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1101 North Campbell Street, Room 107m
915.747.7250
spchlang@utep.edu

The Program in Speech-Language Pathology offers a five-year plan culminating with the Master of Science Degree. Students who complete the plan have fulfilled academic coursework and clinical practicum requirements for the Texas license and Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.

The plan includes 97 semester credit hours of undergraduate coursework and 36 semester credit hours of graduate academic coursework and five semesters of clinical practicum.  Upon completion of the undergraduate courses, students must qualify for acceptance to the graduate program.  Typically, accepted students have a GPA of 3.3 in seven designated upper division SPLP courses and scores of 150 on both the Verbal and Written sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

The undergraduate speech pathology courses are offered to students who wish to apply to the master's program in Speech Language Pathology, and who have completed the university core, pre-professional courses and SPLP preparation courses.  The undergraduate speech language pathology courses are not designed as a licensed speech-language pathology assistant program.

Students who have earned a degree:

  • Students with a BS or BA in Speech-Language Pathology from another university are encouraged to apply for admission to the graduate program.
  • Students with a BS/BA or masters degree in a field other than Speech Language Pathology, who are interested in pursuing a master's degree in Speech Language Pathology, must be advised by Academic Advisors in the Student Support Center of the College of Health Sciences (http://chs.utep.edu/studentsupportcenter/).

Admission is competitive.  The number admitted each semester is dependent on available program resources.

Deadline for submission of completed application, transcripts, application fees and GRE scores is Feb 1 for Fall admission for the graduate program.

Undergraduate students interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology will be designated as Pre-Speech Language Pathology (PSPLP) and will need to complete the required blocks listed below:

  • University Core Courses (44 semester credit hours)
  • Pre-Professional Courses (16 semester credit hours)
  • Natural Science Elective (3 semester credit hours)
  • SPLP Preparation Courses (34 semester credit hours)

Total undergraduate hours required: 97 semester credit hours

Please contact CHS Academic Advisors in the Student Support Center for assistance (http://chs.utep.edu/studentsupportcenter/).

Students with a BS/BA or masters degree in a field other than Speech Language Pathology will need to complete the following Basic Foundation Courses:

Basic Human Communication (15 semester credit hours)
ENGL 1311Expos. English Composition (C) (ENGL or COMM recommended)3
ENGL 1312Research & Critical Writ (C) (ENGL or COMM recommended)3
COMM 1301Public Speaking (C) (ENGL or COMM recommended)3
LING 2320An Intro. to Linguistics (C) (Linguistics recommended)3
LING 3357Sociolinguistics (Linguistics recommended)3
Biological Science (8 semester credit hours)
BIOL 1305General Biology3
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
BIOL 2311Human Anat/Physiology I (C)3
BIOL 2111Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)1
Behavioral/Social Sciences (6 semester credit hours)
Recommended courses from PSYC, SOCI and ANTH
Mathematics ( 3 semester credit hours)
MATH 1320Math for Social Sciences I (C)3
Physical Science (3 semester credit hours)
Recommended course from ASTR, CHEM, ESCI, GEOL, or PSCI
Statistics (3 semester credit hours)
PSYC 1303Statistical Methods3
SPLP Preparation Courses (34 semester credit hours). Students must complete Basic Foundation Courses prior to enrollment in the SPLP Preparation Courses. Enrollment in the preparation courses is limited by the resources available. Students must earn a grade of A or B in all SPLP courses.
SPLP 2111General Phonetics Laboratory1
SPLP 2313General Phonetics3
SPLP 1312Survey of SH & L Disorders3
SPLP 2320Hearing Science3
SPLP 3310Language Development3
SPLP 3312Anatomy/Physiol Speech Mech3
SPLP 3313Disorders Articulation/Phonol3
SPLP 3314Lang Disor/Pre-Sch Children3
SPLP 3318Prin of Clinical Management3
SPLP 4309Audiology3
SPLP 4310Aural Rehabilitation3
SPLP 4312Neural Bases of Spch and Lang3

Electives: SPLP 4120 SLP 4220 Not required

Total undergraduate hours required: 97 semester credit hours
Upon successful completion of required corusework, the student may apply to admission to the MS SPL graduate program. 

Preparation Sequence of Courses

First Year
Fall SemesterHours
SPLP 2313General Phonetics3
SPLP 2111General Phonetics Laboratory1
SPLP 1312Survey of SH L Disorders3
 Term Hours7
Spring Semester
SPLP 3313Disorders Articulation/Phonol3
 Term Hours3
Second Year
Fall Semester
SPLP 3310Language Development3
SPLP 3312Anatomy/Physiol Speech Mech3
 Term Hours6
Spring Semester
SPLP 3314Lang Disor/Pre-Sch Children3
 Term Hours3
Third Year
Spring Semester
SPLP 3318Prin of Clinical Management3
SPLP 4309Audiology3
SPLP 4312Neural Bases of Spch and Lang3
 Term Hours9
Summer Semester
SPLP 4310Aural Rehabilitation3
 Term Hours3
Total Hour: 31

