The Master of Education (Speech-Language Pathology) program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). In the graduate program at UWG, students complete closely supervised practical and/or internships in a variety of settings and with persons of varying ages. The Comprehensive Community Clinic that is housed in the College of Education provides opportunities for students to complete a number of clinical hours on the campus. However, students are required to complete clinical hours in other settings.


The program 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).

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview

    The Master of Education (Speech-Language Pathology) program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). In the graduate program at UWG, students complete closely supervised practical and/or internships in a variety of settings and with persons of varying ages. The Comprehensive Community Clinic that is housed in the College of Education provides opportunities for students to complete a number of clinical hours on the campus. However, students are required to complete clinical hours in other settings.

    The program 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).

    Entry Requirements

    The work of a speech-language pathologists is further enhanced by graduate education, which is mandated for certification by the Council For Clinical Certification (CFCC) of ASHA. Applicants in speech-language pathology must earn a graduate degree, successfully complete the required clinical experiences and pass a national examination. Additionally, the individual must acquire the requisite knowledge and skills mandated by certification standards while enrolled in a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).

    Do you have what it takes to be a Speech-Language Pathologist?

    To enter this career, one must have a sincere interest in helping people, an above average intellectual aptitude, and the sensitivity, personal warmth, and perspective to be able to interact with the person who has a communication problem. Scientific aptitude, patience, emotional stability, tolerance, and persistence are necessary, as well as resourcefulness and imagination. Other essential traits include a commitment to work cooperatively with others and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

    The graduate program currently seeks to admit approximately 20-25 full time students each fall semester.

    Student Outcome Data

    UWG Praxis 2 Pass/Fail Rate

    Academic Year Number of Students Taking the Exam Number of Students who Passed the Exam Pass Rate
    2014-2015 23 21 91%
    2015-2016 27 25 93%
    2016-2017 24 23 96%
    2017-2018 15 14 93%

    3-year average pass rate: 94%

    UWG Program Completion Rate

    Academic Year Number Completed within Expected Time Frame Number Completed Later than Expected Number Not Completing Completion Rate
    2014-2015 28 0 0 100%
    2015-2016 32 0 0 100%
    2016-2017 30 0 0 100%
    2017-2018 29 1 0 100%

    3-year average completion rate: 98.91%

    UWG Employment Rate

    Academic Year Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates Employment Rate
    2014-2015 28 100% 100%
    2015-2016 32 100% 100%
    2016-2017 31 100% 100%
    2017-2018 30 100% --

    3-year average employment rate: 100%

    Nature of the Work

    Working with the full range of human communication and its disorders, speech-language pathologists:

    • Evaluate and diagnose speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders.
    • Treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly.

    In addition, speech-language pathologists may:

    • Prepare future professionals in college and universities.
    • Manage agencies, clinics, organizations, or private practices.
    • Engage in research to enhance knowledge about human communication processes.
    • Supervise and direct public school or clinical programs.
    • Develop new methods and equipment to evaluate problems.
    • Establish more effective treatments.
    • Investigate behavioral patterns associated with communication disorders.
    • Speech-language pathologists often work as part of a team, which may include teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors and others. Corporate speech-language pathologists also work with employees to improve communication with their customers.

    Work Sites

    The practice and work of speech-language pathologists may take place in various settings:

    • Public and private schools
    • Hospitals
    • Rehabilitation centers
    • Short-term and long-term nursing care facilities
    • Community clinics
    • Colleges and universities
    • Private practice offices
    • State and local health departments
    • State and federal government agencies
    • Home health agencies (home care)
    • Adult day care centers
    • Centers for persons with developmental disabilities
    • Research laboratories

    Expected Program Completion

    Expected Number of Semesters to complete the program = 6 semesters

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    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.

    Accreditation

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

    The master's education program in speech-language pathology at UWG is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

    Please visit http://www.asha.org/academic/accreditation/ for more information on CAA. Further contact information for CAA:

    Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    2200 Research Boulevard #310
    Rockville, Maryland 20850
    800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 59-95
    A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (transfer@westga.edu). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses
  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    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 Graduate Admissions Office.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    Admission to the MED in Speech Pathology requires a Bachelors degree in Speech Pathology (or an equivalent degree), along with the following: 

    • 3.0 or better GPA
    • Official GRE Scores: Recommended combined score (Verbal + Quantitative) of 297 or higher. Recommended Analytical Writing Score of 3.5 or higher.
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation from professional references. At least two letters should come from university professors who can write about your academic skills and performance. Applicants should use the electronic Recommendation Request Forms available in their accounts after their application has been submitted. 
    • Personal Statement/Essay
    • Passing score on the GACE Program Admission Assessment, Combined Test I, II, and III; or 
    • The GACE Program Admission Assessment, Combined Test I, II, and III can be exempted with the following official scores:
      • SAT scores: 1000 on Verbal and Math
      • ACT scores: 43 on English and Math
      • GRE scores: 1030 on Verbal and Quantitative (before 8/1/2011); or GRE scores: 297 on Verbal and Quantitative on or after 8/1/2011)
    • Interview - By Invitation Only
    • Satisfactory results on the College of Education Criminal Background Check.

    Application Deadlines

    Admissions Deadline for Fall 2019:
    January 15, 2019

    Admission Process Checklist

    The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here

    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

    Graduate Admissions
    graduate@westga.edu
    678-839-1394

    College of Education
    Dr. Jairus-Joaquin Matthews
    Assistant Professor and Admissions Coordinator of Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Phone: 678-839-5272
    Email: jmatthew@westga.edu 
    Office: Education Annex 200

    College of Education Office of Graduate Studies
    Phone: 678-839-5430
    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.

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • Objectives

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Communication Sciences and Disorders is to prepare speech-language pathology professionals to deliver and promote the highest professional standards in a variety of clinical and educational settings, across a culturally and linguistically diverse client population. This is accomplished through the integration of traditional and emerging pedagogy, technologies, an a focus on excellence across a wide spectrum of communication disorders, from infancy through adulthood.

    CSD Strategic Plan