Most graduate programs in Georgia that prepare students for careers as speech language pathologists are called communication sciences and disorders programs. These programs are most commonly available at the master's level and require hundreds of hours of clinical experience. Compare and contrast some of the different program options and their graduation requirements.
Georgia Schools with Graduate Programs in Speech Language Pathology
University of West Georgia
The University of West Georgia in Carrollton offers a Master of Education (MEd) in Speech Language Pathology. The program usually admits 20 to 25 students each fall, offers some courses online or in a hybrid format and can be completed in 6 semesters. Students must complete a minimum of 59 credits and students receive hands-on training through clinical practicum and internship experiences. Some of these clinical experiences take place on-campus at the Comprehensive Community Clinic, while others occur off-campus in a variety of clinical settings, such as schools, hospitals, research laboratories and clinics.
University of Georgia
The University of Georgia in Athens has an MEd and a Master of Arts (MA) in Communication Sciences and Disorders, which both prepare students for careers as speech language pathologists. The MEd is a non-thesis program, while the MA program requires a master's thesis. Both programs require a practicum experience that totals at least 403 hours. Each program is only offered on-campus in a full-time format and both provide opportunities for community outreach.
Georgia State University
Atlanta's Georgia State University provides a full-time Master of Science (MS) in Communication Sciences and Disorders program. Students who hold a bachelor's degree in the field can complete the program in 6 semesters, while those who do not can complete it in 9 semesters. The program requires an on-campus practicum at the Georgia State Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and off-campus internships for clinical experience. The program follows a cohort model and usually only accepts 30 to 32 students each fall.
Georgia Southern University
At their Armstrong campus in Savannah, Georgia Southern University has an MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders program that totals 54 semester hours. The program requires clinical practicum experiences that must total at least 400 hours to meet the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requirements. Students also receive training in the ethics pertaining to the field and current computer software and programs that are used. Other course topics include speech disorders, aural rehabilitation, research methods and language disorders.
Valdosta State University
Valdosta State University in Valdosta offers an MEd in Communication Disorders and a Doctor of Speech Language Pathology. The MEd program requires a comprehensive exam and hands-on practicum experiences, as well as for the students to take the Praxis II Speech Language Pathology Exam before they graduate. The doctoral program requires a dissertation and focuses on the social and cultural aspects of the field. The doctoral program is designed for current practitioners in the field.
Common Entrance Requirements
Admission requirements for graduate programs in speech language pathology in the state of Georgia vary by school and program, but they generally require a minimum GPA of around 3.0. It is also common for these programs to require specific GRE scores and the GACE Program Admission Assessment, unless a student meets specific SAT, ACT or GRE scores and then the GACE assessment is not necessary. Some programs require applicants to hold a bachelor's in communication sciences and disorders and/or to have prior coursework in areas such as statistics, biology, the social sciences and other physical sciences. Most programs ask applicants to submit their official transcripts, test scores, letters of reference and a goal or personal statement and some programs may also ask for a resume and/or require an interview process.
Georgia has several schools that offer a range of master's degree and/or doctoral degree programs in speech language pathology or communication sciences and disorders. These programs typically require hands-on clinical experiences for graduation and may only accept a specific number of students each year.