Certificate in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Launched in fall 2022, the undergraduate certificate in speech, language and hearing sciences. The certificate replaces the "post-baccalaureate prerequisite course sequence" and includes prerequisite courses required for application to many graduate programs in audiology or speech-language pathology. It can also be a useful companion to your WMU bachelor's degree, giving you a focus on communication sciences that is beneficial in many careers.

The certificate includes 17 credit hours of coursework and is available in virtual  or face-to-face formats for maximum flexibility and convenience.

Note: Completing this undergraduate certificate does not ensure admission to graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology. Refer to program requirements at graduate institution for more information.

Who is it for?

There are two categories of student who might be interested in the undergraduate certificate in speech, language and hearing sciences.

  1. If you have completed a bachelor's degree in another area but are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in speech-language pathology or audiology. The courses in this certificate will satisfy prerequisite requirements for many graduate programs.

  2. If you are currently enrolled at WMU and would like to add a certificate in the area of speech, language and hearing sciences to complement your bachelor's degree. The focus on communication sciences is broadly applicable in many careers.

How to apply

The first step in applying is to contact Dr. Alyssa Eminhizer, advisor for the certificate program. After that brief advising discussion:

  • You must have a 2.5 GPA and you must have completed at least 48 credits at an accredited institution.
  • If you are not enrolled at WMU, you must apply to WMU as a non-degree-seeking student.
  • If you are already enrolled at WMU, simply speak with your advisor about adding the undergraduate certificate.


Course sequence

  • Fall
    • SLHS 2030: Normal Language Acquisition Credits: 3 hours 
    • SLHS 2040: Phonetics Credits: 3 hours 
    • SLHS 2041: Phonetics Laboratory Credits: 1 hour   
    • SLHS 2080: Introduction to Audiology Credits: 3 hours   
  • Spring
    • SLHS 2050: Speech Anatomy and Physiology Credits: 3 hours   
    • SLHS 2051: Speech Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory Credits: 1 hour   
    • SLHS 2060: Hearing Science: 3hours - or
      SLHS 5010: Speech Science Credits: 3 hours