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.
CSD faculty review outcome measure data pertaining to the 5-year program from a number of sources. Modifications to our curriculum result from discussions about such data. In addition, the faculty also evaluate the need for further development of the program, and any associated areas for continued growth. These program changes are instrumental in the design of our strategic plan, and are regularly evaluated and congruent with the mission of Marywood University.