Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Opportunity for Public Comment

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS SLP) and Doctor of Audiology (AuD) education programs at the University of South Alabama are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, (800) 498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The MS SLP and AuD programs are currently under review for re-accreditation with the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. A site visit team comprised of professionals in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology will conduct on-site program reviews October 23 and 24, 2017. As part of this on-site review, an opportunity for members of the public to meet with the site visit team during their visit is provided.

WHO: Patients/clients of the USA Speech and Hearing Center and their families, members of the community, students, faculty, and individual stakeholders associated with the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at USA>

WHAT: Opportunity for Public Comment

WHEN: Monday, October 23, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm

WHERE: Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
University of South Alabama
5721 USA Drive North
Room 1025

A copy of the Standards for Accreditation and/or the CAA’s Policy on Public Comment may be obtained by contacting the Accreditation Office at ASHA:

CAA Accreditation Office
2200 Research Boulevard, #310
Rockville, Maryland 20850.

ASHA’s Action Center:  1-800-498-2071
Access documents online:  http://caa.asha.org/

 

General Information

SPA student with childThe Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MSSLP) serves either as a professional preparation for clinical certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or as preparation for graduate study leading to the PhD degree. The master's program provides a broad range of basic science courses and specialized offerings emphasizing evaluation and treatment of language, articulation, fluency, voice, swallowing, and neurologically-based communication disorders. Students are prepared for careers as clinicians in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and community clinics. Clinical practicum experiences occur at the on-campus Speech and Hearing Clinic and many affiliated clinics, rehabilitation centers, schools, and hospitals. Within this framework, students must meet the academic and practicum requirements leading to the Clinical Fellowship (CF) that occurs post graduation. Completion of the CF results in national certification (the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology [CCC-SLP] awarded by ASHA) and eligibility for Alabama State Licensure.

The master's program typically extends for five academic semesters, including one partial semester of clinical externship. Graduate assistantships are available annually on a competitive basis. Applications for admission, with enrollment beginning the following fall semester, are accepted after November 1 and the deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 15. Specific information about the master's program is available from the department.

Application Information

SPA students working in classroom Applications to the Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology (MSSLP) program requires three steps:

  1. Complete the application process online through the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service for Clinical Education in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (CSDCAS). 
     
    Applications must be complete by January 15.
    Applicants are responsible for verifying that all reference forms and official transcripts have been received by CSDCAS.
     
  2. Send your GRE scores to the University of South Alabama, school code 1880. (There is no department code.)

  3. Submit the $75.00 administration fee directly to the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. 
    You may pay this fee using the following link: 
    Pay online - $75.00 fee

    The $75.00 administration fee must be submitted by the application deadline, January 15. 

 

Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

Please see the USA Bulletin for Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions.


MSSLP and AuD Student Outcomes Data

Below are the employment rate, Praxis Exam pass rate, and the program completion rate outcomes for the past 5 years. Our graduates from both programs continue to find employment in varied settings including outpatient medical facilities, hospitals, government agencies, public and private schools, outpatient rehabilitation facilities, and private practice.

Employment Rates

  Speech Pathology Audiology
Period Percentage Percentage
2017 100% (20/20) 91% (10/11)
2016 100% (20/20) 100% (9/9)
2015 100% (20/20) 100% (10/10)
2014 100% (22/22) 100% (7/7)
2013 100% (21/21) 100% (5/5)

 

Praxis II Exam (National Certification Exam) Pass Rates

  Speech Pathology Audiology
Period Percentage Percentage
2017 100% (20/20) 91% (10/11)
2016 100% (20/20) 100% (9/9)
2015 100% (20/20) 100% (10/10)
2014 100% (22/22) 100% (7/7)
2013 100% (21/21) 100% (5/5)

 

Program Completion Rates

  Speech Pathology Audiology
Period Percentage Percentage
2017 100% (20/20) 100% (11/11)
2016 100% (20/20) 100% (9/9)
2015 100% (20/20) 91% (10/11)
2014 100% (22/22) 88% (7/8)
2013 95% (21/22) 83% (5/6)

 

Accreditation

The master's program (Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology) education program in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of South Alabama is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, (800) 498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Frequently Asked Questions

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