The master of science degree program in speech-language pathology at Thiel College is 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.
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071.
The program is designed to accompany our Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Upon completion of your undergraduate studies, you will immediately begin the fifteen month masters program!
For questions, please contact Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders & Program Director for Speech Language Pathology Dr. Mary Beth Mason.
Visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's website for their certification standards.
The curriculum is designed to ensure that graduates have the disciplinary knowledge and skills, clinical preparation and dispositions to provide entry-level services to diverse clienteles and to meet the needs of their community. The specific coursework focuses on particular communication/swallowing disorders, how to diagnose and treat them and the non-medical needs of clients in diverse communities. Students will be given the opportunity to complete a minimum of 400 supervised clinical practice hours over the course of four full-time semesters with a clinical experience embedded in each semester.
It is designed to provide both the scientific and cultural foundations of human communication, disorders and differences. It is also designed to apply practice through clinical practicum experiences. The sequencing of the coursework builds foundational knowledge, dispositions and clinical practice through courses that focus on speech and communication/swallowing disorders, more specific courses that focus on particular speech communication disorders in specific populations (adults or children) while blending seminar coursework and clinical coursework for an integrated experience. Through the varied experiences students will be prepared to enter the workforce as speech-language pathologists immediately upon program completion.
As a student you will have the opportunity to observe in our on-campus clinic from day one and each semester in the program. In the spring semester and the second summer you will take a six credit externship in a school setting and in a medical setting to provide you with the experience across the scope and continuum of the speech language profession.
The program has developed relationships with a vast array of partners, schools districts, medical facilities and long-term care facilities, to give you the experiences you need in the locations that are convenient to you. While most partnerships are in northwestern/western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, should you want to explore an externship location outside the region, you should consult the Clinical Director and the Program Director.
Providing personalized attention to students is a hallmark of Thiel College. Upon matriculation each student is assigned an academic advisor who will meet with the student to develop an academic plan based upon the student’s preparation and career interests.
The program will prepare you for licensure and educational credentialing in the state of Pennsylvania. The program director can assist you with requirements and applications outside of Pennsylvania.
Lecturer and Program Coordinator of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Department Chair
Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders & Program Director for Speech-Language Pathology
Associate Professor of Psychology, Department Chair
The Thiel College masters of science in speech-language pathology program strives to prepare graduates to provide quality entry-level speech-language services to a diverse clientele. This intensive, accelerated masters program will provide you with the knowledge and skills through challenging academic experiences and simultaneous clinical education to thrive as a practicing speech-language pathologist in fifteen months. You will become part of a healthcare team sooner and accelerate your career faster!
All MS-SLP students will be charged the undergraduate tuition rate and will be awarded a significant graduate assistantship with admission to the program.