Those who study disorders of communication and swallowing 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 speech pathology degree 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 throughout the lifespan in a variety of settings such as early intervention programs, hospital/rehabilitation facilities, schools, clinics and private practices.
Mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
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. These programs combine a broad liberal arts undergraduate curriculum with strong academic coursework and practicum opportunities as a background for the management of communication disabilities. The department seeks to produce highly qualified graduates to serve persons with communication disabilities in any professional setting.
Graduates from the master’s degree program in speech-language pathology will be able to:
- Meet eligibility for ASHA certification
- Meet eligibility for state license and teacher certification in speech-language pathology
- Be employed in a medical facility, school or private practice setting
- Be prepared for admission into a doctoral-level program
- Be prepared to assume leadership positions in professional organizations
The Master of Science 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.