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Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences (SLHS)

 

Career Options

A major in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences (SLHS) provides a sound background for students pursuing careers in education, health care, and vocational rehabilitation. Graduates in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences who complete the SLHS major will have the prerequisite coursework to pursue a graduate degree in speech-language pathology or audiology, which opens careers in schools, community clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practice.

Additionally, the SLHS program offers the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate, which is earned upon completion of SLHS 4550 Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Methods and the required prerequisite courses.  SLHS 4550 along with the SLPA certificate prepares students to become licensed as Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) through the Colorado Department of Education. The Leveling Certificate allows students with a bachelor’s degree in another field to show they have completed the prerequisite coursework to apply to graduate school in speech-language pathology or audiology.

A minor is required for students majoring in SLHS.  Options include but are not limited to: biology, gerontology, linguistics, psychology, Spanish, special education, or speech communication.   Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the major in order to progress through the program.  Courses with grades lower than “C” will need to be repeated in order for the student to progress to courses requiring that course as a prerequisite. 


Requirements

REQUIRED PREREQUISITE COURSES*................................... SEMESTER HOURS 
SPE 1010 Public Speaking.................................................................. 3
BIO 1080 General Biology I................................................................ 3
BIO 1090 General Biology Laboratory I.............................................. 1
MTH 1110 College Algebra -or- .......................................................... 4 
MTH 1112 College Algebra through Modeling......................................4

*Required prerequisite courses may be used to fulfill General Studies requirements. 

Students seeking a Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences minor (below) are required to take a minimum of 21 semester hours, 9 of which must be upper division.

Listed below are requirements for the Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences major. See the Course Catalog for details about each course.


Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Major

 SLHS Major 2013 (PDF 28 KB)

Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Minor

 SLHS Minor Guide (PDF 297 KB)


Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate

The SLPA certificate prepares students to obtain the Colorado Department of Education authorization for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants.  The certificate courses consist of 19 credit hours of SLHS courses, including SLHS 4550 Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Methods.  This 7 credit hour course consists of 180 hours of internship and observation under the direction of a Speech-Language Pathologist.  Students must apply for admission to SLHS 4550 following the guidelines in the SLPA course application.  The application deadline is April 11, 2014 for the fall 2014 semester and October 17, 2014 for the spring 2015 semester.    

SLPA certificate (PDF 87 KB)

SLPA Course Application 2014-2015 (PDF 69 KB)

SLHS Certificate Info (PDF 15 KB)


Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Leveling Certificate

Metro State welcomes students possessing a bachelor's degree who seek a career change to speech-language pathology or audiology.  A master's degree is required to become certified in speech-language pathology and a doctorate is required for audiology.  Successful completion of the 8 SLHS courses in the leveling certificate will better prepare students for further education and increase their probability of gaining admission into a master's or doctoral program.  SLHS leveling students may submit their course request forms along with the signed Financial Responsibility Form (PDF 39 KB) to Jacque Kirby, jkirby6@msudenver.edu, starting at 12:01 AM on the first day of registration. 

SLHS Certificate Info (PDF 15 KB)

SLHS Leveling (PDF 71 KB)