The course-based masters program of training in the Department of
Communication Sciences and Disorders (formerly known as the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology) commenced in the fall 1992-93 academic
year. It is designed to develop competencies in the prevention,
evaluation, treatment and management of articulation, language, fluency,
voice and resonance disorders as well as in the fundamental practices
of audiology, which is concerned with the identification, assessment,
and rehabilitation of individuals with hearing disorders. However, this
program does not qualify students to work as audiologists. The program
is designed to provide students with the academic and clinical education
required for SLP certification by provincial and national professional
associations. Graduates from the program will be expected to
demonstrate knowledge of learning principles; normal processes of
speech, hearing and language; factors and conditions which cause and
perpetuate disorders of speech, hearing, and language; and theoretical
and methodological issues in the rehabilitation of communicative
disorders in children and adults.
The course-based option is a 2-year continuous
program with a break in August between Year 1 and Year 2. There are both
day and evening courses scheduled in Year 1 and first term of Year 2.
The program integrates academic and clinical skills needed for practice
in speech-language pathology. It involves a required course of study
(51.5 credits), a minimum of 350 hours of clinical experience and a major scholarly project.
Length of Degree
The degree typically takes two years to complete. The first year goes from September to July and the second year goes from September to August.
Students taking the course-based option will
normally complete coursework during the two terms of the regular
academic session in the first year and the first term of the second
year. The University residency requirements will be satisfied by two,
four-month terms of full-time attendance during the regular session at
the University of Alberta. Students are required to take courses and
introductory practicum on-site during the first intersession of the
first year, May to July. They will take advanced practicum placements
from January to August of the second year.
The course-based option
spans two calendar years. The advanced practicum is usually completed
off-campus. Students usually need to re-locate for these
placements. Work on the scholarly project begins in the first year of study and is typically completed by June 30 of the second year.