The UCO Speech-Language Pathology program was established in 1964. In 1978, the program implemented the Master degree program. The graduate program achieved national accreditation by the Council for Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1993. The program was located in Old North until 2001 and moved into new faculty offices and clinical spaces in 2005.

The UCO program is committed to giving students a broad knowledge base and balanced experiences with a variety of clients and patients to prepare them for any employment setting they might choose during their careers. The undergraduate pre-professional program consists of the General Education component, several Professional Teacher Education courses, major courses in Speech-Language Pathology, and Related Electives drawn from areas such as Special Education, Early Childhood, Family Relations, Child Development, and Psychology.

The graduate degree component is designed to complement the undergraduate component and to complete the requirements for state and national level credentials. Graduate courses are generally available in the daytime, late afternoon, evening and in summer sessions. This allows for maximum flexibility for clinical practicum experiences. In addition to the preparatory coursework, clinical practicum at UCO includes a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised experience working with preschool children, school-age children, and adults. In addition to on-campus practicum experiences at the UCO Speech and Hearing Clinic and the Oklahoma School for the Deaf Edmond Regional Preschool, students at the graduate level are eventually assigned to off-campus multidisciplinary experiences in public schools and medical facilities.

Overall, courses of increasing depth and complexity are programmed to prepare students for more demanding experiences and settings as they progress. Ultimately, the UCO Speech-Language Pathology program is designed to integrate an academic understanding of foundational concepts and technical principles with practical application in varied settings.

Program Mission Statements

The program will foster understanding of discipline knowledge in students through exploration, discussion, analysis, and processing of the core principles and procedures in the field of Speech-Language Pathology.

The program will cultivate leadership based on providing an environment that challenges students to respond to professional issues through decisions and conduct that are founded on responsibility, ethics, and civility.

The program will promote students’ problem-solving skills through the development of research tools that permit access to the complexity of factors involved in resolving scholarly challenges and the principles of evidence-based practice in determining effective clinical procedures.

The program will emphasize the value of learning through service to the public through clinical service, internships, and eventually professional engagement that positively impacts the public perception of the profession and its value to society.

The program will highlight the role of global and cultural competency in understanding the complex array of characteristics and qualities that constitute human communication and the professional challenges implicit in understanding and respecting such diversity.

The program will nurture students’ intellectual, emotional, and spiritual health and wellness through developing each student’s appreciation of the vitality and meaning added to their lives through their accomplishments and their professional role in enhancing the lives of others through improved communication abilities.

Undergraduate Component

Foundations of Speech-Language Pathology
Acoustic Phonetics
Speech and Hearing Mechanism
Normal Language Development
Articulation Disorders
Language Disorders
Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology
Special Populations in SLP
Aural Rehabilitation
Fluency Disorders
Voice Disorders
Cultural Issues in SLP
Clinical Practicum

International Scholarships

The University of Central Oklahoma is committed to providing affordable tuition to our students and their families from all over the world. UCO recognizes and rewards student achievements by offering scholarships and awards on the basis of academic merit, talent in the fine arts or athletics. Other awards are based upon financial need. Students may qualify for both types of awards. On-campus employment is also available to assist international students with their cost of living. International students may apply for on-campus jobs and work up to 20 hours per week after they arrive. On-campus employment is not guaranteed.

Future Students

  • For the full list of Scholarships available to Undergraduate Freshman students, please Click here.
  • For the full list of Scholarships available to Undergraduate Transfer students, please Click here.
  • For the full list of Scholarships available to Graduate students, please Click here.

Please note that applying for most of these scholarships does not require any action from a student. Scholarship decision is made by an Admission's Advisor based on your academic and English proficiency scores. The exceptions are President's Leadership Council, Leaders of Tomorrow Council and Legacy Non-Resident Waiver Scholarships.

Current Students

  • Leadership Scholarship - $400 (one-time award)
    Each Spring semester, several applicants will be awarded pending funding by the administration. The elected ISC President will be awarded $1000.00 each Spring and Fall semester.
  • International Pageant Scholarship - Scholarship amounts are granted each Spring for the top three winners of the male and female category.
  • Non-Resident Tuition Waiver Scholarship - up to $1,000 (one-time award). The scholarship is awarded to students based on their GPA and leadership involvement while studying at UCO.
  • For a list of other scholarship opportunities, please refer to UCO Scholarships and UCO Scholarship Application Utility.

*In most cases, scholarships are stackable but may not exceed the cost of tuition.

Career Opportunities

  • Public Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation Agencies
  • State Guidance Centers
  • Early Intervention Agencies (Sooner Start)
  • Private Practice

Cost & Fees

  • Resident General Tuition Fee per credit hour: $205.35
  • Non-Resident General Tuition Fee per credit hour: $344.90
Program taught in:
  • English

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
4 years
611 USD
General fee: $216.05 / Nonresident fee: $362.90 Total: $610.55 (per international credit hour)
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