Main Departmental Office
907 W. Sycamore
1155 Union Circle #305010
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Web site: www.sphs.unt.edu
Ernest J. Moore, Chair
Speech and hearing sciences is a discipline that emphasizes the scientific study of human auditory-verbal communication with reference to disorders involving speech, language and hearing. The emphasis of the department is to provide an educational and research setting where students learn models and theories of normal communicative function, and appropriate rationale, techniques and procedures for the evaluation and management of people with speech, language and hearing disorders.
In addition to classroom instruction in the area of normal and disordered communication, the department maintains a clinical facility for students to acquire practical experience through clinical services offered to clients by the UNT Speech and Hearing Center. Concomitant research labs are integral to the learning process of students.
Programs of Study
The department offers an undergraduate program in the following area:
The department offers a minor in speech and hearing sciences .
The undergraduate program is designed for persons wishing to pursue graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology and offers an avenue for students interested in pursuing other health professions, teaching, psychology, medicine, gerontology or law. The master’s degree in speech-language pathology is required for licensure in Texas and for clinical certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Beginning in the year 2012, a doctoral degree will be the entry-level degree needed to practice audiology.
The program provides basic preparation in the normal development and functioning of speech, language, and hearing, and introductory courses concerned with communication disorders. Undergraduates are introduced to the clinical aspects of speech-language pathology and audiology through course work, clinical experiences and laboratory work at the University of North Texas Speech and Hearing Center. All course selections must be approved by an undergraduate advisor or the department chair.
UNT Speech and Hearing Center
The UNT Speech and Hearing Center is open throughout the year for services to all UNT students and the public. The center provides professional evaluation and remediation of disorders of articulation, language, voice and fluency. Services also include hearing testing, fitting for hearing aids and hearing protection devices, and aural rehabilitation for persons with impaired hearing.
Services are free to enrolled students, but fees for services are charged to faculty, staff and their families.
The department offers graduate programs in the following areas:
- Master of Arts, and
- Master of Science, both with a major in speech-language pathology; and
- Doctor of Audiology.
The department’s master’s and doctoral degree programs are accredited by the ASHA Council of Academic Accreditation (10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852; 800-498-2071). Satisfactory completion of the master’s and doctoral programs enable individuals to meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for ASHA’s Certificate of Clinical Competence and the State of Texas license in speech-language pathology or audiology.
For additional information, consult the Graduate Catalog.