Edward Goshorn, Interim Director
118 College Drive, Box 5092
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Biswas, Cloud, E. Goshorn, J. Goshorn, Lebert, Luter, Marx, Metz, Muma, Oshrin, Paterson, Perigoe, Powell, Schaub, Terrio, Thames, Ward
The School of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers undergraduate curricula that provide both a broad, eclectic exposure to communication processes and disorders as well as a solid foundation for graduate studies in the field. The school provides a blend of academics, practica, and research activities for both undergraduate and graduate students. The school offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in education of the deaf (licensure) and speech pathology and audiology as well as minors in each of these areas.
Educational and Clinical Services
In addition to its academic programs, a number of clinical and public service programs are affiliated with the school. The Speech-Language-Audiology Clinic provides students with an orientation to clinical procedures used in speech-language pathology and audiology. The clinic provides assessment services and intervention programs to students, faculty, and the community. The Children's Center for Communication and Development provides an interdisciplinary approach to assessment and treatment of communicatively disabled and developmentally delayed infants and preschool children. The DuBard School for Language Disorders provides speech-language and educational services for elementary-level students with severe language disorders.
BA in Education of the Deaf (Licensure)
This 124-hour degree requires students to complete the general education a curriculum of the University as well as 86-101 hours of courses in the major. Please see the degree plan for specific courses required. Students must adhere to all teacher education requirements. Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all education of the deaf courses and in all required professional education courses in order to advance to student teaching. Students must obtain passing scores on the Praxis II examination in two areas: Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) and Hearing Disability (0272 or 5272). Please refer to the information on Teacher Education Programs and Requirements in the College of Education and Human Sciences and talk with an advisor in the education of the deaf program for more details.
Minor in Education of the Deaf
Students pursuing a minor in education of the deaf must complete 18 hours of required courses with a grade of C or higher in each one. Three courses are required: SHS 323 , SHS 329 , and SHS 425 . The remaining nine hours should be chosen from appropriate coursework; the recommended classes are SHS 302 , SHS 340 , and SHS 421 .
BA in Speech Pathology and Audiology
This 124-hour degree requires students to complete the general education a curriculum of the University as well as 76-91 hours of courses in the major. Please see the degree plan for specific courses required. The requirements for degree are designed to provide a pre-professional foundation for continued course work at the graduate level. Since professional certification and licensure require a graduate degree, students should plan to apply for graduate study at The University of Southern Mississippi (or at another accredited graduate program) following the completion of their undergraduate coursework.
Degree Progression Standards
Students must maintain a degree plan (DEG 01 300 and 400 level courses only) GPA of 2.75 and earn a grade of C or higher in all SHS prefixed courses. Students who fail to maintain the requisite GPA or minimum letter grade requirements will be placed on program probation for one semester. If GPA or minimum letter grade requirements are not met while on program probation, the student will be dismissed from the program. Only one semester of program probation is allowed in a student's academic career.
Minor in Speech Pathology and Audiology
Students pursuing a minor in speech pathology and audiology must complete 18 hours of coursework with a grade of C or higher in all classes. Three courses are required for the major: SHS 211 , SHS 221 , and SHS 323 . The remaining nine hours should be chosen from appropriate coursework; the recommended classes are SHS 312 , SHS 425 , and SHS 431 .
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsNon-degree