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September 22nd, 2009

Graduate Non-Degree @ 02:24 pm

Current Location: work
Current Mood: curious curious

I graduated back in 2005 with my BA in Speech and Hearing Science.  Since then I have attempted to apply for graduate school to get my MA in Speech-Language Pathology.  It hasn't worked.  This year I have realized that I can't afford the cost of applying.  That got me motivated to start looking at my options since I'm tired of sitting around going "Next year I'll be in grad school!"  I found out about the option of going Graduate Non-Degree at Ohio State.  It doesn't cost anything to apply and I'm hoping to get enough student loans to cover the cost of school if not also living and go full time.  This brought up a few questions that I thought I would ask you all.

First, my plan is to go GN-D for three quarters (yes, we're still on quarters), Winter, Spring, and Summer, in the hopes that I can show that I can handle the graduate coursework and possibly get to know a professor or two so I can get good letters of recommendation.  I would apply for the graduate program for the next year and go continuing education in the meantime.  Am I crazy or is this a good idea?

Second, I was looking at courses and found the Masters of Education Program in Hearing Impairment.  It's a one year program that certifies you to be a teacher of hearing impaired students.  Would this be a good course to follow to supplement the MA in SLP?  I would love to work out at the Ohio School for the Deaf as a SLP.  Would this help or just be extra work?  Would an interpreter certification be just as good if not better?  I have thought a lot about taking the interpreter courses over at Columbus State and getting certified.  I'm just not sure which one would be more helpful.

Third, has anyone had any experience with going from GN-D to a SLP graduate program?  I have been told by professors that being able to show that I can handle a graduate level class while taking other classes or working full time would help my chances of getting in.  My grades from undergrad aren't that great, so I need all the help I can get.  Also it's been almost 4 years since I graduated.  Showing that I can still handle courses can't hurt.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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