Communication Sciences & Disorders
Those who study communication and swallowing disorders are focused on people of all ages who demonstrate difficulty developing effective and appropriate communication and swallowing skills or who have lost their ability to communicate and/or swallow because of strokes or traumatic brain injury or other physical problems. Earning a degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Tulsa allows you to take the first step toward reaching your goals.
Students who choose to study speech-language pathology must earn an undergraduate degree (or take prerequisite coursework) as well as a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, since the master’s degree is the entry degree into the field of speech-language pathology. Undergraduate students follow a strict sequence of basic science and pre-professional courses during their undergraduate study and participate in a clinical practicum at the onsite speech, language and hearing clinic during their senior year. Graduate students study communication sciences and disorders in their graduate coursework and participate in clinical practicum on-site as well as off-site in a hospital/rehabilitation center and a public school setting. Speech-language pathologists facilitate the development or rehabilitation of speech, language and swallowing skills with people with communication and swallowing disorders throughout the lifespan in a variety of settings such as early intervention programs, hospital/rehabilitation facilities, schools, clinics and private practices.
The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to provide a high-quality educational experience, clinical training, and research opportunities for students pursuing professional careers in speech-language pathology, audiology and other related fields. The undergraduate and master’s programs combine a broad liberal arts curriculum with specific and sequential academic and clinical coursework in communication sciences and disorders. The Department seeks to produce competent master’s degree graduates to treat persons with communication and swallowing disorders in any professional setting.
Based on this mission statement, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has established program goals which are listed below:
Graduates from the master’s degree program in speech-language pathology will be able to:
- Meet eligibility for ASHA certification
- Meet eligibility for licensure in many states
- Meet eligibility as a school SLP in many states
- Provide services as an entry level professional in a medical facility, educational facility, or private practice setting.
The Master’s of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology at The University of Tulsa is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850-3289, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
- Elementary and Secondary Schools
- Hospitals/Medical Centers
- Offices of Audiologists
- Nursing/Residential Care Facilities
- Offices of Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapists