History of the UCO Speech-Language Pathology Program
The UCO Speech-Language Pathology program was established in 1964. In 1978, the program implemented the Master degree program. The graduate program achieved national accreditation by the Council for Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1993. The program was located in Old North until 2001 and moved into new faculty offices and clinical spaces in 2005. The UCO program is committed to giving students a broad knowledge base and balanced experiences with a variety of clients and patients to prepare them for any employment setting they might choose during their careers.
Program Mission Statements
In reflecting the mission of the University of Central Oklahoma, the UCO Speech-Language Pathology program has adopted the following missions:
- The program will train professionals in Speech-Language Pathology who meet the academic and practicum requirements for the recognized credentials of their profession and who furthermore exemplify high standards of ethics and professional conduct.
- The program will provide students with mastery of their chosen area of study that is based on a broader understanding of the basic principles of humankind and its social and physical environment.
- The program will blend and balance education, service, and research to address the problems of the community, state of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City metroplex area served by the program and university.
Program Accreditation - ASHA Council of Academic Affairs
The University of Central Oklahoma graduate program holds accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Accreditation from the CAA indicates that a training program has made application to and has been examined by the CAA, including a site visit, to demonstrate that it meets the standards set forth by ASHA CAA.
The CAA sets forth guidelines and requirements in the areas of administrative support, faculty and instructional staff, academic and clinical education, students, and program resources. The UCO Speech-Language Pathology program achieved CAA accreditation in 1993 and was most recently re-accredited in 2006 for an eight-year period ending in 2014. An accreditation report is submitted annually to the ASHA CAA.
Questions or comments can be directed to the ASHA Council on Academic Accreditation at 1-800-498-2071.
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- Rehabilitation Agencies
- State Guidance Centers
- Early Intervention Agencies (Sooner Start)
- Private Practice
Related Professional Associations
- Dr. Scott McLaughlin, Professor, Program Coordinator
- Dr. Mike McKaig, Associate Professor
- Dr. Linda Sealey, Assistant Professor
- Mrs. Rebecca Reynolds, Clinic Coordinator
- Mrs. Elaine Martindale, Clinical Supervisor
- Dr. Brandon Vincent, Staff Audiologist
- Ms. Cathy Blakley, Administrative Secretary
- Mrs. Monica Benear, Adjunct Instructor/Clinical Supervisor
- Dr. Judith Black, Adjunct Instructor
- Mrs. Sheryle Birdsong, Adjunct Instructor
- Mrs. Melanie Coldren, Adjunct Instructor
- Dr. Debbie Barker, Clinical Supervisor
- Mr. Harden Hassell, Clinical Supervisor
- Mrs. Kathy McLaughlin, Clinical Supervisor
- Ms. Carolyn Messick, Clinical Supervisor
- Ms. Sarah Montgomery, Clinical Supervisor
- Mrs. Lucynda Olberding, Clinical Supervisor
- Mrs. Ann Carey, Clinical Supervisor
- Mrs. Elizabeth Hall, Clinical Supervisor
- Mrs. Susan Thompson, Clinical Supervisor
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