Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

The mission of the graduate program in speech, language, and hearing sciences (SLHS) is to contribute to the advancement of knowledge of human communication and its disorders in order to improve the lives of individuals with communication disorders across the lifespan. This is accomplished by providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to engage in research and/or clinical practice focusing on the prevention, assessment and treatment of human communication disorders.Three distinct areas of study are offered in this section which lead to either professional or research degrees:

Audiology – The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) is a professional degree which prepares students for clinical certification and state licensure in Audiology.

Speech-Language Pathology – The M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), is a professional degree which prepares students for clinical certification and state licensure in speech-language pathology. Speech-language pathologists who work in the Connecticut public schools must have school certification. Through an arrangement with the NEAG School of Education, students enrolled in the M.A. program in SLHS can fulfill requirements leading to certification as an SLP for employment in Connecticut’s public schools. Requirements include course work in Special Education, Regular Education, Human Development or Psychology, Classroom Instruction and Management.

Both of these degree programs are accredited by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA).

Ph.D. Degree – Six areas of emphasis are offered for the Ph.D. degree: (1) speech and language development, (2) developmental speech and language disorders, (3) acquired speech and language disorders, (4) audiology, (5) speech science, and (6) hearing science. The curriculum involves broad-based coursework and independent experimental investigations followed by dissertation research.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to the professional degree programs (Au.D., M.A.) include completion of a Bachelor’s degree. It is recommended that students have coursework in statistics, the physical sciences, and the life sciences. Requirements for admission to the Ph.D. programs require a B.A./B.S. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences or a related field of study. Applicants for all programs must also submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination. The application deadline for the professional degree programs is January 1. Instructions for applying to the professional (Au.D., M.A.) and the Ph.D. programs are available at the departmental website: http://www.slhs.uconn.edu . For questions regarding the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences graduate program please visit our website www.slhs.uconn.edu, call (860) 486-2628, or send an email to slhs@uconn.edu.

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