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Sample 4-Year Plan of Courses for Speech Pathology and Audiology Majors

The semester a course is taken may vary depending on department scheduling.

First Year

First Year, Semester I
Course Name Hours
SPA 127 Intro Comm. Disorders 3
BIO 161 Principles of Human Phys (GMP IV) 4
Foreign Language 4
ENG 111 (GMP I) 3
Total Semester Hours 14


First Year, Semester II
Course Name Hours
EDP 201 Humn Dev or PSY 111 Intro to Psy (GMP IIC) 3
PHY 101 or PHY 131 Physics & Music (GMP IV) 3
Foreign Language 4
Elective or Miami Plan 3
Elective or Miami Plan 3
Total Semester Hours 16

Second Year

Second Year, Semester I
Course Name Hours
SPA 222 Anatomy of Speech/Hearing 3
SPA 223 Theories of Lang. Dev (GMP II) 3
FSW 245 or FSW 261 3
Foreign Language 3
EDL 204 Sociocultural Studies Education (GMPIIB; Intercultural Perspectives) 3
Total Semester Hours 15


Second Year, Semester II
Course Name Hours
SPA 225 Neuroscience & Comm Behavior 3
SPA 293 Sophomore Clinical Experience 1
Foreign Language 3
STA 261 Statistics (GMP V) 4
EDP 256 or EDP 272 3
Elective or Miami Plan 3
Total Semester Hours 17

Third Year

Third Year, Semester I
Course Name Hours
SPA 316 Intro. to Audiology 3
SPA 334 Phonetics 3
SPA 393 Junior Clinical Experience 1
Advanced Writing 3
Thematic Sequence or Minor course 3
Elective - Suggested ENG 219 Intro. to Linguistics 3
Total Semester Hours 16


Third Year, Semester II
Course Name Hours
SPA 326 Therapy for Hard of Hearing 3
Global Perspectives (GMPIII) 3
Thematic Sequence or Minor course 3
Fine Arts (GMP IIA) 3
Minor Course or Elective 3
Possible elective
Total Semester Hours 15

Fourth Year

Fourth Year, Semester I
Course Name Hours
SPA 426 Language Disorders 3
SPA 435 Speech and Hearing Science 3
Senior Capstone (SPA 413 or from another Department) 3
Thematic Sequence or Minor Course 3
Research Methods course (KNH, FSW, SOC) 3
Total Semester Hours 15


Fourth Year, Semester II
Course Name Hours
SPA 427 Alternative Comm Systems 3
SPA 493 Senior Clinical Experience (Experiential Learning) 1
SPA 402 Counseling Strategy  3
Global Perspectives (GMP III) 3
Elective 3
Total Semester Hours 13

Undergraduate Scholarships

All inquiries regarding our departmental undergraduate scholarships should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Aid at

Mary Pallay Covell Scholarship

The Mary Pallay Covell Scholarship is a result of a contribution to Miami University by Mrs. Covell, an MU graduate. Mary wanted her gift to be used to further undergraduate training in Speech Pathology and Audiology. The annual award is provided to a student who demonstrates financial need as well as academic merit.

Mary Thew Fowler Scholarship

The Mary Fowler Scholarship is established to recognize academic excellence and research potential of undergraduate majors in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. This scholarship is made possible by a donation from Mary T. Fowler, a graduate of Miami University.

CSX Railroad Scholarship

CSX Railroad set up a safety awareness scholarship in the name of Beth Speidel. She was killed in 2007 when walking near railroad tracks. The scholarship is awarded each year to a student majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology.

Graduate Scholarships and Assistantships

Photograph of Jennifer Leigh KynkorJennifer Leigh Kynkor Scholarship

The Jennifer Leigh Kynkor Scholarship was established as the result of a gift from The Jennifer Leigh Kynkor Foundation in 2008. The Foundation was created in honor of Jennifer Leigh Kynkor, the daughter of Rebecca J. Young and Gary E. Kynkor. Learn more about Jenny's dream and why she chose Speech Pathology and Audiology as her major at Miami University.

The scholarship is given to a first-year Miami graduate student pursuing an education in speech pathology with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The recipient shall be nominated by the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. Submit application to the Chair of the department.

Kristin Gatchel Replogle

The appointee for Member, President's Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Kristin Gatchel Replogle is President of the Replogle Family Foundation. She currently serves on the board of directors for WakeMed Hospital, North Carolina State University's Institute for Nonprofits, SAFEchild, and the Girl Scouts. From 1990 to 1995, she was a speech pathologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she specialized in traumatic brain injury and was responsible for training graduate students. Replogle received her B.S. and M.A. in speech language-pathology from Miami University.

Graduate Grants-in-Aid

Support for full-time graduate students as a waiver of the Instructional Fee and out-of-state tuition surcharge (if applicable). There are no stipend payments and no required duties for the recipient of a graduate grant-in-aid. Grants-in-Aid are available for either one or both semesters of a regular academic year and/or the summer session. First-time degree students are given preference for these grants, due to the high demand. Students can obtain an application for a grant-in-aid from The Graduate School, 102 Roudebush Hall, or from the Office of International Education Services, 216 MacMillan Hall. The deadline for application is March 1.

