Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Darling, Rieko M., PhD, audiology, amplification, geriatrics, central auditory processing disorders, aural rehabilitation.
Evans, David L., PhD, speech-language pathology, stuttering, speech science, communication in virtual environments.
Evans, Kelli J., PhD, speech-language pathology, adult neurogenic disorders, cognitive-communication disorders.
Fraas, Michael R., PhD, speech-language pathology, adult neurogenic disorders, cognitive disorders, dysphagia.
Peters, Kimberly A., PhD, audiology, pediatric audiology, auditory physiology, aural (re)habilitation, cochlear implants, social cognition, social competence.
Thistle, Jennifer, PhD, speech-language pathology, alternative and augmentative communication, child language, autism spectrum disorders.
Graduate Program Faculty Advisor: Kelli Evans, PhD, AI 388, 360-650-6299
Graduate Program Coordinator: Karen-Margrethe Bruun, AI 380, 360-650-3197
The objectives of the program in Speech-Language Pathology are to prepare competent entry-level professionals in speech-language pathology and to prepare students for advanced study at the PhD level. The program includes an internship taken after other academic and clinical requirements have been completed.
Speech-language pathology is a discipline which has developed out of a concern for people with communication disorders. Preparation leading to a degree in communication sciences and disorders includes a wide range of course work and a variety of clinical practicum opportunities working with the infant through geriatric populations.
Students who intend to seek employment in this profession, whether in a public school, clinic, rehabilitation center or hospital setting, are advised that certification/licensure at the state and/or national levels is required. Out-of-state students should recognize that other requirements may exist for employment in different geographic locations.
Students must have completed an undergraduate major in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) or an equivalent professional core curriculum. The BA or BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech Pathology and Audiology) must have been completed within the past five years in order to be considered as an applicant for the graduate program in CSD. Grade point average requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate School. Students must have completed the Graduate Record Exam.
Students who are not native speakers of English must demonstrate competence in written and spoken English. This can be done by submitting a satisfactory score on the international TOEFL or IELTS, taken within one year of the date of application. A minimum composite score of 600 is required for the paper-based test; the scaled score for the computer-based test is 250; the Internet-based minimum score is 100. The TOEFL Internet-based minimum score is 100 and the IELTS is 7. The TOEFL scores must be on file in the Graduate School prior to receipt of the application for graduate study.
IV-A: The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences.
Implementation: The applicant must have transcript credit (which could include course work, advanced placement, CLEP, or examination of equivalency) for each of the following areas: biological sciences, physical sciences, social/behavioral sciences, and statistics. Appropriate course work may include human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, genetics, physics, inorganic and organic chemistry, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. The intent of this standard is to require students to have a broad liberal arts and science background. Courses in biological and physical sciences specifically related to communication sciences and disorders may not be applied for certification purposes in this category. In addition to transcript credit, applicants may be required by their graduate program to provide further evidence of meeting this requirement.
The Graduate Program Advisor will review the student’s transcript during the first quarter of graduate work and if any of the above course work needs to be completed, the student will be advised to do so, as an overload, before graduation.
Enrollment is limited to 20 new graduate students per year.
Admit Quarter: Fall quarter only. The communication sciences and disorders program is a lock-step program which offers courses in sequence once a year beginning in the fall.
Deadline: Application deadline is January 15.
TA Deadline: Application deadline is January 15.
Specific Test Requirements: Graduate Record Exam. (No test scores are required if an applicant holds an advanced degree — MA, MS, PhD.)
❑ Application with $100 fee (subject to change)
❑ Three recent letters of reference
❑ One official transcript from every school attended (no more than two years old)
❑ One-page statement of purpose
❑ One-page résumé