Before You Post About Grad Schools...

Before making a "Will I get in?" post about graduate schools, please do the following:

1.  Check out this entry found here.
2.  Read past entries for ideas - Graduate School tag is a good starting place.
3.  Check the program website for the school you are applying to, many times they have information about average GPA/GRE scores, employment rate post grad, etc.

The reason we're asking this of you is because we tend to get a huge influx of graduate school posts around this time of year and many of your questions have been answered before.  If you truly cannot find your answer, feel free to post your graduate school question. =)

Choosing SLP post-baccalaureate programs

Hello guys!   I'm currently a 4th-year undergraduate at UCI, which unfortunately does not offer a CSD degree. My next step is to apply to a post-bacc program. I would really want to stay to California for SLP grad school, so I am looking for a post-bacc program that satisfies all the requirements of all the California grad programs that I am applying to. The problem I've run into is that most schools are looking for different prerequisite courses, and none of the post-bacc programs satisfies all of the required courses. Is there any SLP grad school in Cali (or in any other state) that ONLY requires completion of any CSD post-bacc program and no other additional courses? Any other general advice/suggestions is appreciated, thank you!

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CFY Starting mid year in school setting

Hi everyone.  So I have recently moved my CFY from a SNF to a school setting. I was hired on the day before the school started their winter break, therefore I have not been given a ton of information about my position or on what I will/ should be doing. I am starting in the school's preschool. I feel like I'm not really sure I know what I am supposed to be doing. School restarts next week, and I still have a lot of questions. I was handed 10 kids files before break, but I know I will have more kiddos than that! Who should I talk to about figuring out what kids I have on my caseload? What other administrative tasks should I complete? I have a "to-do" list including getting access to IEP, learn how to bill, creating a caseload list with goals, develop attendance system.  What else? Thanks everyone! 

Choosing a Minor

Hello everyone,

I am an undergrad speech pathology student and am having a difficult time deciding what to minor in. Given the nature of the speech path major at my university, I have quite a bit of room for electives and I would like to use those to fulfill a minor, but I am caught up between minoring in Spanish or in Psychology. I am also a bilingual Spanish speaker, so although I had originally intended to minor in spanish, I am now thinking that might not be significant in my graduate school application given that I am already bilingual. The other minor I am considering then is psychology, which I feel could prove extremely helpful in the future.

If anyone has any insight on which of the two minors would be best for graduate school applications or would like to share what they are minoring in and why they chose their minor, I would truly appreciate it!

Thanks in advance for your help!
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That pesky /r/...

Hey ya'll!
Out of curiosity,
Have any of you tried "R Made Simple Program"?
Did it work?
Does anyone have any program recommendations or general advice/ideas? I have a LOT of /r/ kiddos on my caseload this year!

GPA In Major: 3.22

Hello everyone,

I know there was a similar post 5 years back but I wanted to touch base with a more current post.

Back story: I am from Washington State and received my degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. I started at a community college (where I earned a 3.56 GPA) and then transferred to a 4 year university in Washington where I earned a 3.22 GPA in my major. I know this GPA is not competitive at all and it breaks my heart because it doesn't reflect my passion to work in this field at all. There was some family things going on and I let it get in the way. Also, the transition from a community college to a 4 year was kind of a big adjustment for me. I was so disappointed in myself that after graduation I gave up hope of someday becoming a SLP. Looking back, this is something that saddens me because my brother has autism and has benefited tremendously from seeing an SLP. I want to make a difference in people lives, just as the my brother's SLP has made a difference in his.

Fast Forward: It has been a little over a year since I have graduated (June, 2016). I worked in a school district as an SLPA for 6 months which reignited my passion for this field. I am looking to land another contract for this coming school year and apply for Fall 2018 at a grad school.

So My Question Is This: Who has had a similar GPA and has been accepted into a Masters Program? Also, what did your GRE score look like?