Graduate Students' Achievement Fund Competition

Graduate students making satisfactory progress in a degree program and enrolled on a full- or part-time basis at the time of application are eligible to apply. The purpose of the fund is to recognize significant completed achievement in external (to the home department) research or creative activity. The awards will normally not exceed $300. Application forms are available in The Graduate School. Contact: The Graduate School, 102 Roudebush Hall, 513-529-3734. The deadline for applications is November 2 and April 2.

The Marjorie Post Farrington Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is for full-time graduate students in any area of study. The award is made primarily on merit and secondarily on financial need. The student selected may also be appointed to a graduate assistantship or teaching associateship. No service responsibilities are required of the recipient. Selection of the recipient is made by the Graduate School Student Financial Assistance Committee. For further information, please contact The Graduate School, 102 Roudebush Hall, 513-529-3734. The deadline for application is April 1.

Graduate Assistantships

Please see our Graduate Assistantships page for information.

Job and Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

The following information has been provided for students who are interested in volunteer activities related to the Speech Pathology & Audiology fields. Included below are opportunities for working with children who are nonverbal, deaf, have speech or articulation disorders, or fluency disorders. Opportunities to work with people with various disabilities are also available.

  • Cincinnati Center for Autism. The Cincinnati Center for Autism offers many opportunities for student involvement throughout the summer and academic year. In the summer, they offer a morning/afternoon summer camp, outdoor adventure camp, and monthly teen nights. Teen Night Out and Parent Night Out are also offered during the academic year.
  • Safe Haven Farms. Safe Haven Farms is a non-profit organization offering residential, day and community services for individuals on the autism spectrum. It provides a variety of meaningful living, working, learning and leisure activities in a safe and accepting farm environment, where every individual is respected as a valued and contributing community member. For more information, please email them at
  • Oxford Seniors. Oxford Senior Center puts on many social events that require volunteer assistance. During the academic year, the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) put on their own social events. For more information, please call 513-523-8100.
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center offers many opportunities for volunteering. All volunteer activities support the needs of the patients, families, and staff. Playing games with patients, visiting patient rooms, delivering toys, and offering breaks to tired parents are just a few of the activities that our volunteers perform.
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus). The Columbus Children’s Hospital needs assistance in raising money for the services that they offer patients.
  • Recreation Unlimited. Recreation Unlimited provides “year-round programs in sports, recreation, and education for children with disabilities and health concerns.” In addition to year-round weekend camps, Recreation Unlimited provides Summer residential camps and day camps for both children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities along with their typically-developing friends or siblings. Specialty camps such as the Prader-Willi Syndrome Camp are also available.

Summer Camp Opportunities

The following information has been provided for students who are interested in summer activities related to the Speech Pathology & Audiology fields. Included below are camps for children who are nonverbal, deaf, have speech or articulation disorders, or have fluency disorders.

