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Speech and Hearing Science: Clinical Program (MA)

Course Description

Students in the clinical MA program learn about speech-language pathology in medical and educational settings, as well as speech, language and hearing science. The clinical program ensures clinical competence in speech-language pathology necessary for employment in a healthcare and educational settings, private practice, or industry. Successful completion of this program allows students to meet the academic and clinical requirements for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification and to pursue the Illinois state certification required for speech-language pathology in the public schools. The clinical MA program requires a minimum of 60 graduate hours.

The education program in speech-language pathology for the clinical MA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

To satisfy the requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for clinical certification, every student must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences (ASHA Standard IV-A) 2014 Speech Language Pathology Certification Standards.

Students must also demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases (ASHA Standard IV-B). Typically, most of these requirements have been met at the undergraduate level.

All students seeking clinical certification must also complete the following University of Illinois undergraduate courses or their equivalents. For students entering with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech and Hearing Science or Communication Sciences and Disorders, the program typically involves two academic years and two summers.

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Graduate students will be enrolled in clinical practicum (SHS 477/577) every semester for 1-4 hours. Every student who receives the Master of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Science must complete at least 400 clock hours of clinical practicum supervised by individuals holding the appropriate certification from ASHA. 25 observation hours, that count towards the total 400 hours, are required before practicum hours may be acquired. At least 325 of these 400 hours must be at the graduate level.

The Illinois program uses the mentoring model of clinical instruction. Each semester, students are assigned to a team headed by a full-time clinical faculty member. Clinical faculty members have a caseload focusing on their areas of specialization. The team together serves the needs of the clients for the caseload of the clinical instructor. Faculty members supervise students with a variety of clients receiving evaluation or therapy either in the Speech-Language Pathology Clinic, Audiology Clinic, or in one of several off-campus sites. Clinical faculty monitor students experiences across the scope of practice and place students accordingly to provide opportunities for students to gain clinical experiences across a variety of age groups and diagnostic categories.

Entry Requirements

Requirements include a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education. The Graduate College requires a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (A=4.0). Results of the Graduate Record Examination must arrive at the University by the application deadline. International students must also submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Course Fees

Please visit http://www.registrar.illinois.edu/tuition-fees for more details.

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