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: School is 53%, College/University is 3%, hospital is 13%, Resdential Health Care Facility is 10%, Non-residential Health Care Facility is 16%, Other is 5%

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 education program 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

*We are waiving the GRE due to COVID-19 restrictions on testing sites during the application process for 2020-2021 academic year.

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:

Summer II Semester

Articulation and Phonological Disorders

SPHS 5307

3

Research in Communication Disorder

SPHS 5321

3

 

Fall Semester

Course Name

Course Code

Credit Hours

Aphasia and Neurogenic Disorders

SPHS 5301

3

Language Disorders of Young Children

SPHS 5306

3

Advanced Clinical Practicum

SPHS 5309

3

Spring Semester

Course Name

Course Code

Credit Hours

Stuttering

SPHS 5302

3

Advanced Clinical Practicum

SPHS 5309

3

Motor Speech Disorders

SPHS 5326

3

Voice Disorders and Cleft Palate

SPHS 5403

3

Summer Semester

Advanced Clinical Practicum

SPHS 5309

6

Swallowing Disorders

SPHS 5310

3

SECOND YEAR:

Fall Semester

Course Name

Course Code

Credit Hours

Language Disorders of School-age Children

SPHS 5304

3

Advanced Clinical Practicum

SPHS 5309

3

Advanced Clinical Practicum

SPHS 5309

3

Spring Semester

Course Name

Course Code

Credit Hours

Individual Study/Elective*

SPHS 5350

3

Individual Study/Elective

SPHS 5350

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

Student 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

*Student can take 2 courses including SPHS 5330: Communication Management with Severe Disabilities, SPHS 6352 Aural Rehabilitation. Other topics may include family-centered practice, cognitive-communication disorders, and counseling in communication disorders.

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.

Technical Standards/English-Proficiency Requirements

Technical Standards

The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) has identified several technical standards in the 2007 Technical Standards document. The faculty of the doctoral program at Lamar University considers these standards to be of paramount importance to successful study in a clinical doctorate program and for entry level into independent practice in the field of Audiology. Minimum technical standards for students wishing to pursue the clinical doctorate in Audiology at Lamar University include:

  • Critical Thinking: All students must possess the intellectual, ethical, physical, and emotional capabilities required to undertake the full curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence required by the faculty. The ability to solve problems, a skill that is critical to the practice of Audiology, requires the intellectual abilities of measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Successful graduates of the program must be able to integrate knowledge into practical skills.
  • Communication Skills: A candidate should also be able to speak, to hear, and to observe patients in order to elicit information. The candidate must have a strong command of the English language, evidenced in writing and oral communication.*
  • Auditory-Visual Ability: Candidates must also be able to observe a patient accurately by vision and hearing, both at a distance and close at hand without visual cues. This ability requires the functional use of audition and vision.
  • Mobility and Fine Motor Skills: A candidate should be able to execute movements reasonably required to move from area to area, maneuver in small places, calibrate and use small equipment, and provide patients with general care.
  • Interpersonal Abilities: A candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities required for the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, families, and colleagues.

English Proficiency Requirements

* In addition to ASHA standards above, we also follow the guidelines of our University. Given the scope of practice in communication disorders, oral English proficiency is considered an essential tool. Lamar University's graduate catalog states that "International students whose first language is not English are required to pass an English proficiency test before they may be admitted to candidacy for a graduate degree." Information about the  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) can be found on the following webpage: https://www.lamar.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/graduate/contact-us.html

Additionally, if a student whose native language is not English is accepted into Lamar University's Speech and Hearing Sciences graduate program, and if there is evidence that this student is having exceptional difficulty with one or more of the tasks required in clinical service delivery (e.g., speech perception, speech/language modeling, comprehending speech or language produced by individuals with communication disorders, writing clinical reports, counseling families, etc.) the student will be asked to address these deficits through a remediation plan (e.g., therapy for accent reduction, perceptual training, etc. as needed).

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. Please visit our Research Overview Page for more information.

SLP Student Outcome Data

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

Program Completion Rate

Year Ontime completion average
Later than on time completion
Non completion
Percentage 3-year average
2017-2018 27 1 2 90%

94%

2018-2019 27 2 0 93%

 

2019-2020 31 0 0 100%

Employment Rates

Year Graduates Employed Percentage 3-year
average
2016-2017 29 29 100% 96%
2017-2018 28 27 96%
2018-2019 29 29 100%

NOTE:
Number and percentages reflect the 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 Reported test-takers
Number of test-takers passed Pass Rate
3-year average
2017-2018
27 27 100% 97%
2018-2019 29 27 93%
2019-2020 19 19 100%

State Licensure Determination Table

State Licensure Determination Table

We have determined that the LU Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology Program curriculum:

Meets the educational requirements in these states and US Territories

We have not determined if the program curriculum meets the requirements in these states and US Territories

List of states/territories

List of states/territories

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico (*No reciprocity)

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah (*No reciprocity)

Vermont (*No reciprocity)

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Guam

 

American Samoa

Northern Mariana Islands

Puerto Rico

U.S. Virgin Islands

This information is based on ASHA’s State-by-State guide. (https://www.asha.org/advocacy/state/)            

For states that do require training with school-based populations, our program does provide each student with clinical practicum experience with school-aged children prior to graduation.