The B.S. in Education with a major in Speech Pathology is a pre-professional program that provides students with a basic knowledge of human communication and communication disorders in preparation for graduate study in audiology and speech-language pathology. These professional courses focus on speech, and hearing anatomy and science, a wide spectrum of communication disorders, as well as the assessment and treatment of communication disorders.
For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.
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The content covered in the undergraduate in communication disorders and sciences includes
normal processes of speech and language development, normal anatomical and acoustic bases of
communication and hearing, and characteristics of a variety of communicative disorders. This
program is a pre-professional program and does not directly lead to certification to practice
Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Graduates from this major must complete graduate
study in these areas and fulfill the requirements put in place by the American Speech-Language
Hearing Association to obtain certification.
Method of Delivery
Most courses are delivered via a combination of face to face, hybrid (partially online), or fully
The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required: 123
This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.
This describes the general course work required for this program.
CEPD-4101 - Educational Psychology
An introduction to the psychological theories and principles applied to the classroom. The course will include aspects of learning, motivation, classroom management, and assessment. Emphasis will be placed on developmentally designed instruction for all students.
MEDT-3401 - Integrating Technology into the Curriculum
Hands-on technology integration techniques are provided, scaffolding from the student's basic computer skills to foster skills in five interrelated areas of instructional proficiency: (1) Georgia's Performance Standards for Curriculum, (2) integration of modern and emerging technologies into instructional practice, (3) classroom management in classrooms, computer labs and 21st century learning environments, (4) new designs for teaching and learning, and (5) enhanced pedagogical practices.
SLPA-3701 - Introduction to Communication Disorders
An introduction to the nature of communicative disorders, including speech, hearing and language disorders in children and adults. Methods of identification and remediation are explored. This course is structured to provide speech pathology majors with an overview of the profession of communicative disorders.
SLPA-3702 - Speech and Language Acquisition
An in depth study of speech and language acquisition and development in the normal child. This course covers the normal developmental stages for the acquisition of the content, form, and use of language.
SLPA-3703 - Phonetics
Applied phonetic analysis and transcription. Applications to the problems of speech improvement, speech disorders, and standard and non-standard English. This course is designed for speech-language pathology majors. Must be taken as a prerequisite to articulation and phonological courses in speech-language pathology program. This course requires student to become familiar and proficient with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as a means of speech and language change.
SLPA-3704 - Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
This course is a study of the anatomical structures and physiology of the speech, hearing, and neurological systems. Information related to respiration, phonation, resonation, articulation, neurology, and hearing in the normal child and adult is emphasized.
SLPA-3705 - Speech and Hearing Science
This course is a study of the science involved in the anatomical, physiological, and psychological processes of speech, language, and hearing in children and adults. The science involved in respiration, phonation, resonation, articulation, and hearing is emphasized through conceptual theory and objective measurement.
SLPA-3760 - Articulation and Phonological Disorders
A study of the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of articulation and phonological disorders. Students will become familiar with the traditional approaches to intervention. Students will also be required approaches to intervention. Students will also be required to administer and interpret results of various tests. In addition, students will be required to observe therapy procedures with speech impaired children and adults.
SLPA-3790 - Introduction to Clinical Practicum: Observation
This course provides a supervised clinical experience in which the student clinician observes and interacts with individuals having various speech, language, or hearing impairments under the supervision of a speech-language pathologist. This course is required as the initial field experience in speech-language pathology for SLP majors and is designed to introduce students to therapy and assessment procedures.
SLPA-4701 - Language Disorders in Children
A study of the characteristics, etiologies, diagnosis, interventions, and prevention of language disorders in children. This course is designed to cover characteristics of children with language disorders, causes and prevention of language disorders, and assessment and intervention strategies for working with to cover characteristics of children with language
SLPA-4703 - Introduction to Audiology
This course provides an introduction to the field of audiology. Basic auditory disorders, types of hearing loss, audiological assessment and interpretation, hearing loss definition and significance, and management of hearing loss are covered in children and adults.
