Degree Program

The Program in Speech-Language Pathology offers a five-year plan culminating with the Master of Science Degree. Students who complete the plan have fulfilled the academic coursework and clinical practicum requirements for the Texas License and Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.

The Plan includes 97 semester hours of undergraduate coursework and 36 semester hours of graduate academic coursework and five semesters of clinical practicum. Upon completion of the undergraduate courses, students must qualify for acceptance to the graduate program. Typically, accepted students have a GPA of 3.3 in seven designated upper division SPLP courses and scores of 150 on both the Verbal and Written sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Admission is competitive. The number admitted each semester is dependent on available program resources.

Deadline for submission of competed application, transcripts, application fees and GRE scores is Feb 1 for Fall admission for the graduate program.

University Core Courses (44 semester hours)
Communication COMM 1301 or COMM 1302 ENGL 1311,1312
Mathematics MATH 1320
Natural Sciences BIOL 1305, 1107, 1306, 1108, 2311, 2111
Humanities 3 credit hours from the Core Menu
Visual and Performing Arts 3 credit hours from the Core Menu
United States History HIST 1301, 1302
Political Science POLS 2310, 2311
Social and Behavioral Sciences Psychology 1301, 1303, 2310
Institutionally Designated Option UNIV 1301 or UNIV 2350
Linguistics 2320, 3357
Physical Science 3 Credit Hours

Pre-Professional Courses (34 semester hours)
SPLP 2111 General Phonetics Laboratory
SPLP 2313 General Phonetics
SPLP 1312 Survey of Speech, Hearing and Language Disorders
SPLP 2320 Hearing Science
SPLP 3310 Language Development
SPLP 3312 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
SPLP 3313 Disorders of Articulation and Phonology
SPLP 3314 Language Disorders in Pre-School Children
SPLP 3318 Principles of Clinical Management
SPLP 4309 Audiology
SPLP 4310 Aural Rehabilitation
SPLP 4312 Neural Bases of Speech and Language

TOTAL UNDERGRADUATE HOURS: 97

Graduate Program:
36 Semester Hours of Graduate Academic Coursework and five semesters of clinical practicum for Completion of Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology:

Required Academic Courses: (36 hours)
SPLP 5320 Research Design in Comm. Disorders
SPLP 5330 Differential Diagnosis of Communication Disorders
SPLP 5359 Fluency Disorders
SPLP 5360 Aphasia and Related disorders
SPLP 5362 Disorders of Language in school Aged Childrend
SPLP 5363 Disorders of Voice
SPLP 5364 Motor Speech Disorders
SPLP 5366 Communication Disorders and Literacy
SPLP 5370 Dysphagia
SPLP 5372 Problems and Projects in Speech-Language Pathology
SPLP 5377 Treatment Efficacy
SPLP 5380 Augmentative and Alternative Communications

Clinical Practicum Courses: (15 Credit Hours)
SPLP 5369 Graduate Practicum, SPLP, University Clinic (9 credits)
SPLP 5379 Graduate Practicum, SPLP, School Setting (3 credits)
SPLP 5389 Graduate Practicum, SPLP, Hospital/Agency (3 credits)

Elective Courses:
SPLP 4320 - Independent Study
SPLP 5375 Articulation & Phonological Disorder
SPLP 5376 Multicultural/Multilingual Issues in CD: An Hispanic Focus
SPLP 5398, 5399 Thesis


Total Graduating Hours: 51 Credit Hours

Graduate electives may be taken in and outside the Program with advisor's approval.
With the thesis option, an oral defense is required. With the nonthesis option a capstone research paper and an oral comprehensive examination are required.
All coursework used to meet M.S. degree requirements (above) must be completed within one six-year period prior to the M.S. degree award.

Individuals with a bachelor's degree in a field other than speech-language pathology must successfully complete all pre-professional courses prior to consideration for admission to the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology. Pre-professional courses must be taken in a prescribed sequence. Basic science coursework required for national certification must also be completed prior to admission. The Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at The University of Texas at El Paso is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association. To apply for admission to the program, or for application or financial aid material, contact:

The Graduate School
The University of Texas at El Paso
Academic Services Bldg
El Paso, TX 79968-0566
(915) 747-5491

Copies of the Graduate Studies Catalog are available for $1 on campus or $3.50 for a mailed copy.
For additional information on the academic program and expectations, contact the Graduate Advisor in Speech-Language Pathology,

