Speech-Language Pathology, MS Ed

Master of Science in Education Degree in Speech-Language Pathology

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
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  • $750.00
  • $750.00

Program Overview

The online Speech-Language Pathology, MS Ed program is designed to prepare Speech-Language Pathologists for Nebraska teacher certification, state licensure, and certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Students of this program gain knowledge and skills to: 

  • Help individuals improve vocabulary and sentence structure used in oral and written language
  • Evaluate levels of speech, language, or swallowing difficulty
  • Create and carry out an individualized treatment plan that addresses specific functional needs

Through the program, students become equipped with the requisite knowledge, skills and technological proficiency to earn appropriate credentials, licenses and certifications to practice ethically and successfully as a speech-language pathologist. 

Students are prepared to work in a variety of settings including early intervention programs, public schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and federal and state institutions. This program also prepares students to apply for advanced degree programs in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, Speech and Hearing Sciences, and related areas. Additional professional opportunities include private practice, research, university teaching, and clinic supervision and administration.

Career Outlook:

Speech-language pathology is one of the fastest-rising professions nationwide. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics the demand for speech-language pathologists is projected to grow at a rate of 25%, much faster than the average for all occupations. Speech-language pathologists will be needed to treat the increased number of speech and language disorders in the older population.

This program prepares students for a number of career opportunities, including:

  • School-based clinician
  • Medically-based clinician
  • Private practice
  • Researcher
  • Clinic supervisor
  • Clinic administrator

Additional Information: Students must have completed an undergraduate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. If the degree was not comparable to that offered at the University of Nebraska at Kearney or if deficiencies exist, the student must take those undergraduate courses deemed necessary by the Communication Disorders faculty to make up the deficiencies. An applicant who has obtained a Bachelor's Degree in some other area will be required to take those undergraduate courses in Speech/Language Pathology and possibly in related areas necessary to complete the equivalent requirements for the undergraduate major. UNK offers online Speech-Language Pathology undergraduate coursework as a way for those who hold an undergraduate degree in a major other than Communication Disorders to meet the necessary prerequisites.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (or completion of SLP leveling program)

  2. 3.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the GRE

  4. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

    Personal statement

  6. 2 letters of recommendation

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  8. Video interview via YouTube

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions.
  2. Pay the $133 non-refundable application fee.

