The program is designed to provide students with a variety of academic coursework and clinical practicum experiences, according to the standards set forth by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), to prepare them, from a family-centered perspective, for professional careers as speech-language pathologists, serving children and adults who have communication disorders. The faculty of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is dedicated to providing students with a quality education and opportunities to integrate theory and research into clinical practice.
The five-year program leading to a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology prepares students to:
- Acquire academic knowledge and develop clinical skills pertaining to the scientific study of human communication processes that are necessary to perform competent practice of speech-language pathology, according to the current ASHA certification standards.
- Evaluate the etiologies, pathologies, social-emotional, cognitive, and educational factors associated with disorders of language, articulation-phonology, voice, fluency, swallowing, and hearing.
- Exemplify knowledge of ethical, legal, regulatory, and financial aspects of professional clinical practice.
- Critically evaluate and be sensitive to issues pertaining to cultural and linguistic diversity.
- Become eligible to earn certification from ASHA and state licensure as a speech-language pathologist in Pennsylvania.
- Pursue teacher certification from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education (optional).
- Work in a variety of settings such as schools, rehabilitation clinics, hospitals, community clinics, nursing homes, and private practice.
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