Professors P. Goetz, B. Kreisman, J. Vander Woude (cochair)
Associate Professors H. Koole (cochair), B. Oommen
The Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPAUD) department offers a 4-year bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology, and a 5-year bachelor’s to master’s program in speech pathology.
Undergraduate Admission to the Speech Pathology & Audiology (SPAUD) Program
Students who wish to enter the professions of speech pathology or audiology may qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in speech pathology and audiology and then apply to graduate programs in either area. Admission into graduate programs in audiology or speech pathology is competitive. Students who wish to become audiologists should apply to accredited graduate programs at other institutions during the fall of their senior year. Students who wish to become speech-language pathologists may apply to Calvin’s bachelor’s-to-master’s (BA-MA) before the second semester of their junior year or they may apply to other accredited graduate programs during the fall of their senior year.
Admission for Transfer Students to the BA SPAUD Program
Undergraduate students who have transferred to Calvin from another college or university will follow the regular admission process to the master’s program. They must have completed at least two semesters of full time academic work at Calvin by the time they apply for admission to the program. Transfer students can expect to be full-time at the undergraduate level for at least four semesters before beginning the master’s program. Transferring to the program as an undergraduate student does not guarantee admission in Calvin’s master’s program.
Retention Requirements for all Undergraduate SPAUD Majors
Students must earn at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) every semester across all courses. If a student earns below a 3.0 GPA in any one semester, the student will be placed on probation and must earn a 3.0 GPA the following semester. Students may earn below a 3.0 GPA only one time during their tenure at Calvin University. A second semester with a GPA below 3.0 will result in the student being dismissed from the SPAUD program.Students may retake SPAUD courses to improve their GPA. Students must also meet the essential functions required to practice as a speech-language pathologist, as outlined in the SPAUD Handbook.
Students applying for admission to the Speech Pathology MA program should take note of the following policies:
- Prerequisite SPAUD courses must have been completed within the last seven years.
- Preference will be given to Calvin applicants who have completed or will complete all prerequisite courses at Calvin; however, a limited number of seats may be available for post-baccalaureate students.
- Enrollment in the MA program is also contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check, and drug screen.
It is important to note that completion of the SPAUD courses and achievement of the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission into the master’s program or any other graduate program. Enrollment in the master’s program is limited and thus the admission process is selective.
Early Admission Process to the BA-MA Program
High school graduates interested in the Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPAUD) BA-MA Program are eligible for early admission to the SPAUD major at Calvin University. Students must have met the following criteria:
- A composite ACT of equal to or greater than 28 or an SAT critical reading plus math score of equal to or greater than 1320
- A high school GPA of 3.8 or higher for US citizens
- Average marks of 91% or higher from a Canadian high school
- Students must specify a SPAUD major on their Calvin University application and submit their final Early Admission qualifying ACT or SAT score prior to their freshman year.
To maintain early admission status, an early admitted Calvin student must have:
- Earned at least a B+ in all SPAUD courses at Calvin. If students receive less than a B+ in a SPAUD course, they may retake the course, and regain early admission status once they receive a B+ or higher in that course.
- Earned a 3.7 or higher GPA at the time of official application into the graduate program. This includes the grade from Interim of their junior year.
- Maintained essential functions requirements and have had no violation of the academic integrity policy at the time of official admission to the graduate program. Any violation would result in an immediate removal of the early admit status without possibility to regain early admit status (see Essential Functions Requirements in the SPAUD student handbook for more information)
- Successfully completed a criminal background check and drug screen before entering the Speech Pathology Master’s program.
Failure to meet these requirements means that the student will lose early admission status.
Regular Admission to the MA Program
Application to the master’s program for regular admission of undergraduate students at Calvin normally occurs during the junior year. Applications are due on January 15. Applicants who submit after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis only. In order to apply to the SPAUD program, Calvin students must have:
- At least junior standing at the application due date.
- Completed the following prerequisite courses or be enrolled in at the application due date: SPAUD 101 , SPAUD 210 , SPAUD 216 , SPAUD 217 , SPAUD 218 , SPAUD 311 , SPAUD 344 , SPAUD 345 . BIOL 115 . STAT 143 , and a Physics or Chemistry course.
- A minimum overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 at the application due date.
- Met the essential functions required to practice as a speech-language pathologist (see Essential Functions Requirements in the SPAUD student handbook for more information).
- Preference is given to students who have completed the majority of their coursework at Calvin.
Admission for Post-BA Students
Prospective graduate applicants with a degree or equivalent coursework in speech pathology and audiology or with degrees in other disciplines/areas of study may apply to the Speech Pathology Master’s Program only. Preference is given to Calvin undergraduate students in the bachelor’s-to-master’s degree program.
Applicants must submit the following items online at CSDCAS (www.csdcas.org):
- Official transcripts from every college or university attended; if currently attending college, most recently completed semester grades must be included.
- Three letters of recommendation that address your potential for success in the graduate program.
- A personal statement that addresses reasons for pursuing an advanced degree in speech pathology, professional objectives, and why Calvin is a good fit for your graduate experience and your future profession.
All application materials (including official transcripts) are due no later than January 15 to www.csdcas.org for entry the following fall semester. If accepted, applicants will be directed to the Admissions Office for application to the university.
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