College of Education and Professional Studies

Speech-Language Pathology

History of the UCO Speech-Language Pathology Program

The UCO Speech-Language Pathology program was established in 1964. In 1978, the program implemented the Master degree program. The graduate program achieved national accreditation by the Council for Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1993. The program was located in Old North until 2001 and moved into the Chambers Library with new faculty offices and clinical spaces in 2005. The UCO program is committed to giving students a broad knowledge base and balanced experiences with a variety of clients and patients to prepare them for any employment setting they might choose during their careers.

Program Mission Statements

The program will foster understanding of discipline knowledge in students through exploration, discussion, analysis, and processing of the core principles and procedures in the field of Speech-Language Pathology.

The program will cultivate leadership based on providing an environment that challenges students to respond to professional issues through decisions and conduct that are founded on responsibility, ethics, and civility.

The program will promote students’ problem solving skills through the development of research tools that permit access to the complexity of factors involved in resolving scholarly challenges and the principles of evidence-based practice in determining effective clinical procedures.

The program will emphasize the value of learning through service to the public through clinical service, internships, and eventually professional engagement that positively impacts the public perception of the profession and its value to society.

The program will highlight the role of global and cultural competency in understanding the complex array of characteristics and qualities that constitute human communication and the professional challenges implicit in understanding and respecting such diversity.

The program will nurture students’ intellectual, emotional, and spiritual health and wellness through developing each student’s appreciation of the vitality and meaning added to their lives through their accomplishments and their professional role in enhancing the lives of others through improved communication abilities.


Program Accreditation Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of Central Oklahoma is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The CAA sets forth guidelines and requirements in the areas of administrative support, faculty and instructional staff, academic and clinical education, students, and program resources. The UCO Speech-Language Pathology program achieved CAA accreditation in 1993 and was most recently re-accredited in 2014 for an eight-year period ending in 2022. An accreditation report is submitted annually to the CAA.

Career Opportunities

  • Public Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation Agencies
  • State Guidance Centers
  • Early Intervention Agencies (Sooner Start)
  • Private Practice

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  • Dr. Linda Sealey, Associate Professor, Program Coordinator
  • Dr. Mike McKaig, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Susan Benson, Assistant Professor
  • Ms. Elaine Martindale, Clinical Coordinator
  • Ms. Nicole Mercer, Clinical Supervisor / Instructor
  • Dr. Brandon Vincent, Staff Audiologist
  • Ms. Amy Thomas, Lecturer / Clinical Supervisor
  • Ms. Alyssa Tyson, Adjunct Instructor
  • Ms. Lucynda Olberding, Clinical Supervisor/Adjunct Instructor 
  • Ms. Carolyn Messick, Clinical Supervisor
  • Ms. Ann Grace Carey, Clinical Supervisor 
  • Ms. Jennifer Dierker, Clinical Supervisor
  • Ms. Tracey Garrett, Clinical Supervisor
  • Ms. Lisa Hobbs, Clinical Supervisor
  • Ms. Anne Stone, Clinical Supervisor