Degree Plan

Pre-Speech Language Pathology
The Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology is not offered. Students interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology will be designated as Pre-Speech Language Pathology (PSHL). Students with a BS/BA in Speech Language Pathology from another university are encouraged to apply for admission to the Graduate program.
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Pre-Speech Language Pathology Prerequisites
Basics (All courses require a grade of C or better):
Natural Sciences:
BIOL 1305
BIOL 1107
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I
4
BIOL 1306
BIOL 1108
Organismal Biology
and Organismal Biology Laboratory
4
Social and Behavioral Sciences:
PSYC 1301Introduction to Psychology (C)3
Mathematics: Select one of the following:3
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Precalculus (C)
Program Prerequisites:
BIOL 2311
BIOL 2111
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
and Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
4
LING 2320An Intro. to Linguistics (C)3
LING 3357Sociolinguistics3
PSYC 1303Statistical Methods3
PSYC 2310Life Cycle Development3
Professional Courses
1st Year-Fall Semester
SPLP 2313General Phonetics3
SPLP 2111General Phonetics Laboratory1
SPLP 1312Survey of SH & L Disorders3
SPLP 3310Language Development3
SPLP 3312Anatomy/Physiol Speech Mech C3
1st Year-Spring Semester
SPLP 3313Disorders Articulation/Phonol3
SPLP 3314Lang Disor/Pre-Sch Children3
2nd Year-Fall Semester
SPLP 2320Hearing Science3
2nd Year-Spring Semester
SPLP 3318Prin of Clinical Management3
SPLP 4309Audiology3
SPLP 4312Neural Bases of Spch and Lang3
2nd Year-Summer Semester
SPLP 4310Aural Rehabilitation3
Select three additional hours of Science Electives3
Total Hours109
C

Course requires a grade of C or better.

Science Electives

ASTR 1107Astronomy Lab I (C)1
ASTR 1307Elem Astronomy-Solar System(C)3
ASTR 1308Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies (C)3
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 13061
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
CHEM 1306General Chemistry (C)3
CHEM 1407Introductory Chemistry (C)4
CHEM 1408Introductory Chemistry (C)4
CHEM 2101Molecular Model./Chem. Info.1
CHEM 2124Lab for Organic Chemistry 23241
CHEM 2125Lab for Organic Chemistry 23251
CHEM 2161Laboratory for CHEM 22611
CHEM 2221Organic Chemistry I Lab2
CHEM 2222Organic Chemistry II Lab2
CHEM 2261The Periodic Table2
CHEM 2321Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2322Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 2324Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 2325Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 3110Lab for Chemistry 33101
CHEM 3131Lab for Chemistry1
CHEM 3151Lab for Chemistry 33511
CHEM 3152Lab for Chemistry 33521
CHEM 3221Lab for Chemistry 33212
CHEM 3222Lab for Chemistry 33222
CHEM 3310Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 3330Biochem I:Struc & Function3
CHEM 3332Biochem II: Dynam & Bioenerg3
CHEM 3351Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 3352Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 4134Structural Biochemistry Lab1
CHEM 4165Inorganic Chemistry Lab1
CHEM 4176Introduction to Research1
CHEM 4211Instrumental Meths Analyt Chem2
CHEM 4212Lab for Chemistry 42112
CHEM 4328Advanced Topics Organic Chem3
CHEM 4334Structural Biochemistry3
CHEM 4335Biophysical Chemistry3
CHEM 4362Structure of Matter3
CHEM 4365Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 4376Introduction to Research3
CHEM 4380Polymer Chemistry3
ESCI 1101Environmental Sci. Lab (C)1
ESCI 1102Non-major Lab for ESCI 13011
ESCI 1301Intro to Environmental Sci (C)3
ESCI 2105Research Exp in Env Science 21
ESCI 2201Environmental Policy & Law2
ESCI 2204Research Exp in Envi Science 12
ESCI 2301Field Methods in Envi. Science3
ESCI 3308Climate Science3
ESCI 4166Directed Study, Env. Sci.1
ESCI 4266Directed Study, Env. Sci.2
ESCI 4301Senior Project3
ESCI 4315Topics in Environmental Sci.3
ESCI 4366Directed Study, Env. Sci.3
ESCI 4398Environmental Sci. Internship3
ESCI 4399Senior Thesis3
GEOL 1103Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)1
GEOL 1104Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)1
GEOL 1111Principles of Earth Sci - Lab1
GEOL 1112Laboratory for Geology 12121
GEOL 1211Principles of Earth Sciences2
GEOL 1212Principles of Earth Science2
GEOL 1230The Blue Planet2
GEOL 1231Natural Hazards2
GEOL 1313Intro to Physical Geology (C)3
GEOL 1314Intro to Historical Geol (C)3
GEOL 2109Mineralogy & Petrology Lab1
GEOL 2309Mineralogy & Petrology3
GEOL 3112Geoscience Processes Lab1
GEOL 3115Igneous/Metamorphic Petr. Lab1
GEOL 3123Structural Geology Lab1
GEOL 3126Lab for Sedim & Stratigraphy1
GEOL 3215Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology2
GEOL 3305Rocks & Minerals3
GEOL 3312Geoscience Processes3
GEOL 3321Geology for Engineers3
GEOL 3323Structural Geology3
GEOL 3326Sedimentology & Stratigraphy3
GEOL 3350Oceanography3
GEOL 3420Invertebrate Paleontology4
GEOL 4166Directed Study, Geology1
GEOL 4189Research in Geological Science1
GEOL 4266Directed Study, Geology2
GEOL 4289Research in Geological Science2
GEOL 4308Paleoclimatology3
GEOL 4315Topics in Geological Sciences3
GEOL 4316Geochemistry3
GEOL 4335Soil Properties & Genesis3
GEOL 4366Directed Study, Geology3
GEOL 4373Grndwater Contam and Reclam3
GEOL 4375Field Geology I3
GEOL 4376Field Geology II3
GEOL 4380Environmental Geol & Geophys3
GEOL 4383General Hydrogeology3
GEOL 4384Nuclear Fuel Cycle3
GEOL 4385Introduction to GIS3
GEOL 4389Research in Geological Science3
GEOL 4390Intrnshp Geological Sciences3
GEOL 4399Senior's Thesis3
GEOL 4665Field Geology (Summer Field)6
GEOP 4167Directed Study, Geophysics1
GEOP 4267Directed Study, Geophysics2
GEOP 4306Meteorology3
GEOP 4332Explor Geophysics-Seismic Meth3
GEOP 4334Explo Geophys Non-Seismic Meth3
GEOP 4336Intro. to Remote Sensing3
GEOP 4367Directed Study, Geophysics3
PHYS 1403General Physics I (C)4
PHYS 1404General Physics II (C)4
PHYS 2210Vibrations and Waves2
PHYS 2230Thermal and Fluid Physics2
PHYS 2325Survey of Modern Physics3
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism4
PHYS 3243Advanced Laboratory Practice2
PHYS 3280Physics Seminar2
PHYS 3323Physical Optics3
PHYS 3331Thermal Physics3
PHYS 3351Analytical Mechanics I3
PHYS 3352Analytical Mechanics II3
PHYS 3359Astrophysics3
PHYS 3360Comput. Methods for Phys Prob3
PHYS 4177Undergrad Resrch Probs Physics1
PHYS 4277Undergrad Resrch Probs Physics2
PHYS 4327Atmospheric Physics3
PHYS 4329Atmospheric Radiation3
PHYS 4330Fluid Dynamics3
PHYS 4341Electromagnetics I3
PHYS 4342Electromagnetics II3
PHYS 4348Fundamentals of Acoustics3
PHYS 4353Methods of Mathematical Phys.3
PHYS 4355Intro Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 4356Atoms, Molecules, & Solids3
PHYS 4357Relativity, Nuclei & Particles3
PHYS 4370Health Physics I3
PHYS 4371Health Physics II3
PHYS 4377Undergrad Resrch Probs Physics3
PHYS 4393Special Topics in Physics3
PSCI 2303Physical Science I3
PSCI 3304Physical Science II3

