Stephen F. Austin State University

Speech-Language Pathology

Program Information

Accreditation

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.

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 Stanley Center for Speech and Language Disorders 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 in a variety of individuals across the lifespan in public school settings, private practices as well as medical settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, state schools and home health.

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

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 (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.

Degree Information

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 Speech-Language Pathology 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.

Career Potential

The employment outlook for speech-language pathologist continues to be excellent. The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics predicts a 10 percent increase in the number of available jobs between 2014 and 2024. 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 $48,000 to $92,000 after being awarded a Master of Science. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics in 2015 the national average salary is $64,000 in a school setting and $79,500 in a medical setting. In the 2012 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 gradates came to them with skills in some areas higher than graduates from other programs.

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Non-Discrimination Policy

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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