Elective Experiences

In order to ensure that all students achieve the knowledge and skills specified in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification standards for speech-language pathology, all students complete a required curriculum that covers these core standards. In addition, students choose from a variety of elective courses which provide them with options to explore topics of special interest or to broaden their expertise. In combination with selected clinical education experiences, a student may then decide to specialize in an area such as early intervention, bilingual speech and language development, or adult neurogenic disorders.

As examples, a student who is interested in early intervention can select the SPHS 806 course, Assessment and Intervention for Children birth – Five Years, and EDUC 664 Working with Families and Teams, and complete a clinical education experience at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. A student whose primary interest is medical speech-language pathology can select SPHS 752 Cognitive-Linguistic Disorders and SPHS 840 Aging and Communication and participate in a clinical experience at UNC Hospitals or another area major medical center. Students who are interested in populations across the lifespan may select a variety of elective courses and clinical experiences.

Students who are interested in bilingual speech and language development can complete a guided independent study in bilingual speech and language development and disorders, and a clinical experience under the supervision of a bilingual speech-language pathologist. They may participate in an alternative spring break service learning trip to Antigua, Guatemala. Students may also obtain a Certificate in Latin American Studies, which is available to all UNC graduate students who complete coursework and a research project with Latin American content. More information about the Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies is available at http://isa.unc.edu/academics/graduate/.