Loyola's graduate program in speech-language pathology provides education and training to enable students to become skilled and caring speech-language pathologists. The curriculum challenges pre-professionals academically, clinically, and personally. The program consists of academic coursework integrated with clinical training in the assessment and treatment of infants, children, and adults who have communication disorders.
The program provides opportunities for students to acquire and demonstrate knowledge of the nature of speech, language, hearing, and communication disorders and differences, as well as prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders across the life span. The program also allows students to acquire and demonstrate knowledge in standards of ethical conduct, research principles in evidence-based clinical practice, and contemporary professional issues.
The graduate program in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences provides an ASHA-accredited path of study within the Jesuit tradition defined by challenging coursework and faculty mentors who assist students in acquiring the tools necessary to be discerning and knowledgeable speech-language pathologists who will lead and serve in a diverse and changing world. Through academic coursework, mentorship by dedicated faculty members, and clinical experiences across a variety of settings, students will master the professional skills they need to become effective and compassionate advocates for persons with communication disorders.
The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences will be a recognized leader in graduate education, offering an accredited Master of Science program which is responsive to the needs of the professional and academic communities it serves. The department will prepare qualified, compassionate individuals for careers inspiring them to become leaders who seek to improve the lives of individuals with communication disorders by recognizing the unique qualities of each client and demonstrating respect for the communities in which they live.
Students completing the master’s program will have fulfilled the academic and clinical practice requirements for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and for Maryland licensure. In order to qualify for professional certification, students must also complete basic courses in 4 areas:
Biological Science - should emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences—e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science
Physical Science - acceptable courses include physics or chemistry
Social/Behavioral Science - acceptable courses include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health
Statistics - A stand-alone course is required. Research methodology courses in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) may not be used to satisfy the statistics requirement. A course in biological and physical sciences specifically related to CSD may not be applied for certification purposes to this category unless the course fulfills a university requirement in one of these areas.
Students who have not completed these courses will be required to complete them in addition to the degree requirements of the master’s program. We also recommend taking a technical writing course before entering the master's program.
By the end of the two-year, full-time program, students will have completed a course of study addressing the knowledge and skills pertinent to the field of speech-language pathology. Knowledge and skills addressed cover the principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders. These clinical areas encompass: articulation, fluency, voice and resonance, receptive and expressive language in speaking, listening, reading, writing and manual modalities, the impact of hearing on speech and language, swallowing, cognitive aspects of communication, social aspects of communication, and knowledge of augmentative and alternative communication techniques and assistive technologies. In addition to the above mentioned clinical areas, students will also possess knowledge in the areas of research, contemporary, professional issues, standards of ethical conduct and information on professional credentials.
Graduate Learning Goals
Master Knowledge and Skills
Demonstrate knowledge and skills for entry-level clinical work documented across course work and clinical practicum experiences in the student’s Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA) form.
Demonstrate collaborative client care through participation in interprofessional education and practice.
Communicate effectively in spoken and written language demonstrated in clinical report writing, oral presentations, and academic papers.
Think critically demonstrated through diagnostic problem solving, problem-based learning, and clinical decision making supported by sound evidence.
Manifest Leadership and Social Responsibility in the Workplace and Community
Demonstrate knowledge of the Professional Code of Ethics through problem based learning in coursework.
Identify areas of advocacy that will promote the profession, improve client care, or further the evidence-base of the profession.