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Part 1. UMD HESP Course Requirements:


  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech & Hearing.  These may be taken as two separate courses, one for each speech and hearing, or as a combined course. 
  • Neurobiology for Speech and Hearing. This may be taken as a stand alone course, or could be a combined course with other content, as long as at least a third of the semester covers neuroanatomy. (UMD equivalent: HESP 313 or 422)  ♦ Core Content ♦  
  • Speech and Language Development in Children (UMD equivalent: HESP 400) ♦ Core Content ♦
  • Phonetic Transcription or Introduction to Phonetic Science (UMD equivalent: HESP 303 and 403) ♦ Core Content ♦
  • Introduction to Audiology (UMD equivalent: HESP 411) ♦ Core Content ♦
  • Aural Rehabilitation (UMD equivalent: HESP 413) ♦ Core Content ♦
  • Principles and Methods in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology* (UMD equivalent: HESP 417) ♦ Core Content ♦

*The content of this section of the course covers the principles and methods used in the assessment and treatment of communication disorders in children and adults.  Units include: programming of therapy; behavior modification and management; teaching strategies; data collection and analysis; session design; assessment; counseling. Exams and writing assignments require students to develop treatment plans and behavioral objectives based on baseline data; interpret and analyze assessment findings; discuss issues in culturally/linguistically diverse populations when treating and counseling for communication disorders. Students will have opportunities to observe, discuss and evaluate videotaped speech-language therapy sessions to support their learning of clinical principles and methods.




Hearing and Speech in the Evening Program (HESPIE)

The Department of Hearing and Speech Science is offering a new program designed to provide post-baccalaureate students with the necessary prerequisite coursework to apply for graduate work in speech-language pathology or audiology. HESPIE offers courses at convenient evening times that meet face-to-face in campus classrooms during the University's fall, spring, and summer semesters, accommodating workforce schedules. The program includes eight courses two offered each semester with class meeting times of one evening per week. All courses are offered at in-state undergraduate rates to all students admitted into the program. Find out more about taking pre-requisite coursework here


Part 2. ASHA Requirements (see 2020 ASHA Standard below):

Please note that ASHA requirements must be completed prior to the completion of your graduate coursework and prior to initiation of your clinical fellowship experience. Not doing so may risk rejection of your ASHA certification application. 

  • Advanced Statistics
  • Human or Animal Biology
  • Physics or Chemistry
  • Social/Behavioral Science
ASHA Standards (2020) IV-A

The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of statistics as well as the biological, physical, and social/behavioral sciences.

Implementation: Coursework in statistics as well as in biological, physical, and social/behavioral sciences that is specifically related to communication sciences and disorders (CSD) may not be applied for certification purposes to this category unless the course fulfills a general university requirement in the statistics, biology, physical science, or chemistry areas.

Acceptable courses in biological sciences should emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science). Chemistry and physics are important for the foundational understanding of the profession of speech-language pathology. For all applicants who apply beginning January 1, 2020, courses that meet the physical science requirement must be in physics or chemistry. Program directors must evaluate the course descriptions or syllabi of any courses completed prior to students entering their programs to determine if the content provides foundational knowledge in physics or chemistry. Acceptable courses in social/behavioral sciences should include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health. A stand-alone course in statistics is required. Coursework in research methodology in the absence of basic statistics cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.


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