Pre-Master’s Leveling Courses for SLP

If you plan to pursue your master’s degree in speech-language pathology (SLP) at TWU but have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than communication sciences and disorders, SLP or an equivalent, you will need to complete leveling courses prior to starting your graduate program. 

Please note: Acceptance into and completion of the leveling coursework does not guarantee acceptance into TWU’s SLP master’s program.

About the Program 

  • Offered only to individuals who plan to apply to the TWU SLP program
  • Includes seven online (not self-paced) undergraduate-level courses over three consecutive semesters beginning each spring
  • Requires in-person final exams:
    • If applying to the on-campus venue, you will take finals on TWU’s Denton campus
    • If applying to the distance education venue, you will take finals at the local education service center
  • Must maintain grades of A or B to continue in the program

Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted each year between Aug. 15 and Oct. 1 for classes beginning the following spring semester. To be considered for acceptance into this program, you must:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.25 for the last 60 hours of college coursework
  • Apply to TWU as an undergraduate transfer, non-degree seeking student between Aug. 15 and Oct. 1
  • Complete the Transfer Apply Texas application and select Communication Sciences as your first school program choice. On page 3 of the application (Educational Background), check the box for non-degree seeker.
  • Disregard the email you receive from TWU Admissions Processing asking if you meant to select non-degree seeker
  • Once admitted to TWU as an undergraduate transfer non-degree seeking student, complete the department's Pre-Master’s Leveling Program Application. To complete the program application, applicants must first create their TWU Pioneer Portal account and log in to their TWU Google Drive account using their TWU email address and Pioneer Portal password.
  • To complete the program application, applicants must submit: 
    • The names, titles/positions, employers, and email addresses of two recommenders
      • We will email your recommenders directly asking for a letter of recommendation
    • A one-page letter of intent describing why you want to be a speech-language pathologist, which you will upload when you complete the pre-master’s leveling program online application

Students must be accepted by both the university and the department. Department notices of acceptance will be emailed by mid-December.

Course Sequence

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The pre-master’s SLP leveling program contains seven three-credit hour courses (total of 21 credit hours). Courses taken at other universities should have equivalent course content and total at least 21 hours.

SemesterCourse NumberCourse Name and DescriptionComparable Courses
Spring COMS 3063 Normal Language Development: Nature of language, language-learning theories and milestones of speech and language development; emphasis on preschool years. Normal speech and language development of courses offered through Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) departments. Similar courses offered through psychology or other departments must be approved by the TWU COMS department.
Spring COMS 3333 Phonetics: Classification and phonetics of English Phonemes using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), diacritical markings and phonological processes. Phonetics courses offered through CSD departments. Phonetics courses offered through Linguistics or other departments must include transcription practice with IPA.
Spring COMS 3553 School-Age Language: Nature of oral and written language, the relationship of language to academic learning and language development in the school-age years. School-age language development courses offered through CSD departments. Often this course is taught as Language Science. Note: Not all CSD departments offer this course. In the event a student is able to take all leveling coursework except this one at another university, any other CSD course will be permitted to replace it. 
Summer COMS 2233 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Language: The relationship of anatomy and physiology of the brain, central nervous system and the respiratory system with articulation, phonation and hearing. A&P courses offered through CSD departments. A&P courses offered through biology departments will not meet this requirement but will fulfill the basic biological science requirement.
Summer COMS 3523 Audiology: Introduction to anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, assessment of hearing and the effects of hearing loss on communication across the ages from infancy through old age. Basic audiology courses offered through CSD departments.
Fall COMS 3503 Speech Disorders and Intervention: Normal speech development; etiology, diagnosis and treatment for speech disorders as they relate to children and adults. Factors involved in the learning and teaching of speech to the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Speech disorders, articulation disorders, speech sound disorders, fluency disorders, voice disorders or similar coursework offered through CSD departments. In the event that this course is combined with language disorders, two such “speech and language disorders” courses would be required.
Fall COMS 3563 Language Disorders and Intervention: Etiology, diagnosis and therapy for language disorders in children ages 3 through 12. Other language disorders will be presented as they relate to infants, adolescents and adults. Language disorders (for children or adults) or similar coursework offered through CSD departments. In the event that this course is combined with speech disorders, two such “speech and language disorders” courses would be required.

Comparable college leveling courses taken outside TWU should have equivalent content.

For questions contact

Penny Tomlinson
Admissions Coordinator
MCL 830

Page last updated 9:30 AM, September 12, 2019