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Speech Language Pathology MS

Maximizing Compassion for Service

UCM's Speech-Language Pathology program is one of the best kept secrets in the state of Missouri and beyond. Highly trained and specialized faculty will instill knowledge and skills for entry into one of the fastest growing professions. A degree in speech-language pathology from UCM prepares you for a life-changing career, positively impacting those with communication and swallowing disorders from birth through geriatrics. Come grow with us in your pursuit to be a highly competent and passionate professional.

Dreaming and Believing

The Communication Disorders program provides an exciting environment for learning, growing and achieving your professional dreams.  Faculty, students and clients are motivated and encouraged to reach their goals for competency enrichment and intellectual enlightenment.  We see the best in faculty, students and clients, and help them to achieve this same vision and level of excellence. Dreaming and believing are the first steps to achieving.  The faculty, staff and students at the University of Central Missouri invite you to become a part of our family and grow with us.

Employment Outlook

This is an outstanding program in an outstanding university.  Graduates of this program have excellent job opportunities in private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics and schools, with close to 100% employment upon graduation.  This is one of the fastest growing and needed professions in the country. The demand for our graduates far exceeds the number of job openings.  We are always looking for aspiring students who are not afraid to be challenged. Follow this link to US Department of Labor Statistics' Occupational Handbook and search speech-language pathology to see the employment outlook.   https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

Admissions Criteria and Procedures

The Master of Science Degree Program in Communication Disorders is designed for the education and training of persons to enter the profession of speech language pathology. You will receive specific educational and clinical training to prepare you for the provision of services in public schools and medical settings. The Program in Communication Disorders admits students each semester. Admission is based on your undergraduate academic record and other factors, such as instructor evaluations. Applicants without an undergraduate degree in communication disorders are encouraged to apply.   Refer to the following link for information on the MS Program in Communication Disorders.  Graduate Catalog

The Communication Disorders program admits students each semester. To be considered for admission, the applicant must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 in Speech-Language Pathology courses and a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). A completed grade point average for a graduate degree in another field can be substituted for a cumulative undergraduate grade point average. Graduate degree grade point average must be 3.2 or better. Certain academic prerequisite courses are not required for admission but may be added to your Program of Study to meet prerequisite requirements for UCM courses and/or ASHA Certification Requirements.

 Application deadlines are provided in the table below. 

Admission Semester

Completed Application deadline

(Verified status required)

Program Decision Response:
    Spring & Summer     October 1     November 1
    Fall     March 1

    April 1

 

Admissions application process:

The application process involves two steps:

1)  Application to the MS program needs to be made through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Central Application Site (CSDCAS) . Review the UCM Home page found in CSDCAS for application directions. Please note that GRE scores are required for application to the UCM program. UCM Speech-Language Pathology program's Designated Institution code for submission of GRE scores to CSDCAS is 4412.  Please provide all the information specified in the following four areas in your application through the CSDCAS website:

  • Personal Information
  • Academic History
  • Supporting Information
  • Program Materials

2)  Once your application is "VERIFIED' complete, and all requirements are met, you will receive an email from UCM stating that your application is ready for review.

3)  Once the deadline has arrived, acceptance of applications and supporting materials will cease. The admissions committee will review completed applications, and prepare the list for admission invitation to our program.

4)  If you receive an invitation to join the UCM Program in Speech-Language Pathology and you wish to accept, please complete the following three steps:

  1. Accept our invitation in CSDCAS by the stated deadline;
  2. Complete and submit an application to the University of Central Missouri Graduate School to the Speech-Language Pathology, MS program; and
  3. Submit all official transcripts to UCM.

 

 

Contact Information

Brenda Dooley,  Clinic Support Coordinator,

can answer questions regarding the admissions process and admissions materials

PH: 660-543-4993 or dooley@ucmo.edu

Plan of Study

The plan of study represents a listing of courses you will take within the graduate program. As indicated, acceptance in the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology can begin in the fall, spring or summer semesters. The sequence of courses taken will differ depending on the semester of admission. If your undergraduate or graduate degree is in a different field, not speech-language pathology, you will need to complete a year of speech-language pathology coursework (leveling) prior to beginning graduate courses. For a student without a prior degree in speech-language pathology , the graduate program will take nine (9) semesters. This is to ensure you have the prerequisites to be adequately prepared to be successful within the MS degree program. Students may transfer a maximum of nine credit hours from another graduate program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Transfer credits must meet eligibility criteria as outlined in the Graduate Catalog. For students with an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology, the graduate program will take six (6) semesters to complete. 