SLPA-4704 - Introduction to Manual Communication
This is an introductory course in manual communication systems, including history and descriptions. Receptive and expressive skills for manual communication will be developed. This course is designed for communication will be developed. This course is designed for any student wishing to obtain basic skills and knowledge in Signing Exact English (SEE) for use in educational settings.
SLPA-4720 - Introduction to Assessment of Speech-Language Disorders
This course is designed for students to learn introductory diagnostic/assessment skills, including the use of formal and informal diagnostic instruments, to obtain assessment data within a specified range of communication disorders. The use of these data for making a differential diagnosis and for planning and implementing a therapy program is also addressed.
SLPA-4721 - Introduction to Neurological Communication Disorders
This course is a study of the primary neurological communication disorders in children and adults. Areas covered include characteristics, assessment, etiology, and treatment of communication disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems.
SLPA-4722 - Multicultural Perspectives in Communication Disorders
This course provides an overview of the role that cultural variables play on verbal and nonverbal communication. Students will develop a detailed understanding of their own culture and the characteristics of the four major cultural groups in the United States. Cultural, phonologic, and linguistic features that affect service delivery when working with clients from diverse backgrounds will be emphasized.
SLPA-4724 - Counseling Issues in Communication Disorders
This course introduces students to issues associated with counseling clients with speech-language pathology related disorders and their caregivers. Knowledge and practice in counseling strategy, process, skills and ethics will be emphasized.
SLPA-4784 - Professional Practices Seminar in Communication Disorders
This course introduces students to the process, practices, roles and ethical responsibilities of the speech-language pathologist.
SLPA-4785 - Special Topics in Speech-Language Pathology
This course offers students formal opportunities to increase professional knowledge and skills in speech-language pathology through readings and specific study in intervention techniques. Portions of the course may be delivered on-line. Students enrolled in this course may engage in opportunities designed to increase expertise in designated areas of the profession through guided professional support. Title and description of specific courses to be inserted at time of offering. May be repeated for credit. Requires permission of instructor.
SPED-3713 - Introduction to Special Education and Mild Disabilities
A study of the characteristics, nature and features of disabilities with emphasis on mild and moderate disabilities including etiology, definition, identification, age- and level-related characteristics, associated conditions, family/community issues, service needs and options, and resources. 'Best' teaching practices for this population will be examined. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in SPED 3713 or department approved alternative to meet the special education requirement of Georgia House Bill No. 671 and be recommended for educator certification in Georgia. The grade requirement of "B" or better is effective July 1, 2019, for courses completed on or after that date.
SPED-3714 - Behavior and Classroom Management
Theoretical formulations and practical applications of behavioral and instructional techniques, especially as they apply to classroom management and assisting students in developing pro-social behavior.
SPED-4710 - Ethics, Policies, and Procedures in Special Education
Coverage of ethical guidelines, policies and procedures pertinent to teachers providing special education services, including current laws, ethical standards, federal and state regulations, and individualized education programs. Must have completed all courses from Block II.
Program Specific Admittance Guidelines
Students who major in the B.S. Ed program in Speech-Language Pathology must seek advisement through the College of Education Advisement Center.
Admission Process Checklist
- Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
- Review important deadlines:
- Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
- Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
- Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
See program specific calendars here
- Complete online application
Undergraduate Admissions Guide
Undergraduate International Application
- Submit $30 non-refundable application fee
- Submit official documents
Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.
Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
- Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
- Check the status of your application
Advisement information: http://www.westga.edu/coeadvisement/
Specific dates for admissions (Undergraduates Only), go to: UWG Admission Deadlines
- Candidate demonstrates competence in ciritical thinking.
- Candidate demonstrates competence in oral and written communication.
- Candidate demonstrates understanding and application of basic knowlege within their selected discipline.