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Progression Requirements

  • Students must maintain a B average or better on all coursework taken as a graduate student. If the student’s average falls below 3.0, the student will have one probationary semester to earn the required B average or better. The student must be registered for all of the required courses in the program of study during the probationary semester. If the average is not raised to a B or better in that term, or the student earns a C or below or more than 6 hours, the student will be dismissed from the program. Students who are dismissed due to unsatisfactory performance cannot reapply to the program.
  • A student who earns a D, F or WF in an academic course or a grade of C, D, F or WF in a clinical practicum but has not met the criteria for dismissal must demonstrate mastery of the failed content before the program is completed and the degree is granted. The student may be required to retake the failed course or retake specific course content via independent study or special topics classes.
  • Students must adhere to the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Code of Ethics and guide for professional practices and the state of Georgia’s rules and regulations governing the practice of speech-language pathology. The program provides copies of, and instruction in, all of these policies. Students who violate these rules and regulations will be dismissed from the program and are ineligible for readmission.
  • Graduate coursework and clinical practicum are completed simultaneously over five consecutive semesters, which includes summer. Students are admitted as full-time. If the student is not enrolled for two consecutive semesters, that student must reapply for admission.
    • Students are responsible for providing their own transportation and lodging expenses (if required) to clinical sites for clinical education courses. Some clinical sites may be located outside of the city of Savannah. The majority of clinical assignments are within approximately 150 mile radius of the University. Moreover, students may be required to attend multiple out-of-town clinical education sites. Some clinical education sites are out of state.
    • Due to contractual obligations of Georgia Southern University to some clinical sites, students may be required to fulfill clinical obligations on days that are not normally scheduled class days for the university including breaks between semesters.
  • Students must complete the program within seven years.
    • Students who do not complete the program in seven years must reapply for admission. Those students must begin to meet the program requirements in effect at the time of readmission. For clarification, see Readmission Procedures below.
  • Students must annually present evidence of professional liability insurance, health/medical insurance and first aid/CPR certification. In addition, students may need to provide evidence of preventative inoculations depending on extern placements.

Graduation Requirements

  • Students must apply for graduation through the Office of the Registrar.  Students must submit a Graduate Application by the first class day of Spring semester if they plan to complete their graduation requirements in Spring or Summer. Student must submit a Graduate Application by the first class day of Fall semester if they plan to complete their graduation requirements in Fall.
  • Students must take the Praxis II examination in speech-language pathology and present a score of 162 or higher to the graduate advisor by March 31st if graduating in May, June 31st if graduating in August or October 31st if graduating in December.
    • Students who do not earn a Praxis II score of 162 or better must take a comprehensive assessment developed by the program and earn a score of 80% or higher.
  • Students must maintain a B average or better in the program.
  • Students must accumulate a minimum of 400 client contact hours as described by the department and guidelines set forth by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.
  • Students who plan to work in the State of Georgia as a school speech-language pathologist must pass the Program Admissions Test on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) prior to graduation or meet the exemptions based on previous SAT, ACT, or GRE scores. See GACE website  for further detail.

Readmission Procedures

  • The student must complete the readmission application and go through the readmission process by submitting the current graduate applications for both Georgia Southern University and the Communication Sciences and Disorders program.
  • The student will be required to meet admission requirements in effect at the time of application for readmission.
  • The student’s admission will be based upon available space in the class to which the former student is seeking readmission and recommendation of the program faculty.
  • The student who has been dismissed for inability to meet minimum grade requirements or ethics violations is NOT eligible for readmission

Last updated: 1/4/2023