Bachelor of Science in Education - Speech-Language Pathology

The undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology provides the fundamental, prerequisite knowledge necessary for pursuing a graduate degree.  The graduate degree is the minimal requirement for employment as a speech-language pathologist in Nebraska. 

Content Coursework

Candidates in speech-language pathology must take the following content coursework:

BIOL 1020Principles of Biology

5 credits

PSYC 1010Introduction to Psychology I

3 credits

PSYC 1020Introduction to Psychology II

4 credits

along with:
PHYS 1110General Physics I with Algebra

4 credits

Or

PHYS 1050Introduction to Physics

4 credits

Or

CHEM 1140Fundamentals of College Chemistry

4 credits

With Lab

CHEM 1144Fundamentals of College Chemistry Laboratory

1 credit

and one of the following:
PSYC 3130Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

3 credits

Or

STAT 3000/STAT 8005Statistical Methods I

3 credits

Professional Coursework

Candidates must take the following professional education courses:

EDUC 2010Human Growth and Learning

3 credits

EDUC 2020Educational Foundations

3 credits

SPED 4550/SPED 8556Special Needs Students from Diverse Communities

3 credits

OR

EDUC 2030Human Relations for Bias-Free Classrooms

3 credits

Required Major Coursework

Required courses for the speech-language pathology Major are:

SPED 1400Introduction to Communication Disorders

3 credits

SPED 1500Introduction to Special Education

3 credits

SPED 4380Anatomy and Physiology

3 credits

SPED 4420Early Language Development in Children

3 credits

SPED 4390/SPED 8396Hearing Science

3 credits

SPED 4450Phonetics

3 credits

SPED 4460Later Language Development in Children

3 credits

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

SPED 4490Introduction to Professional Practices

3 credits

SPED 4500Principles of Assessment and Intervention

3 credits

SPED 4370Basic Audiology

3 credits

SPED 4330Aural Rehabilitation

3 credits

SPED 4470Neurophysiology of Speech and Language

3 credits

Elective Coursework

There is a six to nine hour requirement for hours in related elective coursework.  Any related elective coursework must have adviser approval. NOTE:  One of these electives may include SPED 4510.  Beginning fall 2014, newly admitted pre-professional preparation program candidates may apply to take SPED 4510 in their senior year.  Admission is selective and requires application to and permission of instructor.

 

Other information

Majors in speech-language pathology must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. No courses taken on a Credit/No Credit basis will be accepted for the purpose of fulfilling any of the required content, professional, or major speech-language pathology coursework.

 

Essential skills and abilities for speech-language pathology majors must be demonstrated throughout the program. These include adequate vision, hearing, speech, spoken and written language, behavior/social skills, and critical thinking skills.

 

All candidates 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 candidate is responsible for the cost of the background check.

 

The undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology is a pre-professional degree which does not lead to a certificate endorsement in speech-language pathology to work in Nebraska schools or a license to work in Nebraska health care settings. A master’s degree is required for both certification and licensure in Nebraska. Admission to a graduate program is a separate, selective process. Completion of the UNO undergraduate program does not guarantee admission to the UNO graduate program.

 

Student Organization:

The UNO chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional membership association for candidates interested in the study of communication sciences and disorders. For membership information, contact Dr. Mitzi Ritzman at mritzman@unomaha.edu

 

Contact

Roskens Hall 512

6005 Dodge Street

Omaha, NE 68182-0054

402-554-2201

 

Website

http://coe.unomaha.edu/sped