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SLP Graduate Prerequisites

The following undergraduate courses at The University of Texas at Austin, or their equivalents elsewhere, are prerequisites for students seeking admission to the M.A. program. These background courses in the basic science and clinical aspects of the field form the foundation for graduate study. 

 

Basic Science Background (15 hours)

CSD 311K Phonetic Description of Speech. Speech production, physiological analysis and description of speech sounds, voice quality, and voice dynamics; notation; phonetic theory; applications of phonetics.

CSD 312 Developmental Language Science. Introduction to assessment procedures and treatment strategies for children with speech and language disorders.

CSD 313L Hearing Science. Acoustical, physiological, and psychological bases of normal human hearing; theories of audition; laboratory techniques in hearing science research.

CSD 315S Speech Science. Neurophysiological mechanisms underlying the encoding and decoding of speech.

CSD 350 Language and the Brain (same as Linguistics 350). A comprehensive survey of topics dealing with the neurobiological basis of speech and language. Topics include neuroanatomy/neurophysiology; theories of language representation in the brain, aphasiology, and hemispheric lateralization.

Clinical Background (9 hours)

CSD 341 Principles of Audiology. Causes of hearing disorders; diagnostic procedures and treatment. (Prerequisite: CSD 313L)

CSD 373 Aural Rehabilitation (*RECOMMENDED.) Rationale, methods, materials, procedures, and criteria for aural rehabilitation for hearing-impaired persons. (Prerequisite:  CSD 341 including Upper-division standing and twelve semester hours of lower-division coursework in communication sciences and disorders.)
*This course is not a prerequisite for study in SLP, but a competency in AR is required for ASHA certification. Students who have not taken an
AR course prior to enrolling at UT should plan to enroll in AR during their graduate program.

CSD 367K Introduction to Assessment and Intervention in Speech and Language Disorders in Children. Introduction to assessment procedures and treatment strategies for children with speech and language disorders.

OR

CSD 371 Introduction to Assessment and Intervention in Speech and Language Disorders in Adults. Introduction to assessment procedures and treatment strategies for adults with speech and language disorders.

ASHA Certification Standards (12 hours)

Standard IV-A: The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences.

Statistics is required. (Note: Statistics was previously a generic mathematics requirement.) Research methodology courses in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) may not be used to satisfy the statistics requirement.

(Choose ONLY ONE of the following courses to satisfy the Statistics requirement)

  • EDP 371 Introduction to Statistics. Measures of central tendency and variability; correlation and regression; probability and statistical inference; analysis of variance; nonparametric statistics.
  • M316 Elementary Statistical Method. Graphical presentation, frequency functions, distribution functions, averages, standard deviation, variance, curve-fitting, and related topics.
  • SDS 304 Statistics in Health Care OR SSC 304 Statistics in Health Care.  An introduction to the fundamental concepts and methods of statistics emphasizing applications in the health sciences. Exploratory data analysis, correlation and regression, descriptive statistics, sampling distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing.
  • SDS 306 Statistics in Market Analysis.  Introduction to the fundamental concepts and methods of statistics, with emphasis on applications in the analysis of personal and group behaviors. Includes exploratory data analysis, correlation and regression, descriptive statistics, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.

Acceptable courses in biological sciences should emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science).

Courses in biological and physical sciences specifically related to communication sciences and disorders (CSD) may not be applied for certification purposes to this category unless the course fulfills a university requirement in one of these areas.

Acceptable courses in physical sciences should include physics or chemistry.

Acceptable courses in social/behavioral sciences should include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health.