Part 1. UMD HESP Course Requirements:

For SPLA (effective Fall 2018 incoming class):

  • 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 ♦
  • Bases of Hearing Science (UMD equivalent: 407) ♦ Core Content ♦ (NOTE: BASES OF HEARING SCIENCE IS NOT REQUIRED EFFECTIVE JAN 2019 APPLICATION CYCLE)
  • 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 semester, 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 2014 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. 

Physics or Chemistry

Human Biology

Advanced Statistics

Social/Behavioral Science

ASHA Standards (2014) IV-A

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

Implementation: 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). Acceptable courses in physical sciences should include 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. Research methodology courses in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) may not be used to satisfy the statistics requirement. A course in biological and physical sciences specifically related to CSD may not be applied for certification purposes to this category unless the course fulfills a university requirement in one of these areas. 


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