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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


Speech-Language Pathology (post Bacc) (SPP)

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Master of Science (M.S.)
CIP Code: 51.0204
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (BC)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 62

Contact Information:
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Communication Sciences and Disorders Department (CSD)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue PCD1017
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Maria Brea-Spahn
Phone: 813-974-2732
Email: mbrea@usf.edu

Website: http://csd.usf.edu/


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Program Information


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is devoted to the study of normal and disordered human communication. Courses and clinical practice provide the student with principles, research methods and application of knowledge about the spectrum of verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Diagnosis and remediation of communicative problems dominate the clinical component of this course of study.

The Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology is structured to meet the preparation requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for the Certificate of Clinical Competence.

 

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.  Council of Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: January 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.


Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

In addition to the USF Admission Application, applicants to the Program are required to complete a CSDCAS application.

  • completion of a set of pre-requisite courses, also required for state licensure and national certification in speech-language pathology. These pre-requisite courses include:
    • SPA 3004 Introduction to Language Development and Disorders
    • SPA 3011 Introduction to Speech Science
    • SPA 3030 Introduction to Hearing Sciences
    • SPA 3101 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
    • SPA 3112 Applied Phonetics in Communication Disorders
    • SPA 3310 Introduction to Disorders of Hearing
    • SPA 4104 Neuroanatomy
  • at least a 3.20 average on a 4.00 scale in all work attempted while registered as a upper division student working for a baccalaureate degree
  • GRE with preferred scores of 52nd percentile (approximately 151) on the verbal portion OR the 52nd percentile (approximately 4) on the writing section AND the 32nd percentile (approximately 145) on the quantitative section, taken within five years preceding application
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a letter of intent and resume
  • applicant must also demonstrate competency in communication skills as determined by the chairperson or delegate
 

Admissions Status: Apply

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Program Degree Requirements

All speech-language pathology majors must complete the following:

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

29

SPA5204
SPA5403
SPA5552
SPA6211
SPA6225
SPA6410
SPA6559
SPA6571
SPA6805
SPA6565

Advanced Clinical Phonology
Language-Learning in the School-Age Years
Diagnostic Principles and Practices
Advanced Vocal Disorders
Advanced Fluency Disorders
Aphasia
Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Ethical Practice Issues in Communication Disorders
Research Procedures in Communication Science & Disorders
Seminar in Dysphasia

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
2
3
3

Practicum

24

Also, students will enroll in sufficient graduate clinical practicum (24 credits) to meet a minimum of 400 clock hours to fulfill the requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Of these hours, 25 hours must be in observation and at least 250 clock hours must be in speech-language pathology

Thesis Option

9

SPA6910
SPA6971

Directed Research
Thesis: Master's

1
8

The number of practicum hours is adjusted from 24 hours to 21 hours to allow the thesis student to take one elective.

Non-Thesis option
Each student must complete an additional nine (9) hours of coursework selected with the assistance of an advisor from the electives list.

Students who chose to do a thesis will not complete any elective coursework. For students who chose not to do a thesis, they will select 9 hours from among the following courses, with the assistance of an advisor.

Electives

SPA5133C
SPA6232
SPA6245
SPA6324
SPA6401
SPA6404
SPA6417
SPA6473
SPA6564

Speech Science Instrumentation
Neuromotor Disorders of Speech
Communication Disorders
Aural Rehabilitation: Children*
Language Disorders
Language Learning Disabilities
Communication & Cognition in Traumatic Brain Injury
Multicultural Differences in Language Use
Seminar in Aging, Cognition, and Communication

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

*required for students who have not had a course in aural rehabilitation at the undergraduate level

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

GPA and Comprehensive Exam Requirements
Also required for graduation are the attainment of a “B” or better in each graduate Speech-Language Pathology course, the attainment of clinical competence and a GPA of 3.0 in all coursework and clinical practica, and satisfactory passage of a comprehensive examination.

Online option
For individuals who have a bachelors degree in speech-language pathology and are currently working in the public school system as a speech-language pathology assistant, we offer a part-time online graduate program, which can be completed in 9 semesters. The admission and degree requirements are the same as those listed for the residential program. All academic coursework is offered online. The three electives for the non-thesis option are selected by the program and are designed to meet the unique needs of the clinician practicing in a school setting. The thesis option is not available for this track. Out of the six required clinical practicum (a total of 24 credits), four are completed on the job during the school year, one is completed on the Tampa campus during the second summer, and the third summer is devoted to accruing clinical hours at a local externship site.

 

THESIS & RESEARCH REQUIREMENTS

9

SPA6971
SPA6910

Thesis: Master's
Directed Research (minimum)

8
1

 

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

62

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College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

SPA5204, SPA5403, SPA5552, SPA6211, SPA6225, SPA6410, SPA6559, SPA6571, SPA6805, SPA6565, SPA5133C, SPA6232, SPA6245, SPA6324, SPA6401, SPA6404, SPA6417, SPA6473, SPA6564, SPA6971, SPA6910,