Undergraduate Communication Disorders
FOR UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS:
Fall Semester- June 1
*Spring 2020 semester only: Praxis Core passing score deadline extended to August 1
*Please Note: If the deadline is on a weekend, application packets are due on the Friday before the weekend.
Candidates interested in becoming speech-language pathologists (SLPs) must apply for admission to the Communication Disorders Pre-professional Preparation program. Admission is selective. Acceptance into the Communication Disorders Pre-professional Preparation program is required for completion of the bachelor's degree and eventual application to a Master's degree program.
*Applications will be reviewed by an Admission Review Committee.
The following requirements must be met when submitting an application for formal admission to the undergraduate Communication Disorders program and Pre-professional Preparation program.
- Admission to UNO and the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.
- Completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours including all of the General Education Fundamental Skills degree (ENGL 1150/54, ENGL 1160/64, MATH Proficiency, MATH 1130, MATH 1220, MATH 1310 or MATH 1530, CMST 1110 or CMST 2120) with a grade of C- or higher and TED 2100 Educational Foundations, and CDIS 4550 Special Needs Students from Diverse Communities, with a grade of C or higher.
- A minimum cumulative (UNO plus other institutions, if any) GPA of 3.0 or better.
- Passing scores on all sections of the Praxis Core (Academic Skills for Educators). Information on the Praxis Core test can be found through the Office of Academic Advising and Field Experiences.
- Completion of the following communication disorder courses: CDIS 1400 Introduction to Communication Disorders, CDIS 4380 Anatomy and Physiology, CDIS 4420 Early Language Development, with no grade lower than C and a minimum GPA of 3.0 for these courses.
All application materials will be submitted together as a packet through the online Undergraduate Communication Disorders Application. You must be logged into your UNO gMAV account to access the online application.
When completing the online application, you will be asked to upload the following completed forms and documents.
- CORE (Academic Skills for Educators) / Praxis Core Scores Verification (copy of notification form).
- Professional Disposition Statement signed
- Personal and Professional Fitness Form, signed
- Essential Skills and/or Abilities Document
- Unofficial Transcript from MavLink
- All information from the Application Form
Review of applications occurs within 2-3 weeks of the deadline. Notification of acceptance comes from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Office of Academic Advising and Field Experiences. This will include information on the mandatory Educator Preparation Orientation. Only complete packets will be forwarded to the review committee. Incomplete packets will be returned to the student.
The undergraduate communication disorders major provides the foundational skills for candidates who will pursue a graduate degree in speech-language pathology in either PK-12 school or medical settings.
A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for graduation. Students majoring in communication disorders must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
An undergraduate degree in communication disorders is a pre-professional degree which does not lead to a certificate endorsement in speech pathology to work in Nebraska schools. The certificate endorsement is recommended upon completion of the Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
|Advising||The College provides academic advising and support to students. We encourage you to consult with your advisor regularly for program information and planning. Contact Office of Academic Advising and Field Experiences at 402.554.2717.
|Field Experience||All communication disorder majors will participate in a minimum of 100 hours of classroom experiences in schools. Field experiences are embedded in identified professional courses.|
|Select Clinic||An undergraduate clinic practicum (CDIS 4510) provides an opportunity to transfer course knowledge into clinical skills under the direct supervision of a certified speech-language pathologist. This course is available on a selective basis only. To be considered for the course, students must submit a CDIS 4510 Application which is reviewed by a Clinical Review Committee. Approximately 5 students per semester will be chosen for this practicum experience.
A plan of study for the required courses in the undergraduate major is available by clicking the link below.
View the example plan of study for more information on course requirements.
CDIS 4510 Application for Clinic Practicum.