Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)

About the Program

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.

Program Goals

  • To graduate speech-language pathology professionals who have the disciplinary knowledge and skills to provide entry-level services to diverse clienteles and to meet the needs of the community;
  • To graduate speech-language pathology professionals who have the clinical preparation and dispositions to provide entry-level services to diverse clienteles and to meet the needs of the community; and
  • To graduate speech-language pathology professionals who met the requirements for certification and licensure.

Student Learning Outcomes

Following program completion, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of foundations and professional practices.
  • Demonstrate understanding of screening, assessment, evaluation, and diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate understanding of planning, implementation, and evaluation of treatment.
  • Demonstrate clinical competence in screening, assessment, evaluation, and diagnosis.

Visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's website for their certification standards.

Graduate Coursework

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.

Experiential Learning

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.

Externship Placements

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.

Student Services & Advising

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.

Professional Credentialing

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.

Nancy J. Antonino, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Nancy J. Antonino, Ph.D., CCC-SLP nantonino@thiel.edu

Lecturer and Program Coordinator of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Department Chair

724-589-2133

Academic Center 246

Jennifer Gongaware
Jennifer Gongaware jgongaware@thiel.edu

SLP Administrative Assistant

724-589-2881

102 Center for Speech-Language Services, Glen Johnson Center

Neil Lax, Ph.D.
Neil Lax, Ph.D. nlax@thiel.edu

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

724-589-2035

Academic Center 247

Skye Lewis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Skye Lewis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP slewis@thiel.edu

Clinic Director, Associate Professor of Communication Science and Disorders

724-589-2350

103 Center for Speech-Language Services, Glen Johnson Center

Mary Beth Mason, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Mary Beth Mason, Ph.D., CCC-SLP mbmason@thiel.edu

Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders & Program Director for Speech-Language Pathology

724-589-2298

101 Center for Speech-Language Services, Glen Johnson Center

Laura Pickens, Ph.D. ‘06
Laura Pickens, Ph.D. ‘06 lpickens@thiel.edu

Associate Professor of Psychology, Department Chair

724-589-2047

Academic Center 257

Nicole Billak, CCC-SLP
Nicole Billak, CCC-SLP nbillak@thiel.edu

Adjunct Professor of Speech-Language Pathology

David Ford, CCC-SLP
David Ford, CCC-SLP dford@thiel.edu

Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Sarah Scales, M.A. ’01
Sarah Scales, M.A. ’01 sscales@thiel.edu

Adjunct Professor of Speech-Language Pathology

724-589-2199

Academic Center 304

Admission to the Graduate Program

The Thiel College Master 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 program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become a highly qualified speech-language pathologist through challenging academic experiences and diverse clinical practicums to thrive as a practicing speech-language pathologist in fifteen months. You graduate sooner and accelerate your career faster!

Candidate Requirements

  • Current Thiel College CSD Students and Alumni — personal statement/letter of intent, transcripts for all undergraduate coursework, and résumé.
  • Thiel College undergraduate students (not CSD) — personal statement/letter of intent, contact information for 3 recommendations, transcripts for all undergraduate coursework, and résumé.
  • Students from outside colleges/universities — personal statement/letter of intent, contact information for 3 recommendations, GRE scores, transcripts for all undergraduate coursework, and résumé.
  • Early Assurance program students (limited to college/universities with current articulation agreements with Thiel College MS-SLP program) — personal statement/letter of intent, contact information for 3 letters recommendations (one must be from a department chairperson), transcripts for all undergraduate coursework, and résumé.

Important Notes:

  • The personal statement/letter of intent should address the following: The Thiel College MS-SLP program expects students to be professional, inquisitive and empathetic. What other qualities will you bring to the program that will help you prepare to be a competent clinician?
  • Your contacts for recommendations will receive an email with directions for electronically submitting their recommendations. No additional action is needed on your part.
  • Official GRE scores should be submitted to Thiel College using code 2910. You may upload your GRE score report with application materials for review. Official scores will be needed before program acceptance.
  • All applicants must complete an interview before a final admission decision will be made. You will be contacted via email to schedule the interview after all of your required application materials have been submitted.

Apply

All applicants from other institutions, please use the application link below or at the top of the page. Any applicant who is a current Thiel College student, Thiel alumni or a student from an EAP affiliated school, please contact Dr. Mary Beth Mason at mbmason@thiel.edu or 724-589-2298, or contact Jennifer Gongaware at jgongaware@thiel.edu or 724-589-2881 to receive your application.

Non-Thiel Students - Apply online today!

Current Thiel Students/Alumni - Contact Dr. Mary Beth Mason or Jennifer Gongaware

Financial Aid Information

All MS-SLP students will be charged the undergraduate tuition rate and will be awarded a significant graduate assistantship with admission to the program.

In addition,  MS-SLP students will be eligible for $20,500 in Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Funds for each year of study up to a maximum lifetime loan limit of $138,500.  Students seeking additional financial assistance can apply for a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.  This loan does not have a lifetime limit but must not exceed that Total Cost of Attendance for the academic year in which it applies.

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Nancy J. Antonino, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Department Chair

nantonino@thiel.edu

724-589-2133


Mary Beth Mason, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Program Director for Speech-Language Pathology

mbmason@thiel.edu

724-589-2298