Stephen F. Austin State University

Speech-Language Pathology

About Us

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.

Accreditation

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.

Mission

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.

History

This program began in 1962 and was initiated by Mac Mosely. In 1974 the graduate program was discontinued, but the undergraduate program grew significantly. In 1977, the graduate program was reopened and in 1992 became fully accredited by ASHA. Since its creation, this program has had a very strong and committed faculty.

Degree Information

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 continuing for two full years culminating with graduation in May. Graduate admission requirements: Candidates for the master's degree program in speech-language pathology are admitted one time each year in the summer.

Deadline for all summer admission is February 15th.

Student Outcome Data

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Non-Discrimination Policy

Employee Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Stephen F. Austin State University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or disabled veteran status. Unlawful discrimination based on sex includes discrimination defined as sexual harassment. Stephen F. Austin State University is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) law. An employee who violates this policy is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. In addition, the Speech-Language Pathology Program at SFASU, in compliance with ASHA, does not discriminate against persons because of sexual orientation, veterans, or who are parents or care givers of parents.

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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