Feb 20, 2020
A major in speech pathology and audiology consists of a minimum of 39 hours in speech pathology and audiology (SPPA) courses, a minimum of 27 credits of required non-departmental courses and an academic minor.
Required Non-Departmental Courses
The minimum requirements below specify college-level coursework (i.e., not AP or CLEP credit)
Social/Behavioral Sciences minimum requirement
- PSY 1000 - General Psychology Credits: 3 hours
- and at least one additional course in social/behavioral sciences: psychology, sociology, anthropology or public health (Credits: 3 hours minimum)
Biological Sciences minimum requirement
Physical Sciences minimum requirement
Statistics minimum requirement
Language minimum requirement
Education/Special Education/Literacy Studies minimum requirement
- at least one course in education, special education and/or literacy Credits: 3 hours
Required Departmental Courses (minimum 39 hours)
Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement
Students who have chosen the Speech Pathology and Audiology major will satisfy the Baccalaureate-Level Writing requirement by successfully completing:
Examples of Academic Minors
American Sign Language Studies
Global and International Studies
Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness
Continuance Policies for the undergraduate major in Speech Pathology and Audiology
- A student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 in the University to remain in the Speech Pathology and Audiology undergraduate program. If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.8, the student will be placed on Departmental Probation and will have one semester to raise the cumulative GPA to at least 2.8.
If after a semester of Departmental Probation, a student restores the cumulative GPA to at least 2.8, the student will continue to progress in the undergraduate major. If, after a semester of Departmental Probation, a student fails to achieve at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA, the student will be dismissed from the undergraduate program.
- Students in the major must receive a grade of “C” or higher in each required Speech Pathology and Audiology course. Students in the major may repeat one required Speech Pathology and Audiology course one time to raise a grade. No more than two registrations for the same SPPA course will be permitted. If a grade lower than “C” is earned upon repeating the course, the student will be dismissed from the undergraduate program in Speech Pathology and Audiology.
- Transfer courses must be reviewed and approved for transfer by a department advisor. A grade of “C” or better must be earned for a course to transfer.
- A student must maintain professional behavior as determined by the Code of Ethics of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (www.asha.org/Code-of-Ethics) and the WMU Student Conduct Code (www.wmich.edu/conduct/code). Violations of these standards shall be cause for sanctions including dismissal from the program.
- A student who fails to meet any of the above criteria will be notified of this in writing by the Speech Pathology and Audiology undergraduate program coordinator.
Honors in Speech Pathology and Audiology
Students admitted to the undergraduate major who are members of the Lee Honors College and/or who meet the academic requirements listed below are eligible to join the Departmental Honors Program for undergraduate majors in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. The academic requirements include 1) completion of a minimum of 40 semester hours, and 2) a minimum university GPA of 3.5. Further information and specific requirements of the departmental honors program are available through the departmental undergraduate advisor.
Licensure and Certification
Completion of the curricular requirements, together with the completion of a master’s degree program in speech pathology or doctoral program in audiology, typically satisfies all academic and practicum requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for a Certificate of Clinical Competence in the emphasis area (speech-language pathology or audiology). In addition, as individuals, states regulate the practice of speech-language pathology and audiology, and students must consult with the state’s regulatory boards and department of education for licensure requirements.