May 23, 2018  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology (SPLP)

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Adviser (By Assignment):

Adviser: Willie Cupples, Ph.D.
128 Porter
Adviser: Ana Claudia Harten, Ph.D.
128 Porter
Adviser: Sarah Ginsberg, Ph.D.
128 Porter
Adviser: Lizbeth Stevens, Ph.D.
128 Porter

Students who enter the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology are trained to work in a variety of settings with children and adults. Students seeking Teacher Certification in addition to the Master’s degree should see a graduate adviser for additional teacher certification requirements. Those who do not have undergraduate degrees in Speech-Language Pathology must complete the undergraduate deficiencies. Students must consult a graduate adviser in Speech-Language pathology before enrolling in major courses. Admission to this program is competitive.

Eastern Michigan University’s advanced professional education programs develop leaders who demonstrate reflective thought and scholarship within the context of a diverse society. In addition, the master’s-level programs in the Department of Special Education produce professionals with the comprehensive knowledge, skills and attitudes to deliver a continuum of habilitative/rehabilitative services to persons with special needs, and to their families, within a diverse society.

Master’s Degree Program

Admission Requirements

  1. Students must have taken the GRE.

  2. Students must submit a Personal Statement.

  3. Students must submit two letters of recommendation.

  4. Students must complete an on-line application which requires (a) a personal statement and (b) the “Disciplinary Form” at This is a requirement of the College of Education and should be completed even if the student is not seeking teaching endorsement.

International students applying to the speech-language pathology master’s program must also: submit acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) and/or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) demonstrating adequate English proficiency. Contact the speech-language pathology program coordinator for current score requirements or visit the program web site at

Program Requirements
The program requirements for attaining a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology differ in some aspects from those of the Graduate School in that:

  1. Only six hours of graduate transfer credit will be accepted;

  2. All candidates must meet the clinical and academic requirements for certification of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) prior to receiving their degrees;

  3. All candidates must complete a minimum of 60 hours of approved graduate credit. Only 6 hours of transfer credit may be counted toward the 60 hours, with adviser approval;

  4. All candidates must pass major courses with a grade of B- or better and clinical courses with a B or better;

  5. All candidates must be recommended by the Speech-Language Pathology faculty for continuance in the program. This is to be done upon completion of 12-15 hours of course work in the program. The committee will consider GPA, faculty recommendations and demonstrated competence in academic and clinical work. Students must demonstrate behaviors that indicate stability, maturity, understanding and aptitude as judged necessary for predicted success as a speech-language pathologist.

Exit Criteria
To be eligible for graduation and receipt of the Master’s degree, the student must:

  1. Complete a capstone experience in SPSI 694 - Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology  in their last semester in the program;

  2. Complete required course work, clinical practica and internships as described;

  3. Submit a completed ASHA application to the adviser; and

  4. Submit copies of all clinical practica logs to the adviser.

Endorsement Program

Admission Requirements

  1. The student applying for an endorsement in specific special education areas must meet the admissions requirements specified under the Master of Arts degree;

  2. Student must submit documentation of passing scores on the Michigan Test of Teacher Certification (MTTC-Basic Skills); and

  3. Students must be admitted to the Department of Special Education prior to taking 400- and graduate-level requirements.


The following courses are offered to students for completion of the master’s degree program and are considered to be a standard program of study. Students who transfer from other universities should consult their academic adviser concerning equivalencies.

Program Total: 60-61 hours


* Students complete only two of three internships, either SPSI 687  and 688  OR SPSI 687  and 689 .


Students may elect to pursue teaching certification; however, this is optional. Students choosing to do so and selecting Elementary Certification must complete a second major in Liberal Arts for Elementary Education. In addition, those selecting Elementary Certification must pass the “Elementary Education” certification test, #083. Students selecting Secondary Certification must select a teachable minor from the approved list, and students must pass the certification test related to the minor in order to be recommended for endorsement in the minor field. See the undergraduate catalog for additional information. Note: This is a requirement if the student has not already completed a major or minor appropriate to the level of certificate sought during completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Courses Required for Teacher Certification

Special Education - Curriculum Information

Courses in General Education:

Undergraduate transcripts will be reviewed to determine completion of hours to be credited toward meeting a required 40 hours of general or liberal education. Additional course work may be necessary to meet this 40-hour requirement.

Endorsement/Approval Sequence:

Students must be free from any probation, administrative or academic, before an internship or practicum experience is approved. The endorsement sequence is independent from a degree program. Completion of the minimum degree requirements does not guarantee endorsement and the completion of endorsement requirements do not result in the awarding of a degree. It is important for SEM-T students to meet with their graduate adviser to develop a program of study to meet certification, endorsement and degree requirements.

Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit: Special Education

The following courses may be elected for graduate credit. A maximum of nine hours of approved 400-level course work may be permitted in the earning of any graduate degree.

If you intend to enroll in any of the following undergraduate courses for graduate credit, you must submit a request form to the Graduate School to receive permission before enrolling in the course; otherwise, you will receive undergraduate credit.

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