2014-2015 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Speech-Language Pathology - Program Description
Speech-language pathologists (also referred to as speech therapists) are educated to assess speech and language development and to treat speech, language, and swallowing disorders. Speech-language pathologists often work as part of an interprofessional team, which may include teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors and others.
Speech-Language Pathology at Grand Valley
Speech-language pathology is a four-semester program leading to a master of science degree. Students interested in studying speech-language pathology at the graduate level must complete a series of prerequisite courses at the undergraduate level. The profession of speech-language pathology is a licensed field of practice that typically requires completion of a graduate degree from an accredited institution. It is not possible to become licensed as a speech-language pathologist without the graduate degree. Professional certification is also available to practitioners that demonstrate to the public that the speech-language pathologist has completed rigorous academic and clinical preparation and is considered competent to practice the profession. The master degree program at GVSU prepares students to qualify for licensure and validates that students have completed all academic preparation to qualify for national certification.
Admission to the MS in Speech Language Pathology Program
All admissions materials, with the exception of the personal interview, must be received prior to the application deadline of February 15th. Applications will be reviewed in accordance with slots that may be available. Using the submitted material, the program's admissions committee will rank eligible candidates for a limited number of admissions. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have:
- Completion of a bachelors degree with a minimum 3.0 grade point average in the prerequisite coursework.
- Successful completion of any undergraduate prerequisite courses.
- General GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and writing).
- Personal written statement/questionnaire. The program will provide this to prospective applicants.
- Professional vita or resume.
- Names and contact information for three individuals willing to serve as a reference.
- Personal interview, if invited.
- Applicants must be able to perform all essential functions specified by the program. A copy of the essential functions document will be provided to all prospective applicants.
- Foreign born applicants must demonstrate sufficient mastery of English proficiency to be able to succeed as a graduate student and to practice the profession of speech-language pathology. Minimum score on the TOEFL of 610 (253 on computer-based). Scores must be received by the institution prior to the admission deadline.
Students applying for admission to the M.S. program in speech-language pathology should be aware that some of the clinical placement sites in which students are required to complete clinical practica in order to graduate will require the student to produce a current criminal records check. It is the student's responsibility to arrange for the check, to keep it current in order to comply with the requirements of the various clinical sites, and to advise the university and program if the status of the student's criminal record changes at any time during the student's program of study.
M.S. program in Speech-Language Pathology