  • Driver Education Camp. This camp is located on the Ohio School for the Deaf campus in Columbus, Ohio. It is open to those aged 15 and 1/2 or older and teaches the rules of the road, driving laws, and the principles of defensive driving.
  • S.M.I.L.E Summer Camp (Special Memories Include Laughter & Enrichment). Peak Potential Therapy offers a range of services and resources for children with Autism, Aspergers, and PDD-NOS in the Cleveland/Akron Ohio area. SMILE summer camp, hosted by Peak Potential Therapy in Twinsburg, OH, is a therapeutic day camp directed by a speech-language pathologist. Through activities and field trips, children have the opportunity to focus on building communication, social skills, and emotional regulation.
  • Kid Power Therapy Services – Summer Programs. “Kid Camp,” offered for children ages 3-12, is a program that meets twice a week for 9 weeks from June to August. Children are divided into small groups according to age and skill level and assigned a speech-language pathologist and occupational therapist who organize activities to help each child make progress toward set goals.
  • Camp Without Barriers for Children and Adults with Disabilities. Easter Seals Disability Services provides services in more than 500 locations across the country. Camp Without Barriers in a fully-accessible camp where those living with autism and other disabilities can swim, do arts and crafts, take nature walks, and more. Day and residential camps as well as weekend and after-school camp sessions are available.
    • Easter Seals programs in the Tri-State Area
      • Easter Seals Child Development Center - The Rehabilitation Center, 621 Cullen Avenue, Evansville, IN 47715
      • Easter Seals Southwestern Indiana, The Rehabilitation Center, 3701 Bellemeade Avenue, Evansville, IN 47714,
      • Easter Seals ARC of Northeast Indiana, Main Campus, 4919 Coldwater Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825,
      • Easter Seals Cardinal Hill Speciality Hospital at St. Luke Hospital East, 85 N. Grand Avenue, Ft. Thomas, KY 41075
      • Easter Seals Kentucky, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, 2050 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY 40504-1499
  • Akron Area YMCA Rotary Camp. The Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs and the Akron Area YMCA team up to offer a fun and exciting camp experience for children and adults with disabilities. While this is not a speech specific program, this unique camp gives those with all kinds of disabilities, along with their family members, the opportunity to build self-esteem, physical endurance, skills, and memories that last a lifetime.
  • Fairlawn, OH Summer Camps – Summer Enrichment Program. Total Education Solutions, located in Fairlawn, Ohio, offers a coed summer day camp that offers tutoring, health and wellness programs, social skill development, equine assisted therapy, and a speech and language program. The speech and language program, available to children ages 2-5, includes play-based activities with a focus on early reading skills such as identifying rhyming words, learning new vocabulary to improve communication, describing object and their location, asking and answering questions, socializing with other children, and more. Please visit the website listed above or contact Total Education Solutions for more information.
  • Camp Echoing Hills, Warsaw, OH. Offered for children aged 7-18+, Camp Echoing Hills is a coed residential summer camp serving those with developmental disabilities by “adapting camp activities to the abilities and interests” of the campers. Camp Echoing Hills offers a variety of outdoor activities, performing arts, sports, competitive events, water sports, arts and crafts, leadership activities, Bible studies, and more with special accommodations for campers with ADD, behavior disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, learning disabilities, Multiple Sclerosis, and more.
  • Camp Bridgeway. Bridgeway Academy, located in Columbus, Ohio, provides education and therapy for children with developmental disabilities by combining the efforts of professionals in the fields of music therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical, behavioral, and educational services. In addition to their regular services, Bridgeway Academy provides a special summer program offered 4 days a week for Pre-school – school age children. Children participate in theme-related, academic, and developmental review activities that focus on socialization, play skills, and making friends. Children participating in the program will also take part in small-group music therapy.
  • Children's Deaf Camp. This week-long camp located in Milford, Indiana is available to children aged 4-16. Activities include sand volleyball, a low ropes course, swimming, skating, theatre, fishing, hiking, carnivals, and more including the Indiana Deaf Camp Talent Show on the final day of camp.
  • Lions Camp Crescendo. This camp is open to boys and girls ages 6-15 who are deaf or hard of hearing and who are a resident of Kentucky. Located just north of Elizabethtown in Lebanon Junction, Lions Camp Crescendo features outdoor activities and team-building events. Volunteer counselors are needed!!

Sign Language and Deaf Culture Awareness Club

This is a place to learn and practice American Sign Language. You do not need to know ASL to join! We strive to raise awareness on Miami's Campus about Deaf Culture.
Three students hold a Whi I Sign banner.

Autism Allies Club

Miami Autism Allies Club aims to create educational resources about Autism for the college community, volunteer with local organizations, and assist local families. Miami Autism Allies Club is a club dedicated to being allies for autistic individuals on campus.

Learn more by visiting the Miami Autism Allies Club page


National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Chapter (NSSLHA) promotes many events throughout the year.

Group gather for a photo at the 5K race location.

NSSLHA on the Run 5k

NSSLHA hosts a 5k benefiting the Miami University Speech and Hearing Clinic. The organization raises money to provide therapy for clients in the clinic. Each Spring the 5k has different color teams, supporting different aspects of the field: Autism, language disorders, and hearing loss.

Student cleaning and pushing a wheelbarrow.

Bachelor Hall Courtyard Clean-Up

This event takes place in the courtyard of Bachelor Hall, where the Speech-Pathology and Audiology Department is located. The members of NSSLHA work together with the Miami groundskeepers to make the outside courtyard more welcoming and neat. The members help with raking leaves, mulching, and planting flowers.

Students gather for a photo at Pause event.

Service Events

NSSLHA members attend and help with a dance every month at Safe Haven Farms, which hosts dances for adults with disabilities. Members aid in serving a meal to the adults and their families, as well as have fun dancing with participants!

NSSLHA also helped sponsor a blood drive this semester, where members volunteered to donate blood and to work the donor cafe!

Students at a fundraiser bake sale.


NSSLHA hosts many fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for the 5k and other chapter expenses. Fundraisers in the past include meals at Fiesta Charra, Skippers, SDS, Orange Leaf, and Insomnia Cookies. The members have also hosted bake sales at the Phi Delt Gates.

Students eat ice cream at Orange Leaf event.

Social Events

There are many opportunities for members to engage with one another through social opportunities that promote inter-chapter relationships.  Members have gone to concerts on campus together, played games at Cook Field, and painted pumpkins together for the clinic!

Exterior of Clinical Sciences building with blue sky and green grass.

Educational Programming

Every month members gather for a chapter meeting that focuses on educational programming, whether it is listening to a profession who is currently working in the field or from a professor on tips for graduate school or about their careers!
Students gather for a photo at an NSSLHA conference.

Statewide NSSLHA Conference

Members of our executive team and general members attended the Statewide NSSLHA conference this fall at Baldwin Wallace, where they interacted with NSSLHA members from all over the state of Ohio and participated in workshops geared to providing therapy with limited resources.

Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology

Clinical Health Sciences Building
421 S. Campus Avenue
Oxford, OH 45056