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Master of Speech Pathology

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Master of Speech Pathology

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Steer your career in a new direction with CSU's Master of Speech Pathology. Offered to those with an undergraduate degree in another discipline, this course provides the qualifications and experience required for professional practice as a speech pathologist.

Available online, this course prepares you to assess and treat people who have problems with their speech, hearing, language or swallowing. You'll be qualified to enter a rewarding profession focused on helping people of all ages to improve their ability to communicate and interact with others. 

Please note: applications for study commencing in Session 1 close on 30 September each year.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Master of Speech Pathology prepares you for professional practice and research in the fields of communication disability and swallowing disorders. The course focuses on rural and remote health, social justice issues of access and equity, community development, and cultural responsiveness.

    Comprehensive program

    Through a program of scaffolded learning (foundation, intermediate and graduate level of practice) you will build the knowledge, skills and professional attributes required for speech pathology assessment and intervention, and gain experience in a range of practice settings. You will also develop your skills in working with individuals, families, communities, and professionals working in health and education.

    Blended online delivery

    This is the first speech pathology degree in Australia which blends the flexibility of online study with on-campus residential schools and workplace learning to enrich your learning experience. Part-time course delivery provides the opportunity for you to combine study with other commitments such as part-time employment.

    Learn from industry leaders

    CSU's academics and clinical educators are experienced speech pathologists dedicated to teaching, research and active involvement in the speech pathology profession.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU's Master of Speech Pathology prepares you to work professionally as a speech pathologist in a variety of settings. Depending on your interests, you could work with children, older people, or people with disabilities or speech and language impairments. You could also work with actors or singers as a voice coach. Employment opportunities exist in private practice, community health centres, schools, hospitals, rehabilitation units, nursing homes and specialist disability services in Australia and overseas. It is also possible to take on academic and research roles. Speech pathologists are in short supply in rural and regional areas, providing employment opportunities in a range of settings There is a growing need for speech pathology services in Australia as a result of the nation's ageing population, increased incidence of chronic disease, introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and a growing awareness of the importance of early intervention. The Australian Government's Job Outlook forecasts very strong employment growth in speech pathology.

  • Professional recognition

    The Master of Speech Pathology program at Charles Sturt University is currently not accredited by Speech Pathology Australia. A re-application for accreditation will be submitted for 2018.
    The Graduate Diploma exit point is not designed for professional practice in Speech Pathology and therefore, accreditation is not being sought for this course.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    CSU Credit Policy applies https://policy.csu.edu.au/document/view-current.php?id=120

  • Workplace learning

    Your online learning and clinical skill development will be enriched by residential schools held at CSU's Albury Wodonga campus, where you will access science and speech pathology laboratories and apply your knowledge and skills within local workplace learning experiences. You will further develop your speech pathology practice knowledge and skills through placements in authentic speech pathology settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centres, community health clinics, schools and disability organisations. Students undertake placements through a range of online, on-campus and block experiences under the supervision of practising speech pathologists and should be prepared to undertake block placements (6 weeks) at sites not local to their home.

    SPH516 Planning Practice-Based Research Projects in Speech Pathology

    SPH525 Integrating Competency for Entry Level Practice in Speech Pathology


    SPH511 Foundations of Speech Pathology


    SPH515 Integrating Speech Pathology Competency in the Workplace

    SPH505 Preparation for Speech Pathology Practice
  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course is designed to incorporate a two year part time Graduate Diploma in Speech and Language (72 points) [exit point only], plus a further 72 points (full time or part time) to complete a Masters in Speech Pathology (144 points).

    The following eight core subjects make up the 72 points of the Graduate Diploma [exit point only] or the first 72 points of the Masters:

    SPH510 Communication Development Across The Lifespan
    SPH511 Foundations of Speech Pathology
    SPH512 Assessment and Analysis of Sensory-Motor Skills in Speech Pathology
    SPH513 Assessment and Analysis of Language and Cognition in Speech Pathology
    SPH514 Introduction to Reflective Practice and Clinical Reasoning in Speech Pathology  
    SPH524 Issues of Ethics, Access and Equity in Speech Pathology Practice
    SPH528 Intervention for Sensory-Motor Impairments in Speech Pathology (12)
    SPH529 Intervention for Language and Cognitive Impairments in Speech Pathology (12)  

    The following nine core subjects constitute the remaining 72 points of the Master of Speech Pathology.

    SPH505 Preparation for Speech Pathology Practice
    SPH515 Integrating Speech Pathology Competency in the Workplace  
    SPH516 Planning Practice-Based Research Projects in Speech Pathology
    SPH525 Integrating Competency for Entry Level Practice in Speech Pathology  
    SPH526 Practice-Based Research Projects in Speech Pathology  
    SPH532 Clinical Reasoning for Integrated Client Care in Speech Pathology  
    SPH533 Entry Level Clinical Reasoning for Integrated Client Care in Speech Pathology
    SPH534 Cultural Competency and Community Development as Speech Pathology Practice
    SPH544 Transition to Professional Practice in Speech Pathology  

    Key Subjects:
    SPH512 Assessment and Analysis of Sensory-Motor Skills in Speech Pathology
    SPH513 Assessment and Analysis of Language and Cognition in Speech Pathology
    SPH514 Introduction to Reflective Practice and Clinical Reasoning in Speech Pathology
    SPH528 Intervention for Sensory-Motor Impairments in Speech Pathology (12)
    SPH533 Entry Level Clinical Reasoning for Integrated Client Care in Speech Pathology  
    SPH544 Transition to Professional Practice in Speech Pathology

    Enrolment pattern

    The course is completed through Part-time study, although students may elect to complete the final 9 subjects via Full-time study.

