Graduate Program

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Program Chair

Rhea Paul
Program Chair
Tel: 203-416-3950
Paulr4@SacredHeart.edu

Department Location

Cambridge Building
7 Cambridge Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611 

This program has been licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education and awarded Candidacy, the first stage of Accreditation awarded by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). This status is awarded to new programs that demonstrate compliance with the Standards for Accreditation as outlined in CAA’s Standards Compliance Continuum, for an initial period of five years. It allows the program to matriculate and graduate students who, upon successful completion of the program, will meet all requirements for national certification and state licensure as Speech-Language Pathologists.  

The graduate program will have two tracks: a two-year track for applicants with an undergraduate pre-professional background in speech-language pathology, and a three-year track for applicants with no speech-language pathology pre-professional background.

What is the Application Deadline?

The deadline for application to the graduate program is January 15.  

Applications are processed through CSDCAS. SHU offers rolling admissions to SLP graduate applicants. Admissions offers will begin as early as February 1, and will continue through April 1. After that date, students who have been interviewed and placed on a waiting list may continue to receive offers of admission through the first day of classes in August.  However, to take advantage of our rolling admissions policy, it is to your advantage to APPLY AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.  Admissions open  in September.

Internal SHU students, apply on our website

All applicants please ‌submit the SLP Observation Form to document the required 25 observation hours. The form can either be emailed to balayana@sacredheart.edu or mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

What will I study?

You will acquire the scientific knowledge and clinical skills to prevent, assess and treat all aspects of human communication and swallowing disorders, including disorders of articulation, language, voice, fluency and feeding in clients from infants to the elderly. You will participate  in supervised clinical practicum in all areas of speech-language pathology practice with both children and adults in both educational and medical settings.

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Why choose Speech-Language Pathology at SHU?

‌Our curriculum design and approach to learning employs case studies, problem-based learning approaches, cooperative learning and laboratory experiences. Clinical education, designed to meet ASHA requirements for 400 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum, will be met through interactions with expert clinical supervisors working in field placements for all aspects of SLP practice. You will also participate in two intensive externships, and a capstone clinical research experience. An optional certification for specialty practice in Autism Spectrum Disorders will be available through elective course work in addition to the basic requirements for the M.S. in SLP. In addition to the master's program, undergraduate students can complete a minor in speech-language pathology and those who need the SLP prerequisites can apply for the post-baccalaureate pre-professional program. 

Will I have internship opportunities?

Yes, graduate students will obtain at least 375 hours of supervised clinical practicum in the prevention, evaluation and treatment of disorders of articulation, fluency, voice/resonance, language, hearing, swallowing, cognitive aspects of communication, social aspects of communication and communication modalities in both children and adults. Settings will include sites such as:

  • Bridgeport Public Schools
  • Cooperative Educational Services
  • Kennedy Center for Developmental Disabilities
  • Bridgeport Hospital
  • Norwalk Hospital
  • Midstate Medical Center
  • St. Vincent Hospital, and many others.

These practicum experiences are offered through off-campus facilities and settings, which will require that the student complete a criminal background check, a drug screening and/or fingerprinting before beginning the practicum. Visit our background check requirements page for details. 

Will I have service learning opportunities?

Some students may be able to participate in short-term (1-2 week) inter-professional service learning opportunities led by the School of Nursing in Jamaica and Guatamala.

Are there special admission requirements?

Applicants to the two-year track of the master’s degree in speech-language pathology will be required to submit GRE scores, 2 letters of recommendation from academic sources, and a personal statement. Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, have successfully completed either a major or minor course of study in communication disorders or speech-language pathology, to include the following prerequisite courses or their equivalents, with an average GPA of 3.2 or better in the pre-requisite courses with no single course grade below C (2.0):

  • 3 credits of Biology (e.g., BI 030 or 111)
  • 3 credits of Physical Science (e.g., PY111 or CH 030)
  • 3 credits of Statistics (e.g., MA 131)
  • 6 credits of Social Science (e.g., PS 110, PS 252)
  • Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • Phonetics
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Swallowing
  • Speech Science
  • Development of Language
  • Introduction to Clinical Methods and Observation
  • Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Science
  • Neurological Bases of Communication and Swallowing
  • Education in the US
  • Education of Children with Special Needs

These courses may also be completed as an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate student at SHU or elsewhere. 

Applicants to the three-year track of the master’s degree in speech-language pathology will be required to submit GRE scores, 2 letters of recommendation from academic sources, and a personal statement. Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, have successfully completed the course work listed below, with an average GPA of 3.2 or better with no single course grade below C (2.0):

• 3 credits of Biology (e.g., BI 030 or 111)
• 3 credits of Physical Science (e.g., PY111 or CH 030)
• 3 credits of Statistics (e.g., MA 131)
• 6 credits of Social Science (e.g., PS 110, PS 252)

What can I do with an SLP degree?

Graduates of the Master’s Degree program in Speech-Language Pathology will be able to practice as licensed and certified speech-language pathologists in schools, preschools, birth-three centers, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, business and private practice.