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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
The Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology is designed to complete the academic and practical preparation for individuals seeking the professional credentials for working with persons who exhibit disordered communication. The program is designed to prepare individuals to serve in a variety of professional settings and with a variety of populations. Completion of the program satisfies requirements for the Oklahoma State Department teaching certificate, the Oklahoma Board of Examiners license, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.
Graduate students in the speech-language pathology program have opportunities to serve in various roles at UCO’s on-campus speech and hearing clinic which serves members of the Edmond and surrounding communities. To learn more about the clinic, visit the Scott F. McLaughlin Speech and Hearing Clinic webpage.
Student Learning Objectives
Upon completion of the Graduate program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills specified in the KASA competencies for speech-language pathology professionals (Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association).
- Adhere to the ASHA Code of Ethics and behave in a professional manner.
- Communicate effectively, recognizing the needs, values, preferred mode of communication, and cultural/linguistic background of the client/patient, family, caregivers, and relevant others.
- Collaborate with other professionals in case management.
- Provide counseling regarding communication and swallowing disorders to clients/patients family, caregivers, and relevant others.
- Demonstrate knowledge of: processes used in research, integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practice, contemporary issues, entry level and advanced certifications, licensure, and other relevant professional certifications.
The Master of Science (MS) education program in speech-language pathology at the University of Central Oklahoma is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. 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 2014 for an eight-year period ending in 2022. An accreditation report is submitted annually to the CAA.
During the second year of the graduate program students are required to complete two capstone experiences – an Evaluating Clinical Effectiveness research project and the graduate program Comprehensive Examination. The Evaluating Clinical Effectiveness clinical research project is integrated with a clinical practicum assignment, typically during the same semester as the Public School Internship. The graduate program Comprehensive Exam is taken during the final semester of the graduate program. For more information on the capstone experience, see page 15 of the SLP majors handbook.
Career opportunities for Speech-Language Pathology include:
- Public Schools
- Rehabilitation Agencies
- State Guidance Centers
- Early Intervention Agencies (Sooner Start)
- Private Practice
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
- National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
- Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology (OBESPA)
- Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association (OSHA)