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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

​​​Program Overview

The Master program of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MSLP) is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for competent clinical service delivery to children and adults in Arabic and English. The MSLP curriculum has been developed and reviewed by renowned scholars in the field from America and the West, and it is approved by the Saudi Ministry of Education. Instruction and clinical supervision is provided by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) by certified Arabic and English-speaking professionals from Saudi Arabia and the United States.  The MSLP program is both clinic-based and research-based.

​Program's Mission

​The mission of the Master’s degree program of Speech-language Pathology is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for competent clinical service delivery to children and adults in Arabic and English.

What Makes Speech-Language Pathology Program (MSLP) at Dar Al-Hekma University Unique?

​MSLP graduates will be acknowledged and recognized leaders nationally and internationally in the academia, research institutions, government, professional and health care organizations such as SSSPA, and ASHA.

  • First and only graduate program in speech-language pathology in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region. ​
  • MSLP is approved by the Saudi Ministry of Education. 
  • ​​​The MSLP curriculum has been developed and reviewed by renowned scholars in the field from America and the west.​
  • ​The program is designed in a way to reflect the most current theory and research in the field of speech-language pathology.​​
  • The program provides students with on-site and off-site clinical sites for the clinical practicum courses. ​
  • Faculty and clinical supervisors in the MSLP program are ASHA certified with varied specialties (adult neurogenic, child language disorders, swallowing disorders, etc.).​​
  • ​Distinguished international faculty members are invited every semester to teach some of the courses​.
  • ​The program consists of five specialized clinical practicum courses (general practicum 1, child practicum, adult practicum, school practicum, and medical practicum).  
  • The MSLP program operates a speech and Hearing clinic at the university, which facilitates learning in an experimental setting that mimics real life clinical experiences. The clinic serves the DAH community which seeks speech, language an hearing services for children, adolescebts and adults with various communication problems. 
  • MSLP students have the opportunities to participate in various national and international conferences.​

Admission Requirements

​​​​​​
​​​​​ Programs​
​​T​OEFL Score​​
Required ​Bachelor
Degree
Pre-Requisite Program
​Othe Admission Requirement
Master of Science in Speech-
Language Pathology ​
500
A Bachelor Degree in
Any Field
None
Pass Interview


​​​​Learning Outcomes

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program engages students in intensive study, innovative research, application of evidence as the basis for clinical service delivery, self-evaluation and reflection for skills development resulting in the following learning outcomes:

  • Describe fundamental knowledge about normal anatomy, physiology, and process of hearing, speech and language.
  • Conduct empirical and experimental research projects.
  • Demonstrate understanding for individuals who have communication disorders, with sound knowledge and appreciation of cultural and linguistic differences in a diverse world.
  • Apply professional and reflective ethical practices in the field of speech and language pathology as individuals and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate an advanced level in clinical skills when providing prevention, assessment and intervention services for individuals with communication disorders. 
​​​Year One (1)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring Semester – Summer

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

CSCD 6301Oral & Written
Language Disorder
3AURE 6301 Advanced Aural
Rehabilitation
3CSCD 6305 Voice Disorders 3
CSCD 6302Advanced Research
Methods
3CSCD 6201Medical Aspects of
Speech-Language
Pathology
2CSCD 6103Practicum III
– Adult Practicum
in Speech-Language
Pathology
1
CSCD 6303Autism Spectrum
Disorder
3CSCD 6304Phonological
Disorder
3
CSCD 6101Practicum I 1CSCD 6102Practicum II – Child
Practicum in Speech-
Language Pathology
1
Total Credit Hours 10 Total Credit Hours 9 Total Credit Hours 4

​Year One (2)
Semester – Fall ​Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

CSCD 6306​
Dysphagia​3CSCD 6309​
Motor Speech Disorders & Traumatic Brain Injury​ 3CSCD 6000​
Preparation for PRAXIS​
0
CSCD 6307​
Aphasia & Cognitive Disorder​
3CSCD 6202​
Fluency Disorders​ 2
​​CSCD 6308​
Craniofacial Anomalies​
3CSCD 6310​
Clinic Research Project​ 3
CSCD 6104​
Practicum​ IV – School Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology​
1CSCD 6105​
Practicum V – Medical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology​
1
Total Credit Hours 10 Total Credit Hours 9 Total Credit Hours 0

Summer II (Optional)CSCD XXXX
Free Elective (Students may not be required to take this elective)​2
Elective Cluster
CSCD 6203Augmentative and Alternative Communication2
CSCD 6204Telehealth2
CSCD 6205Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders2
CSCD 6206Early Intervention
2
Total credit hours for graduation: 42

​Career Prospects

Graduates may provide services to individuals of all ages with the full range of communication and swallowing disorders. They can work for national and local agencies such as hospitals, clinics, and public and private schools, as well as own clinics and private practices. Graduates can help prepare future professionals in colleges and universities and engage in empirical research to further knowledge about communication processes and disorders, and develop new assessment and intervention methods. 

Graduates of MSLP are eligible for ASHA CCC (Certificate of Clinical Competence - a professional recognition of clinical competence by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association “ASHA”) after the completion of a post-graduate clinical fellowship year and passing a praxis exam.​

Key Facts

Program Name

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology


Academic Degree

Master


Credit Hours

42


Program Length

2 Years


Mode of study

Full time / Part Time

Dr. Yaser Numan Mohammad Al Sabi

Director, Speech Language & Hearing Sciences Program; Director, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program


PhD, Communication Science & Disorders, Howard University, USA, 2007

MA, Education, (Speech Pathology & Audiology), San Jose State University, USA, 1999

MA, Speech Pathology & Communication Disorders, University of Jordan, Jordan, 1994

BA, English Language, Yarmouk University, Jordan, 1989

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