Main Departmental Office
907 W. Sycamore
1155 Union Circle #305010
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Kamakshi Gopal, Chair
The disciplines of audiology and speech-language pathology emphasize the scientific study of human auditory-verbal communication with reference to disorders involving hearing, language and speech. 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 hearing, language and speech 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 observation and 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
Programs offered by the department are listed below.
The BS degree in audiology and speech-language pathology offers an avenue for students to obtain licensure in Texas as an assistant in audiology or assistant in speech-language pathology and pursue graduate degrees in speech-pathology, audiology or other health professions, including gerontology, medicine, psychology, teaching, etc. An assistant has a limited scope of practice and is under the supervision of a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist or audiologist. 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) to practice as a speech-language pathologist. A doctoral degree in audiology is required for licensure in Texas and for clinical certification by ASHA to be an audiologist.
The program provides basic preparation in the normal development and functioning of hearing, language and speech, 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, fluency, language and voice. Services also include hearing testing, fitting for hearing aids and hearing protection devices, and aural rehabilitation for persons with impaired hearing.
Most services are free to enrolled students, but fees for services are charged to faculty, staff and their families. A limited number of fee waivers are available.
CoursesAudiology and Speech-Language Pathology