Since 1992, the master's of science education program in speech-language pathology at Stephen F. Austin State University 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, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
Speech-Language Pathology is one of several programs offered in the Department of Human Services. The program offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees that meet the requirements for state licensure and national certification in speech-language pathology. The Speech and Hearing Clinic is located on the 2nd floor of the Human Services building where students participate in supervised clinical practicum experiences. Students are provided with a practical hands-on approach to training that includes an emphasis on integration of evidence-based practice. They perform on-site speech, language, and hearing evaluations and work with clients of all ages to assess, diagnose and treat various communication disorders. Externship sites are also available where students have the opportunity to work with a variety of individuals across the lifespan in medical settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, state schools, public schools, and home health agencies.
The Speech-Language Pathology program began in 1962 and was initiated by Mac Mosley. In 1974, the graduate program was discontinued, but the undergraduate program grew significantly. In 1977, the graduate program reopened and in 1992 became fully accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Since its creation, the program has hosted very strong and committed faculty as well as produced competent professional Speech-Language Pathologist.
The mission of the Speech-Language Pathology Program is to prepare knowledgeable caring professionals committed to properly diagnosing and effectively treating persons with varied communication disorders thereby improving their quality of life. To meet this mission, the Program emphasizes the importance of scientific study, critical thinking skills, interdisciplinary collaboration, ethical principles, and responsibility to educate the public about communicative disorders, and the importance of continued professional development throughout one's career.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is a pre-professional degree in preparation for graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology. The undergraduate curriculum includes a free-standing major with no minor field requirements. This degree may also be used to obtain a SLP-A license, which allows the student to provide services in the public school setting. At the completion of the undergraduate degree, other possible career options may include medical sales or medical publications, or the pursuit of a master's degree in other fields closely related to speech-language pathology (i.e. other health science or health care field, pre-med. or medical school, and special education).
The Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology is the minimum requirement for independent professional practice in the field. Students who are awarded the M.S. degree must meet all academic and clinical practicum requirements as per the Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). They must also obtain a Texas SLP license if they wish to practice in Texas. The M.S. Degree Plan requires 2 years of academic and clinical preparation, typically beginning the summer before their first fall semester and continues for two full years culminating with graduation in May.
The employment outlook for speech-language pathologists continues to be excellent. The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics predicts a 10 percent increase in the number of available jobs between 2006 and 2016. Speech-language pathology majors may choose from a large number of available positions in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, rehabilitation settings and private practices with an annual starting salary of $50,000 to $82,000 after being awarded the M.S. degree. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012, the national average salary is $55,000 in a school setting and $70,000 in a medical setting. In the 2008 survey of employers of our alumni, our graduates receive high praise. A majority responded that our graduates exceeded their expectations in clinical preparation. A majority also indicated that our graduates came to them with skills in some areas higher than graduates from other programs.
Student Discrimination Policy
Stephen F. Austin State University strives to provide an educational and work environment that affirms the rights and dignity of each individual. It is the policy of the university, in accordance with federal and state law, to prohibit unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information,citizenship and veteran status. Unlawful discrimination based on sex includes discrimination defined as sexual harassment.
The Discrimination Complaints/Sexual Harassment policy (E-46) outlines the university's commitment and details the procedures used to investigate complaints.
It is the responsibility of the university president to ensure that SFA and all its constituencies comply with the provisions of this policy and with all federal and state laws, executive orders and regulations regarding non-discrimination.
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