Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Speech-Language Pathology M.A. - Residential Program

Program Overview

College of Natural and Health Sciences


Site: Greeley, Extended Campus/Distance
Mode: In-person (Greeley); Online (Extended Campus)
Start term: Fall (Greeley); Fall 2024 (Extended Campus)

Acting Chair: Kim Murza, Ph.D.

Location: Gunter 1400
Telephone: 970.351.2734
Fax: 970.351.2974
Website: www.unco.edu/nhs/audiology-speech-language-sciences/

This certifying master's program is fully accredited and provides excellent academic, research, and clinical preparation.

Areas emphasized include:

  • The science of communication;
  • The nature, prevention, assessment, and management of:
    • developmental articulation disorders
    • language and literacy disorders
    • voice disorders
    • fluency disorders
    • pervasive developmental disorders, including autism
    • dysphagia
    • neurologic disorders including aphasia, apraxia, post head-injury disorders and dementia;
  • Augmentative and alternative communication systems;
  • Aural rehabilitation.

This program offers extensive supervised clinical experience through the well-equipped UNC Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Clinic and ancillary clinics in Colorado. This M.A. program is accredited by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Students who complete this program are eligible to apply for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Graduates can also qualify for licensure from the Colorado Department of Education. Career opportunities include: positions in schools, hospitals, practice in association with a range of physicians including otolaryngology, neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and pediatrics; rehabilitation centers, and private practice.


General Master's Degree Admission Requirements

Program Requirements:

Students will be admitted to this limited-enrollment program on the basis of:

  1. Academic record,
  2. At least three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with their academic/clinical performance,
  3. Responses to academic and applicant questions.

Admission to the Graduate School does not guarantee admission to the Speech-Language Pathology graduate program.

Prerequisites. The program assumes an undergraduate background in speech-language pathology and/or audiology. Students who do not have such a background must fulfill academic requirements as determined by their major advisor. These requirements must be met before admission to the graduate program. 

Degree Requirements

Select one of the following research courses (3 hours)

RCS 610Interpretation and Evaluation of Behavioral Research


SRM 600Introduction to Graduate Research


Complete the following courses (34 hours)

CSD 516Professional Issues in SLP


CSD 555Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Communication


CSD 563Voice and Resonance Disorders


CSD 571Speech and Hearing Science


CSD 580Clinical Practices in Aural Rehabilitation


CSD 655Acquired Disorders of Language & Cognition


CSD 656Feeding and Swallowing Disorders: Lifespan


CSD 657Motor Speech Disorders: Lifespan


CSD 658Assistive Technology for Communication Disorders


CSD 661Articulation and Phonological Disorders in Children


CSD 664Fluency Disorders


CSD 682Language Disorders in Early Childhood and Preschool


CSD 684Disorders of Language & Literacy: School-Age and Adolescent


Research Courses (2 hours)

CSD 515Foundations of Research and Writing


CSD 517Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Speech-Language Pathology


Clinical Practicum — 10-14 hours

CSD 567Diagnostic Procedures: Introduction


CSD 568Diagnostic Procedures: Intermediate


CSD 569Advanced Diagnostic Procedures


CSD 583Clinical Practicum: Introduction


CSD 585Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Intermediate


CSD 586Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Intermediate/Advanced


CSD 588Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Advanced


CSD 567: Take 1 hour

CSD 568: Take 1 hour

CSD 569: Take 1 hour

CSD 583: Take 1 hour

CSD 585: Take 2 hours

CSD 586: Take 2 hours

CSD 588: Take 2 hours

The primary purpose of clinical practica is to help students become competent in the assessment and treatment of various communication disorders. For this reason, students are required to be continuously enrolled in practicum courses during their graduate work. Clinic clock hours obtained through practicum courses will be used to help students meet the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) clock-hour requirements in certain clinical categories. In some cases students may need additional clinical clock hours and experience as determined by the Clinic Coordinator. In such instances, they may repeat CSD 585, CSD 586, CSD 588, CSD 567, CSD 568, and/or CSD 569. See the program handbook for more information.

Internships — 12-24 hours

Students must take both internships.
Must be arranged by internship coordinator.

CSD 592Internship in Public Schools


CSD 692Internship in Medical Settings


CSD 592: Take a minimum of 6 hours.

CSD 692: Take a minimum of 6 hours.

Thesis Option (Elective Credit Hours - 9)

Students who elect to complete a thesis may reduce the number of credits assigned to internship with the consent of their academic advisor. In addition to the requirements above, they must complete the following: 

CSD 699Thesis: Communication Disorders


SRM 602Statistical Methods I



Other statistics course approved by advisor

Students, who complete this program and who pass the Praxis exam and clinical fellowship, are eligible for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and for licensure from the Colorado Department of Education. Eight weeks of internship in public schools are required to be eligible for licensure from the Colorado Department of Education. This program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the ASHA and by the Colorado Department of Education.

Satisfactory performance on culminating activity/activities approved by program faculty, in accordance with Graduate School policy, satisfies the completion of the comprehensive exam and is required to complete the M.A. Program.

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