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Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences

Faculty working with Students: 14
Students: 50
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 12%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
Campus:
  • Spokane: Yes
Tests required:
  • Minimum GPA 3.0 GRE (Combined) Minimum score

Degree Description:

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences’ master’s program in speech-language pathology is based at WSU Spokane. A bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology is not mandatory; however, students entering the graduate program with undergraduate majors in related fields must complete a core of prerequisites including 32 hours of undergraduate courses. All students are required to complete a statistics course. This is considered a prerequisite, and not part of the graduate program, although the course may be taken at graduate level.

Academic coursework and clinical practicum offerings prepare students to become professional personnel capable of meeting the diagnostic and therapy needs of individuals of all ages evidencing a wide variety of speech, language, learning, and hearing problems. The program stresses the application of theory through work in the University’s clinics, as well as in clinical placements throughout the state. Thesis and a non-thesis options are available.

Students are prepared as speech-language pathologists to provide direct and consultative services in educational and medical settings. The course of study emphasizes physiological, behavioral, neurological, and psychological dimensions of normal development, fundamental communication processes, and disorders of communication.

By applying science and research to clinical practice, graduate students develop proficiency in reasoning and problem-solving relative to clinical principles and procedures in diagnosis and treatment. The academic teaching and learning philosophy is student-centered, research-based, and writing intensive.

Full-time students typically complete the program in approximately two years (including one summer), carrying on average 16 credit hours per semester.

The master’s (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology at Washington State University is accredited nationally by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Blvd. #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071. It also is recognized at the state level by the Washington State Board of Education. The program provides the basis for certification in speech-language pathology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the certificate of clinical competence or the CCC, and for state licensure.

The post-baccalaureate program, a specialized one-year course sequence, allows a student with a bachelor’s degree in another field to prepare for entry to the master’s degree program in Speech and Hearing Sciences.

Admission Requirements:

The WSU Graduate School’s priority application deadline for the online application is January 10 for the following fall semester. The SHS department accepts supporting application materials through February 1. In addition to the application form, please submit GRE scores, a personal statement, resume, and three (3) letters of recommendation.

Student Learning Outcomes:

The Speech and Hearing Sciences student earning a master’s degree with an emphasis on speech-language pathology will be able to demonstrate knowledge of principles and methods for prevention, assessment, and intervention for:

  1. Articulation disorders
  2. Fluency disorders
  3. Voice and resonance disorders
  4. Receptive and expressive language disorders
  5. Swallowing disorders
  6. Cognitive aspects of communication disorders
  7. Social aspects of communication disorders
  8. Communication modalities
  9. The impact of hearing disorders on speech and language.

The foregoing nine areas are termed the “Big Nine” knowledge and skill competency areas (KASA) consisting of 191 individual goals. In addition, the student will communicate information clearly and effectively in written and oral form consistent with professional standards, and will demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of standards of ethical conduct
  2. Knowledge of the processes used in research and the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practice
  3. Knowledge of contemporary professional issues.

 

Faculty Members:

Algeo-Nichols, Dana, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Emergent language and literacy
SLP service delivery models
Differentiated instruction
Literacy instruction

Chermak, Gail D., Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Central auditory processing disorder
International rehabilitation program development

Cleveland, Lesli, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Dechert, Christiane, M.A., CCC-SLP

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Jackson, Roberta, M.S.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Lynch, Georgina, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Neuropathology of Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disorders
Biomarkers of ASD; diagnostic practices
Application of pupillometry and eye-tracking to social language interventions and AAC

Meredith, Amy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS)
Phonological awareness and early reading skills of children with CAS

Nicholas, Doreen Ann, M.S., M.PHA

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Pimentel, Jane T., Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Potter, Nancy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Motor speech disorders-assessment and treatment
Childhood apraxia of speech
Childhood dysarthria
Dysphagia (swallowing)
Movement disorders
Tongue strength
Facial rehabilitation
Simulation

Simpson, Karen, M.C.S.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Swineford, Lauren, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Prelinguistic Communication
Social Communication
Language Development and Disorders
Developmental Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Developmental Trajectories
Assessment and Measurement

Vandam, Mark, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Acoustic phonetics
Childhood deafness
Development of speech and language
Parkinson’s disease
Speech production/articulation/motor movement
Automatic speech recognition (ASR)
Speech perception, spoken language processing
Quantitative and complex modeling
Linguistics, computational linguistics

Wilson-Fowler, Elizabeth, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Contact Information:

Kelsey Meyer
PO Box 1495
HSB 125X
Spokane, WA 99210
509-358-7602
509-358-7600