New! Online | Part-Time | Three Years | Three Short Campus Visits
Choosing the right graduate program is an important step in preparing for a career in speech-language pathology. Our residential program is long-standing and our graduates are very successful, but we know that many of you have life situations that prevent you from moving to a campus to study full-time. That's why we developed this new part-time online program with the same rigorous curriculum as our residential program, and taught by the same UW-Eau Claire faculty who teach the residential courses. It's our same high-quality education, just a more flexible schedule.
I hope you'll review the information we've provided here. If you have questions, you can reach us by email or call 715-836-4021.
Marie Stadler, Ph.D. CCC-SLP
CSD Department Chair
The program begins June, 2014. Apply by November 1, 2013.
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Successful completion culminates in a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Our curriculum prepares students to meet academic and practicum requirements for national certification and state licenses (See Credentialing and Licensing Information).
Graduate Program Accreditation
- Full accreditation from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) is in progress
- Expectations for professional eligibility for state regulation and licensing for all 50 states
All coursework is completed online over a three-year period, with measurement of competencies taking place on campus in Eau Claire during two summer residency sessions, each one week in length. You will begin the program the first week of June for your first residency session. Your second residency will take place during July of your second year (See Program Residency Requirements). You are also required to come to campus 2-3 days before May graduation of the third year to complete program/certification requirements.
This is a part-time graduate program and all students are expected to register for 2-6 credits each term. Students earn a total of 54 graduate credits: 36 credits of coursework (See Academic Requirements) and 18 credits of clinical practicum (See Clinical Requirements).Students are admitted as a cohort and must move through the program together (See Program Overview Chart). Some students may need to add other credits in order to meet credential and/or licensure standards. These additional courses may include biology, chemistry or physics, child/human development, statistics, neurology, sign language, assessment and treatment for voice, articulation/phonology, language, fluency, and hearing disorders, and guided clinical observation (during which you earn 25 observation hours). Students with such deficiencies may apply to the graduate program, but must understand that additional coursework will be required before beginning the program or during the course of the program. You must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to remain in good standing. All students must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination prior to graduation.
Minimum Criteria(Note: Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission as enrollment is limited)
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university. A minimum of 30 earned semester credits in CSD coursework prior to matriculation into the graduate program (See Post Baccalaureate Sequence).
- A cumulative overall GPA of 2.75 in all college level coursework and a GPA of 3.0 in CSD coursework.
- A grade of B or above in any graded CSD practicum experience.
- Priority deadline for submission of all required application materials is November 1. Late applications will be considered if openings occur.
- University application with official transcripts from each institution that granted credit applied toward completion of your bachelors (or any higher degrees) and from any institution from which you have completed coursework necessary for licensure or certification as an SLP. Apply here.
- Departmental application with letter of intent (See CSD Application).
- Three letters of recommendation (See Letters of Recommendation form).
- GRE scores (have sent to UW-Eau Claire using the code 1913).
All of the application materials listed above must be received by November 1 (See Admission Checklist). The faculty reviews the applicants and a subset of students will be invited to participate in a distance-format interview. After you have started or completed the application process as directed, click HERE to check on the status of your application. (For the full instructions for checking on an application, click HERE.)
International Student Applications/EnglishProficiency Requirements
This program does not meet the regulatory requirement for issuance of an I-20 or DS-2019; F and J visas cannot be issued for this program.
- Tuition and fees for the first year are estimated at $625 per credit, pending Board of Regents approval. This may increase as much as 5% per year. The UW System Board of Regents sets tuition rates each summer for the following year.
- Required textbooks and other required course materials/supplies (varies from course-to-course).
- Registration with the program's CALIPSO management system ($85 one-time fee, paid by each student directly).
- Travel to and from Eau Claire for the required residency periods.
- Liaison supervision costs, when applicable (will vary from site-to-site).
- Payment for annual criminal background checks (covered through course fees).
- Immunization or TB testing costs if applicable.
- Technology required (See Technology Requirements).
- The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers financial assistance to graduate students. Part-time graduate students are typically eligible for loans only.
- The "Financial Aid Year" consists of terms Fall/Spring/Summer. If you are accepted to the program and plan to apply for financial assistance, you will need to have filed a FAFSA for both the summer of the academic year you begin the program plus the following year. For example, students admitted for Summer 2014 will need to have filed a FAFSA for the academic year 2013-14 (to be eligible for Summer 2014 aid) plus a FAFSA for the following 2014-15 academic year (to be eligible for Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and/or Summer 2015).
- Once admitted into the graduate program, financial aid will apply to graduate-level classes only; costs for any remaining pre-requisite classes taken at the undergraduate level will not be included in the financial aid award.
- Admitted students are advised to contact the Office of Financial Aid, firstname.lastname@example.org (recommended), or call 715-836-3373, regarding potential adjustments for travel expenses and Winterim classes.
Questions about our online graduate program? Call 715-836-4021 or email CSD Online Graduate Coordinator.