Degree Requirements

72-88 credits

Degree Requirements

The Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) graduate program at SHU is designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology set by the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, for Connecticut Licensure as a speech-language pathologist from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and for Connecticut teacher endorsement.

Students who wish to practice as speech-language pathologists will need to complete all undergraduate prerequisites (or their equivalents), including 25 hours of observation of ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists’ practice prior to matriculation in the Graduate Program. They must then complete a master’s degree in SLP. The following are required for graduation with an M.S. in SLP:

  • Demonstration of the Essential Functions for Admission and Continuance (See Student Academic Manual, Appendix 1)
  • Successful completion of all required course work, one elective course, and all clinical practica with a GPA of 3.0 and no grade below B-
  • A successfully completed Capstone project
  • Demonstration of all Knowledge and Skill competencies required for certification by the Council on Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

The SHU SLP program has two tracks:

  • Two-year track for students with completed prerequisite coursework and observation hours in communication disorders. The two-year track requires five semesters of full-time study, over two calendar years, to complete graduate-level coursework and 375 hours of supervised clinical practicum, all of which will be provided as part of SHU’s graduate program.

  • Three-year track for students without prerequisite coursework in communication disorders. The three-year track includes a pre-clinical year for completion of all pre-requisite courses and 25 hours of clinical observation. Upon successful completion of the pre-clinical year with a GPA of at least 3.3 and no grade below C, the student moves into the first clinical year of the two-year track program.

Both the two- and three-year tracks of the SLP program are offered only on a full-time basis to allow for professional socialization, clinical placements, and the integration of clinical and academic work. Both tracks lead to national certification and state licensure as a speech-language pathologist. All students must complete all academic and clinical coursework required for their track with no grade below B- and successfully complete 375 hours of supervised clinical practicum with no grade lower than B-. Students must successfully complete the supervised clinical practicum hours, as well as required coursework, in order to earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Students will be placed in practicum sites to earn these hours by SHU's the Director of Clinical Education. All students will complete a Capstone project involving evidence-based practice. An optional second summer semester may be undertaken in order to acquire a Specialty Certificate in one of three specialty areas: autism spectrum disorders, medical speech-language pathology, or dual language learners-literacy (see the Speciality Certificates page for details). 

Two Year Program Sequence

Year One

  • SLP 500 Speech Sound Disorders     3 CR
  • SLP 501 Practicum Seminar I: Managing Behavior & Service Delivery     1 CR
  • SLP 502 Clinical Practicum I (Speech and Hearing Screening/Diagnostics)     4 CR
  • SLP 503 Practicum Seminar II: Eligibility & Evaluation     1 CR
  • SLP 504 Clinical Practicum II (Preschool Speech/Language Disorders)     4 CR
  • SLP 510 Language Disorders in Children 0-5     3 CR
  • SLP 514 Diagnostics I    1 CR
  • SLP 515 Diagnostics II   1 CR
  • SLP 530 Speech-Language Pathology Practice in Schools     3 CR
  • SLP 540 Adult Neurogenic Disorders I     3 CR
  • SLP 550 Dysphagia     3 CR
  • SLP 560 Adult Neuogenics II     3 CR
  • SLP 580 Disorders of Fluency     3 CR
  • SLP 585 Voice and Velopharyngeal  Disorders     3 CR

Late Spring - Clinical Intensive Workshops

You will complete one of the three options:

  • SLP 511 Neurogenic Disorders     3 CR
  • SLP 512 Adult Speech Disorders     3 CR
  • SLP 513 Fluency Disorders     3 CR

First Year Summer I & II

  • SLP 520 Aural Rehabilitation     3 CR
  • SLP 505 Practicum Seminar III: Record Keeping & Documentation     1 CR
  • SLP 506 Clinical Practicum III (Medical Settings)     6 CR

Year Two

  • SLP 570 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice   3 CR
  • SLP 600 Autism, AAC, and Severe Disorders of Communication      3 CR
  • SLP 507 & 508 Practicum Seminar IV  & Practicum IV (fall or spring)  7 CR
  • SLP 601 & 602 Student Teaching Seminar  & Student Teaching (fall or spring) 7 CR
  • SLP 690 Capstone   3 CR

One elective course; choice of

  • SLP 525 Elective: Topics in Cultural-Linguistic Diversity     3 CR
  • SLP 610 Elective: Medical Speech-Language Pathology for Adults     3 CR
  • SLP 680 Elective: Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders    3 CR

Every graduate student is required to complete at least one of the electives offered during the fall or spring semesters of the final year of graduate study.

Elective Second Year Summer | 0 - 6 credits

  • SLP 699 Elective: Pediatric Medical Speech-Language Pathology  3 CR
  • SLP 509 Elective: Specialty Practicum V     1-3 CR
  • SLP 611 Elective: Evidence-based Treatment Methods for Students with Autism   3 CR

The elective second summer coursework may be taken to complete a specialization option. This term is not required for the Master’s degree.