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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
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Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology (SPLP)

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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 advisor 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 advisor 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.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts program, students must:

  1. Meet Graduate School requirements
  2. Submit GRE scores.
  3. Submit a Personal Statement.
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation
  5. Submit transcripts from all previous institutions attended
  6. Complete an online application

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 website.

Endorsement Program

  • The student applying for an endorsement in specific special education areas must meet the admissions requirements specified under the Master of Arts degree;
  • Student must submit documentation of passing scores on the MTTC-Professional Readiness Exam; and
  • Students must be admitted to the Special Education Department prior to taking 400- and graduate-level requirements.

Department Information

Special Education, College of Education

David Winters, Ph.D. | Department Head | 128 Porter | 734.487.3300 | david.winters@emich.edu

Derrick Fries, Ph.D. | Graduate Coordinator | 106 Porter | 734.487.2720 | dfries@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Sarah M. Ginsberg, Ed.D. | 128 Porter | 734.487.3300 | sginsberg@emich.edu

Willie Cupples, Ph.D. | 128 Porter | 734.487.3300 | wcupples@emich.edu

Ana Claudia Harten, Ph.D. | 128 Porter | 734.487.3300 | aharten@emich.edu

Lidia Lee, Ph.D. | 128 Porter | 734.487.3300 | llee@emich.edu

Program Requirements

The program requirements for attaining a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology differ in some aspects from those of the Graduate School in that:

  • Only six hours of graduate transfer credit will be accepted;
  • All candidates must meet the clinical and academic requirements for certification of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) prior to receiving their degrees;
  • 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 advisor approval;
  • All candidates must pass major courses with a grade of B- or better and clinical courses with a B or better;

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 of 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 advisor to develop a program of study to meet certification, endorsement and degree requirements.

Exit Requirements

To be eligible for graduation and receipt of the Master of Arts degree, the student must:

  • Complete a capstone experience in SPSI 694  or a Master’s Thesis in SPGN 692 , at the end of the program;
  • Complete required coursework, clinical practica, and internships as described;
  • Submit a completed ASHA application to the advisor; and
  • Submit copies of all clinical practica logs to the advisor.

Foundation Courses: 14 hours

Students without an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology must also take the following courses

Degree Requirements: 60-61 hours

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 advisor concerning equivalencies.

Teaching Certification: 15-20 hours

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.

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