Graduate Catalog

M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

Overview

Dr. James McCann, Program Director

Sorenson Language and Communication Center, Room 3202

The Master of Science Degree (MS) program in Speech-Language Pathology at Gallaudet University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

This two-year five-semester program involves coursework and practicum experiences designed to provide a broad background in speech-language-hearing sciences and disorders. The program also provides a special emphasis on the communication differences of many individuals who are d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing.

The SLP program involves combined course, lab, and clinical work in speech, language, hearing and swallowing. Like other nationally-accredited speech-language pathology programs in the United States, Gallaudet's SLP curriculum is dedicated to speech sciences, research methods, language acquisition, clinical procedures, assistive technology, and multicultural experiences. It also includes instruction in and supervised clinical experiences with persons who have speech sound disorders, motor speech disorders, voice disorders, swallowing disorders, fluency disorders, language disorders, and neurogenic communication disorders. Unlike other accredited graduate programs, however, Gallaudet's program requires coursework or demonstrated competence in American Sign Language and competencies in working with children and adults who use ASL. Observation and practicum opportunities in the Hearing and Speech Center on campus are complemented with training experiences at a variety of hospitals, clinics, public and private schools, private practices, early childhood programs, and other acute and long-term care facilities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Students accepted into the highly competitive SLP program also have opportunities to engage in research, not only through a dedicated master's thesis program, but also with faculty mentors in the Department's research labs and clinic. Opportunities also exist for interprofessional collaboration (IPC), and for elective coursework in other departments and through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Plan of study

Semester I - Fall

HSL 713Language Development and Disorders I

3

HSL 714Speech Science

3

HSL 744Clinical Procedures in SLP

1

HSL 745Clinical Statistics

1

HSL 746Clinical Applications of Sign Communication

1

HSL 771Clinical Practicum in SLP 1

1

HSL 824Aural Rehabilitation: Adults

3

ASL American Sign Language I

3

ASL American Sign Language I: or equivalent

Semester II - Spring

HSL 723Language Development and Disorders II

3

HSL 746Clinical Applications of Sign Communication

1

HSL 753Motor Speech Disorders

2

HSL 755Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders

3

HSL 772Clinical Practicum in SLP 2

2

Elective

1-3

ASL American Sign Language II

3

ASL American Sign Language II: or equivalent

Semester III - Summer

HSL 716Audiology: Educational and Habilitative Implications

3

HSL 773Clinical Practicum in SLP 3

1-4

HSL 826Aural Rehabilitation: Pediatric

3

PST American Sign Language

3

Semester IV - Fall

HSL 751Stuttering

3

HSL 754Speech Sound Disorders

3

HSL 760Swallowing Disorders

3

HSL 774Clinical Practicum in SLP 4

2-4

ASL American Sign Language III

3

ASL American Sign Language III: or equivalent

Semester V - Spring

HSL 726Complex Communcation Disorder & AAC

2

HSL 750Voice & Resonance Disorders

3

HSL 775Clinical Practicum in SLP 5

2-4

HSL 821Informational Counseling and Multicultural Issues

3

PST American Sign Language

3

Total Credit Hours: 57

Additional Requirements

Students must take a minimum of one elective following the first semester of the program. For students opting for the M.S. thesis, thesis credit may be substituted for the elective.

Department Requirements

  1. Completion of the academic and practicum requirements for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.
  2. Successful completion of candidacy examination.
  3. Adherence to the provisions of the ASHA Code of Ethics.