What is Speech-Language Pathology?
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are certified, licensed professionals who work in healthcare and educational settings to assist patients with communication and swallowing difficulties. SLPs must have master’s degrees in order to obtain certification by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as well as state licensure to practice. They work with individuals across the lifespan, from neonatal intensive care units to memory care/Alzheimer’s care facilities – and every place in between where people need help to communicate.
The M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program welcomes all applicants, whether they have an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders or another field.
Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in CSD may apply through the Office of Graduate Programs at ACU for admission to complete leveling coursework. The graduate program audits the transcripts of applicants to determine if leveling coursework is required.
Students who have not completed an undergraduate degree in CSD or who do not meet leveling requirements will be required to complete 30 hours of leveling coursework and clinical observations before they will be eligible to apply for admission to a graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology.
For additional questions regarding leveling work, please contact the department.