Master of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (MSSLHS) Program Overview

Experiential learning is core to our curriculum. Study and training in a full range of evaluation and remediation techniques are integral parts of the curriculum in order to learn how to translate theory into practice. Additional areas of study within the SLHS Department are in the area of bilingual speech language pathology and family-focused treatment.

Closely allied to the speech language pathology curriculum are the fields of speech science, neurolinguistics, and normal child speech and language acquisition.

All MSSLHS students seeking certification take a set of required courses that ensure competencies in a wide variety of professional areas, as required for the current Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology standards for certification. A total of 57-60 credit hours over five semesters is required for the completion of the MSSLHS. Additional hours may be required by the program in order to meet ASHA guidelines.

The Master of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (MSSLHS) education program in speech-language pathology (residential) at The University of Texas at Austin has been placed on probation 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. A program on probation is not currently in full compliance with the accreditation standards. Programs on probation remain accredited but must demonstrate compliance with the standards within one year.

The reason that the program was placed on probation was due to a few minor editorial reasons.

We have made the edits requested. When the CAA reconvenes for their next full meeting in May 2022, they will review and confirm we have made the edits. Upon confirmation, the program’s probationary status will end. The full decision may be found here.

As indicated above, the program remains accredited, and therefore, the probationary status has no implications for student graduation, certification, or licensure.

Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearnig Association

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Beginning with the orientation for new graduate students held prior to the start of the Fall semester, each graduate student is advised on a regular basis by the Graduate Advisor, Graduate Coordinator and the clinical faculty working together. This mentoring team assists the student with course selection, registration for the following semesters, and helps to coordinate course work and clinical practicum experiences so that the student derives maximum benefit from his or her experience in the program.

A student handbook and clinical handbook for graduate students in SLHS is given to all new students.

Periodically, the Department Chair, Graduate Advisor and Graduate Program Coordinator meet with the entire group of MSSLHS students for question/answer and feedback sessions.

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Students engage in elective coursework to enables them to investigate topics of special interest more deeply or to broaden their expertise. One area of specialization within the department is bilingualism via the bilingual/multicultural certificate. Other areas of specialization may be designed using elective options.

Proficiency in English/other languages

Services and training are provided in English and Spanish (for the MSSLHS bilingual certificate program). The graduate school requires submission of TOEFL scores from all students coming from countries where English is not the only official language as noted under the admissions requirements. Clinical students’ whose English skills might interfere with their ability to provide clinical services are able to access accent modification services at no charge by the UT Speech and Hearing Center. To support student success additional observation time and assisting opportunities are provided. Coursework focuses primarily on the skills needed to provide clinical services in English.

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Pre-Requisites Policy

Competitive applicants to the MSSLHS program in Speech Language Pathology at UT Austin, will have completed ALL prerequisite coursework and ASHA Certification Standards coursework (Standard IV-A).

On a case-by-case basis, the Admissions Committee will consider application files for individuals with outstanding prerequisites. If such a student is admitted to the UT Austin graduate program, the period of study will be extended at least three semesters.

To avoid the reduced likelihood of being admitted to the program and/or the significant extended time to degree due to lack of prerequisites, we strongly encourage to apply as a non-degree seeker through the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Non-certification Options

Master’s programs for students not seeking certification are typically more focused on research and are individually tailored to meet students’ needs and interests. Typically student seeking non-certification options have interest in the following areas:

SPEECH AND HEARING SCIENCE. Students in speech and hearing science follow a broad, research-oriented program of study that is not designed to lead to professional certification.

AUDIOLOGY. All students in audiology complete the same set of core courses and basic clinical practicum. Students may choose from a set of electives based upon their specific interests. The program of study is not designed to lead to professional certification. Students who are interested in professional certification in audiology should consider the Doctor of Audiology.

The Graduate Program Coordinator can provide more information about such interests.

NSSLHA at UT Austin

We are the National Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) chapter at the University of Texas at Austin. We are future speech pathologists, audiologists, and deaf education specialists. We host many speakers from the field who come and talk about their experiences and provide insight about our future professions. Additionally, we participate in community service and fundraisers to help benefit clinics around Austin. And of course, we get together for social events and have lots of fun! Interested?