M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

Overview


The Speech-Language Pathology program is committed to preparing competent and compassionate clinicians, motivated scholars, and ethical professionals for entry into the field of speech-language pathology.

The Master of Science degree program in Speech-Language Pathology at Lamar University consists of 10 academic courses and a sequence of clinical practicum experiences. Students enroll in SPHS 5309 (Advanced Clinical Practicum) in each semester of the program. During the first year of graduate studies, clinical practicum experiences are obtained within the Lamar University Speech and Hearing Clinic. During the second year, students are placed in externship assignments at public schools and medical sites.

Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities Chart

Salary

According to a 2010 survey by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the median annual salary for speech-language pathologists is $55,934; for audiologists it is $65,000. Salaries for speech scientists and hearing scientists are quite variable and, depending on the employment setting, can range from $40,000 to more than $60,000 for graduates with and doctoral degrees.

Accreditation

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Lamar University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. See more at: www.asha.org.

Pre-requisites and Entry Requirements

  • A completed application with required fee.
  • Applicants should have undergraduate degree in communication disorders or related field
  • Students should have 3.0 GPA in their Bachelor’s degree. Grades in speech and hearing science courses should be a “B” or above.
  • Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in speech and hearing sciences must complete a sequence of leveling courses before applying for admission into Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology degree program. Leveling for the Master of Science (M.S.) program for Speech- Language Pathology requires a series of seven courses taken in sequence across two semesters (Fall and Spring).The sequence of courses is listed below:
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Name Course Code Course Name Course Code
Phonetics SPHS 2372 Speech & Hearing science SPHS 3314
Language Acquisition SPHS 3310 Audiologic Rehabilitation SPHS 4342
Speech Anatomy & Physiology SPHS 3318 Language & Phonological Disorders SPHS 3320
Audiology I SPHS 4334
  • Recommended Courses: 
Course Name Course Code
Neurology (M.S. SLP) SPHS 4332
Audiology II (Au.D.) SPHS 4340
Introduction to Clinical Processes SPHS 4336

 

Other courses requirements for Audiology and Speech-language pathology degrees:
  • Basic Science Requirements:
Life Sciences
Behavioral Sciences
Physical Sciences
Statistics
  • Language Requirements:
Sign Language I(Can be taken while enrolled in the M.S program)
  • Letter of Intent and three letters of reference
  • Three letters of recommendation. A majority of the letters should be from individuals who know your ability in an academic or research forum. We recommend you use the recommended format in addition to open letter.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with scores over 280. We look for a minimum scores of 149 in Verbal, 142 in quantitative and 3.0 in analytical sections.

Application Process

  1. Fill out an application for admission on the Apply Texas website.
  2. Create a username and password to login to the online application. Please record this information so that you can easily save and access your application.
  3. Once you have completed the application, you will be given an application ID number that you must save as this will be reference to all your application material.
  4. Choose to create a new graduate school admissions application.
  5. Choose Lamar University as your target university.
  1. Choose application type :
    • Graduate, U.S.  OR
    • Graduate, International
  1. Choose a semester of entry. You may apply for the leveling program in any semester.

Session

Semester

May-July

Choose Summer

August-December

Choose Fall

January-April

Choose Spring

If the application for your desired program is not available for a semester, then the deadline has passed. Please apply for the next available semester to be considered.
  1. Choose program: Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology
  2. Save each page of application as you complete it.
  3. Once you have completed your information and saved it you must hit submit button for your application to be transmitted to Lamar University.
  4. After you have submitted your application, please send your letter of intent, letter of recommendations, and official transcripts to:

    Lamar University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 11614
    Beaumont, TX 77710

NOTE:
  • Please use your name as it appears on your state issued ID (or passport) on your application and on all other communication with Lamar University.
  • All the applicants should have scores on the GRE issued to Lamar University directly by the testing agency. Use GRE Code 6360.
  • Official transcripts, Letter of Intent and Three letters of reference should be sent to Lamar University mailing address listed above.
  • All international applicants must provide proof of English Language proficiency through scores on TOEFL or IELTS. Use TOEFL Code 6360 to send score to LU or you could mail your scores to address above. In addition, they also must get their transcripts evaluated. For more information refer to our Be A Cardinal website.

Deadlines to Apply: 

For full consideration to the Master’s degree program in speech language pathology your application must be submitted by February 1st for Fall admission.

