Education - Speech-Language Pathology, Bachelor of Science

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.

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

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Requirements

Content Coursework
Candidates in speech-language pathology must take the following content coursework:
BIOL 1020PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY5
PSYC 1010INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY I3
PSYC 1020INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY II4
Select one of the following:4-5
GENERAL PHYSICS I WITH ALGEBRA
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS
FUNDAMENTALS OF COLLEGE CHEMISTRY
and FUNDAMENTALS OF COLLEGE CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
Select one of the following:3
STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
STATISTICAL METHODS I
Professional Coursework
Candidates must take the following professional education courses:
TED 2300HUMAN GROWTH AND LEARNING3
TED 2100EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS3
SPED 4550SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS FROM DIVERSE COMMUNITIES3
or TED 2200 HUMAN RELATIONS FOR BIAS-FREE CLASSROOMS
Required Major Coursework
Required courses for the speech-language pathology Major are:
SPED 1400INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION DISORDERS3
SPED 1500INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION3
SPED 4380ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY3
SPED 4420EARLY LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN3
SPED 4390HEARING SCIENCE3
SPED 4450PHONETICS3
SPED 4460LATER LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN3
SPED 3200WRITING FOR THE PROFESSION OF SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY3
SPED 4430ARTICULATION AND PHONOLOGICAL DISORDERS3
SPED 4750INTRODUCTION TO CHILDHOOD LANGUAGE DISORDERS3
SPED 4480RESEARCH METHODS IN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS3
SPED 4490INTRO TO PROFESSNL PRACTICES3
SPED 4500PRINCIPLES OF ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION3
SPED 4370BASIC AUDIOLOGY3
SPED 4330AURAL REHABILITATION3
SPED 4470NEUROPHYSIOLOGY OF SPEECH AND LANGUAGE3
Elective Coursework
There is a six to nine hour requirement for hours in related elective coursework. Any related elective coursework must have adviser approval. 16-9
Total Credits82-86
1

NOTE: One of these electives may include SPED 4510. 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.