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With accrediting agency’s approval, Thiel College makes history with its first graduate program


With accrediting agency’s approval, Thiel College makes history with its first graduate program

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College announces today its first graduate degree program—a Master of Science in speech-language pathology—was awarded candidacy status by The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, which allows the College to recruit and enroll students into the program.

“This stands as a historic moment for the College. This endorsement says the accreditation council is confident Thiel College is prepared, and we have met or exceeded the established candidacy standards,” Thiel College President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., said. “We are proud and excited to have reached this new phase in the College’s development and look forward to the life-changing opportunity this creates not only for our students and the College but for the region. Our students and graduates will be working in positions across the region.”  

With today’s approval, the College can begin enrolling graduate students in May 2020. Current and new undergraduate students in Thiel’s communication sciences and disorders program will enjoy streamlined admission in the master’s program and generous scholarship support.

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Elizabeth Frombgen, Ph.D., said reaching this milestone has involved years of intensive development work by faculty and staff at the College. The Thiel College Board of Trustees approved the addition of a speech-language pathology master’s degree in 2017. The accrediting agency came to Thiel College for a site visit and interviews with key personnel and conducted extensive reviews of the College’s strategic plans and application materials.

Thiel College’s program is open to students who have earned a Bachelor of Science in communication sciences disorders degree at Thiel College. Thiel College graduates without a degree in communication sciences and disorders and outside candidates who have completed prerequisite courses in communication sciences disorders are also eligible for the program with different application prerequisites and will be evaluated for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Students in the 15-month program will work and observe in an on-campus clinic. Students also will take a six-credit externship in a school and medical setting. The program has developed relationships with a vast array of partners, schools districts, medical facilities and long-term care facilities in northwestern/western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.

“Many graduate programs take two years to complete. We condensed our program by eliminating breaks and maximizing efficiencies,” Frombgen said.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and graduate programs in, Business Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Communication and Leadership, Physician Assistant and Speech-Language Pathology. All of Thiel College’s master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce outstanding graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to diversity and inclusion. The College combines tradition with innovation as it honors its past and celebrates its future.

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