The doctoral program in speech-language pathology is a specialization within the Disability Disciplines PhD Program in the Emma Eccles Jones School of Education and Human Services. The Disability Disciplines Doctoral Program offers a multidisciplinary doctoral degree that brings together faculty and students across disciplinary and departmental lines to explore interrelated aspects of disabilities. Specializations include (a) speech and language pathology, (b) special education, (b) rehabilitation counseling, (d) applied behavior analysis, and (e) disability studies. All specializations balance a common core of multidisciplinary coursework and applied activities with a strong disciplinary focus. Thus, both faculty and students work within a multidisciplinary context without compromising their important disciplinary perspective, knowledge, and skills.
The program is made up of a combination of coursework, a preliminary exam, internships, professional products, and a dissertation. Students must pass a three-day preliminary exam that includes disciplinary knowledge, critique of a research manuscript, and design of an experimental research study. In addition, students complete internships and professional products in eight areas critical for faculty in communication disorders and/or special education: (1) research, (2) conference presentation, (3) writing for publication, (4) systematic review of research literature, (5) grant writing, (6) college teaching, and (7) supervision/coaching. Detailed descriptions of these professional requirements are provided in the coursework section.