Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences (SLHS)
A Major in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) provides a sound background for students pursuing careers in education, health care, and vocational rehabilitation. Graduates with 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.
Speech-language pathologists and audiologists provide services for people who have speech, language, and hearing disorders. Among those served are individuals who have difficulty with:
- expressing themselves
- understanding others
- saying speech sounds
See the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA) website for more information about careers in speech-language pathology and audiology.
For all prerequisite courses students must earn a letter grade of "C-" or higher in order to progress to the next level. A letter grade lower than a "C-" the course must be repeated.
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.
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.
MSU Denver 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 eight 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 SLHS Leveling Registration Package along with the signed Financial Responsibility Form to Jacque Kirby, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students seeking a Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences minor are required to take a minimum of 21 semester hours, nine of which must be upper division. A grade of C- or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the minor. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.