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Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program

The master's degree program in Speech Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and prepares students to apply for Texas licensure as a Speech-Language Pathologist and the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.

 

The TWU master's degree program in Speech-Language Pathology has two different learning venues.

The on-campus venue admits students each summer and fall and provides classes in Denton and Dallas, TX as well as clinical experiences throughout the Denton and Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The TETN distance learning venue runs in 2-year cycles and admits students prior to the beginning of each cycle. Funded by the Texas Education Agency, the TETN venue was created to help ameliorate the shortage of speech-language pathologists in Texas schools. This venue is offered to students across the state of Texas through partnerships with Education Service Centers and school districts.

 

Prerequisites to Starting Graduate Coursework

The graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology requires a foundation in the development of speech, language and hearing.  This information is typically mastered in one of the following ways:

The graduate program also requires applicants to have demonstrated knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and social/behavioral sciences. One course in each of these areas must be completed before starting graduate coursework.

 

SLP Graduate Program Student Outcome Data

  Program Completion Rate

Period

# completed within expected time frame

# completed later
than expected
time frame

# not
completing

%
 completing 

August 2010 to July 2011

29

5

0

100%

August 2011 to July 2012

138

3

5

97%

August 2012 to July 2013

20

2

0

100%

3 year average

98%

  Praxis Examination Pass Rates  - ETS Data

Period

# taking exam

# students passed

Passage  rate  (%)

August 2010 to July 2011

130

130

100%

August 2011 to July 2012                

21

21

100%

August 2012 to July 2013

34

34

100%

3 year average

 

100%

 

Reported Employment Rates of Graduates

Period

Employment Rate in Profession

 

# of graduates reporting

% employed within one year of graduation 

August 2010 to July 2011

29

100%

August 2011 to July 2012

135

100%

August 2012 to July 2013

17

100%

3 year average

100%

 

Mission Statement

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Speech-Language Pathology graduate program is dedicated to preparing students to enter the profession of Speech-Language Pathology with qualifications that meet or exceed national certification standards established by the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and to function as outstanding speech-language pathologists throughout their careers. 

 

Strategic Plan, 2011-2016

The COMS Department will continuously strive to improve the quality of our graduates' preparation (in both knowledge and skills). We will maintain or improve our graduation rates, praxis scores, and student and client satisfaction. We will continue to evaluate and improve various components of our program including curriculum, individual pedagogy, scholarship, and distance education, including exploring the uses of new technologies to enhance course delivery and to make our program accessible to qualified candidates in remote regions.

 

Goals 2011-2012

1.     The COMS department will undertake an expanded review of all graduate SLP courses. Evaluation rubrics and schedule will be set in Spring 2012 with course evaluations commencing in Fall 2012.

Course evaluations will include the following: Measurement of the effectiveness of the teaching and delivery methods; recording of ASHA standards covered; comparison of covered material for scope of practice; possible areas to decrease; possible areas to add; additional materials, techniques, equipment needed to optimize the class.

2.     The COMS department will seek and secure grant funding from the Texas Education Agency for the extension of the distance venue through 2017.

3.     The COMS department will investigate possibilities for incorporating iPads and other technology into training and clinic use and will apply for funding to purchase such technology.

4.     The COMS department will expand the Students’ Treatment and Research (STAR) program, including campus-wide presentations by the students and additional sessions at TSHA and ASHA.

5.     The COMS department will continue to seek faculty release time for junior faculty and to fill vacancies to facilitate completion of additional research.

 

Ethical Practice

"The preservation of the highest standards of integrity and ethical principles is vital to the responsible discharge of obligations by speech-language pathologists..."  (ASHA Preamble to the Code of Ethics).  The American Speech-Language Hearing Association sets forth these standards in theCode of Ethics.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders admissions policy is that we do not refuse admission on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, veteran’s status, or against qualified disabled persons except as provided by law.  The University clinics comply with nondiscrimination regulations under Title VI and Title VII, Civil Rights Acts of 1964; Title IX, Education Amendments Act of 1972; Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the Age Discrimination Act of 1967; and other applicable statutes.

Complaint Procedures

For TWU complaint procedures please see the TWU Student Handbook.

To make a public comment or for information on the complaint process regarding the graduate SLP program, please go to Council of Academic Accreditation.

SLP Graduate Program Student Outcome Data

 

Program Completion Rate

Period

# completed program within expected time frame

# completed later than expected time frame

# not completing

% completing 

August 2010 to July 2011

29

5

0

100%

August 2011 to July 2012

138

3

5

97%

August 2012 to July 2013

20

2

0

100%

3 year average

98%

 

Praxis Examination Pass Rates  - ETS Data

Period

# taking exam

# students passed

Passage  rate  (%)

August 2010 to July 2011

130

130

100%

August 2011 to July 2012                

21

21

100%

August 2012 to July 2013

34

34

100%

3 year average

 

100%

 

  

Reported Employment Rates of Graduates

Period

Employment Rate in Profession

 

# of graduates reporting

% employed within one year of graduation 

August 2010 to July 2011

29

100%

August 2011 to July 2012

135

100%

August 2012 to July 2013

17

100%

3 year average

100%

 

Mission Statement

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Speech-Language Pathology graduate program is dedicated to preparing students to enter the profession of Speech-Language Pathology with qualifications that meet or exceed national certification standards established by the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and to function as outstanding speech-language pathologists throughout their careers. 

 

Strategic Plan, 2011-2016

The COMS Department will continuously strive to improve the quality of our graduates' preparation (in both knowledge and skills). We will maintain or improve our graduation rates, praxis scores, and student and client satisfaction. We will continue to evaluate and improve various components of our program including curriculum, individual pedagogy, scholarship, and distance education, including exploring the uses of new technologies to enhance course delivery and to make our program accessible to qualified candidates in remote regions.

 

Goals 2011-2012

1.     The COMS department will undertake an expanded review of all graduate SLP courses. Evaluation rubrics and schedule will be set in Spring 2012 with course evaluations commencing in Fall 2012.

Course evaluations will include the following: Measurement of the effectiveness of the teaching and delivery methods; recording of ASHA standards covered; comparison of covered material for scope of practice; possible areas to decrease; possible areas to add; additional materials, techniques, equipment needed to optimize the class.

2.     The COMS department will seek and secure grant funding from the Texas Education Agency for the extension of the distance venue through 2017.

3.     The COMS department will investigate possibilities for incorporating iPads and other technology into training and clinic use and will apply for funding to purchase such technology.

4.     The COMS department will expand the Students’ Treatment and Research (STAR) program, including campus-wide presentations by the students and additional sessions at TSHA and ASHA.

5.     The COMS department will continue to seek faculty release time for junior faculty and to fill vacancies to facilitate completion of additional research.

 

Ethical Practice

"The preservation of the highest standards of integrity and ethical principles is vital to the responsible discharge of obligations by speech-language pathologists..."  (ASHA Preamble to the Code of Ethics).  The American Speech-Language Hearing Association sets forth these standards in theCode of Ethics.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders admissions policy is that we do not refuse admission on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, veteran’s status, or against qualified disabled persons except as provided by law.  The University clinics comply with nondiscrimination regulations under Title VI and Title VII, Civil Rights Acts of 1964; Title IX, Education Amendments Act of 1972; Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the Age Discrimination Act of 1967; and other applicable statutes.

Complaint Procedures

For TWU complaint procedures please see the TWU Student Handbook.

To make a public comment or for information on the complaint process regarding the graduate SLP program, please go to Council of Academic Accreditation.

 

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