The following is presented as a model for progression through the Master of Science program. Individual plans for progression will be determined for each student in consultation with the student’s adviser and the Program Director.
The Speech-Language-Hearing Science Student Handbook contains program-specific guidelines and procedures for progression through the program and may be obtained from the Program Director.
The model curriculum contains a minimum of 48 credits, which includes clinical practicum requirements and successful completion of the Master’s Comprehensive Examination. Only six credits of clinical practicum can be counted toward the 48-credit minimum. Most SLHS students graduate with more credits to meet both ASHA Certification and Pennsylvania Teacher Certification Requirements.
Students must meet with their advisers each semester to discuss registration and to review their KASA. The KASA must be completed, approved, and signed by the Director of the Program to complete graduation requirements. When a graduate student enters his/her final semester of study, the student’s academic and clinical record is examined by the student’s adviser for compliance with La Salle University SLHS Program requirements and ASHA requirements. Typically, the capstone (SLHS 635) course is completed during the student’s final semester in the program. Part of the SLHS requirements for graduation includes taking the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology (NESPA) examination while enrolled in the capstone course (SLHS 635). Any deviation from this sequence must be approved by the Program Director.
Students are responsible for making sure that they follow ASHA guidelines for course selection. Selection of courses is made with an adviser and includes undergraduate transcript review. If students have deficiencies in undergraduate prerequisites, in accordance with ASHA guidelines,
these courses must be completed. Please note: Students must meet the 2005 ASHA Standards for Certification. Please contact the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at 800.498.2071 or www.asha.org/certification/slp_standards.htm for more information about certification standards. Graduate students who take longer than three years to finish the M.S. degree will be subject to meeting the curriculum requirements in place at the time of graduation.