M.S. - Speech-Language Pathology
The graduate program in speech-language pathology provides education and training to enable students to become skilled and caring professionals who will lead and serve in a diverse and changing world. The major purpose of this two-year (five semesters), full-time program is education and development of superior professionals for careers as speech-language pathologists. The master's program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Learn more about our accreditation and the complaint process.
The curriculum challenges pre-professionals academically, clinically, and personally. The program consists of academic coursework integrated with clinical training in the assessment and treatment of infants, children, and adults who have communication disorders. The program provides opportunities for students to acquire and demonstrate knowledge of the nature of speech, language, hearing, and communication disorders and differences, as well as prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders across the life span. The program also allows students to acquire and demonstrate knowledge in standards of ethical conduct, research principles in evidence-based clinical practice, and contemporary professional issues.
Students must have completed an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology (or communication sciences and disorders). Prospective students whose undergraduate major or degree is in a field other than speech-language pathology are required to complete post-baccalaureate coursework.
All students are required to successfully complete clinical training, requiring a minimum of 400 practicum clock hours, which includes 25 observation hours received at the undergraduate level. Students are provided with supervised clinical experiences matched to their level of clinical expertise. Student progress is reviewed every semester, and as students progress, they are placed in a variety of settings to provide a carefully controlled progression of difficulty. During the first year of study, students begin their clinical internship within one of the Loyola Clinical Centers under the supervision of expert faculty and practicing clinicians. The speech and hearing clinics also provide interdisciplinary opportunities with the departments of pastoral counseling, psychology, and teacher education.
In the second year of study, students engage in an externship experience where they will have ample opportunities to obtain supervised clinical experience in a variety of settings. These include public and private schools; acute and chronic care hospitals; rehabilitation centers; health departments; and home health agencies.
After completing the master’s degree, passing the ASHA certification examination, and completing a Clinical Fellowship Year, graduates have fulfilled all requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).
For questions about the graduate program, please contact the director of program operations, Ms. Emilie Aguilar at [email protected]
The master's program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).