Stephen F. Austin State University

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Program Information


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.

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 with a variety of individuals across the lifespan in public schools, as well as medical settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, state schools and home health agencies.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Experiential Major Matrix Brochure


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.

Degree Information

The Bachelor of Science 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.

Career Potential

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the employment outlook for speech-language pathology assistants is above average: a 15% increase in the number of available jobs between 2012 and 2022. Speech-language pathology assistants may choose from positions in private practice, pediatric rehabilitation, home health agencies as well as assisting a speech-language pathologist in a school setting. The annual starting salary for a speech-language pathology assistant is $38,500.

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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