The Speech/Language/Hearing Sciences (SLHS) program began with one professor and had its first graduates in 1962. Since then, the department has grown to include 16 faculty/staff, an average of 30 graduate students and 100 undergraduate students. The program has been accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) since the early 1960s. The SLHS program has moved to Murray Hall. SLHS courses are now taught in Murray Hall, and the Regional Assistive Technology Center (RATC) is also located in Murray. Opportunities for clinical practice are provided for students at the undergraduate and graduate level.The program offers a Bachelor's of Science in Speech/Language/Hearing Sciences and a Master's of Science in Speech- Language Pathology, both focusing on communication disorders. A pre-audiology option is available for students who wish to continue their education to obtain their Master's of Audiology or doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.). Students can also earn a minor in Speech/Language/Hearing Sciences.The program has always received support from administration, including periodic grants to upgrade equipment and increase faculty positions. Approximately seven years ago our clinic became the affiliated clinic of the local SERvice TO MAnkind (SERTOMA), a service organization, which continues to provide generous support. A generous grant from the Dakota Medical Foundation has allowed substantial expansion of our program to fulfill unmet service needs in the community.
The programs of study offered by this department are designed for students who are interested in the normal and disordered processes of human communication. The title of the undergraduate major, Speech/Language/Hearing Sciences, indicates that the bachelor’s degree is a pre-professional degree. It is designed to qualify students for admission to graduate level study of speech-language pathology or audiology, however it is also appropriate for those who will pursue careers in hearing conservation, education of the hearing impaired, and other related areas. A minor or individual classes are appropriate as electives for students with majors in speech communication, elementary and secondary education, special education, reading, psychology, sociology, anthropology, or health.
For those who have already completed their undergraduate degree and are interested in a career in speech-language pathology, the Speech/Language/Hearing Sciences (SLHS) program welcomes post-baccalaureate students. If you are seeking the necessary undergraduate background in speech-language pathology in order to prepare for graduate study, you will enroll as an undergraduate transfer student for one year. During your second semester of study, you will apply for graduate school. If accepted, you are expected to begin graduate study during summer session. Students typically complete the graduate program in two full years of study.
The master’s degree offered by this department is a professional degree. The title, Speech-Language Pathology, indicates that it is the entry-level clinical degree in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. Students completing this program are qualified for clinical positions in communication disorders throughout the nation. Those who excel in the master’s program are encouraged to seek the doctoral degree at another university.The graduate program at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Candidates for the master’s degree fulfill academic and clinical requirements established by ASHA in order to qualify for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). In addition to the required graduate course work in Speech-Language Pathology, candidates may select courses in such related areas of study as counseling, linguistics, psychology, special education and speech. The master’s degree program requires two years of study.
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