterion is gradually lowered as the summer progresses until the classes are filled. Because the SLP beginning sequence courses frequently fill up, students should not wait for permission to enroll in the SLP courses to enroll in other courses that they need. It is wise to take a "worst case scenario" approach to be sure of getting enrolled in courses that will help in making progress.

Required English Proficiency: Although the UCO Speech-Language Pathology program and the university welcome and value diversity, the program and its clinic operate in a predominately English speaking community. Applicants who are not native speakers of English must meet the minimum university and graduate college requirements as indicated in current university catalogs for proficiency in English. In addition, an oral interview with the program coordinator is required for initial permission. Students who exhibit cultural or linguistic differences in their use of English must eventually demonstrate the ability to use and model Standard English. With consultation, the faculty may require remedial courses or individual treatment to improve English proficiency prior to formal admission to the graduate program.

Admission to Senior Level Coursework and Clinical Practicum

Undergraduate students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology who expect to complete senior level coursework and wish to be considered for participation in Clinical Practicum are required to apply to the program during the Spring semester of the junior year. Required application materials include:

  1. The Senior Coursework/Clinical Practicum Application
  2. Official transcript(s), representing the students complete academic record through the most recently completed semester. An advisement transcript that lists courses individually for each semester is required if courses from other colleges or universities have been transferred in to UCO.
  3. Three Interpersonal Skills and Academic Abilities Recommendation forms completed by three college-level instructors from whom at least one college course has been taken. At least two of the three MUST be faculty in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology; optionally, the third may come from a college instructor in another subject area.
  4. Ranking and selection of candidates by Speech-Language Pathology faculty is guided by the following criteria:
    1. Minimum grade point average of 3.0 in 24 credit hours of Speech-Language Pathology coursework with a minimum grade of "C" in all major coursework. A student continuing in the major must repeat any major course in which a grade lower than "C" was received.
    2. Minimum grade point average of 2.75 in all completed coursework or 2.75 in the last 30 hours of coursework completed.
    3. Satisfactory evidence of scholastic ability, interpersonal skills, and personal character based on faculty recommendations.
  5. Students will be notified of their status for the Fall semester of their senior year according to the following categories:
    1. Accepted Without Qualification. Students meeting all criteria will be encouraged to continue with senior level courses and given highest priority for inclusion in clinical practicum.
    2. Accepted With Qualification. Students who fail to meet one of the above criteria may be encouraged to continue senior level courses with the qualification that a deficiency may jeopardize future acceptance into the graduate program. These students are encourage to speak with faculty to determine what should be done to enhance their chances for admission to the graduate program.
    3. Not Recommended for the Major. Students who fail to meet two or more of the above criteria or present other concerns will be advised of the following options:
      • Students with deficient overall grade point averages may complete additional undergraduate coursework or retake courses in which a ‘D' or ‘F' was received to meet the required grade point average.
      • Students with a deficient grade point average in Speech-Language Pathology coursework may retake those courses in which grades of "C" or lower were obtained.
      • Students may consider majors other than Speech-Language Pathology.
    4. Students not included in Clinical Practicum during one or both semesters of the Senior year will have the Practicum enrollments waived from their degree requirement and may need to replace the credit hours to have the overall 124 credit hours required for graduation.

Admission to the Jackson College of Graduate Studies

Admission to the University and to the College of Graduate Studies and Research (JCGSR) will be required of all students admitted to the Speech-Language Pathology graduate program. Applicants should obtain all necessary materials and follow the procedures outlined in the current UCO Graduate Catalog obtained through the office of the JCGSR or on the JCGSR website. Applicants must be aware that admission to the University and the JCGSR are separate from admission to a particular degree program. Admission to the University and JCGSR does NOT guarantee admission to the Speech-Language Pathology graduate program. Students should note that separate sets of application materials (applications, transcripts, recommendations etc.) will be required for each office.

Admission to the Speech-Language Pathology Master of Science Graduate Program

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the University and JCGS, prospective students entering the Speech-Language Pathology graduate program must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours of Speech-Language Pathology prerequisite coursework (listing follows). Students will not be allowed to enroll in any Speech-Language Pathology course without proper prerequisites and/or program permission. Students may not enroll in or participate in Practicum until formally accepted into the program.

Admission Criteria for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology:

  1. Receive a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university prior to entering the graduate program.
  2. Complete the 24 credit hours of prerequisite courses at UCO or their equivalents from another university with a minimum GPA of 3.00. For individual who have completed a bachelor degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Communication Sciences and Disorders, these prerequisites are frequently included, but completion must be verified nonetheless. Students will not be admitted to the graduate program who will not have completed equivalent coursework.
  3. Meet one of the following requirements:
    1. Attain a 2.75 or higher grade point average in all hours attempted or,
    2. Attain a 2.75 or higher grade point average in the last 60 hours attempted.

Application Deadlines, Materials, and Timelines

  1. Application materials (listed below) for the graduate program are due or must be postmarked no later than January 31.
  2. Application materials will be processed during February.
  3. Optional admission interviews with program faculty will be offered during February - usually in the second or third week. An applicant's application folder must be complete to schedule an interview.
  4. Following the week of interviews, the SLP faculty independent rank applicants and determine their admission status based on
    1. The applicant's GPA in his or her major SLP/Audiology courses.
    2. The applicant's GPA in his or her last 60 credit hours of courses.
    3. The applicant's GPA in all coursework.
    4. The applicant's average rating on the three Interpersonal Skills and Academic Abilities Recommendation forms.
  5. Applicants will be notified of the results of the admission process and their status with the graduate program by letter according to a date to be determined and announced during each admissions process.
  6. The admissions process may place applicants in one of several possible categories:
    1. Applicants may be designated for full acceptance for admission into the graduate program.
    2. Applicants might be Designation as an alternate candidate for admission into the graduate program. Should an applicant who is already accepted into the program decline to attend the program may contact alternates to offer admission into the graduate program.
    3. Acceptance into the graduate program as a probationary candidate with conditions set forth by the graduate program. Full acceptance into the graduate program would only be granted by the faculty following satisfaction of the conditions set forth for probationary admission.

