2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Master of Arts in Speech Pathology

CIP Code


56 credits

Program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. The master’s degree is a basic requirement for employment as a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. Graduate study in speech-language pathology includes the academic and practicum requirements needed for Indiana DOE teaching license, as well as Indiana state licensure and the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Degree requirements

The master’s program in speech-language pathology has a strong clinical orientation. Extensive practicum work with close supervision is required and is considered to be a critical component of the program.

For students with backgrounds in speech and hearing (usually bachelor’s degrees), the program consists of a minimum of 56 credits, including courses in which clinical practicum experience is acquired. For students with an undergraduate major in speech and hearing, the program usually takes six consecutive semesters to complete.

The program requires sufficient clinical practicum hours to meet the ASHA clinical practicum requirements. A comprehensive examination is also required.

Students with no background in speech and hearing but who have bachelor’s degrees must take undergraduate background classes before the regular graduate program can begin. The length of such programs will vary, but they typically take nine consecutive semesters.

Course requirements include the following:

SPAA 601Introduction to Research in Speech Pathology and Audiology


SPAA 610Child Language: Birth to Five


SPAA 611Child Language: School Age to Adolescent


SPAA 620Diagnostic Clinical Practicum

1 TO 2

SPAA 621Speech Sounds Disorders 2


SPAA 622Fluency


SPAA 624Diagnosis and Appraisal 2


SPAA 625Voice and Resonance Disorders


SPAA 628Advanced Clinical Practicum


SPAA 629Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology


SPAA 631Augmentative/Alternative Communication and the Nonvocal Individual


SPAA 632Neurogenic Disorders 1


SPAA 633Neurogenic Disorders 2


SPAA 640Dysphagia


SPAA 642Audiology for Speech-Language Pathologists


SPAA 690Seminar in Speech-Langauge Pathology

1 TO 6

SPAA 693Internship in Speech Pathology or Audiology

3 TO 6

SPAA 695School Internship in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology

3 TO 6

Total Credit Hours: 56

Approved graduate courses in other departments may be substituted for SPAA 690.