    Part-time enrolment pattern
    Year 1  
    Session 1

    SPH510 Communication Development Across The Lifespan
    SPH514 Introduction to Reflective Practice and Clinical Reasoning in Speech Pathology

    Session 2
    SPH511 Foundations of Speech Pathology
    SPH524 Issues of Ethics, Access and Equity in Speech Pathology Practice

    Year 2
    Session 1

    SPH512 Assessment and Analysis of Sensory-Motor Skills in Speech Pathology
    SPH513 Assessment and Analysis of Language and Cognition in Speech Pathology

    Session 2
    SPH528 Intervention for Sensory-Motor Impairments in Speech Pathology (commenced)
    SPH529 Intervention for Language and Cognitive Impairments in Speech Pathology (commenced)

    Session 3
    SPH528 Intervention for Sensory-Motor Impairments in Speech Pathology (completed)
    SPH529 Intervention for Language and Cognitive Impairments in Speech Pathology (completed)

    Students may elect to exit at this stage, having accrued 72 credit points, with a Graduate Diploma in Speech and Language [exit point only].

    Part-time enrolment pattern continued
    Year 2
    Session 3
    SPH505 Preparation for Speech Pathology Practice

    Year 3
    Session 1

    SPH516 Planning Practice-Based Research Projects in Speech Pathology
    SPH532 Clinical Reasoning for Integrated Client Care in Speech Pathology 

    Session 2
    SPH526 Practice-Based Research Projects in Speech Pathology 
    SPH533 Entry Level Clinical Reasoning for Integrated Client Care in Speech Pathology 

    Year 4
    Session 1

    SPH515 Integrating Speech Pathology Competency in the Workplace 
    SPH534 Cultural Competency and Community Development as Speech Pathology

    Session 2
    SPH525 Integrating Competency for Entry Level Practice in Speech Pathology 
    SPH544 Transition to Professional Practice in Speech Pathology 


    Full-time enrolment pattern option
    Year 2

    Session 3
    ​SPH505 Preparation for Speech Pathology Practice

    Year 3
    Session 1

    SPH515 Integrating Speech Pathology Competency in the Workplace 
    SPH516 Planning Practice-Based Research Projects in Speech Pathology
    SPH532 Clinical Reasoning for Integrated Client Care in Speech Pathology 
    SPH534 Cultural Competency and Community Development as Speech Pathology

    Session 2
    SPH525 Integrating Competency for Entry Level Practice in Speech Pathology 
    SPH526 Practice-Based Research Projects in Speech Pathology 
    SPH533 Entry Level Clinical Reasoning for Integrated Client Care in Speech Pathology 
    SPH544 Transition to Professional Practice in Speech Pathology

  • Residential schools

    There are three to four subjects in the Master of Speech Pathology that have a residential school component. The residential schools will typically run for two to four days at Albury-Wodonga Campus and provide an opportunity for students to meet other students and teaching staff face-to-face, revise and discuss subject content, and develop and practise clinical skills (e.g. assessment and intervention strategies) prior to commencing any external workplace learning.

    Costs associated with attending workplace learning experiences and residential schools, such as travel, accommodation and meals, are the responsibility of the student.

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    SPH513 Assessment and Analysis of Language and Cognition in Speech Pathology
    SPH529 Intervention for Language and Cognitive Impairments in Speech Pathology
    SPH511 Foundations of Speech Pathology
    SPH512 Assessment and Analysis of Sensory-Motor Skills in Speech Pathology
    SPH544 Transition to Professional Practice in Speech Pathology
    SPH528 Intervention for Sensory-Motor Impairments in Speech Pathology

  • Admission information

    Applications for study commencing in Session 1 close on 30 September each year. Incomplete submissions will not be considered and the applicant will not be considered for admission to the course in the following year.

    Pre-requisite study

    Prospective students must have completed a three year undergraduate degree in any discipline, demonstrating a good level of academic ability through previous studies. Additionally, prospective students are required to have successfully completed study in linguistics and head and neck anatomy, prior to admission to the Master of Speech Pathology.

    • Linguistics knowledge and skills must include knowledge of phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax, and language analysis, equivalent to SPH101: Speech, Language and Culture
    • Head and neck anatomy knowledge must include knowledge of functional anatomy related to communication and swallowing, equivalent to BMS224: Head and Neck Anatomy.

    Alternatively, applicants can undertake equivalent subjects at another university. Candidates will need to provide transcripts detailing the prerequisite subjects undertaken at another university.