Required Graduate Program Application materials include:

  1. A completed UCO Speech-Language Pathology graduate program application form.
  2. Three Interpersonal Skills and Academic Abilities recommendation forms submitted by three college level instructors with whom the student has completed coursework; at least two of the three must include Speech-Language Pathology faculty.
    1. Please Note: Students who are also applying for a Graduate Assistantship should ask instructors who are providing recommendations for admissions to also address the student's qualifications and capabilities related to the GA position(s) of interest.
  3. Current and complete official university transcripts from all colleges or universities attended showing all college level coursework completed by the applicant.
    1. Please Note: Transcripts must include all coursework, including the most recently completed coursework - for many this will include courses completed in the preceding Fall semester. Therefore, applicants should order transcripts only after Fall grades have been recorded.
  4. Program Application Packets: The SLP program application items (application, transcripts, and recommendations) MUST be submitted simultaneously in the SAME envelope. It is STRONGLY recommended that this is done well before the deadline. This will allow sending any notices regarding the status of the applicant’s application, dates for admissions interviews, and other information relevant to the admissions process in a timely manner.

Professional Teacher Education Requirements for SLP Students PTE Coursework: 
Undergraduate SLP Majors must complete the following courses or their equivalents:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Teaching Individuals with Disabilities
  • Foundations of American Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Undergraduate SLP Majors should be cognizant of the fact that admission to Professional Teacher Education is required to take Educational Psychology. Admission requires that the applicant has passed the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET) and has completed or is enrolled in the Foundations of American Education course. Students must be able complete Education Psychology no later than the Spring semester of their senior year to complete the bachelor degree on time. Therefore, they must be able to apply for admission to PTE during the Fall semester of their senior year.

Graduate Applicant Students (those with bachelor degrees in non-SLP majors who are taking prerequisites for admission to the SLP graduate program) may complete PTE coursework as an "option."

  • PTE courses are only required if the option of working in the Public Schools immediately following graduation is desired.
  • Otherwise, currently the Oklahoma SDE will grant a Teaching License/Certificate to any SLP holding the ASHA CCC (Certificate of Clinical Competence). For SLP graduates this would require that graduates complete their first year (the ASHA Clinical Fellowship Year) in a setting other than the public schools.
  • Those wanting a Teaching Certificate immediately upon receiving their MS must take Foundations of American Education and Teaching Individuals with Disabilities. These may be incorporated into prerequisites taken while preparing to apply for admission to the MS Speech-Language Pathology program. It is recommended that Graduate Applicant students consider delay taking Foundations of American Education until their graduate program and take it concurrent with the P.S. Internship during the second year of the graduate program.
  • Similarly, it is recommended that Graduate Applicant students apply for admission to Professional Teacher Education during the semester in which they are taking Foundations of American Education and the P.S. Internship. This is based on two advantages: 1) the OGET is waived for students who have been admitted to the graduate program; and 2) theFoundations of American Education course requires 30 hours of field experience observations which can be obtained as part of the P.S. Internship.
  • Developmental Psychology and Educational Psychology may be recommended for Graduate Applicant students depending upon the student's background.

PTE Portfolio Artifacts: 
Undergraduate SLP majors must:

  • Complete all required artifact assignments in the required PTE courses (and undergraduate SLP courses).
  • Are NOT required to obtain the ePortfolio.
  • Must retain all required artifacts/rubrics, including those required in SLP courses.
  • Transfer all artifacts/rubrics completed in undergraduate SLP courses to the FAD/BCC binder when entering the graduate SLP program.

Graduate SLP students (including Graduate Applicant students):

  • Must complete all required artifact assignments in any PTE course in which they are enrolled.
  • Are NOT required to obtain the ePortfolio.
  • Must retain all artifacts/rubrics for inclusion in the graduate program "portfolio" - the FAD/KASA (Formative Assessment Document/Basic Competencies Checklist) binder required for the ASHA KASA verification form and ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence.

PTE Field Experiences
Undergraduate SLP majors must:

  • Complete field experiences associated with Foundations of American Education and Educational Psychology.

Graduate SLP students (including Graduate Applicant students):

  • Must complete field experience requirements for any PTE courses they choose to complete, i.e., Foundations of American Education and Educational Psychology.
  • If Foundations of American Education is incorporated into the masters degree program, it is normally taken concurrently with the PS Internship, in which case the required observation hours are obtained through the assigned public school setting.

PTE Examinations 
Undergraduate SLP majors must:

  • Pass the OGET as part of meeting requirements for admission to Professional Teacher Education.
  • Undergraduate SLP students are NOT required to take the Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT) or the Oklahoma Professional Teacher Education (OPTE).

Graduate SLP students (including Grad Applicant students):

  • Are NOT required to take the OGET for admission to Professional Teacher Education once they have been formally admitted to the SLP graduate program.
  • Are NOT required to take the OSAT for Teacher Certification - however, it is now optional. The Oklahoma SDE will accept either the ASHA Praxis Examination (administered by ETS) OR the OSAT for teacher certification.