School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (BS)
The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program offers study in the processes and disorders of speech, language, and hearing. The program provides the foundation for graduate study leading to career opportunities and clinical certification as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. Students completing the BS degree and required clock hours of clinical practicum are also eligible for Texas state licensure as a speech-language pathology assistant. The curriculum in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology focuses on the development of communicative abilities; the anatomical and physiological mechanisms underlying speech, language, and hearing; the causes of communication disorders in children and adults; and theories and techniques of assessment and treatment of communication disorders. Supervised clinical practicum provides students experience in clinical assessment and intervention with persons having communication impairments.
Students majoring in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology are strongly encouraged to select electives in Psychology to complement coursework in their major field. PSY 3361 Cognitive Psychology, PSY 4334 Lifespan Development, and NSC 3361 Behavioral Neuroscience are especially relevant for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology majors. Suggested electives in the major include SPAU 3390 Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (may be taken twice for credit), SPAU 3342 or PSY 3342 Exceptional Children, SPAU 4342 Assessment Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology, and SPAU 4395 Issues in the Management of Persons with Hearing Impairment.
Students who plan to attend graduate school in speech-language pathology or audiology should be aware that clinical certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association requires that students complete at least one course in each of the following subject areas: Biological Sciences (e.g. biology, neuroscience), Physical Sciences (e.g. chemistry, physics), Behavioral Sciences (e.g. psychology, sociology), and Mathematics (statistics preferred.) Completion of this coursework prior to application to graduate school is strongly advised.
Students who wish to combine Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology with Psychology or Neuroscience should be able to meet requirements in both majors, and, with the approval of the Associate Dean, complete a double major. Students considering a double major should consult with their advisor regarding specific requirements. Students can complete Core Curriculum and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major requirements in a minimum of 78 semester credit hours, leaving 42 elective semester credit hours.
Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Degree Requirements (120 semester credit hours)
I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours1
Communication (6 semester credit hours)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 semester credit hours)
Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester credit hours)
Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 semester credit hours)
Science (9 semester credit hours with at least one lab course)
II. Major Requirements: 33 semester credit hours3
Major Preparatory Courses (3 semester credit hours)3
Major Core Courses (39 semester credit hours)3
or NSC 3361 Behavioral Neuroscience
or SPAU 4393 Language in Culture and Society
III. Elective Requirements: 45 semester credit hours
Free Electives (45 semester credit hours)
At least 45 semester credit hours of lower- or upper-division courses of the student's choice. Students are encouraged to explore areas of concentration in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology as well as explore interests outside the field. At least 51 semester credit hours of upper-division courses are required for graduation.
Minor in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Students interested in communication sciences and disorders may elect to minor in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Students complete 18 semester credit hours including 12 required semester credit hours of foundation coursework and 6 elective semester credit hours. Foundation coursework in conjunction with elective semester credit hours permits students to choose to emphasize hearing science/audiology, language development and disorders, or speech production and perception. Students majoring in Psychology, Neuroscience, or Cognitive Science, or students with interests in the health sciences may find that a minor in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology adds a valuable interdisciplinary dimension to their overall plan of study and may enhance their opportunities for graduate study. No semester credit hours may be used to satisfy both major and minor requirements; however, free elective semester credit hours or major preparatory classes may be used to satisfy the minor. At least one-third of the semester credit hours for a minor must be taken at UT Dallas.
Foundation Courses (12 semester credit hours required)
Elective Courses (select 6 semester credit hours)
Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master's Degrees
UT Dallas undergraduate students with strong academic records who intend to pursue a master's degree in Communication Disorders at the University may consider an accelerated undergraduate-graduate plan of study. If accepted into the program, students may take up to 15 semester credit hours of graduate courses that may be used to complete the baccalaureate degree and also to satisfy requirements for the master's degree. Students must earn grades of B or better in graduate courses taken. Students must have completed at least 90 semester credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree before beginning Fast Track coursework. Students may apply for Fast Track admission up to one semester before they reach 90 semester credit hours. To qualify for admission, students must have completed at least 18 semester credit hours in major field core courses at UT Dallas. Application for admission to the Fast Track is through the graduate Communication Disorders program, not through Enrollment Services. GRE scores are required. For applications and instructions, please contact the Associate Dean's office.
- Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
- A required Major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. Semester credit hours are counted in Core Curriculum.
- A required Major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. Nine (9) semester credit hours are counted in Core Curriculum.