CPS Academic Programs


The B.S. in Education with a major in Speech Pathology is a pre-professional program that provides students with a basic knowledge of human communication and communication disorders in preparation for graduate study in audiology and speech-language pathology. These professional courses focus on speech, and hearing anatomy and science, a wide spectrum of communication disorders, as well as the assessment and treatment of communication disorders.

Program Description

This pre-professional program is designed to give candidates a basic knowledge of human communication and communication disorders in preparation for graduate study in audiology and speech-language pathology. Speech and language development, normal anatomical and acoustic bases of communication, characteristics of a variety of communicative disorders, and intervention processes are emphasized. This program does not lead to certification.

Students must satisfy the 10 Principles of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) established by the Chief State School Officers Council.

Method of Delivery

Most courses are delivered face to face with a small selection of courses being offered that are hybrid (partially online) or fully online.


The University of West Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

This program accredited by CAA.

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 123
Maximum Hours Transferable into program:

Tuition & Fees


This describes the general course work required for this program.

Major Required:

Educational Psychology - CEPD-4101

Description: An introduction to the psychological theories and principles applied to the classroom. The course will include aspects of learning, motivation, classroom management, and assessment. Emphasis will be placed on developmentally designed instruction for all students.

Integrating Technology into the Curriculum - MEDT-3401

Description: Hands-on technology integration techniques are provided, scaffolding form the student's basic computer skills to foster skills in five interrelated areas of instructional proficiency: (1) Georgia's Performance Standards for Curriculum, (2) integration of modern and emerging technologies into instructional practice, (3) classroom management in classrooms, computer labs and 21st century learning environments, (4) new designs for teaching and learning, and (5) enhanced pedagogical practices. Satisfies the Georgia Special Technology Requirement. Minimum of 9 hours of upper level major courses.

Introduction to Communication Disorders - SLPA-3701

Description: An introduction to the nature of communicative disorders, including speech, hearing and language disorders in children and adults. Methods of identification and remediation are explored. This course is structured to provide speech pathology majors with an overview of the profession of communicative disorders.

Speech and Language Acquisition - SLPA-3702

Description: An in depth study of speech and language acquisition and development in the normal child. This course covers the normal developmental stages for the acquisition of the content, form, and use of language.

Phonetics - SLPA-3703

Description: Applied phonetic analysis and transcription. Applications to the problems of speech improvement, speech disorders, and standard and non-standard English. This course is designed for speech-language pathology majors. Must be taken as a prerequisite to articulation and phonological courses in speech-language pathology program. This course requires student to become familiar and proficient with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as a means of speech and language change.

Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing - SLPA-3704

Description: This course is a study of the anatomical structures and physiology of the speech, hearing, and neurological systems. Information related to respiration, phonation, resonation, articulation, neurology, and hearing in the normal child and adult is emphasized.

Speech and Hearing Science - SLPA-3705

Description: This course is a study of the science involved in the anatomical, physiological, and psychological processes of speech, language, and hearing in children and adults. The science involved in respiration, phonation, resonation, articulation, and hearing is emphasized through conceptual theory and objective measurement.

Articulation and Phonological Disorders - SLPA-3760

Description: A study of the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of articulation and phonological disorders. Students will become familiar with the traditional approaches to intervention. Students will also be required to administer and interpret results of various tests. In addition, students will be required to observe therapy procedures with speech impaired children and adults.

Introduction to Clinical Practicum: Observation - SLPA-3790

Description: This course provides a supervised clinical experience in which the student clinician observes and interacts with individuals having various speech, language, or hearing impairments under the supervision of a speech-language pathologist. This course is required as the initial field experience in speech-language pathology for SLP majors and is designed to introduce students to therapy and assessment procedures.

Language Disorders in Children - SLPA-4701

Description: A study of the characteristics, etiologies, diagnosis, interventions, and prevention of language disorders in children. This course is designed to cover characteristics of children with language disorders, causes and prevention of language disorders, and assessment and intervention strategies for working with children with language disorders.

Introduction to Audiology - SLPA-4703

Description: This course provides an introduction to the field of audiology. Basic auditory disorders, types of hearing loss, audiological assessment and interpretation, hearing loss definition and significance, and management of hearing loss are covered in children and adults.

