Masters Program Details

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The Master's program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The graduate program at UWG prepares students for a professional career in the identification, assessment, and treatment of all communication disorders, including language, articulation, voice, resonance, fluency, and swallowing disorders. Successful completion of program and other professional requirements is designed to lead the applicant toward obtaining a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) in Speech-Language Pathology, Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) certification, Georgia Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology, and ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).

Program Description

The Master's program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The graduate program at UWG prepares students for a professional career in the identification, assessment, and treatment of all communication disorders, including language, articulation, voice, resonance, fluency, and swallowing disorders. Successful completion of program and other professional requirements is designed to lead the applicant toward obtaining a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) in Speech-Language Pathology, Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) certification, Georgia Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology, and ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).

Method of Delivery

completely face-to-face

Accreditation

SACS

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 52-61
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 9

Tuition & Fees

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/.

Coursework

completely face-to-face

General:

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.

Instructional Technology - MEDT-6401

Description: An overview of communication and technology as it relates to teaching and learning. This course includes the design, production and utilization of materials and operation of audiovisual equipment and microcomputers. This course will meet the Georgia Technology certification requirement.

Stuttering: Theory and Research - SLPA-6701

Description: Enrollment requires advisor permission. A study of etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of fluency disorders in children and adults. This course is designed to cover causal factors of fluency disorders in children and adults, and cover assessment, treatment and prevention procedures appropriate for children and adults.

Voice and Resonance Disorders - SLPA-6702

Description: Enrollment requires advisor permission. This course is a study of etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of voice and resonance disorders in children and adults. It is designed to cover the major functional, organic, and neurogenic voice and resonance disorders and the most current, evidence-based therapeutic approaches.

Assessment and Treatment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders - SLPA-6704

Description: This course provides an advanced study of the etiology, characteristics, typical course, assessment, intervention, and outcomes of neurogenic communication disorders in adults. Topics include neuroanatomy and neuropathology of language and cognition, evidence based practice, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, dementia, executive functioning, right hemisphere disorder, motor speech disorders, and other neurological disorders in adults.

Aural Habilitation and Rehabilitation - SLPA-6707

Description: Enrollment requires advisor permission. This course covers the communicative and educational management of children and adults with hearing loss. Areas of specific focus include the impact of hearing loss on development, intervention models, ampli-fication, auditory training, visual/manual communication, deaf education, and central auditory processing disorders.

Advanced Articulation and Phonological Disorders - SLPA-6708

Description: Enrollment requires advisor permission. Advanced articulation and phonological disorders is designed to offer students information and practice in gaining clinical skills in speech-language pathology techniques for intervention with difficult-to-manage articulation/phonological disorders in schools or other clinical settings. Prior clinical practice and successful completion of an undergradu-ate/introductory course in articulation/phonology are required as prerequisites for this course.

Motor Speech Disorders - SLPA-6740

Description: Enrollment requires advisor permission. This course studies motor speech dysfunction in children and adults. Emphasis is on etiologies, characteristics, prevention, assessment/ differential diagnosis, and intervention approaches to management and habilitation/rehabilitation.

Evaluation and Treatment of Dysphagia - SLPA-6741

Description: Enrollment requires advisor permission. This course studies swallowing disorders in pediatric and adult populations. Emphasis is on etiologies, characteristics, prevention, assessment/differential diagnosis, cultural factors, and intervention approaches to management and habilitation/rehabilitation. Interdisciplinary approaches to the assessment and treatment of swallowing disorders are discussed.

Auditory Disorders - SLPA-6760

Description: Enrollment requires advisor permission. This course is a study of the auditory disorders in children and adults. Areas covered include characteristics, assessment, etiology, and treatment of disorders of the external ear, middle ear, inner ear, and central auditory nervous system.

Methods of Clinical Management - SLPA-6761

Description: Enrollment requires advisor permission. Introduction to speech/language clinical practice emphasizing professional conduct, therapy techniques and procedures, equipment, and scheduling.

Current Trends and Issues in Speech-Language Pathology - SLPA-6779

Description: Enrollment requires advisor permission. This course offers students formal and informal opportunities to increase professional knowledge and skills in speech-language pathology through readings, seminar interactions, and other educational delivery formats. Portions of the course may be delivered on-line. Students enrolled in this course may engage in professional seminars designed to increase expertise in designated areas of emerging and traditional trends of the profession through guided professional interactions.

Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology - SLPA-6784

Description: This course introduces graduate students to quantitative and qualitative methods of research commonly used in speech-language pathology. Students learn the fundamentals of research including how to select appropriate samples, collect various types of data, and conduct analyses using quantitative and qualitative methods. Students are also provided introductions to quantitative and qualitative analysis software packages.

