Communication Sciences and Disorders

Our Programs

The UT Tyler Communication Sciences and Disorders Program offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP).   

The B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders is a preprofessional degree that primarily prepares students to pursue a master’s degree in speech-language pathology or audiology, work as speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs), or pursue related careers including healthcare, education, and early intervention. 

Work on establishing a new Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program is underway. Our target opening date is August 2024. Applications will be accepted in the fall of every year. Applications for the first graduate student cohort are now being accepted and the deadline is March 15, 2024.  

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.-SLP)

    Public Notice of Accreditation Status:

    The Master of Science (M.S.) educational program in Speech-Language Pathology (residential) at the University of Texas at Tyler is an Applicant for Accreditation Candidacy by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), which is located at 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. 

    Overview of Accreditation Process and Timeline:
    For a new speech language pathology graduate program to be established, the program must first be awarded Accreditation Candidacy Status by the CAA. Typically, this process lasts about 18 months. It begins with the submission of the Readiness to Apply for Accreditation Status Application. When the application undergoes Level 1 Review and is approved, the new program will be officially called “Applicant for Candidacy Status.” The approval is followed by a 2-day site visit by CAA representatives. CAA site visitors examine all program documents, hold meetings with all stakeholders, including program faculty, staff, undergraduate students, university administration, and the public. They examine the program documents and infrastructure, including the spaces allocated to teaching, offices, and the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. 

Once site visitors determine that the program meets CAA Accreditation Standards, they will recommend that the program be awarded Accreditation Candidacy Status. Only then can the new graduate program begin enrolling students. Accreditation Candidacy Status lasts for 5 years, during which the program receives an annual evaluation by the CAA. If the program continues to meet Accreditation Standards throughout the 5 years, it will be awarded Accreditation.
  
It is important to point out that students graduating from an Accreditation Candidate program are eligible for ASHA Certification, State licensure, and employment. They will have all the rights and privileges afforded to students graduating from an accredited program. 

Progress of the UT Tyler SLP Graduate Program Toward Accreditation

The UT Tyler Communication Sciences and Disorders Program submitted the Accreditation Candidacy Application for the new M.S.-SLP program in January 2023. The CAA completed Level 1 Candidacy Application Readiness Review (CAA #380) and notified the program of its approval on June 2nd, 2022. The approval letter states the following:  

“The CAA approved the readiness application with an invitation that it be accepted as the official application. The program and sponsoring institution met all eligibility requirements, provided a comprehensive compliance development plan and documentation to support expected compliance at this stage and adequate support for continued development. Based on its review of the readiness application, the CAA made the following initial observations. Upon review of these initial observations, the program may elect to: 1. accept the CAA’s invitation to accept the application as the official candidacy application with planning for the conduct of the candidacy site visit, or 2. withdraw the application.”

The Program notified the CAA that it accepts the invitation to accept the application as the official candidacy application, and the site visit is scheduled to take place on February 1-2, 2024.

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Invitation for Public Comment Regarding the New Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at UT Tyler


Meeting Date: Thursday 02/01/2024

Location: The University Center Mabry Theatre (UC 2114)

Time: 4:30-5:00 PM 
Who is Invited: All stakeholders, including the Campus Community and the Public


The University of Texas at Tyler is launching a new Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program, with an anticipated start date of August 2024. The program is currently seeking Accreditation Candidacy Status by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). A 3-member team of CAA site visitors will be conducting a 2-day site visit to the University on February 1st and February 2nd, 2024. The Site visitors will be seeking public comment on this new SLP Graduate Program. The team will also answer questions you might have about the accreditation process. All members of the public and campus members are invited. 

The meeting will be on February 1, 2024 (4:30-5:00 pm), at the University Center Mabry Theatre (UC 2114). Please contact Brenna Scottrothrock (Program Administrative Assistant) with questions and inquiries about this event. 

Suggestions Box
Please help us imporve our undergraduate and graduate programs.  Please submit your suggestions, feedback, or concerns to csd@uttyler.edu   

Important Links 
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association
National Library of Medicine 
Center for Disease Control 
ASHA Certification Standards
Texas State License for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs)
Texas State License in Speech-Language Pathology 


For more information, please contact:

Brenna Scottrothrock, Administrative Assistant III
bscottrothrock@uttyler.edu / (903) 871-5712
HPR 126, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
3900 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75799