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  1. My BA is in linguistics, so I'm trying to gain information on what kind of prerequisites I need in order to apply to a master's program in speech language pathology. Each school's individual requirements are pretty straightforward but, so far, every school has given me a different answer as to what exactly the ASHA requirements are. In terms of the general prerequisites (social science, statistics, sciences, etc) I'm good to go. However in terms of the SPA courses, some schools are telling me that Intro to Hearing Sciences (or similar) is an ASHA requirement but some schools are telling me that I don't need it, which obviously doesn't make sense because if it's an ASHA requirement, shouldn't all schools require it? Besides coursework, are there any other requirements besides 25 hours of clinical observation? I'm trying to figure out everything on my own and since every program is giving me different answers as to what is and is not required, I'm afraid I will find out too late that I am missing something and not have enough time to complete it before the program starts. (I am aiming for an August 2021 start date and am starting my prerequisite coursework this fall) I would so appreciate any information or tips, and to speak with someone who went into SLP from an out-of-field BA. Thanks!
  2. Hi, all. I apologize for creating so many threads but I figured this one might be applicable to others as well. My problem is this: the only school that I have applied to this cycle and one which I will definitely attend if I am admitted, has a pesky statistics requirement that I somehow didn't notice when I was doing research on the school. (I know I should have assumed that this would be the case - believe me, I am beating myself up about this enough already.) Anyway, this wouldn't be too much of a problem except that I recently moved states and so if I were to take a statistics course at a community college here the tuition would be astronomical (upwards of $1000). I am wondering if anyone here has ever found themselves in a similar position? Do I just have to eat the expense? I'm super mad at myself because if I had noticed this last spring I could have taken the class at a community college before I moved and I would not be having this problem. At an info session I recently attended, the director of admissions and financial aid specified that one can be admitted provisionally without having taken a statistics course (thank God). I am wondering if they might be similarly flexible on WHEN I take the class? If I could take it during the fall semester that would help me so much, as I would qualify for in-state tuition then. I guess the only way to know for sure is to ask the school, but I'd rather wait until I am actually admitted before I start bugging them about bending the rules, lol. Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone had any advice on cheaper alternatives (if such alternatives even exist).
  3. As an out of field applicant, I've decided that the best option for me to complete the necessary SLP prerequisite coursework is the CSULA post-bacc program, and thankfully I was accepted! However, this program is not eligible for federal or state loans, the only option is private loans. My undergraduate GPA isn't the highest (3.56 cumulative, 3.75 last 60 units) which means it's extremely important to do very well in the post-bacc classes so I don't know if I'll be able to work many hours. Plus cost of living in LA is very high. Does it make sense to take out private loans for this program? Tuition and fees are $4,000/ semester, and it will take between 3 and 4 semesters to complete the program. I'm worried about taking on debt before even beginning the MA. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
  4. I am currently waitlisted at 5 schools and have no acceptances yet. I took the bulk of my pre-reqs through a post-bac program, but each of these remaining schools has one or two random classes that weren't included. I've registered at various schools for the 5 classes I could possibly need to take, with a plan of dropping if I get rejected or only taking the ones I need for the school I end up going to. But now that May is approaching I'm realizing classes will start soon and I may not hear from the waitlists until later in May or even June. I will be absolutely crushed if I drop a class and then get an acceptance in June but don't have a pre-req filled. If I stay in all of the classes hoping for an acceptance, that means taking 5 classes over the summer while working full time (the most I've taken at once was 3 and that pretty hellish) and also the cost would be over $7,000 if I take all 5 at once! (Could put on credit card but that's pretty terrifying considering my chances here!) I am so torn about what to do and would love to hear from anyone with suggestions.
  5. I'm currently wait-listed at 4 schools (no acceptances yet). Each school I applied to had most of the same prereqs and then a few outliers. It looks like I won't know where I'm going until after summer registration starts, so I have no idea how I'm supposed to know what classes to take over the summer. It will kill me if I end up getting accepted off a wait list and don't have all the prereqs done, but at the same time, how am I supposed to take every single class that every school requires? My bachelor's is in another field, and the post-ba program I'm taking doesn't even offer a lot of the classes. Is anyone else in this kind of situation? How are you approaching it?
