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
  • Cost
  • Courses
  • Faculty
  • Admissions
  • Dates
  • Objectives
  • 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).

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    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.

    UWG Praxis 2 Pass/Fail Rate

    Academic Year Number of Students Taking the Exam Pass Rate
    2011-2012 11 100%
    2012-2013 26 85%
    2013-2014 26 92%
    2014-2015 23 91%
    2015-2016 27 93%

    3-year average pass rate: 92%

    UWG Program Completion Rate

    Academic Year Number Completed within Expected Time Frame Number Completed Later than Expected Number Not Completing
    2011-2012 22 0 0
    2012-2013 27 0 1
    2013-2014 26 0 0
    2014-2015 28 0 0
    2015-2016 32  0 0

    UWG Graduation Rate

    Academic Year Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates Employment Rate
    2011-2012 11 100% 100%
    2012-2013 26 100% 100%
    2013-2014 26 100% 100%
    2014-2015  28 100% 100%
    2015-2016 32 100% 100%

    3-year average graduation 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

    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

    General

    SLPA 6711 Assessment & Treatment of Communication & Swallowing Disorders in a Global Society SLPA 6713 Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Speech, Language, Hearing, and Swallowing

    • CEPD-4101 - Educational Psychology

      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.

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    • MEDT-6401 - Instructional Technology

      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.

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    • SLPA-6701 - Stuttering: Theory and Research

      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.

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    • SLPA-6702 - Voice and Resonance Disorders

      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.

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    • SLPA-6704 - Assessment and Treatment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders

      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.

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    • SLPA-6707 - Aural Habilitation and Rehabilitation

      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.

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    • SLPA-6708 - Advanced Articulation and Phonological Disorders

      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.

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    • SLPA-6740 - Motor Speech Disorders

      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.

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    • SLPA-6741 - Evaluation and Treatment of Dysphagia

      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.

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    • SLPA-6760 - Auditory Disorders

      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.

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    • SLPA-6761 - Methods of Clinical Management

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

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

      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.

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    • SLPA-6784 - Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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.

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    • SLPA-6794 - Medical Externship in Speech-Language Pathology

      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.

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    • SLPA-6796 - School Internship: Speech-Language Pathology

      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.

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    • SLPA-7720 - Language Disorders and Literacy

      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.

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    • SPED-3713 - Introduction to Special Education and Mild Disabilities

      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.

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    • SPED-3714 - Behavior and Classroom Management

      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.

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  • 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

    Frequently Asked Questions PDF

    • 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 2018:
    January 15, 2018

    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
    Jairus-Joaquin Matthews, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
    Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders and Graduate Admissions Coordinator
    Phone: 678-839-5272
    Fax: 678-839-6162
    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