Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) help people of all ages, from babies to the elderly, develop or regain the ability to speak, read, write and think clearly, and swallow properly. Clients may be children who have Autism, adults who have experienced strokes or brain injuries, children and adults who stutter, people who struggle with production of speech sounds, or those who have language delays or disorders. SLPs also provide extensive patient and family education. Common work environments include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, clinics, schools and daycare settings.
The Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Maryville University is now accepting student applications for the master’s degree in the Speech-Language Pathology Program. The SLP master’s program is now a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years (Feb. 1, 2016 – Jan. 31, 2021). Applications to the master’s program are due Feb. 1st to begin coursework in the fall.