The Clinical Education Program is a critical part of your graduate program. Students in the two-year program, assuming readiness, register for two credits of clinical practicum in the first fall semester, and 3 credits for the subsequent spring, summer, and fall semesters. Levelers (three-year students) begin their clinical training following completion of prerequisites and the initial summer intensive session required of all MA-SLP students. Clinical practicum experiences during these semesters are completed primarily at the University of Colorado Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic, housed in our building with supervision and mentorship by clinical faculty in their areas of expertise. Supplemental supervised short-term off-site experiences in the Boulder/Denver metro area may also be available.

The master’s degree work will culminate in at least one (if thesis plan) or two (if non-thesis plan) full-time internships in off-campus professional settings during the spring semester of year 2. For the spring full-time internships, students register for two 7-credit internships. Due to the length of time required by internship sites and certification standards, students typically finish the second internship in the summer and receive their degree in August. Students will be invited to attend spring commencement and students will not need to enroll in the final summer term). 

Upon completion of internships, you can expect to exceed the minimum requirements for clinical contact hours (400 hours) specified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association for its Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).