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What will I study?

We'll cover the normal bases of speech, language, hearing and swallowing disorders. You’ll learn basic clinical methods and have the opportunity to observe practicing clinicians working with both child and adult clients with communication and swallowing disorders. The speech-language pathology minor may be taken in conjunction with a Health Science major, Psychology major, or any other major.

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Why should I choose Speech-Language Pathology at SHU?

The SLP minor curriculum employs case studies, problem-based learning approaches, cooperative learning, and laboratory experiences. Clinical education, designed to meet Council for Clinical Certification requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for 25 clock hours of supervised clinical observation, will consist of interactions with expert clinical supervisors working in field placements for all aspects of SLP practice. Students may also participate in tin speech, language, and hearing screening activities at community agencies. Sacred Heart University is one of the few universities, and the only one in Connecticut, that offers SLP, OT, PT and Education degrees. This creates the unique opportunity for students to work with colleagues in allied professions prior to graduation.

Is a minor right for me?

A minor in SLP, along with the listed foundational and recommended courses, will prepare you to enter any U.S. graduate program in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. To enter this career, you must be a strong communicator and have a sincere interest in helping people who have significant communication challenges. Scientific aptitude, patience, emotional stability, tolerance and persistence are necessary, as well as resourcefulness and imagination. Other essential traits include a commitment to work cooperatively with others and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

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When should I declare a minor?

You can declare a minor in SLP any time after declaring your major. Due to the courseload, it is recommended you begin the SLP Minor your sophomore year. If you are a SHU student and need advising for the SLP Minor, please contact Dr. Robin Danzak

What facilities are available to me?

Students minoring in SLP will be able to use the simulation laboratory, human anatomy laboratory and activities of daily living laboratory in the College of Health Professions.

What co-curricular activities are available?

SLP students are encouraged to join NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association) and CSHA (Connecticut Speech-Language-Hearing Association).

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What are the Graduate Admission Requirements?

Apply through CSDCAS directly and submit the observation form to SHU. The deadline for a complete CSDCAS application and Observation form receipt is January 15.

Two-year applications are processed through CSDCAS, you are only required to apply there. Submit the observation form below to Sacred Heart Graduate Admissions.

Please note the CSDCAS application is only for those applying directly into the two year MS program. If you need the SLP background, please apply for the post-baccalaureate program on the SHU website. Internal students should apply through the SHU website.

All two-year applicants must submit the observation form to document the required 25 hours. Email the form to magnusone@sacredheart.edu and note your application will not be considered complete without the form. If the hours are in progress at time of application, send an email to that effect and forward the form when the hours have been acquired.  

Initial acceptances will be notified by April 1. After that date, students placed on the waiting list may continue to receive offers of admission up until the beginning of the fall semester.

Admission Requirements: All Students 

To be admitted to SHU’s graduate program in SLP, all students must:

  • Successfully complete all required prerequisites for the appropriate track by the end of the summer prior to enrollment in a graduate program.
  • Hold a Bachelor of Science or Arts degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative and 3.3 prerequisite GPA with no individual prerequisite course grade below a C.

IN ADDITION: Connecticut state statutes and regulations require that all candidates seeking admission to an educator preparation program (e.g., for educator certification to work as a school SLP) must meet the essential skills test requirement. To do so, candidates must meet one of the following prior to recommendation for certification by the preparing institution:

  • Pass all three subtests of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (Praxis 1 PPST)  with minimum scores of 172 on reading, 171 on writing, and 171 on math) prior to September 1, 2014 which will be accepted through August 31, 2019. NOTE: This is different from the Praxis Core Academic Skills test (below); that's why the passing scores are different. Students may take EITHER the PPST and get the scores above, OR they may:
  • Pass all three subtests of the Praxis Core Academic Skills test. See assessment guide for minimum passing scores (Current passing scores for the PCAS are: Reading: 156, Writing: 162,  Math: 150), OR:
  • Apply for and be granted a waiver by meeting the minimum or higher qualifying scores on the ACT, SAT or GRE 

 Educator Certificates in Neighboring States

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New York Rhode Island Pennsylvania Vermont

For additional information on licensure/educator certification by state, please visit ASHA State-by-State

Other admissions requirements for all students include:

  • Application (please see above for stipulations)
  • GRE scores (no minimum score set)
  • Praxis I scores or waiver 
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic sources
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Please Note: ALL prior schools’ transcripts MUST be submitted for review, regardless of whether or not transferred courses appear on the current school  transcript.
  • Admissions essay describing interest in the field of Speech-Language Pathology
  • Nonrefundable application fee

Applicants will be invited for interviews at the discretion of the SLP Department once complete applications are reviewed.

Admission Requirements: 2-year track

In addition to the requirements already listed for all students, applicants to the 2 year track must provide documentation of:

  • Bachelor of Science or Arts degree with an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Twenty-five hours of observation of Speech-Language Pathology practice by an ASHA certified SLP documented on SHU form (available from Admissions Office, or the equivalent form from another accredited college or university)
  • Successful completion of the courses below or their equivalents with no grade below C and a GPA of at least 3.3:

General Science Prerequisites:

  • Biological Sciences 3 CR (e.g., BI 111 or BI 030) 
  • Physical Sciences 3 CR  (e.g., PY 100 or CH 030) 
  • Statistics 3 CR (e.g., MA 131)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 6 CR (e.g., PS 110) *One must be PS 252-Child Development Psychology or equivalent

SLP Prerequisites: 

  • SLP 200 Introduction to Communication Disorders 
  • SLP 210 Phonetics 
  • SLP 300 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Swallowing
  • SLP 310 Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Science 
  • SLP 320 Speech Science  
  • SLP 330 Development of Language   
  • SLP 340 Neurological Bases of Communication and Swallowing 
  • SLP 350 Introduction to Clinical Methods and Observation

No more than one SLP prerequisite may be repeated by any applicant (2- or 3-year tracks).

It is also strongly recommended that all students applying for the SLP graduate program complete the following prior to matriculation, in order to fulfill requirements of  the State of Connecticut for endorsement as a school SLP:

  • PS 252 Child Development
  • ED 152/552 Education in the US
  • ED 205/569 Education of Children with Special Needs
  • Passing score on Praxis I examination

Admission Requirements: 3-year track

The 3-year track is designed for students who have not completed an undergraduate degree in SLP. Those admitted to the 3-year track will complete the SLP prerequisites live, on-campus, full time, during the first year, and then progress to the graduate program for two more years. 

Students who would like to complete the SLP prerequisites part-time, online, can enroll in the SLP Online Prerequisite Series (SLP-OPS). However, in contrast to the 3-year track, entry into the SLP-OPS does not guarantee admission to SHU's SLP graduate program. 

In addition to the requirements already listed for all students, applicants to the 3-year track must provide documentation of:

  • Bachelor of Science or Arts degree with an overall GPA of at least 3.0
  • Successful completion of the following, general science prerequisites or their equivalents with no grade below C and a GPA of at least 3.3:
    • Biological Sciences 3 CR
    • Physical Sciences 3 CR 
    • Statistics 3 CR 
    • Social/Behavioral Sciences 6 CR  

Students in the 3-year track must complete the first year of pre-clinical coursework with a GPA of at least 3.3 in order to advance to the next level of the graduate program.

No more than 6 credits of SLP prerequisites (see requirements for 2-year track, above) may be taken prior to applying for the 3-year track. No more than one SLP prerequisite may be repeated by any applicant (2- or 3-year tracks).