Are you ready to take the next step on your path to becoming a speech-language pathologist? A degree from the University of Central Missouri’s graduate Speech-Language Pathology program will prepare you for a life-changing career to positively impact those with communication and swallowing disorders, from birth through geriatrics.
The University of Central Missouri has been teaching speech pathology classes since the 1940s. This long-standing tradition continues today.
The graduate Speech-Language Pathology program at UCM provides an exciting environment for learning, growing and achieving your professional dreams while helping others. Faculty, students and clients are motivated and encouraged to reach their goals for competency, enrichment and communication mastery. We see the best in faculty, students and clients and help them to achieve this same vision and level of excellence.
A hands-on program where everybody knows your name
In UCM’s Welch-Schmidt Center for Communication Disorders on campus, students in our Speech-Language Pathology master’s degree program get real-world experience providing speech, language, feeding/swallowing and hearing services to patients.
A unique feature of the graduate program is the sense of camaraderie among students. Our students develop trust and work together to support each other’s success. You’ll feel this same support from UCM’s highly trained and specialized faculty, who will instill in you knowledge and skills for entry into one of the fastest growing professions.
99% two-year program completion rate
99% pass rate on the Praxis exam
100% of graduates employed in their field
Continuous accreditation since 1977
Recognized by US News & World Report
All of UCM’s graduate speech pathology classes contain problem-based learning and skills development. Our coursework includes case-based learning and direct application of knowledge and skills, allowing you to identify best practices for both assessment and treatment of clients.
Course highlights include:
UCM’s graduate Speech-Language Pathology program includes numerous onsite and offsite clinical practicum experiences. This will allow you to apply what you’ve learned from speech pathology classes to making treatment decisions. In addition, faculty members will encourage you to be involved in ongoing research.
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. Click here to learn more about the Welch-Schmidt Center for Communication Disorders.
Speech-language pathologists provide services to patients of all ages (infants to adults) across a spectrum of communication, swallowing and hearing disorders and differences, such as stroke, autism, hearing loss and dyslexia.
As an SLP, you will change the lives of patients and their families while working independently and in collaboration with other professionals such as special education teachers, counselors, nurses and dieticians.
Many of our Speech-Language Pathology master’s program graduates gain employment within Missouri and Kansas, but we have graduates across the United States. Some work in schools with early childhood, special education, elementary and high school students. Others are employed in health care settings, including skilled nursing facilities, rehab hospitals and inpatient and outpatient clinics.
A few work for other industries, using their master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in sales, for example. Dynavax, a maker of computer systems for non-vocal people, has hired UCM graduates with speech-language pathology master’s degrees.
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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.
Eileen Graham Mathews Scholarship - Graduate
To be eligible a student must:
Other Non-University Scholarships: (Applications are available at the front desk, or call 660-543-4993.)
Other Non-University Scholarships:
Some Speech-Language Pathology master's degree graduates from UCM choose to pursue a doctoral degree, generally in preparation for a career in an academic setting.
Not sure a Speech-Language Pathology master’s degree is right for you? You may also be interested in the following graduate programs at UCM:
The plan of study represents a listing of courses you will take within the graduate program. Acceptance in the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology can begin in the fall or summer semesters only. 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.
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 three offsite experiences. One will be a part-time placement, one semester in the schools (externship) and a semester in a medical setting (internship). 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.
A message from Dr. Turner, our Program Coordinator
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 education and health care settings, along with private practice. The Program in Communication Disorders admits students twice each year (Summer & Fall). Admission is based on your undergraduate academic record and other factors, such as instructor evaluations and GRE score. Applicants without an undergraduate degree in communication disorders are encouraged to apply for fall admission. Refer to the following link for information on the MS Program in Communication Disorders. Graduate Catalog.
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 grade point average for a completed graduate degree in another field can be substituted for an undergraduate grade point average. The 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.
UCM Graduate and International Student Services (GISS) will outline university requirements for admission. Please be advised that you will have to complete a background check for clinical placement and service. You will need to have a Social number (SS#) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to complete this process.
Application deadlines are provided in the table below.
Completed Application deadline
(Verified status required)
|Program Decision Response:|
* Only students with Communication Disorders (CD) undergraduate degree may apply
|January 15||February 15|
*Students with a degree in CD or from another field of study may apply
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:
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 Graduate 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:
5) Complete your registration process, and enrollment in courses. Watch for an email to register for Calipso (the student records program for ASHA accreditation) and ClinicNote (the electronic medical records and student clinician program). These programs will need to be purchased and set up prior to the beginning of the semester so clinical assignments can be made.
*If you decide to decline our invitation, please be courteous and respond that you will not be joining us so we can offer the admission to the next person on our waitlist.
Brenda Dooley, Clinic Support Coordinator,
can answer questions regarding the admissions process and admissions materials
PH: 660-543-4993 or email@example.com
The Speech-Language Pathology, MS education program in speech-language pathology at University of Central Missouri is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology 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|
| 3 Year Average
Praxis Examination Pass Rates
The table below provides the percentage of test-takers who passed the Praxis ® Subject Assessments in speech-language pathology.
|| # Taking Exam
|| # Passing
|| Final Pass Rate in %
|3 year average||97.72|
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
|| # of Grads
|| % of Grads
|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.
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
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 and 2021.
*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:
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.
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.