Undergraduate ProgramUndergraduate Program Mission
The Speech-Language Pathology Undergraduate Program at the University of Toledo is dedicated to the development of competent and caring entry-level speech-language pathologists by preparing undergraduate students for acceptance into an accredited graduate program. The program is committed to quality teaching enhanced by faculty research with an emphasis on evidenced-based practices in assessment and remediation of speech-language disorders in children and adults. Clinical observation and practicum are integral parts of the student’s development and such experiences are interspersed throughout the student’s education to provide opportunities to observe and apply learned approaches and techniques under supervision.
Students will be prepared to meet the undergraduate academic and clinical requirements for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence and to demonstrate knowledge and skills required of entry-level graduate students.About the Program
The University of Toledo began an undergraduate degree program in Speech-Language Pathology in 1969 with the first graduate level speech-language pathology curriculum offered in 1987. The program was accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1993 and was re-accredited in 1998 and 2006. Accreditation of the graduate program extends through 2014.
We offer both undergraduate and graduate programs in speech-language pathology. There are approximately 175-200 undergraduate majors with class sizes in speech-language pathology courses averaging 30 students per class; labs have smaller class sizes. UT is one of the few universities offering clinical practicum courses at the undergraduate level. Students general earn 25 practicum hours at the undergraduate level.
Employment in the Profession
Speech-language pathology employment opportunities have been excellent for graduates of the Master’s degree program. To our knowledge, all graduate students who have graduated from our master's program in good standing are employed in the field of speech-language pathology.
Employment opportunities for speech-language pathologists are in a variety of settings, both educational and medical, serving people of all ages. Speech-language pathology is continually listed as one of the top jobs in the “50 hottest jobs” by Money Manager and similar publications.
Graduates of the SLP Master’s program at The University of Toledo have accepted positions in the public schools, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, university and community clinics, and long term care facilities. Recent figures for starting salaries, which do not include benefits packages, are about $50,000.
Meeting the Requirements for Certification and Licensure
The undergraduate plan of study provides students the opportunity to meet the educational and clinical requirements necessary to enter graduate school and in accordance with the ASHA Certification of Clinical Competence (speech-language pathology) standards. To obtain an undergraduate degree in the Speech-Language Pathology program as recognized by the College of Health Sciences, a student must complete a minimum of 124 semester credit hours and meet the course work, practicum, and requirements for the degree. The Plan of Study is provided on the Advising page (see the Advising tab on the left for the link).
If a student obtains his/her undergraduate coursework from another institution, careful scheduling with the assigned graduate advisor will be necessary ensure that all educational and clinical certification requirements are met through experiences on the graduate level at The University of Toledo.
Upon completion of the Bachelor’s degree, students are eligible to apply to graduate programs at UT as well as other universities. The Master’s degree represents the academic requirement for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) which is granted by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Other requirements are listed in the ASHA Certification section.
The state of Ohio requires a license in speech-language pathology services within the state. The requirements for the Ohio state license are similar to those for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. The requirements in the state of Michigan are similar. Specific information about state licensure if provided in the Graduate Handbook.
The school speech-language pathology licensure is also recommended by the University but issued by the state of Ohio. This licensure is not needed in Michigan when the person is certified (CCC-SLP). To meet the coursework and practicum requirements to be eligible for employment in the public school system in Ohio, the student must meet the University requirements for an education focus in speech-language pathology. These requirements may include specific coursework in education as well as courses in disabilities studies, learning disabilities, and American Sign Language. In addition, extensive practicum experience in the public school setting is provided. A score of 600 is required on the PRAXIS examination.
Educational and Professional Requirements
All students must complete the University approved Core Curriculum. We recommend that students enroll in general education course work to meet the ASHA Certification requirements for science, mathematics, social science, and behavioral science. Course work should cover the life span and explore diversity issues.
Students must also obtain clinical practicum experience. Undergraduate students at The University of Toledo average 25 hours of practicum at degree completion. Graduate students typically obtain ~200 clock hours of supervised practicum before entering their extern experience to obtain further clinical practicum experience. Most will obtain more than 600 hours of clinical practicum before the end of the program.
The following criteria must be met before admission to clinical practicum/methods is granted:
Must have at least a sophomore standing (25-55 hours) with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 in the major.
Specific course requirements can be located in the Curriculum Check Sheet and the individual Plans of Study. These can be located on the Advising page (see Advising tab on the left for the link). Note that there is also a clinical component to the curriculum. You may also want to visit the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic Website to learn more about our clinic.
Following successful completion of the coursework and practicum experiences, students earn a Master’s degree. In addition, the students must also pass a national examination in speech-language pathology, and complete the Clinical Fellowship, which involves nine months of sponsored, full time employment, to receive the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).Undergraduate Course Descriptions are published in the University of Toledo catalog and may be found online at http://www.utoledo.edu/catalog/
The Undergraduate program is designed primarily to prepare students for graduate coursework in speech-language pathology or a related discipline. With that in mind, the program has established undergraduate program-level Student Learning Outcomes based upon the American Speech-Language Hearing Association 2014 Standards and Implementation Procedures for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. Students demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by earning a grade of “C” or better in the program-level required courses. For more information on the program-level required courses, click on the Advising Tab and view the Curriculum Check Sheet and the Plans of Study.Undergraduate Advising
All registered undergraduate students may see the College Advisor for general advising, transfers, and similar needs. You can make an appointment by calling Student Services at 419-530-2495.
All program specific advising should be directed to the SLP undergraduate advisors listed below.
If your last name begins with A-L, your advisor is:
Dr. Rodney Gabel
Office: HH 2024
If your last name begins with M-Z, your advisor is:
Dr. Stephanie Hughes
Office: HH 2020
Undergraduates with a Degree (UWD) in a different field
If you have questions about undergrad SLP leveling courses, the advisor who can help you is an undergraduate program advisor (see above for assignment by last name).
If you have questions about graduate admission, the program or coursework, you can contact Dr. Gabel or Dr. Hughes
(contact information provided below).
Graduate advisors are individually assigned. If you have general advising questions, please contact Dr. Lori Pakulski, Lori.Pakulski@utoledo.edu
The graduate advisors are:
Dr. Rodney Gabel