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Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete 102 credit hours (or 106 if the thesis option is chosen). The curriculum covers 6 major areas: core courses (12 credit hours), research courses (9 credit hours), child/adolescent courses (20 credit hours), adult courses (16 credit hours), other disorder courses (14 credit hours) and clinical education (35 credit hours).

Clinical Curriculum. Students will complete at least 400 hours of supervised clinical experience. Students will engage in 4 quarters of clinical practica at the DePaul University Clinic on the Lincoln Park Campus and two quarters of externship placements. The DePaul Speech and Language Clinic accepts clients from the community ranging in age from young children through adults and with a variety of communication and swallowing disorders to provide SLP students with a breath of clinical experiences.


Degree Requirements

Core Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
SLP 400INTERPROFESIONAL EDUCATION2
SLP 401NEUROGENIC BASIS OF COMMUNICATION DISORDERS4
SLP 402CULTURAL AND LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY IN SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT AND DISORDERS3
SLP 403PROFESSIONAL ISSUES AND ETHICS IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY3

Research Courses 

Course Title Quarter Hours
SLP 410RESEARCH METHODS3
SLP 411TOPICS IN RESEARCH FOR SLPS: EBP2
SLP 412THESIS1-4
Course Title Quarter Hours
Child/Adolescent Courses
SLP 420SPEECH SOUND DISORDERS4
SLP 421LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD4
SLP 422LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN SCHOOL-AGE POPULATIONS4
SLP 423AUTISM & OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS4
SLP 424LANGUAGE, LITERACY & LEARNING4
Adult Courses
SLP 430APHASIA4
SLP 431DYSPHAGIA4
SLP 432ACQUIRED NEUROLINGUISTIC AND NEUROCOGNITIVE DISORDERS4
SLP 433MOTOR SPEECH DISORDER4
Other Disorders
SLP 440VOICE AND RESONANCE DISORDERS4
SLP 441FLUENCY DISORDERS4
SLP 442AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN3
SLP 450SPECIAL TOPICS3-9

Clinical Education

Course Title Quarter Hours
SLP 480CLINICAL METHODS IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY3
SLP 481CLINICAL PRACTICUM I4
SLP 482CLINICAL PRACTICUM II4
SLP 483CLINICAL PRACTICUM III4
SLP 484CLINICAL PRACTICUM IV4
SLP 485EXTERNSHIP: SCHOOL PRACTICUM8
SLP 486EXTERNSHIP: MEDICAL PRACTICUM8

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