M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

Overview


The Speech-Language Pathology program is committed to preparing competent and compassionate clinicians, motivated scholars, and ethical professionals for entry into the field of speech-language pathology.

The Master of Science degree program in Speech-Language Pathology at Lamar University consists of 11 academic courses and a sequence of clinical practicum experiences. Students enroll in SPHS 5309 (Advanced Clinical Practicum) in each semester of the program. During the first year of graduate studies, clinical practicum experiences are obtained within the Lamar University Speech and Hearing Clinic and other specialty clinics. During the second year, students are placed in externship assignments to develop a comprehensive clinical foundation. Courses are offered online at this time to offer maximal flexibility in externship assignments.

Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities Chart

Salary

According to a 2010 survey by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the median annual salary for speech-language pathologists is $55,934; for audiologists it is $65,000. Salaries for speech scientists and hearing scientists are quite variable and, depending on the employment setting, can range from $40,000 to more than $60,000 for graduates with and doctoral degrees.

Accreditation

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Lamar University 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. See more at: www.asha.org.

Pre-requisites and Entry Requirements

  • Applicants to the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program should have an undergraduate degree in speech and hearing sciences or a related field.
  • Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in speech and hearing sciences may be required to complete prerequisite courses. The following courses are considered prerequisites for the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. These courses may be taken prior to applying for admission into Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology degree program. Some courses may be taken concurrently with graduate coursework. Determination of suitability for accelerated leveling will be made on an individual basis. 
  • Prerequisite courses
    • SPHS 2372 Phonetics
    • SPHS 3310 Language Acquisition
    • SPHS 3318 Speech Anatomy & Physiology
    • SPHS 4334 Audiology 1
    • SPHS 4342 Audiologic Rehabilitation
    • SPHS 3314 Speech and Hearing Science
    • SPHS 4332 Neurology
  • Students must have a physical (physics or chemistry), a biological science, a statistics and a behavioral science course.
  • To apply as a post-baccalaureate student in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, fill out an application for admission on the Apply Texas website. Students should have 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate degree.
  • If you have questions, please email slp@lamar.edu.

Application Process

Please complete your application to the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology by completing the following two steps:

1. Go to www.applyTexas.org and complete an application. This application includes your biographical, education, and residency information. Please contact Dr. Monica L. Bellon-Harn at slp@lamar.edu regarding a waiver for the application cost.

2. The following website: https://csdcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login will lead you through the application process that allows you to submit your transcript, GRE scores, response to two writing prompts, letters of recommendation, and letter of intent. This application portal opens Aug. 2 and closes Feb. 1 for the annual fall cohort.

Questions? Contact slp@lamar.edu.

Degree Requirements

In order to earn Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology, the student must complete the course sequence below.

https://www.lamar.edu/fine-arts-communication/speech-and-hearing-sciences/academic-programs/m.s.-in-speech-language-pathology.html 

FIRST YEAR:

Fall Semester
Course Name Course Code Credit Hours
Aphasia and Neurogenic Disorders SPHS 5301 3
Language Disorders of Young Children SPHS 5306 3
Articulation and Phonological Disorders SPHS 5307 3
Advanced Clinical Practicum SPHS 5309 3
Spring Semester
Course Name Course Code Credit Hours
Swallowing Disorders SPHS 5310 3
Motor Speech Disorders SPHS 5326 3
Voice Disorders and Cleft Palate SPHS 5403 3
Advanced Clinical Practicum SPHS 5309 3
Summer Semester
Advanced Clinical Practicum SPHS 5309 6
Stuttering SPHS 5302 3

SECOND YEAR:

Fall Semester
Course Name Course Code Credit Hours
Language Disorders of School-age Children SPHS 5304 3
Research in Communication Disorder SPHS 5321 3
Advanced Clinical Practicum SPHS 5309 3
Spring Semester
Course Name Course Code Credit Hours
Individual Study/Elective SPHS 5350 3
Communication Management with Severe Disabilities SPHS 5330 3
Advanced Clinical Practicum SPHS 5309 3

Students are required to complete comprehensive exams in their final semester. A thesis option is available. If you are interested in writing a thesis, please contact Dr. Monica Harn at monica.harn@lamar.edu.

  • 5390 Thesis (Prerequisite : Approval of Graduate Advisor)
  • 5391 Thesis

*Must complete both 5390 and 5391 for required 6 credits.For more detailed description of program courses, please refer to the following website. https://www.lamar.edu/catalog/course-directory/index.html

Assessment

All students must demonstrate that they are competent in the knowledge and skills as defined by the 2014 ASHA Standards. Each course and clinical practicum in the sequence targets specific knowledge and skills related to the standards as well as formative and summative evaluation period.

Formative assessment
•   Daily feedback from clinical supervisors
•   Mid-term student review by all clinical supervisors and academic faculty
•   End of semester clinical assessment report
•   Evidence-based practice structured writing assignment

◦   In the first semester, the assignment is an introduction to information literacy as well as evidence-based practice. 
◦   In the second semester, the focus of this project is the evaluation of resources. 
◦   In the third semester, students are expected to design a well-structured therapy plan supported by evidence from current research. This includes(1) formulating a cohesive plan based on academic learning; (2) finding, evaluating, integrating, and citing new information from credible sources into treatment designs.  The successful completion of this project depends on the synthesis of skills gained in the first two semester information literacy projects, combined with coursework and clinical experiences that are developed across the first three semesters through lab projects and one-on-one feedback sessions with clinical supervisors. 

Summative assessment
•   Comprehensive examination during the second year of the graduate program. Feedback on areas of strength and weakness are given to help prepare for the PRAXIS exam.
Students may select a thesis option instead of completing comprehensive exams.

Cost Estimates

You can find out about tuition and fee estimates by visiting LU's Tuition and Fees webpage

Other Expenses

In addition to tuition and fees, students may need to consider other expenses. These include living expenses and travel expenses to attend clinical placements during year 2 and 3. Texas living expenses are considered more economical when compared to the national average.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The following scholarships are available for the students pursuing the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Tony Houseman Memorial Scholarship
  • Paula and John Lovoi Scholarship in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Diane and Don Shaver Speech and Hearing Sciences Scholarship

Note: All students accepted and enrolled into the MS-SLP program receive a $1000.00 scholarship per year of their graduate studies. All out-of-state students receive an out-of-state tuition waiver.

For more information visit our department's scholarships webpage

To learn more about financial aid/student loans, visit LU's student financial assistance website.

Research

Speech and Language Pathology faculty are involved in a variety of lab and field-based research. Please refer to faculty profiles to find out more about research interests and specific research studies.

SLP Student Outcome Data

Please consult the table below to understand what out departmental success looks like:

Program Completion Rate

Year

Number completed program

within expected time frame

Number not completed program

within expected time frame

Number not completing Percentage completing
2013-2015 28 1 1 96%
2014-2016
27 1 0 100%
2015-2017 25 4 0 100%

Employment Rates

Year Graduates Employed Percentage employed
2013-2015 29 29 100%
2014-2016 28 28 100%
2015-2017 29 28 96%

NOTE: Number and percentage of speech-language pathology graduates employed in the profession or pursuing further education in the profession within one year of graduation

PRAXIS Pass Rate

NOTE: Master's students must pass the PRAXIS examination in speech-language pathology as part of their graduation requirement. All master's students must take the PRAXIS examination prior to certification.
Year Number of Students Taking the Exam Number of students passed Percentage passes
2013-2015 29 29 100%
2014-2016
28 27 96%
2015-2017 23 22 95%