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl (C) 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl (C) 1
Total Hours6
 
 

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 1865 (C)3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 1865 (C)3
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature (C)
English Literature (C)
Intro to American Fiction (C)
Intro to American Drama (C)
Intro to American Poetry (C)
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500 (C)
World History Since 1500 (C)
Introduction to Philosophy (C)
Ethics (C)
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World (C)
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus (C)
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Differential Equations
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Elem Astronomy-Solar System(C)
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology (C)
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci (C)
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Physical Geography (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology (C)
Intro to Historical Geol (C)
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6
1

Based on the major selected, options listed might not be applicable; please refer to the prerequisite area at top if one is present.

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog (C)
Intro-Cultural Anthropology(C)
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics (C)
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics (C)
Principles of Economics (C)
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics(C)
Cultural Geography (C)
An Intro. to Linguistics (C)
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology (C)
Introduction to Sociology (C)
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation (C)
History of Art I (C)
History of Art II (C)
Dance Appreciation (C)
Intro-Art of Motion Pict. (C)
Intro to Music History (C)
Music Appreciation (C)
Jazz to Rock (C)
Introduction to Theatre (C)
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking (C)
Business/Profession Comm (C)
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry (C)
Total Hours6

DIRECTOR: Dr. Anthony P. Salvatore

Assistant Professor

Jamie Desjardins
Contact Information: jdesjardins@utep.edu; 915-747-8724
Education: Ph D, Syracuse University

Patricia Lara
Contact Information: plara2@utep.edu; 915-747-7271
Education:  BA, University of Texas at El Paso; MS, University of Texas at El Paso; PhD, University of Texas at El Paso

Jamie L Desjardins
Contact Information: jdesjardins@utep.edu; 915-747-7250
Education:  BS, SUNY Cortland, NY; MS, Syracuse University; PhD, Syracuse University

Connie Summers
Contact Information: clsummers@utep.edu; 915-747-8226
Education:  BS, Bringham Young University; MS, Bringham Young University; PhD, University of Texas at Austin