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About the Program in Speech-Language Pathology

Ours is a clinically oriented training program, starting with the preprofessional undergraduate degree (a Bachelor of Science in Education) and culminating with the Master of Science degree. We provide basic clinical training for all settings in which Speech-Language Pathologists practice, which range from preschools and elementary through secondary schools to hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and nursing facilities. We prepare you to work with communication and swallowing disorders from the cradle through the golden years!

As we are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, our master’s graduates meet the academic and practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence awarded by that association. They also meet licensure requirements in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as in other states. Most of our graduates also choose to meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education for certification to provide speech-language pathology services in the schools. All of our undergraduate students may be eligible for these credentials after completion of the master of science degree.

At the graduate level, we admit a cohort of mostly full-time students each Fall semester. Occasionally, a spot is available for January admission as well. While you may submit a graduate application at any time, it is best to be certain that we have received all of your application materials by the beginning of March. That is when the Admissions Committee starts to make decisions for the following year. Our master’s curriculum comprises of 48–51 credits. Students spend their first full year (Fall through Summer) taking classes and beginning their clinical experiences in the on-campus Speech and Hearing Clinic. The second year (Fall and Spring semesters) is spent mostly at off-campus practicum sites, returning to campus once per week to complete one class (such as a seminar). A master’s thesis is optional, depending on your career goals.

We have a large network of school, hospital, rehabilitation, and community agency placements, allowing our students to tailor their clinical experiences to their anticipated career path, to an extent. This network typically spreads from Pittsburgh to Dubois to Altoona, Pa., and beyond!

Over the past 15 years, the employment rate for our master’s graduates has been 100 percent. If you’d like to join a dynamic helping profession, join us!


Information from the Undergraduate Catalog

Completion of the sequence of courses in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology serves as a preprofessional program for students planning to become practicing speech-language pathologists or audiologists. Students entering the undergraduate program should be aware of the following:

  1. IUP is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and qualifies a person for the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Pennsylvania State Licensure.
  2. National certification, state licensure, and Pennsylvania Department of Education Certification in Speech-Language Impaired are available only to holders of the master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
  3. Students will need a GPA of 3.5 or better to be competitive for admission to graduate schools.
  4. Upon completion of a master’s degree at IUP, students will be prepared to provide services in work settings such as hospitals, community clinics, public health programs, and rehabilitation settings.
  5. Students who elect to prepare for certification in Speech-Language Impaired from the Pennsylvania Department of Education must successfully complete the College of Education and Educational Technology requirements listed below prior to enrollment in the Master of Science degree in the Speech-Language Pathology program at IUP.

The University Speech and Hearing Clinic serves as the laboratory for the undergraduate clinical practicum. Prior to registration for the clinical practicum course (SPLP 420), students must earn a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA and complete the following hours of observation through enrollment in EDUC 242 and 342

  1. Twenty-five hours of observation in speech-language pathology supervised by an IUP faculty member who holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.
  2. Twenty hours of classroom observation:

For more information, see the BSEd Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology section in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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