Degree Requirements

In order to earn Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology, the student must complete the course sequence below.

http://fineartscomm.lamar.edu/speech-and-hearing-sciences/academic-programs/m.s.-in-speech-language-pathology.html 

FIRST YEAR:

Fall Semester
Course Name Course Code Credit Hours
Motor Speech Disorders SPHS 5326 3
Language Disorders of young Children SPHS 5306 3
Articulation and Phonological Disorders SPHS 5307 3
Advanced Clinical Practicum SPHS 5309 3
Spring Semester
Course Name Course Code Credit Hours
Swallowing Disorders SPHS 5310 3
Aphasia and Neurogenic Disorders SPHS 5301 3
Voice Disorders and Cleft Palate SPHS 5403 3
Advanced Clinical Practicum SPHS 5309 3
Summer Semester
Advanced Clinical Practicum SPHS 5309 6
Stuttering SPHS 5302 3

SECOND YEAR:

Fall Semester
Course Name Course Code Credit Hours
Language Disorders of School-age Children SPHS 5304 3
Research in Communication Disorder SPHS 5321 3
Advanced Clinical Practicum SPHS 5309 3
Spring Semester
Course Name Course Code Credit Hours
Individual Study/Elective SPHS 5350 3
Communication Management with Severe Disabilities SPHS 5330 3
Advanced Clinical Practicum SPHS 5309 3

Students are required to complete comprehensive exams in their final semester. A thesis option is available. If you are interested in writing a thesis, please contact Dr. Monica Harn at monica.harn@lamar.edu.

  • 5390 Thesis (Prerequisite : Approval of Graduate Advisor)
  • 5391 Thesis

*Must complete both 5390 and 5391 for required 6 credits.For more detailed description of program courses, please refer to the following website. http://catalog.lamar.edu/course-directory/index.html

Assessment

All students must demonstrate that they are competent in the knowledge and skills as defined by the 2014 ASHA Standards. Each course and clinical practicum in the sequence targets specific knowledge and skills related to the standards as well as formative and summative evaluation period.

Formative assessment
•   Daily feedback from clinical supervisors
•   Mid-term student review by all clinical supervisors and academic faculty
•   End of semester clinical assessment report
•   Evidence-based practice structured writing assignment

◦   In the first semester, the assignment is an introduction to information literacy as well as evidence-based practice. 
◦   In the second semester, the focus of this project is the evaluation of resources. 
◦   In the third semester, students are expected to design a well-structured therapy plan supported by evidence from current research. This includes(1) formulating a cohesive plan based on academic learning; (2) finding, evaluating, integrating, and citing new information from credible sources into treatment designs.  The successful completion of this project depends on the synthesis of skills gained in the first two semester information literacy projects, combined with coursework and clinical experiences that are developed across the first three semesters through lab projects and one-on-one feedback sessions with clinical supervisors. 

Summative assessment
•   Comprehensive examination during the second year of the graduate program. Feedback on areas of strength and weakness are given to help prepare for the PRAXIS exam.
Students may select a thesis option instead of completing comprehensive exams.

Cost Estimates

You can find out about tuition and fee estimates by visiting LU's Tuition and Fees webpage

Other Expenses

In addition to tuition and fees, students may need to consider other expenses. These include living expenses and travel expenses to attend clinical placements during year 2 and 3. Texas living expenses are considered more economical when compared to the national average.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The following scholarships are available for the students pursuing the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Tony Houseman Memorial Scholarship
  • Paula and John Lovoi Scholarship in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Diane and Don Shaver Speech and Hearing Sciences Scholarship

Note: All students accepted and enrolled into the MS-SLP program receive a $1000.00 scholarship per year of their graduate studies. All out-of-state students receive an out-of-state tuition waiver.

For more information visit our department's scholarships webpage

To learn more about financial aid/student loans, visit LU's student financial assistance website.

Research

Speech and Language Pathology faculty are involved in a variety of lab and field-based research. Please refer to faculty profiles to find out more about research interests and specific research studies.

Student Outcome Data

Please consult the table below to understand what out departmental success looks like:

Program Completion Rate

Year

Number completed program

within expected time frame

Number not completed program

within expected time frame

Number not completing Percentage completing
2013-2014 30 30 0 100%
2014-2015
28 1 0 100%
2015-2016 27 2 0 100%

Employment Rates

Year Graduates Employed Percentage employed
2013-2014 30 30 100%
2014-2015 28 28 100%
2015-2016 27 27 100%

NOTE: Number and percentage of speech-language pathology graduates employed in the profession or pursuing further education in the profession within one year of graduation

PRAXIS Pass Rate

NOTE: Master's students must pass the PRAXIS examination in speech-language pathology as part of their graduation requirement. All master's students must take the PRAXIS examination prior to certification.
Year Number of Students Taking the Exam Number of students passed Percentage passes
2013-2014 30 30 100%
2014-2015
28 27 96%
2015-2016 16 16 100%