One of the programs that has had the biggest impact on my undergraduate education during my time at UT Dallas would be the Fast Track Program to a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders. With acceptance into this program this semester, I was able to take 15 hours of graduate credit which will count towards my undergraduate and my graduate degree, essentially eliminating one semester of classes.
For me, this has been a great opportunity that has allowed me to gain exposure to graduate courses and has also allowed me to be involved in a practicum in which I am able to work with real participants whose lives have been impacted by a stroke. In practicum, I have been able to practice planning and implementing therapy plans under supervision of a certified Speech-Language Pathologist.
Applications to the Fast Track Program are accepted in the semester prior to the one in which the student plans to enroll. To enroll in the graduate courses, Fast Track students must have completed 90 semester credit hours of undergraduate coursework, including specified prerequisites (typically 18 hours of core courses in the field in which the student intends to apply).
The Fast Track Program is available to many majors, including Applied Cognition and Neuroscience, Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Finance, Accounting, and others.
This program has given me real-world experience in what I will actually be doing as a Speech-Language Pathologist, while allowing me to fulfill undergraduate credit requirements for my Bachelor’s degree. This has really reaffirmed my decision to pursue Speech-Language Pathology and opened my eyes to the difference I can make with a career in this field.
B.S. Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
Class of 2017
The University of Texas at Dallas