Doctor of Audiology, M.S. - Speech Language Pathology, Early Intervention
A Hands-On Graduate Program at a Top-Ranking Boston Area University
The "U.S. News and World Report" has ranked the Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) graduate program at Northeastern University's Bouve College of Health Sciences in the top 100 SLP graduate programs. Bouvé College is well known for its commitment to providing practical, community-focused learning experiences for students interested in the health sciences. Additionally, the SLP program and the on-campus Speech-Language and Hearing Center are fully accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Students enrolled in Bouve College's SLP master's degree program have access to a wide variety of learning experiences. The 2-year program places equal emphasis on academic coursework and hands-on practice with communicatively- and/or swallow-impaired individuals.
Bouvé College of Health Sciences has close ties to the Boston Public School System, as well as several area health care facilities, including Children's Hospital, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. These facilities provide SLP graduate students with valuable clinical experience.
Students graduate from the program ready to work in a variety of settings from public schools and universities to research labs and private practices.
SLP Graduate Coursework and Clinical Experience Northeastern University is known for its emphasis on experiential learning. From the start of the SLP master's degree program, students gain hands-on experience in the Northeastern Speech-Language and Hearing Center, which is located in the newly built Behrakis Health Sciences Center.
In the first semester of the SLP MS program, students assist clinical supervisors in the Speech-Language and Hearing Center as they treat and diagnose children and adults with various speech or hearing disorders. After completing his or her first semester of clinical training, a graduate student works with speech-language pathologists in a variety of settings such as area hospitals, schools, and outpatient clinics.
The 2-year, full-time SLP master's degree program is designed to give students ample opportunities for practical experience. Students divide their time between clinical settings, and classroom instruction. By the end of the program, students are eligible to receive ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). After a student completes all coursework and clinical training, he or she completes a clinical fellowship year -- one year of supervised, full-time employment.
A Faculty Focused on Community Involvement In addition to coursework and clinical experience, students enrolled in Northeastern University's SLP graduate program have the opportunity to work cooperatively with faculty members on a variety of research and community service projects.
For example, Dr. Therese M. O'Neil-Pirozzi is the founder of the Homeless Shelter Storytelling Group. The program encourages literacy and language development in children living in homeless shelters. The weekly program is facilitated by graduate and undergraduate students from Northeastern's SLP and audiology programs. Matthews Distinguished Professor Mary Florentine works closely with the Boston Public School System, providing facilities, equipment, and support for speech-language pathologists working in schools.
Northeastern University also maintains close ties with the Boston Guild for the Hard of Hearing. Through the Guild, SLP graduate students have the opportunity to assist with seminars, hearing screenings, and programs designed to provide individuals in need with affordable hearing aids and assistive listening devices.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing
Association (ASHA); Massachusetts Board of Education