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How HESPIE Works

Overview | Plan of Study


Hearing and Speech in the Evening (HESPIE) is a 15-month, non-degree, post-baccalaureate program that provides a strong background for graduate training in Speech—Language Pathology, Audiology, and in Hearing, Language, or Speech Sciences. Courses offered in HESPIE are intended to meet the pre-requisite requirements of most graduate programs. Upon program completion, students should acquire the knowledge and skills to demonstrate knowledge of basic communication processes as well as knowledge of speech, language, and hearing disorders and differences, including etiologies and characteristics, prevention, assessment, and intervention.

HESPIE offers courses during the University’s standard fall, spring, and summer semesters and features seminar-style, face to face learning. Courses meet during convenient evening hours in College Park campus classrooms. The program includes eight courses—two offered each semester—with class meeting times of one evening per week. Whereas it is not necessary to take all courses, students must apply to be part of the program cohort. The full set of courses may be completed in as little as fifteen months: fall, spring, summer, and the subsequent fall. The last classes would be completed just in time to apply for graduate programs in the subsequent fall semester as most programs have December or January application deadlines. Qualified students are admitted as non-degree seeking post-baccalaureates. Credits and grades earned post to the University of Maryland transcript.

The program is offered by the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Instructors are carefully screened and regularly evaluated to maintain quality. Tuition is charged at the approved Maryland in-state undergraduate rate to all students who are admitted into HESPIE and who register for HESPIE course sections. Program students who register for non-program courses are charged tuition based on their residency classification. Students are subject to the campus mandatory fees.

Whereas courses offered in HESPIE are intended to meet the pre-requisite requirements of most graduate programs, including UMD’s, the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences cannot guarantee that other graduate programs might not have additional required courses. You are encouraged to check requirements of those graduate programs to which you plan to apply. Acceptance into HESPIE does not guarantee admission into a graduate program at the University of Maryland.

Plan of Study

HESPIE is an eight course, 24-credit program that may be completed in as little as fifteen months. Students register for two courses for a total of 6 credits each semester (fall, spring, summer, fall). Classes meet one evening per week. Students should visit Calendars & Deadlines to determine the semester schedule start and end dates as well as deadlines for cancellation or withdrawal. Courses are only open to students who are admitted into the program.

HESPIE Plan of Study
Term Course Title
Fall HESP150 Introduction to Language Science
HESP400 Speech and Language Development in Children
Spring HESP303 Phonetic Transcription
HESP306 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Hearing
Summer HESP307 Speech & Hearing Science
HESP313 Neurobiology for Speech and Hearing
Fall HESP411 Introduction to Audiology
HESP413 Aural Rehabilitation/ Habilitation

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