Clinical Practicum and Methods in Speech-Language Pathology I - SLPA-6790

Description: This course provides direct clinical experience in which the graduate clinician practices under the supervision of CCC-SLP/A clinicians with individuals exhibiting a diverse range of mild communication disorders. Assignments of clients will be dependent upon student's prior academic, and clinical experiences, and verified by the clinic director. This experience is accumulated in a variety of on- and off-site clinical settings. The acquisition and management of information on etiology, characteristics, assessment, prevention, and intervention is emphasized for approximately 1-3 clients with mild speech/language disorders seen in individual sessions twice weekly.

Clinical Practicum and Methods in Speech-Language Pathology II - SLPA-6791

Description: Enrollment requires advisor permission. This course provides continued direct clinical experience a graduate clinician practices under the supervision of CCC-SLP/A clinicians with individuals exhibiting a diverse range of moderate communication disorders; assignments of clients will be dependent upon student's prior success in SLPA 6790, and upon prior academic, and clinical experiences and verified by the clinical director. This experience is accumulated in a variety of on-and off-site clinical settings. The acquisition and management of information on etiology, characteristics, assessment, prevention, and intervention is emphasized for approximately 4-5 clients with moderate impairments seen in group and individual settings twice weekly.

Clinical Practicum and Methods in Speech-Language Pathology III - SLPA-6792

Description: Enrollment requires advisor permission. This course provides extended and direct clinical experience in which the graduate clinician practices under the supervision of CCC-SLP/A clinicians with individuals exhibiting a diverse range of moderate-severe communication disorders; assignments of clients will be dependent upon student's prior success in SLPA 6790, SLPA 6791, and upon prior academic, and clinical experiences and verified by the clinical director. This experience is accumulated in a variety of on- and off-site clinical settings. The acquisition and management of information on etiology, characteristics, assessment, prevention, and intervention is emphasized for approximately 7-8 clients with moderate-severe disorders in group and individual settings 2-3 times weekly.

Medical Clinical Practicum and Methods in Speech-Language Pathology - SLPA-6793

Description: Enrollment requires advisor permission. This course provides extended and direct clinical experience in which the graduate clinician practices under the supervision of CCC-SLP/A clinicians with individuals exhibiting a diverse range of severe-profound communication disorders; assignments of clients will be dependent upon student's prior success in SLPA 6790, SLPA 6791, SLPA 6792, and upon prior academic, and clinical experiences and verified by the clinical director. Students in this clinic are likely to serve adults with neurogenic communication disorders as well as the severely-profoundly communication impaired child/adolescent. This experience is accumulated in a variety of on- and off-site clinical settings. The acquisition and management of information on etiology, characteristics, assessment, prevention, and intervention is emphasized for ap-proximately 7-8 clients with severe-profound communication disorders in group and individual settings 2-3 times weekly.

Medical Externship in Speech-Language Pathology - SLPA-6794

Description: Enrollment requires advisor permission. This course provides supervised clinical experience in speech/language therapy for the speech pathology student and satisfies medical/clinical extended placement requirements. Speech-language assessment, intervention, and case management are emphasized. Students will attend a weekly seminar designed to augment concurrent classroom experiences.

School Internship: Speech-Language Pathology - SLPA-6796

Description: This course provides supervised clinical experience in speech/language therapy for the speech-language pathology major and satisfies student teaching requirements. Speech- language assessment, intervention, and case management are emphasized. Students will attend a weekly seminar designed to augment concurrent classroom experiences.

Language Disorders and Literacy - SLPA-7720

Description: Enrollment requires advisor permission. A study of etiology, characteristics, assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and prevention of speech and language disorders in children, including those children with multicultural backgrounds and special needs. This course is designed to focus on characteristics of growth, norm-reference and criterion-referenced measures, and assessment and intervention procedures and strategies related to reading and literacy development.

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.

Faculty

This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

3.0 or better GPA
GRE Scored: 147 Verbal/147 Quantitative
3 Letters of Recommendation which must come from University professors who can write about your academic skills and performance.
Writing Sample (The writing sample will be required only for those who are chosen for an interview)
Interview

 

Application Deadlines

Admissions Deadline for Fall 2015:
Priority Application Deadline:       January 15th
Final Application Deadline:          March 15th 

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php

One exception: 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.

Contact

Lama Farran, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Phone: 678-839-6075 | Fax: 678-839-6162 | lfarran@westga.edu
Office: Education Annex 252
 

College of Education Office of Graduate Studies Phone: 678-839-6125 or Fax: 678-839-6174

Dates

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • Candidates analyze ideas, make critical evaluations and come to well-reasoned (defensible) decisions or conclusions while applying research and engaging in evidence-based practices.
  • Candidates solve problems in educational or clinical settings by creatively generating multiple solutions and selecting those most appropriate to meet the needs of the individual in question.
  • Candidates assess an individual's abiity or performance and appropriately interprets or applys this infomration.
  • Candidates plan, implement, evaluate, and modify educational or clinical interventions across a wide range of clients.
  • Candidates develop effective professional relationships with individuals, their family members, caregivers, and with professionals across disciplines.
  • Candidates appreciate, understand, and productively apply multicultural information.