UCO's Speech-Language Pathology program consists of an undergraduate component followed by a two-year graduate component. After coursework in the normal process of human communication and its disorders, students apply this information in supervised clinical practicum.
The undergraduate pre-professional program consists of the General Education component, several Professional Teacher Education courses, major courses in Speech-Language Pathology, and Related Electives drawn from areas such as Special Education, Early Childhood, Family Relations, Child Development, and Psychology. The graduate degree component is designed to complement the undergraduate component and to complete the requirements for state and national level credentials. Graduate courses are generally available in the daytime, late afternoon, evening and in summer sessions. This allows for maximum flexibility for clinical practicum experiences.
In addition to the preparatory coursework, clinical practicum at UCO includes a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised experience working with preschool children, school-age children, and adults. In addition to on-campus practicum experiences at the UCO Speech and Hearing Clinic and the Oklahoma School for the Deaf Edmond Regional Preschool, students at the graduate level are eventually assigned to off-campus multidisciplinary experiences in public schools and medical facilities.
Overall, courses of increasing depth and complexity are programmed to prepare students for more demanding experiences and settings as they progress. Ultimately, the UCO Speech-Language Pathology program is designed to integrate academic understanding of foundational concepts and technical principles with practical application in varied settings.
For more information, see: Speech-Language Pathology