Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

All candidates for the Master's Degree will complete coursework and practicum obligations to fulfill the requirements for Kentucky State Licensure and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association's (ASHA) Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. 

Speech-Language Pathology Section Requirements

In order to graduate, students must choose to either complete and defend a research project (thesis) or successfully pass both a written and oral comprehensive examination.

Research Project (Thesis) Option

Students who choose to conduct a project should select a topic and a faculty advisor by the second semester of their enrollment in the program. The student will also select a committee chair from the section faculty and at least two other graduate faculty members; one must be from outside the Division of Communicative Disorders. Access to a research project manual outlining the process will be available during each student's enrollment in CMDS 600.

Written and Oral Comprehensive Examination Option

Students will take a comprehensive written and oral examination to test their abilities to integrate information across topic areas, to identify and solve clinical problems, to draw conclusions from clinical data, and to formulate appropriate strategies for patient care. The exam consists of an eight-hour written component and a forty-five minute oral component. The examination committee will be made up of either two faculty members, or one faculty member and an outside professional in speech-language pathology.

    ASHA (CFCC) Requirements

    To obtain certification of clinical competency, candidates must fulfill all ASHA requirements which mandate amount and type of academic coursework, supervised clinical observation and practicum hours, passing all knowledge and skills competencies, a national examination, and a clinical fellowship experience following the successful completion of the requirements.

    ASHA and CFCC also requires that students have completed one undergraduate course in each of the areas of biological sciences, physical sciences, math-based statistics, and behavioral/social sciences.

    Knowledge and Skills (KASA) Assessment

    By the time of graduation, students enrolled in the Section of Speech-Language Pathology are required to show competencies consistent with those of a beginning professional. Students' knowledge (coursework) and skills (practicum) competencies are entered/tracked via CALIPSO. Faculty members work with students in obtaining and documenting these competencies.

    State Licensure

    Each state determines its own requirements for licensure. Links to information about each state, its licensure requirements and speech-language associations are available on the ASHA website on their States Overview page. Students will fulfill the state licensure academic requirements upon graduation.