Specialty Certificates

Speech-language pathology (SLP) is a rapidly expanding field, with new roles and responsibilities being added to the SLP’s scope of practice. Students pursuing a Master’s Degree in SLP at SHU are offered the option to take an elective ten credits above the general Master’s Degree Program, in order to earn a Specialty Certificate the allows for indepth study and practicum experience in an area of interest to the student. Earning the certificate will entail spending an extra summer following the Master’s degree to complete the specialty course sequence. Students may elect to pursue a specialty certificate  in one three areas:

English Language Learners/Literacy

This specialty certificate is offered in collaboration with the Farrington College of Education. The specialization will focus on teaching methods for students from cultural and linguistically different backgrounds, and ensuring their success in  literacy  acquisition. The education of students who are English Language Learners is a high priority within school settings and practitioners with advanced levels of knowledge and experience in working with English Language Learners are in short supply. [It should be noted that this certificate will not qualify candidates for state educator certification as they are not completing approved planned programs, nor can these candidates use these courses for purposes of cross-endorsing from SLP to another endorsement (e.g., TESOL (#111), remedial reading (#102) or the comprehensive special education endorsement (#165).] Students pursuing this specialization will follow the curriculum sequence below, in addition to the standard Master’s Degree curriculum:

Fall: SLP 525: Topics in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (3 cr.)

Spring: EDR 505 OR 507: Success in Reading (Primary or Intermediate grades) (3 cr.)

Summer: EDR 525 Teaching Students from Multicultural Backgrounds (3 cr.)

               SLP 509: Specialty Practicum (1 cr.)

Autism Spectrum Disorder

This specialty certificate is offered in collasc0070boration with the Farrington College of Education. The specialization will focus on learning strategies for collaborating with special education and other professionals in the education of students on the autism spectrum.  The education of students with autism spectrum disorder is a high priority within school and rehabilitation settings and practitioners with advanced levels of knowledge and experience are in short supply. [It should be noted that this certificate will not qualify candidates for state educator certification as they are not completing approved planned programs, nor can these candidates use these courses for purposes of cross-endorsing from SLP to another endorsement (e.g., TESOL (#111), remedial reading (#102) or the comprehensive special education endorsement (#165).] Students pursuing this elective specialization will follow the curriculum sequence below, in addition to the standard Master’s Degree curriculum:

Fall: SLP 525: Topics in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (3 cr.)

Spring: SLP 680: Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Summer: SLP 611: Special Topics in Communication Disorders 

               SLP 509: Specialty Practicum (1 cr.)

Medical Speech-Language Pathology

This specialty is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills for addressing the needs of clients with communication disorders in acute care and medical rehabilitation settings. Students pursuing this specialization will follow the curriculum sequence below, in addition to the standard Master’s Degree curriculum:

Fall: SLP 525: Topics in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (3 cr.)

Spring: SLP 610: Adult Medical Speech-Language Pathology

Summer: SLP 699: Pediatric Medical Speech-Language Pathology

               SLP 509: Specialty Practicum (1 cr.)