The Master of Arts degree (MA) program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). It is designed to provide the academic and practicum experiences that will develop clinical competence in the management of speech, hearing, and language disorders. The academic program consists of a minimum of 36 semester hours, based on the student’s needs and the requirements of the profession.
The program offers experiences that will enable the student to meet the academic and practicum requirements for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensure by the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology.
Two program options are available in the speech-language pathology graduate program. Students who elect to write a thesis must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work, plus the thesis. Students who do not elect to write a thesis must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of course work. All students, however, must take those courses that will enable them to meet the academic and practicum requirements for certification by ASHA and for licensure in the state of South Carolina. Graduation also requires the satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination in speech-language pathology.
The graduate program consists of the interlocking components of academic course work and supervised clinical practicum. To ensure the integration of the two components in their education, students will be involved in them simultaneously. The specific guidelines are described in the Clinical Procedures Manual and in the Graduate Student Handbook.
Each student must have obtained at least 400 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum prior to graduation. Twenty-five (25) hours must be spent in clinical observation, and 375 in direct client/patient contact. At least 325 of the 400 clock hours must be completed at the graduate level.
The aforementioned policies on academic course work and clinical practicum are updated periodically in accordance with guidelines established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the state of South Carolina regarding accreditation, certification, and licensure. All current changes will be listed in the SPA Graduate Student Handbook
For more information, contact:
Speech Pathology and Audiology Program
300 College Street, NE
Orangeburg, SC 29117