English Language Proficiency

student clinician doing adult therapy

Given the scope of practice in speech-language pathology, and given that the mission of the SPA graduate program is to prepare students for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in the United States, oral English proficiency is considered an essential tool.

Miami’s Graduate Handbook states the following regarding English Proficiency:

English Language Proficiency Test Score: Domestic applicants whose native language is not English or who completed their studies in a non-English speaking country or institution are required to submit proof of English language proficiency. In most cases, applicants will need to present satisfactory scores on the following tests:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT 80
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 54

Furthermore, the Miami University Graduate Handbook indicates that in order for students to be eligible for a grant in aid the students must have a minimum of the following scores

  • TOEFL iBT total score greater than or equal to 87 with a minimum speaking score of 20;
  • IELTS overall band score greater than or equal to 7.0 with a minimum speaking score of 6.5

If a student whose native language is not English is accepted into Miami University’s Speech Pathology graduate program, and if there is evidence that this student is having exceptional difficulty with one or more of the tasks required in clinical service delivery (e.g., speech perception, speech/language modeling, comprehending speech or language produced by individuals with disorders, writing clinic reports, counseling families, etc.) then the student will be asked to address these deficits through a remediation plan (e.g., therapy for accent reduction, perceptual training, etc. as needed).