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Students will take 3 hours of electives.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TESE 892Augmentative Alternative Communication3
Prereq: TE 805P Provides an overview of alternative and augmentative communications devices and strategies. Discussion about AAC assessment, management, implementation, and evaluation of effectiveness will be discussed.
CDIS 830PPediatric Swallowing Disorders1
This course is designed to study the unique aspects of pediatric swallowing and feeding with regard to assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, and rehabilitation of children from birth to 21 years of age with dysphagia and/or related feeding disorders.
CDIS 851Phonological Disorders3
Nature, etiology, assessment and treatment of phonological disorders; comparison to articulation assessment and treatment; remediation approaches.
CDIS 852Reading & Writing Strategies for SLP: Serving Students with Language-Based Literacy Disorders3
This course explores theory and research concerning language and literacy development and disorders in children and adolescents. Topics will include home and school influences on literacy acquisition, roles and responsibilities of the speech-language pathologist in reading and writing assessment and intervention, and predictors of reading and writing acquisition and improvement.
CDIS 857Dysphagia2
Rehabilitation of individuals with eating and swallowing disorders. Basic science, evaluation, and treatment issues of dysphagia are explored with emphasis on management of adults in the context of the rehabilitation team in a medical setting. Adaptations and special needs of pediatric dysphagia are overviewed.
CDIS 861Practicum in Speech/Language Pathology2
Observation and participation in speech-language and hearing diagnostic evaluations, therapy procedures, client counseling, family advising, lesson plan preparation, report writing, and clinical file maintenance.
CDIS 862Practicum in Speech/Language Pathology2
Observation and participation in speech-language and hearing diagnostic evaluations, therapy procedures, client counseling, family advising, lesson plan preparation, report writing, and clinical file maintenance.
CDIS 863Practicum in Speech/Language Pathology2
Observation and participation in speech-language and hearing diagnostic evaluations, therapy procedures, client counseling, family advising, lesson plan preparation, report writing, and clinical file maintenance.
CDIS 864Practicum in Speech/Language Pathology2
Observation and participation in speech-language and hearing diagnostic evaluations, therapy procedures, client counseling, family advising, lesson plan preparation, report writing, and clinical file maintenance.
CDIS 865Voice and Resonance Disorders3
Symptomatology, etiology, assessment and remediation of functional and organic voice disorders; prevention issues. Classification of cleft lip and palate and related anomalies; medical approaches to cleft lip and palate; and assessment and intervention of communication disorders related to cleft lip and palate.
CDIS 868Motor Speech Disorders3
Nature, etiology, assessment, and treatment of motor speech disorders including dysarthria; acquired brain injury; verbal apraxia; and augmentative/alternative communication systems.
CDIS 869Clinical Competencies in Speech/Language Pathology3
This course provides instructional and application-based experiences in clinical evaluations, interventions, interactions, and the professional responsibilities of a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist. This is a concentrated, supervised experience in demonstrating clinical competencies with populations varying in age and communication disorder. Professional writing skills are addressed with opportunities to produce clinical documentation relevant for client assignments.
CDIS 876Cognitive Communication Disorders3
Rehabilitation of individuals recovering from traumatic brain injury or closely related disorders. Evaluation and treatment issues are explored with emphasis on management of adults in a medical setting. Pediatric TBI, school reentry integration models and rehabilitation needs are also addressed. Special needs of right hemisphere damaged patients and those with dementia will be discussed.
CDIS 881Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology3
Advanced study and research in topics of current concern and interest in Speech/Language Pathology.
CDIS 885PFluency Disorders3
Causes and treatment of fluency disorders; major theories of the nature of stuttering; the various treatment approaches; roles as clinicians.
CDIS 887Aphasia Rehabilitation3
Historical, theoretical and basic neuroscience foundations of the aphasias and related disorders such as the apraxias and the agnosias are studied. Clinical aphasiology, the theoretical bases, and alternative procedures employed in the assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, and rehabilitation of individuals with aphasia and related disorders is comprehensively addressed.
CDIS 894PInternship (Clinical)4
Supervised clinical practicum in identification, assessment, and treatment of communication disorders in a clinical facility.
Choose one of the following:0
CDIS 892P: Internship (Pediatric) | CDIS 893P: Internship (Schools)

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CDIS 818PDiagnostic Methods3
Diagnostic principles, procedures, and materials used in assessment of individuals with communication disorders.
CDIS 820Research in Communication Disorders3
This course is designed to help students of communication disorders become critical readers of research in the field and to demonstrate the relevance of basic and applied research for evaluation and therapy in speech-language pathology and audiology. The course will include research strategies and research design in communication disorders in addition to measurement issues and organization and analysis of data.
CDIS 828PAdvanced Audiology3
Review of the hearing mechanism and basic audiometric procedures. Training and experience in advanced audiometric techniques, including speech and immittance audiometry; masking; equipment care and calibration; referral procedures; report writing; and case history writing.
CDIS 832Independent Study in Audiology1 - 3
Independent research or special assignments in the area of audiology.
CDIS 870PProfessional Issues3
This course is designed to prepare students for employment as speech language pathologists. It provides information relative to professional, federal and state guidelines by which the practice of speech-language pathology is governed. Rights and responsibilities of speech-language pathologists are addressed. Information is given about various work settings including public schools, hospitals and other clinical facilities.
CDIS 879PAging and Cognition3
Aging and Cognition is a multidisciplinary course that can interest/benefit/address students in different undergraduate or graduate programs including communication disorders, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, nursing, family studies, kinesiology, sociology, social work, and education. Cognitive change as a normal process of aging as well as pathological aging including neurodegenerative diseases such as different types of dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease will be discussed. The concept of cognitive reserve will be elaborated and the factors that contribute to building a better reserve for healthy aging and prevention of neurodegenerative diseases will be studied.
CDIS 886Infant-Preschool Assessment and Intervention3
This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop a knowledge base and applied skills in a model of collaborative team assessment to be used with children and families in the birth to five age range.
CDIS 895Independent Study in Speech-Language Pathology1 - 3
Independent research or special assignment in the field of Speech/ Language Pathology.
CDIS 899PSpecial Topics in Speech-Language Pathology1 - 6
This course is designed to enable the administrators and teachers of Communication Disorders to become knowledgeable about recent trends, issues or other concerns in the field.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJan 15