Making a difference in the lives of individuals with communication and swallowing impairments
The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program prepares you for a high-demand, satisfying career helping children and adults improve their lives with better communication and swallowing. We are guided by the Core Values of the Beaver College of Health Sciences as we prepare graduates who are ethically and culturally competent and uphold the principles of evidence-based and interprofessional practice.
Our program is designed to give you the knowledge and clinical training you need to serve children and adults with communication and swallowing disorders in a range of clinical settings. You will learn how to prevent, assess and treat speech, language and swallowing disorders. And, you will obtain a minimum of 400 hours of direct clinical experience you need for licensing and certification. Our job placement rate is 100%, because employers know our graduates are ready for professional practice.
Students that complete this program of study will:
- understand the basic processes of communication based on a foundation of knowledge in the physical, social, and cognitive sciences;
- understand the nature of disorders of communication and swallowing;
- understand the basic principles underlying the prevention, evaluation, and management of those disorders;
- have ability to apply those principles in the provision of clinical services; become competent consumers and users of research; and
- develop a commitment to continuing education and professional development.
Students with an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology typically complete the program in five semesters. For students entering the program with undergraduate degrees in fields other than Speech-Language Pathology, prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrolling in graduate coursework.
- Graduate Bulletin
- SLP Graduate Program Handbook (Academic)
- Sample Plan of Study
- English Proficiency Requirement
- Essential Functions Policy
- Procedures for Concerns and Complaints
Clinical Practicum & Internship
Students will begin clinical practicum in their first semester. The clinical practicum coursework and internship will provide the 400 hours of supervised clinical experiences required for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).
Most students will be assigned to on-campus sites either their first or second semester and will be supervised by Appalachian faculty. Subsequent practicum assignments will involve travel to off-campus sites and will ensure a diverse clinical experience. Whenever possible, student requests for specific practicum sites will be considered.
The capstone practicum experience of the graduate program is the internship completed during the final semester. Students will work with the Internship Coordinator to plan their internship placement. The program has internship agreements with many facilities throughout North Carolina as well as in neighboring states.
Approximately 5% to 10% of children stutter during their childhood — though most outgrow the condition. However, for about 1% of the population, the communication disorder persists, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
Thanks to a generous donation from Appalachian State University alumnus Dr. Ed Rankin '79 and his wife, Thuy Le, support is on the way for adolescents who stutter — through a planned speech therapy camp to be held annually on the App State campus, beginning in summer 2023. It will be North Carolina's only residential, intensive summer camp of its kind.
Students gain the academic and clinical experiences necessary for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, licensure by the North Carolina Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and advanced licensure by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction.
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