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Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences

Main Departmental Office
907 W. Sycamore
P.O. Box 305010
Denton, TX 76203-5010
(940) 565-2481
Fax: (940) 565-4058

Web site:

Jeffrey A. Cokely, Chair


Professor Terrell. Associate Professors Cokely, Gopal, Henoch, Lu. Assistant Professors Jimenez-Castro, Millar. Lecturers Rogers, Thomas, Ward. Master Teaching Clinician Ohler.


Speech and hearing sciences is concerned with the scientific study of human auditory-verbal communication with reference to disorders involving speech, language and hearing. The emphasis of the department is to provide an educational and research setting where students may learn models and theories of normal communicative function, and appropriate rationale, techniques and procedures for the evaluation and management of people with speech, language and hearing disorders.

In addition to classroom instruction in the area of normal and disordered communication, the department maintains a clinical facility for students to acquire practical experience through clinical services offered to clients by the UNT Speech and Hearing Center.

Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

The undergraduate program is designed for persons wishing to pursue graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology and offers an avenue for students interested in pursuing other health professions, teaching, psychology, gerontology or law. The master’s degree in speech-language pathology is required to be licensed in Texas and for clinical certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Beginning in the year 2012, a doctoral degree will be the entry-level degree needed to practice audiology.

The program provides basic preparation in the normal development and functioning of speech, language, and hearing, and introductory courses concerned with communication disorders. Undergraduates are introduced to the clinical aspects of speech-language pathology and audiology through course work and clinical experiences at the University of North Texas Speech and Hearing Center. All course selections must be approved by an undergraduate adviser or the department chair.

The department’s master’s and doctoral degree programs are accredited by the ASHA Council of Academic Accreditation [10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852; (800) 498-2071]. Satisfactory completion of the master’s and doctoral programs enable individuals to meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for ASHA’s Certificate of Clinical Competence and the state of Texas license in speech-language pathology and audiology.

Bachelor of Arts

The Department offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in speech-language pathology/audiology.

Degree Requirements

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the “General University Requirements” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements .

2. Major Requirements: Completion of at least 39 hours including: SPHS 3020, 3050, 3070, 3080, 4010, 4060 (6 hours), 4090, 4120, 4130, 4140, 4150 and 4210.

3. Other Course Requirements:

a. a minor of 18 hours, including at least 6 advanced; or

b. 18 hours, including 9 advanced, selected from two or more departments outside speech and hearing sciences. The courses must be selected in consultation with the student’s adviser.

4. Minor: See “Other Course Requirements” above.

5. Electives: See four-year plan.

6. Other Requirements: Students should have a degree plan prepared as soon as the major is declared. A GPA of 2.0 must be maintained in the major.


A minor in speech and hearing sciences requires a total of 18 semester hours from the following: SPHS 3020, 3050, 3070, 3080, 4010, 4090, 4120, 4130, 4140, 4150 and 4210. Minors must observe the system of prerequisites for courses.

Departmental advisers are available for consultation on the minor in speech and hearing sciences.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers degree programs leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Audiology. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Speech and Hearing Center

The Speech and Hearing Center is open throughout the year for services to all UNT students and the public. The center provides professional evaluation and remediation of disorders of articulation, language, voice and fluency. Services also include hearing testing, fitting for hearing aids and hearing protection devices, and aural rehabilitation for persons with impaired hearing.

Services are free to enrolled students, but fees for services are charged to faculty, staff and their families.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The “Course and Subject Guide,” found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

BA with a Major in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites.
*See the University Core Curriculum section of this catalog for approved list of course options.
**See Arts and Sciences degree requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
ENGL 1310, College Writing* 3
LANG 2040, Foreign Language (intermediate)** 3
MATH 1680, Elementary Probability and Statistics 5
Social and Behavioral Sciences* 3
Wellness* 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
ENGL 1320, College Writing II* 3
LANG 2050, Foreign Language (intermediate)** 3
Communication** 3
Elective 3
Visual and Performing Arts* 3
Total 15

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
PSCI 1040, American Government* 3
SPHS 3080, Nature of Communication Disorders 3
Elective 3
Humanities* 3
Physical Science** 4
Total 16
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
PHYS 1050, American Government* 3
SPHS 3020, Phonetics 3
SPHS 4130, Anatomical Bases of Speech and Hearing 3
Minor 3
Natural Sciences** 4
Total 16

Junior Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
HIST 2610, United States History to 1865* 3
SPHS 4010, Normal Speech and Language Development 3
SPHS 4150, Speech and Hearing Sciences 3
Elective 3
Laboratory Sciences** 4
Total 16
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
HIST 2620, United States History Since 1865* 3
SPHS 3050, Introduction to Disorders of Articulation and Phonology 3
SPHS 3070, Introduction to Audiology 3
Literature** 3
Minor 3
Total 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
SPHS 4060, Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology 3
SPHS 4140, Introduction to Language Disorders 3
SPHS 4210, Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology 3
Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies* 3
Elective 2
Minor 3
Total 17
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
SPHS 4060, Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology 3
SPHS 4090, Basic Rehabilitative Audiology 3
SPHS 4120, Neurological Bases of Speech and Hearing 3
Minor 3
Minor (advanced) 3
Minor (advanced) 3
Total 18

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester.
Some courses may require prerequisites not listed.