Speech-Language Pathology

Candidates interested in becoming speech-language pathologists (SLPs) must apply for admission to the pre-professional preparation program.  Application for admission and acceptance into the pre-professional program is required for continuation in preparation to become an SLP.

Minimum Requirements for Applying to the Pre-Professional Program

  • The following requirements must be met prior to submitting an application for formal admission to the undergraduate speech-language pathology pre-professional program.
  • Admission to UNO and the College of Education
  • Completion of the university General Education Fundamental Skills requirements (ENGL 1150, ENGL 1160, MATH 1310, SPCH 1110 or 2120), and EDUC 2020 (Educational Foundations) and EDUC 2030 (Human Relations) or SPED 4550 (Special Needs Students from Diverse Communities) with a grade of “C-“ or higher.
  • Minimum cumulative University of Nebraska system gpa of 3.0
  • Meet or exceed the minimum score set by the college on all sections of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST).  Students need scores of 173 or higher in all areas of the PPST (reading, writing, and math)
  • Completion of a speech, language, and hearing screen at UNO before midterm in the semester prior to making application to the program.
  • Completion of the following speech-language pathology courses; SPED 1400, Introduction to Communication Disorders; SPED 4380, Anatomy and Physiology, and SPED 4420, Early Language Development with a minimum gpa average of 3.0

Application Procedures

Candidates meeting the above criteria must formally apply for admission to the pre-professional preparation program.  Formal admission policies can be found on the web at http://coe.unomaha.edu/oss/SLPadmissions.php.  Deadlines for applying are June 1 and October 1.

Admission is selective.  Meeting the admission criteria does not ensure admission to the speech-language pathology undergraduate program.

Candidates planning to transfer to the speech-language pathology program from another college within UNO must meet all the conditions and formally apply for admission to the speech-language pathology program.

All students accepted into the speech-language pathology program must complete a background check.  The background check must be conducted in the time frame and by the vendor determined by the College of Education.  The student is responsible for the cost of the background check. 

Majors in speech-language pathology must maintain an overall cumulative gpa of 3.0 or better.  A University of Nebraska cumulative gpa of 3.0 or better within the major area is required prior to admission into SPED 4510, Basic Clinical Practicum in Speech Pathology.  No courses taken on a Credit/No Credit basis will be accepted for the purpose of fulfilling any of the required general education, special education, or speech- language pathology courses.  An undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology is a pre-professional degree which does not lead to a certificate endorsement in speech pathology to work in Nebraska schools.  The certificate endorsement is recommended upon completion of the master’s degree in speech-language pathology.  The following are considered to be essential skills and/or abilities for speech-language majors:  adequate vision, hearing, speech, and language.

Majors in speech-language pathology must take the following course work as well:  BIOL 1020, Principles of Biology, CHEM 1140/1144, Fundamentals of College Chemistry or PHYS 1110 or PHYS 1050, General Physics; PSYC 1010, Introduction to Psychology I; PSYC 1020, Introduction to Psychology II; ; and PSYC 3130, Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences.

The speech-language pathology requirements will include all of the following course work.  Each major will take all courses in the following sequence:

Degree Requirements

First Year-Fall or Spring Semester

SPED 1400Introduction to Communication Disorders

3 credits

First Year-Spring Semester

SPED 4380Anatomy and Physiology

3 credits

SPED 4420Early Language Development in Children

3 credits

Second Year-Fall Semester

SPED 4390Hearing Science

3 credits

SPED 4450Phonetics

3 credits

SPED 4460Later Language Development in Children

3 credits

Second Year-Spring Semester

SPED 3200Writing for the Profession of Speech-Language Pathology

3 credits

SPED 4430Articulation and Phonological Disorders

3 credits

SPED 4750Introduction to Childhood Language Disorders

3 credits

Third Year-Fall Semester

SPED 4490Introduction to Professional Practices

3 credits

Third Year-Spring Semester

SPED 4500Principles of Intervention

3 credits

SPED 4370Basic Audiology

3 credits

Final Year-Fall Semester

SPED 4330Aural Rehabilitation

3 credits

SPED 4470Neurophysiology of Speech and Language

3 credits

Final year- Spring Semester

SPED 4510/SPED 4520Basic Clinical Practicum in Speech Pathology

3 credits

may be taken during either fall or spring semester

All majors must complete the professional education sequence, SPED 4550 (Special Needs Students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities) can be taken in lieu of or in addition to EDUC 2030.  Six hours in related elective course work is required.  Any related elective course work must have advisor approval.