Prepare for a career as a speech-language pathologist in a school, hospital, private practice, outpatient, or other clinical setting. The MA in Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders provides you with knowledge and skills in prevention, assessment, intervention, and mentored research. MA students also complete a master's thesis. The program is a pathway for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
The master of education and the master of arts programs in speech-language pathology at The University of Georgia are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The programs are also approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) as advanced preparation programs leading to a Georgia teaching certificate.
Our program trains you to be an evidence-based, client-centered, outcomes-focused speech-language pathologist. The program integrates coursework, on-campus clinical practicum, and off-campus "mini-internship" options. Your experience culminates with two full-time internship placements: one in a medical setting and one in a public school. As an MA student, you will also conduct original research for a master's thesis.
The MA in Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders includes coursework across the lifespan in:
Your clinical practicum will require a minimum of 403 hours total, including 25 hours of observation plus 378 hours of supervised clinical practicum, for graduation. This exceeds the ASHA requirement of 400 clock hours. You may be required to take college-level courses in addition to the required graduate courses to satisfy state and ASHA standards. We strongly encourage you to complete these courses prior to beginning graduate school.
The program begins in July during the "Short Session II." You will complete prerequisite courses by the end of the fall semester and continue in class-based instruction curriculum through the spring. You typically graduate in May of your second year in the program.
Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.
Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.
Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.
As a student, you will participate in a cohort model that connects you with the same group of students as you progress together through the program. This model, along with our ideal class sizes, allows you to build a network of colleagues and to acquire skills and relationships that will support your career.
This is a full-time, on-campus program that engages you in classwork or in a clinical setting with a variety of clients. As an MA student, you will work closely with other graduate students and your thesis advisor.
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