Speech-Language Pathology

The UAA College of Education (COE) has an affiliated speech language pathology master's program through East Carolina University (ECU).  COE provides preparatory course work by distance education to students who want to apply to ECU's graduate program. Graduates will become fully qualified speech-language pathologists.

UAA College of Education students who have an undergraduate degree in anything other than Speech-Language Pathology can take our leveling courses and meet prerequisite requirements with ECU.  ECU has reserved a limited number of spots in their M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders program for UAA students who complete the required prerequisites and meet admission requirements.  Completion of the leveling courses does not guarantee acceptance to ECU. For more information about the ECU graduate program visit their website.

An Alaskan Resident Advising Form is available for UAA Alaskan candidates who are interested in being included in the leveling courses.

Leveling Courses offered online by UAA:


Language Development

Articulation and Phonology (Phonetics is a prerequisite for this course ~ if students have not taken Phonetics at UAA they must provide a copy of an unofficial transcript as documentation of completion of this course elsewhere.  If students do not submit documentation an instructor initiated withdrawal will be initiated.)


Aural Rehabilitation

Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism


Students do not need to formally apply to a degree seeking program at UAA to take these leveling courses but will need apply as a non-degree seeking student.  This application is without charge and other documentation is not required.  Go to UAOnline to apply.  Students will receive a university username, password, login, and ID that are used throughout the University of Alaska system.  

For information about other Speech Language Pathology programs visit American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Course Offerings

UAA Speech-Language and Audiology Leveling Courses
Registration Information & Required Texts - SPRING 2013

(Course syllabi will be available the first day of class)

Spring Semester runs from January 14, 2013 - May 4, 2013
Open registration begins November 26, 2012
All posted class times are Alaska time which is 4 hours earlier than eastern time.  

EDSE A573X Language Development (Tuesday 4:30-7:00pm) CRN 31674
Owens, Robert E. (2012) Language Development: An Introduction (8th ed). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon ISBN-13:978020525560
Retherford, K. (2007). Guide to Analysis of Language Transcripts (3rd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-ed. ISBN-13:9781416404147 (with CD)

EDSE A573R Phonetics (Wednesday 4:30-7:00 p.m.)  CRN 31672
Small, Larry H. (2012). Fundamentals of phonetics: A practical guide for students (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon ISBN: 0132582104
Small, Larry H. (2012). Audio CDs for Fundamentals of phonetics: A practical guide for students (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon ISBN: 0132588619

Package of book and CDs  ISBN: 0132700646

EDSE A573Y Aural Rehabilitation (Monday 4:30-7:15 p.m.) CRN 31675
Tye-Murray, N. (2009). Foundations of Aural Rehabilitation: Children, adults, and their family members (3rd ed.). Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Learning, Inc.

EDSE A573U Audiology (Thursday 4:30-7:00 p.m.) CRN 31673
Martin, F. & Clark, J. (2009). An Introduction to Audiology (10th ed.). Boston, MA. Allyn & Bacon ** (includes Interactive CD) ISBN-13:9780205593118
Martin, F. & Clark, J. (2007). Elements of Audiology: A learning aid with case studies. New York, NY.  Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN-13:9780205486960


Alaska Graduate Cohort

Alaska candidates who are accepted into the Alaska cohort of the ECU distance master's degree program take graduate courses in Alaska through ECU and complete clinical practicum/internships in partnership with UAA.  The first internship occurs the summer following the first year of ECU graduate courses.

Before You Can Begin A Practicum/Internship

Candidates must submit a statement to the College of Education Office of Clinical Services and Certification as part of the application to the internship (EDSE A614S or EDSE A620S); unless you are currently certificated in Alaska. The statement must include:

  • setting out the history of any criminal convictions in Alaska and/or other states in which they have lived (juvenile crime records that have been sealed by the court need not be disclosed)
  • all names by which they have been known
  • all states in which they have lived
  • Candidates who are certificated teachers must submit a copy of a current Alaska Teacher Certificate prior to the internship.

Candidates who are not currently certificated in Alaska must receive authorization from State of Alaska Education and Early Development Department (EED) to participate in an internship.  Internship applicants must apply for EED 'student teacher' authorization as part of the internship application process.  This application process requires fingerprinting/criminal history background check, which must be initiated about 5 months prior to the first day of fieldwork.  If the background check is not initiated in time for the processing to occur before the first day of fieldwork, the Office of Clinical Services and Teacher Certification may deny the request for the internship.

Failure to comply with the criminal history background requirements, falsification of information, or evidence of a criminal conviction that would preclude State certification will result in denial of access to or removal from field placement settings and programs that lead to State certification. In addition, conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude may result in denial of access to or removal from field placement settings and programs that lead to State certification. Refer to the UAA College of Education Student Criminal History Background Check Policies and Procedures.

For more information contact:

Ellen Brigham  907-786-4468  etbrigham@uaa.alaska.edu