The plan of study for students with and without an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders are provided when you meet with the Communication Disorders' Graduate Faculty Advisor or when you do a campus visit. These plans are available to current students in Blackboard. 

Student Outcome Data

The Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of Central Missouri 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, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Our current accreditation continues to August 31, 2022.  The following are the most recent outcome measures supporting the results of the high-quality education provided at the University of Central Missouri.

Program Completion Rates

The table below provides the percentage of students who are enrolled on the first census date of the program and completed the program within the program’s published academic terms (i.e., 6 semesters).

         Report  Period                                                  

Completed On Time  

Completed Late Not Completed % Completed
Summer 2018-Spring 2019
30 0 0  
Summer 2017-Spring 2018 
30 0 0  
Summer 2016-Spring 2017
29 1 1  
3 Year Average             
      97.8%



Praxis Examination Pass Rates
The table below provides the percentage of test-takers who passed the Praxis ®  Subject Assessments in speech-language pathology.

Report Period
     # Taking Exam      
   # Passing   
   Final Pass Rate in %    
Summer 2018-Spring 2019           
30 30 100
Summer 2017-Spring 2018 30 30 100
Summer 2016-Spring 2017 34 32 95
3 year average     97.8%


Employment Rates
The table below provides the percentage of program graduates who are employed in the profession or pursuing further education in the profession within 1 year of graduation.

                 Employment Rate in Profession

Report Period    
     # of Grads     
    % of Grads    
Summer 2018-Spring 2019                
30 100
Summer 2017-Spring 2018 30 100
Summer 2016-Spring 2017 20 100
3 Yr Average   100%


To ensure quality improvement, the Communication Disorders program uses a variety of means to obtain feedback from the various stakeholders who take pride in and value the success of the program. One of the major stakeholders are the students. CAA provides a vehicle for students to voice concerns to the CAA administrative body. Below is contact information and procedures for sharing concerns with the CAA.


To File a Complaint with the CAA


Students who wish to file a complaint related to the program's compliance with standards for accreditation can find complaint procedures at http://www.asha.org/academic/accreditation/accredmanual/section8/ or by mail at:
Chair, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard, #310
Rockville, MD 20850


Local Phone:301-296- 5700

Scholarship Opportunities

Communication Disorders offers graduate scholarships through the UCM Alumni Foundation.

All students apply online through UCM Scholarship Finder and scholarship applications are due by February 1.

Lin Welch Scholarship - Graduate (completed 6 hours)

To be eligible a student must.

  1.  be a full-or part-time graduate student in good academic standing at University of Central Missouri,
  2.  be pursuing a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology,
  3.  have completed a mminimum of six hours of graduate study at University of Central Missouri
  4.  be committed to completing his/her graduate degree in speech-language pathology at University of Central Missouri,
  5. demonstrate good character, leadership and service.

Eileen Graham Mathews Scholarship - Graduate

To be eligible a student must:

  1. be a full- or part-time graduate student in good academic standing at University of Central Missouri,
  2. be pursuing a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology,
  3. have a minimum grade point average of 3.0,
  4. demonstrate good character, leadership and service.

Other Non-University Scholarships: (Applications are available at the front desk, or call 660-543-4993.)

  • AMBUCS - Junior or senior undergraduate, or graduate students pursuing degrees in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, or audiology. On-line applications are available to all students through www.ambucs.org.
  • SERTOMA Communicative Disorders Scholarship Program for graduate level degrees in communication disorders, GPA of 3.2 or better.

Other Non-University Scholarships:

  • A variety of Graduate Assistantships are available throughout the university. The positions are posted on the UCM Human Resources website

About Our Facilities

UCM's Welch-Schmidt Center for Communication Disorders has fifteen treatment rooms with digital monitoring where, in addition to assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders, our services include an early childhood preschool for children with speech and language disorders and a voice and swallowing laboratory including rigid and flexible endoscopy. The center also contains a Functional Communication Clinic, an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Clinic, containing an array of state-of-the-art AAC devices, and a Feeding and Swallowing Clinic.  With the support of the Scottish Rite Valley of Columbia,  the RiteCare Early Childhood Language and Literacy lab was developed to focus on the critical connection between literacy and success. Clinics and labs provide our students with special opportunities to move their learning from the classroom to the therapeutic setting.