Introduction to Manual Communication - SLPA-4704

Description: This is an introductory course in manual communication systems, including history and descriptions. Receptive and expressive skills for manual communication will be developed. This course is designed for any student wishing to obtain basic skills and knowledge in Signing Exact English (SEE) for use in educational settings.

Introduction to Assessment of Speech-Language Disorders - SLPA-4720

Description: This course is designed for students to learn introductory diagnostic/assessment skills, including the use of formal and informal diagnostic instruments, to obtain assessment data within a specified range of communication disorders. The use of these data for making a differential diagnosis and for planning and implementing a therapy program is also addressed.

Introduction to Neurological Communication Disorders - SLPA-4721

Description: This course is a study of the primary neurological communication disorders in children and adults. Areas covered include characteristics, assessment, etiology, and treatment of communication disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems.

Multicultural Perspectives in Communication Disorders - SLPA-4722

Description: This course provides an overview of the role that cultural variables play on verbal and nonverbal communication. Students will develop a detailed understanding of their own culture and the characteristics of the four major cultural groups in the United States. Cultural, phonologic, and linguistic features that affect service delivery when working with clients from diverse backgrounds will be emphasized.

Counseling Issues in Communication Disorders - SLPA-4724

Description: This course introduces students to issues associated with counseling clients with speech-language pathology related disorders and their caregivers. Knowledge and practice in counseling strategy, process, skills and ethics will be emphasized.

Professional Practices Seminar in Communication Disorders - SLPA-4784

Description: This course introduces students to the process, practices, roles and ethical responsibilities of the speech- language pathologist.

Special Topics in Speech-Language Pathology - SLPA-4785

Description: This course offers students formal opportunities to increase professional knowledge and skills in speech-language pathology through readings and specific study in intervention techniques. Portions of the course may be delivered on-line. Students enrolled in this course may engage in opportunities designed to increase expertise in designated areas of the profession through guided professional support. Title and description of specific courses to be inserted at time of offering. May be repeated for credit. Requires permission of instructor.

Introduction to Special Education and Mild Disabilities - SPED-3713

Description: A study of the characteristics, nature and features of disabilities with emphasis on mild and moderate disabilities including etiology, definition, identification, age- and level-related characteristics, associated conditions, family/community issues, service needs and options, and resources. 'Best' teaching practices for this population will be examined.

Behavior and Classroom Management - SPED-3714

Description: Theoretical formulations and practical applications of behavioral and instructional techniques, especially as they apply to classroom management and assisting students in developing pro-social behavior.

Ethics, Policies, and Procedures in Special Education - SPED-4710

Description: Coverage of ethical guidelines, policies and procedures pertinent to teachers providing special education services, including current laws, ethical standards, federal and state regulations, and individualized education programs. Must have completed all courses from Block II.


This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

To apply to the B.S. Ed. Program in Speech-Language Pathology, you will go through the College of Education. You must schedule a meeting in the College of Education Advisement Center.  http://coe.westga.edu/advisement/default.asp

Application Deadlines

Current Student Teacher Education admission deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/coeadvisement/1428_1451.php

Admission Process Checklist

  1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
  2. Review important deadlines:
    • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
    • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
    • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
      See program specific calendars here
  3. Complete online application
    Undergraduate Admissions Guide

    Undergraduate Application

    Undergraduate International Application

  4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
  5. Submit official documents

    Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

    Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
    Admissions – Mandeville Hall
    University of West Georgia
    1601 Maple Street
    Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
  6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
  7. Check the status of your application
  8. For more information go to http://www.westga.edu/admissions/dates_deadlines.php


Emily Leak, M.Ed., CCC-SLP  Program Coordinator


Advisement information: http://www.westga.edu/coeadvisement/


Specific dates for admissions (Undergraduates Only), go to: UWG Admission Deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/admissions/dates_deadlines.php

Learning Objectives

  • Candidate demonstrates competence in ciritical thinking.
  • Candidate demonstrates competence in oral and written communication.
  • Candidate demonstrates understanding and application of basic knowlege within their selected discipline.