Center for Healthcare Education
Sacred Heart University
4000 Park Avenue
Bridgeport CT 06825
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. Both tracks involve full-time study; seven full-time semesters for the three year track, and five full-time semesters for the two year track.
The master’s degree program in Speech-Language Pathology at Sacred Heart University is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800 498 2071 or 301 296 5700. Candidacy is a “preaccreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for maximum period of 5 years. Candidacy 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 (based on ASHA's Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology; CFCC) and state licensure as Speech-Language Pathologists (CT Department of Health). Our program for teacher endorsement has also been approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education, making graduates eligible to serve as SLPs in Connecticut public schools.
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.
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).
What are the clinical opportunities?
Yes, graduate students 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 include sites such as:
- Public schools: Bridgeport, Fairfield, Newtown, Stamford, Trumbull, and many others
- Cooperative Educational Services
- CT Children's Medical Center
- Gaylord Rehabilitation Center
- Hospitals: Bridgeport, Lawrence Memorial, Norwalk, St. Vincent, and others
For a complete list of clinical placement opportunities, click here.
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 can apply to participate in a weeklong, interprofessional, service learning experience in Guatamala through SHU's Global Health Programs.
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 graduate assistant positions appointments annually on a competitive basis.