There are two audiologic suites where assessments including hearing evaluations, immittance audiometry, video otoscopy, and otoacoustic emissions are performed. The hearing aid laboratory is equipped with the latest technology for the fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments.

A variety of current assessment and treatment materials are utilized during courses and clinic sessions. Computers and software to support clinical education are located in the treament rooms, labs, and in the student clinician workroom.

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Logo

Award Winning UCM NSSLHA Chapter!

 

The UCM National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Chapter is an extremely active student organization and boasts of over 60 members consisting of both undergraduate and graduate students. The extent of this group's good work led the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) awarding the chapter the NSSLHA Gold Chapter Honors.  The group has achieved NSSLHA honors every year since 2011, the inception of the award.

*UCM's NSSLHA Chapter was one of three chapters in the state of Missouri that received GOLD chapter honors in 2019.

*UCM's NSSLHA Chapter was one of only two chapters in Missouri that received GOLD status in 2015.

*UCM's NSSLHA Chapter was one of only seven chapters that received GOLD status in 2011.

National NSSLHA Honors requirements for Eligibility and Recognition:

  • Affiliation with National NSSLHA
  • Monthly chapter updates in NSSLHA Community discussion board
  • 30% of UCM members have National NSSLHA Membership
  • Community Outreach programs
  • Legislative Advocacy Activities
  • Fundraising for ASHA Foundation’s NSSLHA Scholarship

 UCM NSSLHA Community Service Projects

The UCM National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) conducts a community service project entitled, Saturday Stories & Slices. NSSLHA presents five Saturday Stories & Slices a year at the Trails Regional Library in Warrensburg for families in the community. The event is based on a theme with a story read to the attendees, three crafts, and serving pizza to all attendees. Every child gets to choose a free book to take home. This project not only benefits the community but provides students volunteer experience interacting with parents and children.

UCM NSSLHA assists Warrensburg Parents As Teachers (PAT) with their quarterly preschool screenings, providing speech, language and hearing screenings. In addition, the PAT program hosts “Silly with Seuss” in the spring in which NSSLHA members volunteer by creating a Seuss themed art project, a Seuss book, conduct puppet shows, and do face painting.

 Community Service Projects Table Photo

 

 Ashley Grohmann, National NSSLHA Student State Officer

UCM NSSLHA is proud to announce that Ashley Grohmann, UCM NSSLHA President, has been selected to serve as the 2018-2019 National NSSLHA Student State Officer. NSSLHA Student State Officers work towards connecting with and bringing together the NSSLHA chapters in Missouri, while liaising with state associations.          

Past UCM NSSLHA members who served on National NSSLHA Executive Board:

Jessica Catlett – National NSSLHA Student State Officer 2016-2017

Emily Conklin – National NSSLHA Regional Chair 2014-2015

 

UCM NSSLHA is extremely successful due to the Chapter’s outstanding Executive Board who meet at least twice a month to plan and prepare Chapter meetings and events. This year UCM NSSLHA has established a “Cord Program” to encourage increased student participation and reward its active members.

 

 

Clinical Opportunities

The graduate program in speech-language pathology ensures graduate students obtain a minimum of 400 clinical clock hours with individuals exhibiting various communication disorders and differences across the lifespan. Both onsite (Welch-Schmidt Center for Communication Disorders) and offsite (e.g., private practice, schools, hospitals, rehabilitation settings) experiences are part of the degree program. Each student will complete a semester in the schools (externship) and a semester in a medical setting (internship), and have a third optional offsite experience. Local placement occurs for the externship experience. Historically students are placed in internships locally but both east and west coast placement in the United States exist.

The Welch-Schmidt Center for Communication Disorders is an 8,600-square-foot self-contained unit located at University of Central Missouri. We consider ourselves one of the finest facilities for clinical training in the country. Students provide diagnostic and rehabilitative services to children and adults with communication disorders from the community.

Recently, the Parkinson Voice Project awarded the UCM Communication Disorders program a grant that provides training in the SPEAK OUT! ® and The LOUD Crowd® programs to enrolled graduate students. The SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd® programs, developed by the Parkinson Voice Project of Dallas, Texas, were created specifically for individuals who have a voice disorder as a result of Parkinson's disease. Please see the Parkinson Voice Project for more information.

 

Contact

Dr. Greg Turner
Communication Disorders Program Coordinator
Martin 64
Tel: (660)543-8799

Contact

Dr. Carlotta Kimble
Graduate Program Advisor
Martin 63
Tel: (660)543-4107

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