Academic Programs of Study

Speech-Language Pathology

Master of Science (MS) in Speech-Language Pathology

  • Become a certified speech-language pathologist
  • Help people with communication difficulties
  • Work in private practice and institutional settings

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Master of Science (MS) in Speech-Language Pathology at Marywood

Serve Children and Adults with Communication Disorders by Earning an MS Degree in Speech-Language Pathology

This two-year graduate-level program is offered to qualified individuals with a bachelor's degree. There is limited availability for admission to this program. Students with an out-of-field undergraduate degree can be provisionally admitted to the master’s program, however, they must successfully complete a year of CSD pre-requisite (undergraduate level ) coursework prior to starting the two-year graduate level program.

Description

The graduate program provides a structured sequence of rigorous academic courses and clinical practicum experiences that prepare students for entry-level practice in the field of speech-language pathology. Individuals with such a background and earned graduate degree often pursue careers in various work settings such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and private practice.

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The following facilities/resources are available to our students:

  • Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
  • Student preparation room, which is used to prepare for working with on-campus clients
  • Department library that houses texts, journals, video & audio equipment, and a wide range of clinic materials those students can borrow for academic and/or clinical purposes
  • Information literacy training offered by library faculty to develop/enhance technology skills
  • Computer labs that house various software applications specific to communication sciences and disorders
  • Curriculum lab

Erin

The Speech Department at Marywood taught me the importance of human dignity and life, and the importance of being an advocate for my students, clients, and residents.

I graduated from Marywood University in 2015 with a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. After graduation, I moved to Alexandria, VA and completed my Clinical Fellowship at Fairfax County Public Schools District. The district is the 10th largest in the United States with 188,000 students coming from all around the world! (Important fun fact for Speech Pathologists: the district has over 200 languages that our students speak!) I am currently a Speech-Language Pathologist at East Pennsboro E.S. located outside of Harrisburg, PA.

As a Speech Pathologist, my responsibilities are to identify children with a speech-language impairment, evaluate (sometimes bilingually!), and treat students. Target areas include: articulation, receptive/expressive language, fluency, phonological awareness, assisting with AAC devices, and pragmatics. I work in elementary schools where I interact with students with Autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, as well as others. A great deal of my previous students have learned English as a second language, and I have worked with students who come from the following language-speaking homes: Spanish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Farsi, Punjabi, Arabic, Tigrinya, and Armenian.

Marywood helped prepare me to transition into a professional field by experiencing an intense and extensive five-year Master’s program. I was surrounded by supervisors and professors who believed in each member of my cohort (Hi, Cohort 7!). We learned fundamental knowledge, how to apply this knowledge in our treatment, and how to be good professionals in the work force. Most of all, the Speech Department at Marywood taught me the importance of human dignity and life, and the importance of being an advocate for my students, clients, and residents. I learned that it is not my job to succeed, but to provide my students the resources to succeed. I learned it is my obligation to be an advocate for my students even when it is hard for me to do.

I am so thankful Marywood, especially the Speech Pathology Department, taught me that I have a purpose…that my students have a purpose. Because of Marywood I am able to remind my students that ALL of them have a voice to be heard.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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