Master's Program Overview

Experiential learning is core to our curriculum. Study and training in a full range of evaluation and remediation techniques are integral parts of the curriculum in order to learn how to translate theory into practice. Additional areas of study within the CSD Department are in the area of bilingual speech language pathology and family-focused treatment.

Closely allied to the speech language pathology curriculum are the fields of speech science, neurolinguistics, and normal child speech and language acquisition.

All SLP Master's students seeking certification take a set of required courses that ensure competencies in a wide variety of professional areas, as required for the current Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology standards for certification. A total of 57-60 credit hours over five semesters is required for the completion of the M.A. Additional hours may be required by the program in order to meet ASHA guidelines.

Our Master of Arts program is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearnig Association

Advising

Beginning with the orientation for new graduate students held prior to the start of the Fall semester, each graduate student is advised on a regular basis by the Graduate Advisor and the Clinical Coordinator working together within the student's specialty area. This mentoring team assists the student with course selection, registration for the following semesters, and helps to coordinate course work and clinical practicum experiences so that the student derives maximum benefit from his or her experience in the program.

A student handbook for graduate students in CSD is given to all new students.

Periodically, the Department Chair and the Graduate Advisor meet with the entire group of M.A. students for question/answer and feedback sessions.

Specialization

Students engage in elective coursework to enables them to investigate topics of special interest more deeply or to broaden their expertise. One area of specialization within the department is bilingualism via the bilingual/multicultural certificate. Other areas of specialization may be designed using elective options.

Proficiency in English/other languages

Services and training are provided in English and Spanish (for the M.A. bilingual certificate program). The graduate school requires submission of TOEFL scores from all students coming from countries where English is not the only official language as noted under the admissions requirements. Clinical students’ whose English skills might interfere with their ability to provide clinical services are able to access accent modification services at no charge by the UT Speech and Hearing Center. To support student success additional observation time and assisting opportunities are provided. Coursework focuses primarily on the skills needed to provide clinical services in English.

Pre-Requisites Policy

Competitive applicants to the MA program in Speech Language Pathology at UT Austin, will have completed ALL prerequisite coursework and ASHA Certification Standards coursework (Standard IV-A).

On a case-by-case basis, the Admissions Committee will consider application files for individuals with outstanding prerequisites.. If such a student is admitted to the UT Austin graduate program, the period of study will be extended at least three semesters.

To avoid the reduced likelihood of being admitted to the program and/or the significant extended time to degree due to lack of prerequisites, we strongly encourage to apply as a non-degree seeker through the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Non-certification Options

Master’s programs for students not seeking certification are typically more focused on research and are individually tailored to meet students’ needs and interests. Typically student seeking non-certification options have interest in the following areas:

SPEECH AND HEARING SCIENCE. Students in speech and hearing science follow a broad, research-oriented program of study that is not designed to lead to professional certification.

AUDIOLOGY. All students in audiology complete the same set of core courses and basic clinical practicum. Students may choose from a set of electives based upon their specific interests. The program of study is not designed to lead to professional certification. Students who are interested in professional certification in audiology should consider the Doctor of Audiology.

The Graduate Program Coordinator can provide more information about such interests.

NSSLHA at UT Austin

We are the National Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) chapter at the University of Texas at Austin. We are future speech pathologists, audiologists, and deaf education specialists. We host many speakers from the field who come and talk about their experiences and provide insight about our future professions. Additionally, we participate in community service and fundraisers to help benefit clinics around Austin. And of course, we get together for social events and have lots of fun! Interested?