Speech-language pathology

Speech-Language Pathology

Undergraduate Program

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers a bachelor of arts degree in speech-language pathology/audiology. The curriculum fulfills preprofessional requirements for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in these disciplines.

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Undergraduates obtain an overview of speech production and perception, articulation, fluency, hearing, language, and voice. Anatomy and physiology courses provide foundations for understanding normal and abnormal communication processes over the lifespan. Methods of prevention and treatment are also addressed in the curriculum.

A three-course American Sign Language option is available. Students also observe and may assist professionals in The Children's Center, The DuBard School, and The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.

Undergraduate advisers*

A-D: Jennifer Salgo-Corie; E-H: Ed Goshorn; I-L: C.G. Marx; M-P: Steve Oshrin; Q-T: Mary Schaub;
U-Z: Lee Terrio
*assigned by student's last name

Graduate Program

The master's degree in speech-language pathology is a five semester program requiring approximately two years for completion. Students who complete the curriculum are eligible for ASHA's CCC-SLP and state licensure.

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Students accepted on regular admission status enroll in 13 credit hours of course work during fall and spring semesters and 10 credit hours during summers. Lectures and seminars address normal and abnormal communication processes, assessment, treatment, and prevention techniques over the lifespan. Topics include aphasia, articulation, augmentative devices, dysphagia, fluency, language, motor speech disorders, multicultural issues, and traumatic brain injury. The curriculum emphasizes writing skills and a knowledge and application of research techniques.

Initial on-campus practica are completed in The Children's Center, The DuBard School, or The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Subsequent clinical experiences are obtained with Speech-Language Pathologists in the Laurel-Hattiesburg area. The off-campus coordinator arranges final-semester externships. Students take the national examination in Speech-Language Pathology (Praxis II) towards the end of their program of studies.

Application deadline: February 1   Apply

Speech-language pathology graduate students are admitted full-time in summer or fall semesters. Applicants should submit official transcripts and GRE scores to the graduate school (international applicants to the Center for International Education). Online applications include assistantship requests; letters of recommendation (3 required) are also submitted online. All materials should be on file well in advance of the February 1st deadline.

Orientation

A mandatory two day orientation is held for new graduate students each fall. Students meet the department chair and program directors. Topics of discussion include: academic honesty, clinical policies, code of ethics, complaint/conflict resolution, HIPAA, KASA, off-campus assignments, scope of practice, and standard (universal) precautions.

Accreditation

The master's education program in speech-language pathology at The University of Southern Mississippi 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.

Graduate adviser: Steven Cloud

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