The department offers programs of study in speech, language, and hearing sciences. This includes clinical education in speech-language pathology (M.A.-SLP) and audiology (Au.D.). There are also opportunities related to neuroscience and cognitive science. As professionals and behavioral scientists, students study the receptive and productive aspects of normal and pathological communication. Our clinical education programs in speech-language pathology and audiology lead to professional credentials including the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Colorado State Licensure, and Colorado Department of Education licensure to work in the public schools.  Students have access to a wide range of clinical education opportunities in schools, hospitals, and clinics throughout the metro Boulder and Denver area.

COVID-19 Resources

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the Graduate School has made adjustments to many academic policies such as P/F grading, academic standing, leave of absence, time to degree, etc. Please be sure you review the policies posted on the Graduate School’s website and familiarize yourself with these updates and changes. If you have further questions about these issues or issues regarding how they may impact certification and/or licensing through ASHA, CDE, DORA, etc. you are encouraged to contact your program advisor. In addition, please review the email sent to you by the Department Chair Dr. Damico, on April 24, re: The new Pass/Fail usages this semester, which reviews these issues and policies.

Professional Licensing 

Degree programs in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) and Audiology are designed to provide a theoretically and clinically rich learning experience for students planning to work as audiologists or speech-language pathologists in medical, educational, and private practice settings.  States have varied requirements for practitioners of speech-language pathology and audiology (e.g. additional externship hours, earning the Certificate of Clinical Competence, etc.) and students are reminded to contact the applicable licensing board in the state where they are planning on looking for employment. Find more information about licensing and requirements by visiting the Professional Licensure Programs & Degrees website.

Graduate Student Handbooks

Woman testing hearingGraduate Student Handbook (revised 8/2022)
Graduate Student Handbook (revised 8/2021)
Graduate Student Handbook (revised 8/2020)
Graduate Student Handbook (revised 8/2019)
Graduate Student Handbook (revised 8/2018)​
Graduate Student Handbook (revised 8/2017)
Graduate Student Handbook (revised 8/2016)
Graduate Student Handbook (revised 8/2015)

Students who entered the program in fall 2016 must abide by the rules in the 2016 handbook.  Students who entered before fall 2016, have the choice of going by either the previous version or the 2016 revised version.

Students training in Speech Pathology