  6. Hi everyone! Over the last two years, I have been asked by so many about where to take ASHA prerequisites like biology, physics/chemistry, sociology, psychology, and statistics courses. If you are pressed for time and missing these courses, there is an alternative to enrolling in courses. Most schools will accept examination credit from CLEP and DSST exams. I personally tested out of 49 credit hours in undergrad and I can tell you that most of the exams are pretty easy to prepare for. Each exam costs $80 plus a small proctor fee. It is SO much cheaper, easier, and faster than taking a full-length course. You only need to PASS an exam, and it will not show as a grade on your transcripts. It will could toward your total credit hours though, and ASHA accepts test credits. You have to be enrolled in a program in order for your school to accept your exam credit and indicate this on your transcripts. You can easily check on your school's policy by Googling "[School Name] CLEP". Alternatively, you could give your registrar a call to ask about it. CLEP Exams: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology DSST Exams: Statistics *** I would not recommend the biology and chemistry exams because they are very difficult. I studied for 2 months and only barely passed the biology exam. All the others are very easy and doable though! In addition, there are dozens of other DSST and CLEP exams you can use to fill your elective and gen. ed requirements in undergrad studies. I am starting this thread for anyone who has questions about going this route. I would be happy to help you all out!
  7. So I'm pretty new to this community, but I've decided to change career paths and apply to Speech Pathology Master's programs! My Bachelor's is in Dietetics, and while nutrition is great and important and all... I just don't think it's for me. I've done a lot of research on SLP, and now I'm just seeking some advice I guess. Since I'm an out of field applicant, I have all the CSD prereqs to take. I was wondering if anyone else studied for those classes before actually taking them? I'm thinking about finding some Quizlets just so I have an idea of what to expect come this fall when I start school again. I'm in the process of studying for the GRE right now, which takes priority, but I'd still like some opinions on how to prepare for CSD classes as a post-bacc student!
  8. I am looking into applying for a couple of art therapy grad programs. I have a B.A. in Theatre and graduated in 2011. The art therapy programs that I am looking at both require 12 credits in Psych and 18 in Studio Art. I have no psych classes under my belt, and my art training was all through THEA classes (along with out of school training). The admissions counselor recommended that I take classes at the local community college in order to get these prereqs. I already have my A.A. and my B.A. and am really concerned about taking even more classes at a community college just to *maybe* get into grad school. Is this a common occurrence?
  9. I'm trying to decide which supplementary math class to take community college before my grad program starts. I've already taken Stats 1 & 2, and Calc 2, I'm trying to decide between differential equations and linear algebra. I only have time to take one of these in the spring, as I'm still working full time, and the summer semester dips into when grad classes would start. I've been accepted into most of my top choices for environment/energy management, (I haven't picked yet! D: ) talking to professors and looking through course catalogs, it seems like it would between these two, leaning toward linear. Applications would be for economic and financial modeling, as well other general types of quantitative analysis skills that I'm looking to learn in grad school. Asking my mathy econ friends, they have varied horror stories about both subjects, so I'm anticipating it to be a challenge either way. I'm not the most naturally gifted at math, but managed to get As in all of my previous community college math classes because I was able to focus on one subject at a time, so I'd rather knock this out in a safer, and frankly, less challenging environment. Thoughts?
  10. So..long post ahead... For a while now I'd been committed to going to law school. I took the LSAT this past February for the 2nd time in hopes I'd do well enough for my target schools for matriculation this fall (top 20 range). Not to be...So at this point I'm considering other graduate options (though I'm pretty sure I'll take the LSAT again later this year), but with no real direction (BA in Philosophy so go figure). At this point I'm looking at everything from Economics to Psychology (minored in both), but I know I'd need some prerequisite courses to be seriously considered. My question is, can I just take credited non-degree courses to fulfill these admission requirements? If so, is this route looked down upon by admission committees? I'm assuming it'd be similar to the undergrad admission process? Transcripts, LORs, placement/assessment tests? I apologize for my lack of insight and seeming lack of direction and committance...kinda been haunting me my entire life... Any advice will be appreciated!
  11. I was accepted into a Master's program that starts in the Fall. I need to take 12 hours of pre-requisite undergraduate courses in the first year, and the actual program is 60 hours. Im considering taking at least a few pre-reqs online this summer in order to streamline the process, while working. The only issue is that if I am not in schools this summer I will have time to work more = more money saved. Any thoughts on which option might be best?
  12. Hi everyone. I am currently in the final semester of my masters in education and have come to the conclusion that I would like to continue my education and pursue a PhD. I am currently completing a degree in Social Studies education, and would like to also pursue my PhD in that same field of study. My current program has led me to read a lot of academic work, and one such author resonated with me each time I read his work. After a quick search of his name in a bout of curiosity, it turns out he is the program director/doctoral advisor for a Social Studies Education program. The schools website, under the tab of Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education in History and the Social Sciences, states the following: "There are no formal prerequisites for admission to the program in History/Social Science Education. Experience in teaching history/social science is an asset and provides a useful entry point to many of these questions. But more important than any set of prior experiences is a boundless curiosity to understand how the past shapes understanding in the present and how we can learn more about designing effective educational programs. Candidates interested in this concentration should get in touch with [professor] at [professors email]." I do not have any teaching experience, yet, but since I have yet to take the GRE and haven't applied for the 2017 year, I will have a gap year in between my masters and potential doctoral programs in which I plan to receive teaching offers. My question is, what exactly, and how exactly, to say to the professor when contacting him? I am fairly certain of what I would like to research, and reading plenty of his work, am sure it aligns well with his ideology.
