Program Objectives


The program in Speech-Language Pathology at Maryville University works across cultural and professional borders to develop reflective practitioners who will use knowledge and evidenced based practice to provide caring and compassionate speech-language pathology services in a variety of settings throughout the lifespan while treating the whole patient/client and respecting cultural and individual differences.

Graduate Program Objectives

Goals for the graduate program are based upon expected student competencies as set forth by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Upon graduation, students will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of normal and disordered human communication (speech, language, hearing) and swallowing across the life span, and how disorders are distinct from cultural differences in the realm of communication
  • Synthesis of academic, clinical and research experiences to arrive at methods of  preventing and treating communication and swallowing disorders across the life span
  • Ability to evaluate research, to apply the research process to novel projects, to understand the importance of research for both clinical procedures and the growth of the profession, and to apply current research to clinical experiences.
  • Comprehension of contemporary issues in speech-language pathology including professional practice, ASHA policies, certifications, licensure and specialty recognition.
  • Application of ethical conduct in academic, research and clinical endeavors
  • Emotional maturity and strong interpersonal skills necessary for a  career in clinical practice, paired with strong oral and written communication abilities and reflection as a practitioner
  • Supervised clinical experiences including evaluation and intervention, across cultures and ages with a wide variety of different disabilities in accordance with ASHA’s guidelines

To learn more about our vision, read our graduate program strategic plan.

***The graduate program is in the process of achieving CAA Candidacy Status. Until the process is complete, no students will be enrolled.