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Online Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology 

Online | Part-Time | Three Years | Three Short Campus Visits


We cannot admit students from Iowa, Kansas, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oregon and Washington to our online program at this time.

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 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. Our most recent applicant information includes:

  • Number of completed applications received –204
  • Average overall GPA of admitted students –3.40
  • Average major (CSD courses) GPA of admitted students –3.88
  • Average GRE verbal score of admitted students –153
  • Average GRE quantitative score of admitted students –145
  • Average GRE writing score of admitted students –3.9

The next cohort begins June, 2016. The application for the 2016 cohort will open September 17 and all materials are due by November 1. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


How Do I Apply?

  1. Complete the University application at https://apply.wisconsin.edu and pay the $56 fee before November 1. Do not send any application materials to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire or the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

  2. Complete all other application steps through the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Services (CSDCAS) at https://portal.csdcas.org beginning September 17. The deadline for receipt of all materials is November 1. Contact CSDCAS customer service with questions and problems: 617-612-2030 or csdcasinfo@csdcas.org
    • Follow instructions on the CSDCAS site for submission of three (3) letters of recommendation. At least two must come from CSD instructors or supervisors.

    • Follow instructions on the CSDCAS site for submission of your personal essay. You will be asked to address all of the following prompts:
        • What aspect of the profession most interests you and why?
        • What makes you a good match for OUR program?
        • Describe a challenging collaborative experience you have had and how you worked through it.

    • In addition to entering all completed coursework from your transcripts, we require that applicants submit any planned or in-progress coursework so we can help you plan your graduate program: Planned & In-Progress Coursework

    • Send your GRE scores to CSDCAS with our code: 1743. GRE must have been taken within the past five (5) years.

    • Send all official transcripts to CSDCAS:

      CSDCAS Verification Department

      P.O. Box 9113
      Watertown, MA 02471

3. You may find this Application Checklist useful in tracking your application progress.


Can International Students Apply?

No, 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.

What are the Minimum Criteria for Application?

(Note: Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission. Admission is competitive and the size of the cohort is limited to 20 per year.)

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university.
  • A minimum of 30 earned semester credits in CSD coursework by the end of May (See Post Baccalaureate Sequence).
    • The 30 minimum credits must include college-level courses in each of the following five areas:
      • Anatomy &Physiology of Speech and Hearing
      • Speech &Hearing Science
      • Normal Communication/Language Development
      • Phonetics
      • Audiology

    • The 30 minimum credits must also include college-level coursework appropriate for certification as a speech-language pathologist* (i.e., not coursework specifically for SLPA preparation) in at least three of the following five categories of disorders:
      • Phonology/Articulation
      • Child Language
      • Voice &Resonance
      • Fluency/Stuttering
      • Aural Rehabilitation
        * Appropriate disorders courses cover content in both assessment and intervention

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 from each post-secondary degree earned.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in CSD coursework.
  • A grade of B or better in any graded CSD practicum experience.

What will this Program Prepare Me for?

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 by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and state licenses to work in public schools, as well as non-school and medical settings (See Credentialing and Licensing Information).

Is this Program Accredited?

Yes, we are fully accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)

What are the Academic and Clinical Requirements?

All coursework is completed online over a three-year period, with measurement of competencies taking place on campus in Eau Claire during three residency sessions, each one week in length. You will begin the program in residency on our campus one full week of June, 2016. Your second and third residency weeks will be scheduled in 2017 and 2018, respectively. (See Program Residency Requirements). You are also encouraged to come to campus 2-3 days before the May commencement ceremony at the end 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 human or animal biology, chemistry or physics, child/human development, statistics, neurology, sign language, assessment and treatment for voice, articulation/phonology, child language, fluency, hearing disorders (aural rehabilitation), 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.

What Does the Program Cost?

  • 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).

Is Financial Aid Available?

  • 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 2016 will need to have filed a FAFSA for the academic year 2015-16 (to be eligible for Summer 2016 aid) plus a FAFSA for the following 2016-17 academic year (to be eligible for Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and/or Summer 2017).
  • 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, finaid@uwec.edu (recommended), or call 715-836-3373, regarding potential adjustments for travel expenses and Winterim classes.

What if I am Reapplying to the Online Graduate Program?

For applicants reapplying to our online graduate program:

Submit a new University application at https://apply.wisconsin.edu.You will not have to pay another application fee if you are re-applying within two years (four full semesters) of your initial application to our graduate program.

Complete an application through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Services (CSDCAS) at https://portal.csdcas.org beginning September 17. The deadline for receipt of all materials is November 1, 2015. It is your responsibility to meet the deadline requirements. Contact CSDCAS customer service with questions and problems: 617-612-2030 or csdcasinfo@csdcas.org

    1. Follow instructions on the CSDCAS site for submission of three (3) letters of recommendation. At least two must come from CSD instructors or supervisors. Previously submitted letters of recommendation will not be transferred to your CSDCAS application.
    2. Follow instructions on the CSDCAS site for submission of a personal essay. You will be asked to address specific prompts. Your previously submitted personal essay will not be transferred to your CSDCAS application.
    3. Send your GRE scores to CSDCAS with our code: 1743. The GRE must have been taken within the past five (5) years. Your previously submitted GRE scores will not be transferred to your CSDCAS application.
    4. In addition to entering all completed coursework from your transcripts, we require that applicants submit any planned or in-progress coursework, so we can help you plan your graduate program: Planned & In-Progress Coursework
    5. Send all official transcripts to CSDCAS: CSDCAS Verification Department; PO Box 9113; Watertown, MA 02471.
Your previously submitted official transcripts will not be transferred to your CSDCAS application.

 

Who Do I Contact With Questions about the Online Graduate Program?

Email CSD Online Graduate Coordinator or call Julie Aminpour at 715-836-4021 or Marie Stadler at 715-836-4861 with questions about the university or graduate program.