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 



The graduate program has two, full-time, on-campus 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.

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 be eligible for national certification and state licensure as Speech-Language Pathologists.

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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.

Undergraduate students can complete a minor in speech-language pathology, and post-baccalaureate students who need the SLP prerequisites to apply to graduate school can participate in our Speech-Language Pathology Online Prerequisite Series (SLP-OPS)

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What are the clinical opportunities?

Yes, graduate students will obtain at least 400 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:

  • Local 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?

Students may be able to participate in a short-term (1-2 week) interprofessional, service learning experience in Guatamala.

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. For more information about the field of SLP, visit www.asha.org.

Are there scholarships available? 

The Speech-Language Pathology Department offers occasional Graduate Assistant positions with research appointments on a competitive basis.