Main Departmental Office
Speech and Drama Building, 158
P.O. Box 305010
Denton, TX 76203-5010
Web site: www.sphs.unt.edu
Graduate Faculty: Daniloff, Gopal, Henoch, Larson, Lu, Stream, Summers, Terrell.
The primary goal of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences is to prepare students to work professionally with communicatively handicapped individuals. The department provides course work, laboratory training and clinical practicum experience that enable students to satisfy the educational and clinical requirements for national professional certification and state licensure in speech-language pathology and/or audiology. A second and equally important mission of the department is the professional development of the discipline through research and clinical services.
The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences possesses research laboratory space and state-of-the-art equipment to conduct a wide range of investigations on both the normal and abnormal production, perception, recognition and understanding of speech and language. Research includes studies of auditory evoked potentials, speech perception, language disorders and vocal pathologies. Other ongoing research projects investigate communication assessment and rehabilitation techniques including hearing aids, auditory processing in children and adults, hearing loss in musicians, and the investigation of auditory cortical neuron pattern processing studies being carried out in collaboration with the Department of Biological Sciences.
The graduate programs in both speech-language pathology and audiology are accredited by the Educational Standards Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Students who earn the master's degree in either area will be provided with the opportunity to meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence in their specialty areas. Those students whose programs of study at the master's level satisfy the ASHA requirements will simultaneously satisfy the requirements for licensure by the state of Texas in the professional area of the student's degree program.
The Speech and Hearing Center, an on-site clinical facility for student practicum experiences, is accredited in speech-language pathology and audiology by ASHA's Professional Services Board.
Admission to the graduate degree program in speech and hearing sciences is competitive. Available facilities and clinical resources do not permit admission of all qualified applicants.
Admission forms may be obtained from the Dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies or from the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. All required materials should be filed by February 1 for admission in the following fall semester. Admission is granted in the spring semester for speech language pathology only. Completed applications should be filed by September 1. Audiology students are admitted only in the fall semester. All required material (including GRE scores) must be on file before prospective applicants will be considered for admission. Undergraduates who plan to apply for graduate study should arrange to take the GRE during their senior year.
In addition to the admission requirements of the graduate school, the department requires the following.
1. A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work or an overall GPA of 2.80 on all undergraduate work.
2. A GPA of at least 3.0 on all speech and hearing sciences course work, including those courses taken to remove undergraduate deficiencies.
3. A score on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) of at least 900. Students will not be provisionally admitted to the master's programs in speech pathology or audiology.
4. Three satisfactory letters of recommendation, including one from the last academic institution attended.
Letters of recommendation should be addressed to: Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of North Texas, P.O. Box 305010, Denton, TX 76203-5010. In all cases, the department maintains the right to make independent inquiry of the applicant's references and the faculties of institutions previously attended as well as to deny admission to an applicant who, in its judgment, fails to meet personal or academic admission standards. In all cases the applicant is assured the right to due process.
Individuals without a minimum of 15 hours of undergraduate course work in speech and hearing sciences but who otherwise meet departmental GPA and GRE admission requirements will be required to complete at least 15 hours of course work at the undergraduate level in this discipline before proceeding to graduate study. In addition, one semester of undergraduate enrollment in clinical practicum is required prior to entrance to graduate study. Depending upon undergraduate preparation, additional undergraduate course work may be necessary to meet requirements for professional certification and licensing.
Individuals, regardless of their prior undergraduate major, who do not meet the departmental GPA requirements and who still wish to enter the departmental graduate program, will be required to take a 30-semester-hour program of undergraduate course work in this discipline at the University of North Texas and earn a GPA of B or better. Individuals who successfully meet this requirement must resubmit their application for graduate admission to this program and will still be required to satisfy the departmental GRE requirements.
Students admitted to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies as non-degree students are restricted from enrollment in the following: (a) graduate-level courses in speech pathology and audiology; (b) 4000-level courses for graduate credit; and (c) SPHS 4060 or 5060 (clinical practicum) courses for either graduate or undergraduate credit.
Non-degree students who do register for any of these courses will be subject to administrative withdrawal. Non-degree students may enroll in undergraduate courses for undergraduate credit only.
The department offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:
When pursuing the degrees, two options are available:
Each of these options includes 6 graduate semester hours in speech-language pathology for those majoring in audiology. Those with a major in speech-language pathology must take 6 semester hours in audiology.
A final written comprehensive examination is required of all students who do not write a thesis. Those who write a thesis will be examined by the thesis committee about the thesis topic. The comprehensive examination will focus upon the various content areas of audiology or speech and language pathology, including normal aspects of speech, language and hearing, rather than upon specific courses that may constitute an individual degree plan.
1. No grade below B may be counted toward a graduate degree in this department.
2. A course in which a grade below B has been earned may be repeated one time only to earn a grade of B or above.
3. Students should consider clinical practicum an integral part of their graduate study. Enrollment in SPHS 4060 for leveling students and in SPHS 5060 for degree candidates is required. Practicum grading is on a pass/no pass basis (P/NP). Students are expected to enroll for 3 semester credit hours of SPHS 4060 or 5060 during each long semester, unless the students obtain written permission from both their adviser and the department chair. Degree candidates may petition the department chair in writing for exemption from clinic enrollment. Such a petition should be submitted prior to the registration period of the semester for which exemption is sought.
4. Students are expected to make satisfactory progress in clinical practicum throughout their program. If a student does not receive a grade of Pass in any semester, all work for that semester must be repeated.
5. A student may be removed from a graduate program in this department when failure to make satisfactory progress has been documented. Unsatisfactory progress shall be defined as:
a. a grade of C or below in two or more academic courses. This includes any and every course repeated for a higher grade as well as any course listed as a prerequisite for graduate study,
b. a grade of NP in two or more enrollments of clinical practicum, SPHS 4060 or 5060,
c. a grade of C in an academic course and a grade of NP in clinical practicum, SPHS 4060 or 5060,
d. unsatisfactory defense of a thesis, and
e. failure to pass the comprehensive examination after three attempts within a twelve month period.
6. Students may appeal any decision made upon the basis of these department policies. Such an appeal should be made in writing to the chair of the department. Appeals will be considered by the department according to the procedures set forth in the Student Guidebook and the Faculty Handbook of the university.
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