Speech-Language Pathology

The School of Education offers three different programs for students interested in speech-language pathology: a minor, a Post Baccalaureate Certificate, and an affiliated Graduate Degree with East Carolina University. All courses are offered via distance delivery using Blackboard learning management system and Blackboard Collaborate interactive web conferencing. These programs will prepare professionals in related fields to better understand, teach, and/or interact with individuals with speech, language, and/or hearing impairment.

Program Information

Speech-Language Pathology Minor

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Program Overview 

The Minor in Speech-Language Pathology is 21 credits. The courses comprise most of the prerequisites required to apply to the affiliated distance graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders with East Carolina University. By working closely with advisors, candidates may be able to take the additional courses required for application to the graduate program. 

Special note: To apply to the affiliated graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders through East Carolina University candidates must also complete:

  • EDSL A410 Speech Science (offered fall only)
  • EDSL A411 Neurological Foundations of Speech & Language (offered spring only)

All courses are 3 credits. All courses are offered via distance delivery using Blackboard & Blackboard Collaborate interactive web conferencing.

Advising

Enrolled students can go to DegreeWorks to view degree progress 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For program advising, contact Peggy Spencer at 907-786-4712 or mspencer@alaska.edu.

Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology Certificate

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Program Overview

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology prepares professionals who already have baccalaureate degrees for application to graduate programs in speech-language pathology. A master's degree would prepare them to work with clients across the lifespan. The Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology consists of 24 credits. The courses comprise most of the prerequisites required to apply to the affiliated distance graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders with East Carolina University.

All courses are offered via distance delivery using Blackboard learning management system and Blackboard Collaborate interactive web conferencing.

Admission to the Affiliated Graduate Program with Eastern Carolina University

Admission is primarily based on GPA and GRE scores.

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a 3.2 for the prerequisite speech-language courses.
  • GRE scores greater than the 30th percentile minimum (each subset) and preferably greater than 50th percentile individually.

In addition to the prerequisite courses, students applying to any graduate program in speech-language pathology must also have:

  • A graduate or undergraduate statistics course
  • At least 6 credits in biological/physical sciences (preferably physics)
  • At least 6 credits in social/behavioral sciences

Advising

Enrolled students can go to DegreeWorks to view degree progress 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For program advising, contact Peggy Spencer at 907-786-4712 or mspencer@alaska.edu.

Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology Master's 

The UAA School of Education (SOE) has an affiliated graduate program in Communications Sciences and Disorders through East Carolina University (ECU).

SOE 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.
ECU has up to 10 spots in their M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders program for UAA students who complete the required prerequisites and meet ECU admission requirements

Prerequisite Courses at UAA

Are available as upper level undergraduate courses. These are courses required by ECU but also accepted by other graduate programs (check with programs to determine their specific requirements).

Are offered live via interactive web conferencing (attendance is mandatory).

Completion of the prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission to the graduate cohort.

If you are not a UAA undergraduate student, apply to UAA as a non-degree seeking student.

Resident/non-resident tuition rates apply.  Scholarships and financial aid are typically not available for non-degree seeking courses. 

Admission to the Alaska cohort of ECU's Communication Sciences & Disorders distance graduate program

  •  All application materials are due to ECU by January 1 prior to the fall semester of admission to the ECU graduate program .
  • 5 places are reserved for Alaskan candidates who meet the admission requirements. If additional seats are available, eligible Alaskan candidates may be admitted up to a limit of 10.  
  • Admission is primarily determined from GPA and GRE scores. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better overall and 3.2 for the prerequisite courses. GRE scores greater than the 30 percentile minimum (each sub-test) and preferably greater than 50th percentile individually.  Scores must be no more than 5 years old.

In addition to the prerequisite courses, students applying to any graduate program in speech-language pathology must also have:

  • A graduate or undergraduate statistics course 
  • At least 6 credits in biological/physical sciences (preferably physics)
  • At least 6 credits in social/behavioral sciences

If you are accepted to the Alaska Cohort

  • Completion of the graduate degree takes approximately 3-3.5 years. Your M.S. will be from East Carolina University (ECU).
  • You will take your academic graduate courses through ECU via distance delivery. Courses are asynchronous.  Distance education students view recordings of campus classes.

You will pay out-of-state tuition for the academic courses.  For scholarship and financial aid information for the ECU graduate courses please contact ECU directly.  

  • You will complete all clinical internships (12 credits total) through UAA at UAA tuition rates. Internships range from 7-12 weeks depending on the site and the needs of the student. The first clinical placement for all students is in the UAA Summer Speech-Language Clinic in Anchorage the summer following the first academic year of the graduate school. Our intent is to keep students in Alaska for all internship placements, however, due to limited sites, an out-of-state medical placement may be necessary during the 3rd year.  

Advising

Enrolled students can go to DegreeWorks to view degree progress 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For program advising, contact Peggy Spencer at 907-786-4712 or mspencer@alaska.edu.

 Speech-Language Pathology Faculty

Name Title Program/Department UA Email Address Phone Office
Ellen Brigham Term Assistant Professor Speech-Language Pathology  etbrigham@alaska.edu 907-786-4468 PSB 220D
Peggy Spencer Term Assistant Professor Speech-Language Pathology mspencer@alaska.edu 907-786-4712 PSB 220C