Since 1992, the master's 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.
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 for the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification. 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.
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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