Stephen F. Austin State University

Speech-Language Pathology

Program Information

Accreditation

The Master of Science (M.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 of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 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 and Educational Leadership. 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 experiential learning opportunities that emphasize the integration of evidence-based practice. They conduct on-site speech, language, and hearing evaluations with clients of all ages and treat a variety of communication disorders. Externship sites are also available where students have the opportunity to work with individuals across the lifespan in public school settings, private practices, as well as medical settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, state supported living centers and home health.

Mission

The mission of the Speech-Language Pathology Program is to prepare knowledgeable caring professionals committed to educating the public, properly diagnosing, and effectively treating persons with communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan, thereby improving their quality of life. To meet this mission, the program embraces cultural and linguistic diversity, emphasizes the importance of evidence-based practice, critical thinking skills, interdisciplinary collaboration, ethical principles and 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 Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). Since its creation, the program has hosted very strong and committed faculty as well as produced competent professional speech-language pathologists.

Degree Information

The Master of Science (M.S.) 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 25 percent increase in the number of available jobs between 2019 and 2029. 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 $50,3700 to $122,790 after being awarded a Master of Science. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics in 2020 the national average salary was $71,410 in a school setting and $87,110 in a medical setting and the highest salary being in nursing and residential care facilities with an average annual salary of $95,010. In a recent 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 (2.11/2.13) 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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