Prerequisites for MA (SLP) Program
Students enter the M.A. program in speech and hearing sciences with a diverse array of undergraduate backgrounds. There are certain courses, however, that must be completed either to comply with American Speech-Language-Hearing Association regulations for certification or because these courses form the essential foundation for graduate study in the field.
The following courses, or their equivalents, are prerequisites for graduate students whose undergraduate major is not speech-language pathology. All 'non-major' students who have not taken these courses prior to graduate enrolment will be required to complete them as graduate students.
- Acoustics/Speech Science
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Child Language Development
- Phonetics (including IPA)
*Includes both audiological testing and treatment; this requirement may also be fulfilled with separate courses in audiological testing and treatment.
In addition to required course work for the master's degree, students hoping to achieve the Certificate of Clinical Competence in either speech-language pathology or audiology and to practice in either profession must meet KASA standards and document coursework in the basic sciences, including:
- Coursework in biological sciences, physical sciences, and statistics
- Coursework in behavioral and/or social sciences
- Coursework in basic human communication processes, including biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases.
This course work may be carried forward from the undergraduate degree or taken at the graduate level; if they are taken at the graduate level, they may not be counted to satisfy any requirements for the Master’s degree. Students are encouraged to visit the ASHA web site (http://www.asha.org/) to review KASA and additional certification requirements. It is ultimately the students' responsibility to assure they have fulfilled these requirements.
Feel free to contact the department to arrange a meeting with a faculty member and a tour of our facilities. To arrange a visit, contact Kim Elkins by phone at (812) 855-4202 or by e-mail at kelkinsindiana.edu.