Western Kentucky University

Graduate Program in Speech Language Pathology

The M.S. (Master's Degree) education program in speech-language pathology at Western Kentucky University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The program is designed to meet the academic and clinical requirements of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), leading to national certification and state licensure.

We are pleased to be able to offer this program in three different formats: residential (on-campus), distance learning - worldwide, and distance learning - New York City/UFT. The information contained within this page is the same for all formats. The requirements are the same for all formats.  The two distance learning formats offer all academic content online with the clinical portions requiring presence on-site. For more information regarding each format of the graduate program click on the relevant links found on the right side of this page.

PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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GRADUATE CURRICULUM

The graduate program in Speech Language Pathology is 60 course credits in total. Following are the required courses to complete the graduate program in Speech Language Pathology effective Fall 2014. WKU reserves the right to modify these requirements as necessary.

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Core Curriculum (40-43 credit hours; all courses are 3 credit hours except where noted)

CD 500 Research Methodology in CSD

CD 501 Early Intervention in Speech Language Pathology

CD 502 Motor Speech Disorders

CD 504 Seminar in Child Language

CD 506 Dysfluency

CD 507 Aphasia

CD 508 Voice Disorders

CD 509 Speech Science

CD 511 Neurology for Speech and Language

CD 512 Seminar in Phonology

CD 513 Cognitive Linguistic Disorders

CD 514 Dysphagia

CD 515 Rehab Audiology

*CD 518 Advanced AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication Modalities) - if a student demonstrates competency in this area from an undergraduate course then the student is not required to complete this course but must complete a 3 credit elective in place of this course

CD 579 Professional Issues (1 credit hour)

Clinical Courses (8 credit hours) - Click on Clinical Internship and Clinical Externship links in the right column for more information

CD 588 Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology (1 credit hour. This course is required of all students in distance learning formats; this course is not required of residential students)

CD 590 Clinical Internship (1 credit hour. Residential students will enroll in CD 590 twice while distance students will enroll in CD 590 once.)

CD 591 Clinical Externship (will enroll 3 times at 2 credit hours each or 2 times at 3 credit hours each)

Approved Electives (9-12 credit hours must be completed)

Transferring Graduate Credits

The Graduate School will allow up to 12 graduate credits from other accredited institutions. An official transcript showing a grade of B or better in the course with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better is required. All graduate transfer credit must be approved by the department's Committee to Evaluate Coursework. A syllabus must be presented to Janice.sandidge@wku.edu to be submitted for approval by the committee. All coursework towards the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology must be completed within 6 years, therefore, courses taken more than 3-4 years before beginning the program would not transfer.

STATE TEACHER CERTIFICATION

The regulations for beginning student teaching in Kentucky changed effective September 1, 2013.  Currently, the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department is unable to ensure that its students can meet those regulations.   Consequently, students graduating from the Master's program after September 1, 2014 will not be considered eligible for teacher certification in Kentucky until further notice.  Speech-language pathologists do not need teacher certification to work in Kentucky schools although some districts prefer that its employees have it.  Students seeking school-based employment in other states should determine which credentials are needed then decide if this CSD program can meet their needs.

The department will monitor regulations and post any changes about which we become aware.

ADDITIONAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Summative Assessment: Summative evaluations are required by The Graduate School and our accrediting agency. This department uses the PRAXIS exam as the summative evaluation. Students must take and pass the PRAXIS exam in Speech-Language Pathology. The passing score is 600 and meets the ASHA requirement for certification. Effective August 2009, the PRAXIS exam can only be taken during the last semester of the graduate program. PRAXIS exams taken before this period will not be accepted as the summative evaluation required for graduation. Students who do not pass the PRAXIS exam must pass one of the CSD department's comprehensive examinations in speech language pathology. The last 4 months is defined as:

  • If graduating in Spring:  January 15 - May 15
  • If graduating in Summer:  April 15 - August 15
  • If graduating in Fall:  August 15 - December 15

Final Portfolio: Each student will complete a portfolio during the last semester of coursework. The portfolio is comprised of clinical goal statements and reflection statements completed throughout the clinical experiences.

Clinical Hours: A minimum of 400 clinical hours are required in order to graduate. See Clinical Internship and Externship links to the right of this page for additional information.

Knowledge and Skills Acquisition: All students must demonstrate that they are competent in the knowledge and skills as defined by the 2014 ASHA Standards. This will be measured by instructors and supervisors throughout the program. The competencies will be kept in a database called CALIPSO that students will be able to access and track as they complete.  CALIPSO is a website that will also track additional information required during the graduate program.  There is a one time student access fee of $85.

Forms: The following forms are required by The Graduate School during your course of study:

Form C: This program form for Master's level students details your plan of study. The Graduate School checks this against what you have completed before you can graduate. The form must be completed with your advisor prior to completion of 12 credit hours.

Form D:  Admission to Candidacy. Due after completion of 12 hours and before 21 hours of coursework are completed. Research Methods (completed with a grade of B or better) and any deficiencies must have been completed before this form is submitted.

Form E:  Completion of Candidacy. Due during the last semester once the PRAXIS or comprehensive examination has been completed. Completed by student advisor.

COMPUTER SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at WKU uses Adobe Connect Pro for most (if not all) of the on-line courses and web-enhanced courses. To be able to participate fully in these classes students should have the following computer hardware and software, along with DSL/Cable/or T1 internet connection (dial-up service is not acceptable) at a minimum:

Minimum Technology Requirements

Windows Operating System

  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8; 2GHz Pentium 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows Vista®
  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8; 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended) for Windows Vista
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3

Mac Operating System

  • 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo or faster processor
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • Mac OS X, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7.4, 10.8
  • No Adobe Connect Add-in support for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). Users on Leopard can attend meetings in the browser.*
  • Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3

Additional equipment

  • Headset
  • Web-Cam

More Information for Different Formats of Graduate Program - Please read all information to the left before proceeding to one of the following links:

Residential (On-Campus)

Distance Learning - Worldwide

Distance Learning - NYC/UFT

Clinical Experience Information

Clinical Internship

Clinical Externship

Communication Disorders Clinic at the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex

How Do I Apply to the Graduate Program in SLP?

Application and Admission Requirements

 Last Modified 2/4/14