Thank you in advance for your time!
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Emerson College vs. University of Redlands


I was recently accepted off of the wait list at the University of Redlands, and they give one day to accept. I have already secured a spot at Emerson College. I visited Emerson for my interview and loved it. I visited Redlands when the campus was closed so I really don't know much about the program. Can anyone speak to either of them? I don't know what to do! My biggest concern with Redlands is clinical opportunities, a possible lack of research, and the fact that I would graduate a whole year later (I am out-of-field).

To make things more complicated, my family lives out in California these days, near Redlands. My dad is 84 and is sick, so I am wondering if I need to make that the priority now, rather than after my program ends. I am 28 and have not lived near them in a while.

I live in Colorado so I am working up to making a move either way. My partner is moving with me and will be applying to med school, and it feels like there is a lot at stake here! Thanks for any advice.

Any one return to the US after completing a graduate program overseas?

Hello! I am a California based SLPA & I am considering going overseas for my masters degree. I visited friends in Melbourne, AUS last year & fell in love with the city. I applied to the University of Melbourne & was accepted to start in Feb 2017. I got cold feet at the last minute because I heard it can be a real challenge to get licensed in the state of California with a foreign degree. I deferred my enrollment for next year, and am still considering taking a chance, just trying to get as much information as possible so I can make a wise decision. I am hoping to connect with someone who has studied abroad & returned to the US & what the process was like. Anyone out there???

bilingual student applying for grad school

Hello all,

My name is Alice. I am currently a senior student in Communication Sciences and Disorders major at a public university in the southwest region. I have a bit of an unusual background. I was born and raised in Beijing, China. My first language is Mandarin, and I speak very fluent, near native English.
I am planning to graduate college in spring 2018, since I've decided to take my time to do 5 years for my undergraduate degree. I am very passionate about working with bilingual children in the future. Currently, I am taking classes towards a minors degree in linguistics, and an undergraduate TESOL certificate. I have worked as an English teacher in the United States for both children and adults, and I am currently working as a programs assistant at a daycare for international children.
I have been researching for graduate school lately, and I found my comparatively low GPA not desirable at all. I admit that I am not the hardest worker. But I have never been a great test taker, or a "school person". Being in a completely different cultural environment definitely didn't help either (I went through a very tough "lost period" when I first got here. But I got everything worked out now). Right now I have a couple B's and C's in my major classes, with a major GPA just above 3.0 (not even 3.1, ha). I have decided that along with applying for graduate schools, I will be re-taking 5 courses that I have gotten B's and C's on. And that will supposedly bump my major GPA up to 3.34 if I get all A's. My current overall GPA is 3.15. I know this is not the greatest situation, and that's why I'm here to seek help! Here are my questions:

1. Is this GPA really just hopeless? I have seen so many people who have their GPAs around 3.3 and do not get any offer. Would it be a better option if I just delay my graduation for another year, and re-take more classes and get more experience? (that will not help my GPA by too much though. My school does not take out my former grades after I re-take courses)
2. I know bilingual SLPs are kind of in-demand in the United States now. how can I maximized this advantage/counter my disadvantage on my GPA when I'm applying?
3. Are there any schools that I can specifically look at that provide bilingual research or clinical opportunities?
4. What cities or states should I be aiming for to have contact with a bigger population of bilingual clients? The state I am in right now does NOT have a lot of diversity.
5. I am debating if I want to get my permanent resident identity (the US green card) right now. If I do so I will lose my international student status. I know every school has a quota for international students. Does anybody have any idea or similar experiences on which identity I should be applying under to have a better chance to get in?
5. What are some of the other things I can do to help counter my low GPA?

Thank you for reading!

CEU Confusion!


I just completed my first course required for my continuing education for ASHA. I am very confused about exactly how much the course is "worth" and how many CEUs/Contact Hours/Certification Maintenance Hours I need. Are these terms equivalent? I see on the ASHA website that in order to maintain my CCC's, I need 30 certification maintenance hours. Is this the same as contact hours? The course I completed was 1 "contact hour". If a contact hour is not the same as a certification maintenance hour, what is the conversion? I always thought there was just one unit for the "CEU" but I'm finding it to be rather confusing. Thanks!