  13. I'm thinking about returning to grad school after an 11 year absence from studying and advanced mathematics. Statistics is the field I am most interested in, and I have the right undergraduate prerequisites (Calc I-III, Linear Algebra, Prob & Stat). However, I'm worried about being rejected because of how long ago my coursework was. I've been in education since that time and haven't really used or reviewed any upper-level mathematics. Ideally, I'd like to get into a mid-tier program. Application deadlines for Fall 2017 are coming up and I'm trying to decide whether or not it makes sense to apply this year and how programs would view a mid-life career-change candidate with my background. My undergrad GPA (in EE) was 3.7 and my GRE scores are good (top 5% verbal and math), but I didn't take the GRE mathematics subject test this year. The programs I'm looking at do not require the subject test. Would I have any chance of being accepted if I applied this year, or should I spend a year reviewing math, take the GRE math test (to demonstrate to programs that I still can remember how to do the upper level stuff) and wait to apply until next year? If I were accepted for 2017, I'd spend the summer reviewing mathematics anyway. Are first year courses in MS stat heavily reliant on advanced calculus, or do programs just want to see that you have ability in math? It seems like some people have gone on to study statistics even after doing some undergraduate degrees in completely unrelated areas. Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated.
  14. I have an undergraduate degree in English and need to take all prerequisites to get into an SLP program - does anyone know of programs that admit students into their master's programs that integrate the prereqs? I am only aware of CU Boulder and University of the Pacific. I am hoping to apply to a few of these programs (if more exist) and apply for post-bacc programs (post-bacc is up for debate... not sure if I should take these on my own instead.) Thanks so much!
  15. Long time lurker first time poster here, hi everyone! ive received an offer from NYU to do my masters in Economics in the fall of 2016, but because my background is unrelated to Economics, there is a condition attached to my acceptance: "You must take Intermediate Macroeconomics and Intermediate Microeconomics before enrolling at NYU." I've tried looking online for Economics courses and diplomas that can help me fulfill this requirement, but most of them have a minimum duration of a year. Is there a program or a distance learning course from an accredited institution that I can complete in time to start my masters in the Fall of 2016? Does anyone have any experience or advice? Thank you!
  16. Hey folks, I was wondering if you could help me out here? Since I did not major in sociology during my undergrad, I'm obviously missing some classes from my repertoire. The university I plan to attend in the fall have asked me to take sociological theory before classes start in September. There are so many online programs that it's overwhelming to try to weed through which programs are legitimate and which ones are not, especially since I have never taken an online course before. I was wondering if any of you could recommend any online sociology programs? I only need to take sociological theory. Any help would be appreciated!
  17. I graduated from the University of Georgia in May with a degree in Linguistics/Theatre. Last year, I tried to apply for speech pathology without any prerequisites (except linguistics courses) and got rejected from all seven schools I applied to >.< Now, I'm taking prereqs through the online program at Longwood, and my post-bac GPA is 3.8-3.9ish. By the end of the spring, I'll have courses in phonology, syntax, semantics, and morphology (through my Bachelor's degree) as well as Intro to CSD, Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing, Language Development, Intro to Audiology, Language Disorders, Speech Science, and Neurology of Communication. I'm trying again this time around, and my list can be seen in my signature (I'm only applying to one that I applied to last year). My stats can also be found there. (My AW score on the GRE was 4.5, but I got a 5.5 when I took it last year. Do they combine scores?) Besides academics, I had a summer internship at a surgical implantable company where I dealt with insurance claims and HIPAA, and now I work as a support companion with two women with autism who live in their own homes (mostly behavioral stuff, and I've dealt with a lot of state paperwork and ISPs). In my essays, I mention that during my full-time internship I was also taking 9 hours of classes. I'm getting recommendations from an online SLP professor I had twice (who also practices), a theatre professor I know really well and basically took a grad level class with (and who is the head of the department), a linguistics TA I've had for two classes as well as been in a class with him as a student, and my coordinator for my companion job (one of the teachers couldn't meet the CSDCAS deadline in time...) Do you think eleven schools is enough? (I'm a little gun-shy after last time.) Did I pick enough "safe" ones? Does anyone have experience applying to and being accepted/rejected from my schools? Anything to ease this wait would be wonderful!
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