Bess Sirmon-Taylor, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Graduate Advisor
Speech-Language Pathology Dept.
1101 N. Campbell
El Paso, TX 79902
(915) 747-7278
E-mail: bsfjordbak@utep.edu
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Speech-Language Pathology Program - Sequence of Courses

2-Year Undergraduate Option
1st Year - FALL SEMESTER
SPLP 2313 Phonetics
SPLP 2111 Phonetics Lab
SPLP 1312 Survey
SPLP 3310 Language Development
SPLP 3312 Anatomy & Physiology

1st Year - SPRING SEMESTER
SPLP 3313 Arcticulation Phonological Disorders
SPLP 3314 Language Disorders in Pre-School

2nd Year - FALL SEMESTER
SPLP 2320 Hearing Science

2nd Year - SPRING SEMESTER
SPLP 3318 Principles of Clinical Mgmt.
SPLP 4309 Audiology
SPLP 4312 Neural Bases of S & L

2nd Year - SUMMER SEMESTER
SPLP 4310 Aural Rehabilitation

3-Year Undergraduate Option
1st Year - FALL SEMESTER
SPLP 2313 Phonetics
SPLP 2111 Phonetics Lab
SPLP 1312 Survey

1st Year - SPRING SEMESTER
SPLP 3313 Arcticulation Disorders

2nd Year - FALL SEMESTER
SPLP 3310 Language Development
SPLP 3312 Anatomy & Physiology

2nd Year - SPRING SEMESTER
SPLP 3314 Language Disorders in Pre-School

3rd Year - FALL SEMESTER
SPLP 2320 Hearing Science

3rd Year - SPRING SEMESTER
SPLP 3318 Principles of Clinical Management
SPLP 4309 Audiology
SPLP 4312 Neural Bases of S&L

3rd Year - SUMMER SEMESTER
SPLP 4310 Aural Rehabilitation

Post Bacc. Option
FALL SEMESTER
SPLP 2313 Phonetics
SPLP 2111 Phonetics Lab
SPLP 3310 Language Development
SPLP 3312 Anatomy v Physiology
SPLP 2320 Hearing Science

SPRING SEMESTER
SPLP 3313 Arcticulation Disorders
SPLP 3314 Language Disorders in Pre-School
SPLP 3318 Principles of Clinical Mgmt.
SPLP 4309 Audiology
SPLP 4312 Neural Bases of S & L

SUMMER SEMESTER
SPLP 4310 Aural Rehabilitation

Basic Science Coursework (30 SH) to include at least 15 SH in Basic Human Communication Processes:
Biological Science (3 SH)
Physical Sciences (3 SH)
Mathematics (3 SH)
Behavioral/Social Sciences (6 SH)
Basic Human Communication Processes (15 SH)
(1) Anatomy/Physiological Basis (3 SH)
(2) Physical/Psychophysical Basis (3 SH)
(3) Linguistic/Psycholinguistic Aspects (3 SH)


SPLP Graduate - Sequence of Courses
(FALL admission only)

First Year
Fall Semester
SPLP 5320 Research Design in Comm. Disorders
SPLP 5330 Differential Diagnosis in CD
SPLP 5362 Language Disorders
SPLP 5369 On-campus Practicum
SPLP 51-372 Problems-Projects in SLP (1-3 credits. Must acquire a total of 3 credit hours in SPLP 5372 before graduating. Can do one credit a semester for three semesters or can do the three credit course in second spring semester)

First Year
Spring Semester
SPLP 5366 Communication Disorders & Literacy
SPLP 5360 Aphasia and Related Disorders
SPLP 5380 Augmentative/Alternative Communication
SPLP 5369 On-campus Practicum
SPLP 51-372 Problems-Projects in SLP (1-3 credits)

First Year
Summer Semester
SPLP 5377 Treatment Efficacy in Communication Disorders
SPLP 5369 On-campus Practicum
SPLP 51-372 Problems-Projects in SLP (1-3 credits)

Second Year
Fall Semester
SPLP 5364 Motor Speech Disorders
SPLP 5370 Dyshagia
SPLP 5379/89 Off-Campus Practicum
SPLP 51-372 Problems-Projects in SLP (1-3 credits)

Second Year
Spring Semester
SPLP 5359 Fluency Disorders
SPLP 5363 Voice Disorders
SPLP 51-372 Problems-Projects in SLP (1-3 credits)
SPLP 5379/89 Off-Campus Practicum

Second Year
Summer Semester
SPLP 5379/89 Practicum (if necessary)
SPLP 51-372 Problems-Projects in SLP (1-3 credits)

Revised on 9/07/2012