The Master’s Degree Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kentucky is designed so that students will be able to practice professionally as entry level speech-language pathologists upon completion of the program. Graduating students will be eligible to apply for the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association if all certification requirements are fulfilled satisfactorily. Students may also be eligible for Licensure in speech-language pathology in Kentucky and elsewhere in Speech Language Pathology.
Completion of a graduate degree in speech-language pathology is required for national certification and state licensure, as well as for teaching certification in most states. Most graduate programs require 1 1/2 to 2 years of full-time study to complete. Participation in UK’s graduate program, or any other program around the state or country, is very competitive. Most programs will require a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 to be considered for admission.
The Master of Science Degree Program for Speech Language Pathology in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kentucky is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
CAA is a semi-autonomous body within ASHA that is responsible for formulating standards for accreditation of entry-level professional preparation programs in speech-language pathology and audiology, evaluating programs, and granting accreditation to programs that have met the standards. There are six accreditation standards that must be met and a description of those standards is available here (http://caa.asha.org/wp-content/uploads/Accreditation-Standards-for-Graduate-Programs.pdf).