Speech-Language Pathology

Department Location

Cambridge Building
7 Cambridge Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611 

Program Director

Susan Kostopoulos
Program Assistant
Tel: 203-416-3950

Prepare for a career in speech-language pathology or audiology by learning to diagnose and treat a variety of speech, language, and swallowing disorders in patients.

The College of Health Professions has three Speech-Language Pathology options:

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This program has been licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education and has been 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. 

Why Study Speech-Language Pathology?

Speech-language pathologists help people who are struggling with the most basic and critical of skills: speaking, communicating and swallowing. Speech-language pathologists need to have a strong desire to help people, a strong scientific background, and the warmth, sensitivity and resourcefulness to work with people having difficulty communicating. Speech-language pathologists have daily opportunities to make a real difference in peoples’ lives.

Speech-language pathologists often work as part of a team, which may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors and others. Corporate speech-language pathologists also work with employees to improve communication with their customers, or modify foreign accents of workers to increase their communication potential. Some speech-language pathologists work with actors and singers to enhance their vocal skills.

Latest News

SHU Breaks Ground on Center for Healthcare Education

June 18, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University broke ground today on a new building to house its Colleges of Health Professions and Nursing. Located at 4000 Park Avenue in Bridgeport, the Center for Healthcare Education will be three stories comprising 117,000 square feet on 8.7 acres. “Like the recently completed Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center, the new Center for Healthcare Education will provide our students with all the latest technology used in their future professions,” says SHU President John J. Petillo. “The expanded space and updated equipment will offer new opportunities for learning and ensure that they graduate well prepared to make their mark in the booming health-care industry.”

SHU Anticipates Launch of New Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology

January 29, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s College of Health Professions plans to inaugurate a new master’s degree program in speech-language pathology. Aiming for a start in fall 2014, the program is designed to require five terms of study to be completed in two years.

Rhea Paul Elected VP of International Association for the Study of Child Language

December 17, 2013

Fairfield, CONN. - Professor Rhea Paul, chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Department in the College of Health Professions, was elected vice president of the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL). The Association was founded to promote international and interdisciplinary cooperation in the study of child language and sponsors the triennial International Congress for the Study of Child Language. In addition to the congresses, the IASCL produces the Child Language Bulletin and publishes three leading journals in the field, First Language, the Journal of Child Language and the International Journal of Bilingualism, as well as the series, Trends in Language Acquisition Research. The Association assists colleagues in countries with difficult economic circumstances by providing subsidies for participation at the Congresses.