The undergraduate Speech-Language Pathology program at UCO is a pre-professional program which prepares a student for their application to a graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology. The program uses an interdisciplinary approach, including courses in Speech-Language Pathology along with courses and related electives from general education, Special Education, Early Childhood, Family Relations, Child Development, and Psychology. To be employed as a Speech-Language Pathologist, achieving licensure and certification, the candidate must complete a graduate degree from an accredited graduate program. UCO offers a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology.
Overall, courses of increasing depth and complexity are sequenced to prepare students for more demanding content as they progress. Ultimately, the UCO Speech-Language Pathology program is designed to integrate an academic understanding of foundational concepts and technical principles in preparation for practical application in varied settings.
For more information about the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, visit our graduate program web page.
Permission to Enroll in Beginning Course Sequence
Students who plan to begin the Speech-Language Pathology course sequence 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. For information regarding the prerequisites and course sequences, please visit page 9 of the Speech-Language Pathology Student Handbook. Students must fill out the permission form below to be considered for the beginning course sequences.
Student Learning Objectives
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and social/behavioral sciences.
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication processes, including biological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases.
- Apply critical thinking to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information.
- Describe communication disorders and differences that are diagnosed and treated by speech-language pathologists.
- Identify professional, ethical, and clinical practice issues encountered in the field of speech-language pathology.
Each student must complete 30 hours of directed observation of clinical evaluation and treatment procedures prior to enrolling in Practicum. While there is no required minimum for a given disorder or age group, students must observe a variety and range of clinical procedures related to each disorder area and each age group as well as including evaluation and treatment procedures.
A select group of undergraduate students who have met rigorous academic standards, and who have completed the 30 clock hours of directed observation, will participate in supervised clinical practicum during the senior year of their undergraduate program. This practicum is on-campus at the UCO Scott F. McLaughlin Speech and Hearing Clinic and the Oklahoma School for the Deaf Regional Preschool.
Career opportunities for Speech-Language Pathology include:
- Public Schools
- Rehabilitation Agencies
- State Guidance Centers
- Early Intervention Agencies (Sooner Start)
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