    All pre-requisite study must be satisfactorily completed prior to a student being enrolled in the Masters of Speech Pathology. Completion of these subjects at CSU or similar subjects at another institution does not provide any guarantee of success in gaining admission to the course.

    Statement of Intent to study the Master of Speech Pathology

    An additional requirement is submission of a Statement of Intent to study the Master of Speech Pathology.

    A 500-word statement addressing the following must be submitted upon application:
    *an interest in and a commitment to speech pathology
    *prior work, study and life experience that have led to the application to study speech pathology
    *capacity to undertake study at this point in time
    *recognition and utilisation of principles of adult learning
    *previous experience of distance education or online study.  

    Interview

    Based on the above criteria, a proportion of candidates will be selected to participate in a short interview to discuss their Statement of Intent, the course requirements and their eligibility / suitability for the program. Interviews can be facilitated via phone, Skype or in person. The outcome of the interview is successful admission to the course OR unsuccessful application.

     

    Applications for study commencing in Session 1 close on 30 September each year.

    Students applying for the Master of Speech Pathology are required to meet the following selection criteria:

    A high level of academic ability through previous studies

    Previous university study:

    A candidate shall hold a minimum three-year undergraduate degree in any discipline

    Prerequisite knowledge:

    Candidates who do not have evidence of knowledge in head and neck anatomy and linguistics will be required to undertake study in these areas prior to applying for the Masters program.

    The following subjects are available via distance education at CSU and cover the required prior knowledge:

    • BMS224 Head and Neck Anatomy
    • SPH101 Speech, Language and Culture

    Alternatively, applicants can undertake equivalent subjects at another university. Subjects from other universities will be considered equivalent if the learning outcomes meet the following criteria.

    Please note that completion of these subjects at CSU or similar subjects at another institution does not provide any guarantee you will be successful in gaining admission to the course.

    Head and Neck Anatomy

    Learning outcomes:

    • identify the structures of the head and neck, specifically the bones, muscles, major blood vessels and nerves of the skull, ear, larynx, pharynx, palate, oral cavity and nasal cavity and portions of the vertebral column and thorax
    • explain the functions of the bones, muscles, major blood vessels and nerves of the skull, ear, larynx, pharynx, palate, oral cavity and nasal cavity and portions of the vertebral column and thorax
    • describe the processes of hearing, respiration, phonation, articulation and deglutition with particular reference to the relevant structures and their functions. 

    Introduction to Linguistics

    Learning outcomes:

    • understand the key terms in phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax
    • describe place, manner and voice associated with consonant production and height, length, rounding and anterior placement of vowels
    • identify International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols
    • transcribe single words using IPA symbols of Standard Australian English
    • describe types of morphemes, word classes and phrase structures, clause structures and sentence types
    • analyse sentences at word, phrase and clause level through identification of morphemes, word classes and phrase structure, and clause types and structures.

    Candidates will need to provide transcripts detailing the prerequisite subjects undertaken at another university.

    Statement of intent to study the Master of Speech Pathology

    A 500-word statement addressing the following needs to be submitted upon application:

    • an interest in and a commitment to speech pathology
    • prior work, study and life experience that have led to the application to study speech pathology
    • capacity to undertake study at this point in time
    • recognition and utilisation of principles of adult learning
    • previous experience of distance education or online study.
    Interview

    Based on the above criteria, candidates will be selected to participate in a short interview to discuss their statement of intent, the course requirements and their eligibility / suitability for the program. Interviews can be facilitated via phone, Skype or in person.

    Application process
    1. Submit your application online including copies of transcripts, evidence of your prerequisite knowledge and the 500-word statement. If you wish to discuss your eligibility, contact CSU on 1800 334 733 or submit an online enquiry
    2. Applications close on 30 September.
    3. All applications will be considered after the application cut-off date. A shortlist of applicants will be offered interviews. Please note that completion of BMS24 and/or SPH101 at CSU, or equivalent subjects at another institution, does not guarantee you will be offered an interview. If your application has been shortlisted, you will be contacted to make an appointment for a 15-minute interview with speech pathology program staff. Interviews will be held in October and can be conducted in person or via teleconference / Skype. For further information contact CSU on 1800 334 733 or submit an online enquiry
    4. Successful interviewees will be offered a position in the course.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaFPPGYNNOSSP
    DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaCGSYNNESSP

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Students must satisfactorily complete all 17 subjects (144 points).

  • How to apply
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    This course is not available to international students.

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  • About the School

    The School of Community Health

    The School of Community Health aims to work in partnership with communities to provide quality allied health education and research, offering courses in the areas of health and rehabilitation science, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry and speech pathology. Courses are delivered across three campuses at Albury-Wodonga, Orange and Port Macquarie. The School aims to develop future health graduates to work both nationally and internationally, developing specific skills in regional and rural practice. The School uses a range of innovative teaching practices that seek to foster graduates' ability to work in the current and future health environment, and have received citations and awards for excellence in teaching.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS025 - Introduction to Bioscience

    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects. A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions.The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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