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Speech-Language Pathology

Program Director: Louise Keegan

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program is designed to prepare students for practice in educational and healthcare settings as Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs). It is a full-time, two year, entry-level, professional practice program. Students from any major may apply for admission to this program. Students who wish to enter the Moravian College Speech-Language Pathology program will be able to avail of a Communication Sciences and Disorders track, within the Health Sciences Major. To be considered for admission the following pre-requisites apply.

  • A completed undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0

  • A completed Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test

  •  A grade of a C or higher in the following coursework (or equivalent) at an accredited institution of higher education:

  •  Statistics (e.g. MAT 107 Elementary Statistics)

  •  Biology (e.g. BIO 103, Anatomy & Physiology 1)

  • Physics/Chemistry (e.g. PHY 109, Physics for Life Sciences)

  • Psychology/Sociology (e.g. PSYH)

  • Clinical Linguistics (linguistic analysis/language disorders)

  •  Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech & Hearing Mechanism

  • Communication Development

  •  Phonetics/Phonology

  •  Speech & Hearing Science

  • Audiology

  •    *25 hours of observation in the discipline (must observe an ASHA certified, licensed provider)

  •  *Submit a signed copy of the 'Professional Dispositions, Behaviors & Essential Functions (PDBEF)' document

*Note: evidence of observation hours and the signed PDBEF are required only after students are offered a place in the MS-SLP graduate program. 

Students who do not consider English to be their primary language are required to submit official scores of a recent IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination. Minimum scores required for admission to this program are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 or higher

  • TOEFL Paper: 577 or higher

  • TOEFL Computer: 233 or higher

  • TOEFL Internet: 90 or higher

Application Materials:

  • Official Transcripts

  • GRE Report

  • Resume

  • Personal statement/letter of intent

  • Three letters of recommendation

·         Top applicants will be selected to attend an interview before final offers are made.

Accreditation

The Master of Science program in Speech-Language Pathology at Moravian College is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a “preaccreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years.

The Major in Speech-Language Pathology

Course Number Course Title (credit hours)
SLP 500 Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology (3)
SLP 551 Foundations of Speech-Language
Pathology (5)
SLP 510 Professional Issues (1)
SLP 561 Clinical Education I (1)
SLP 552 Developmental Communication
Disorders (5)
EDUC 502* Language Acquisition and Development
(2)
Elective* Educational Elective  (2-3)
SLP 511* Evidence Based Practice (EBP) I (1)
SLP 521 Clinical Skills: Evaluation (1)
SLP 562 Clinical Education II (2)
SLP 553 Acquired Communication Disorders (5)
SLP 502 Medical Speech-Language Pathology (3)
SLP 522 Clinical Skills: Technology in SLP (1)
SLP 563 Clinical Education III (2)
SLP 654 Complex Cases in Speech-Language
Pathology I (5)
SLP 612 Interprofessional Development &
Documentation (1)
SLP 623 Clinical Skills: Aural Rehabilitation (1)
SLP 624 Clinical Skills: Advanced Linguistic Analysis (1)
SLP 664 Clinical Education IV (2)
SLP 655 Complex Cases in Speech-Language
Pathology II (5)
SLP 680 Colloquium (1)
Elective* Healthcare Elective (2-3)
SLP 613* EBP III  (1)
SLP 665 Clinical Education V (2)
SLP 681 Thesis (2)
SLP 666 Clinical Education VI (4-6)
   61 Total Credits 

Courses Descriptions in Speech-Language Pathology

Foundational Knowledge Sequence

SLP 500 Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology. This course covers the basic anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system with special emphasis on neural systems involved in normal and disordered language comprehension and production, normal and disorders speech, voice and swallowing functions as well as normal and disordered cognitive skills. The course is 3 credit hours in total (one of which will be taught by the neuroscience faculty, in conjunction with the Athletic Training graduate students, and two of which will be taught by faculty in the SLP program). 3 credits, lecture & lab, Summer offering

SLP 502 Medical Speech-Language Pathology. This course was designed to introduce graduate level clinicians to the medical setting as a prospective work setting. Topics include specialized roles of the speech/language pathologist in the medical center setting, medical record keeping systems and terminology, evaluation and treatment of dysphagia, laryngectomy rehabilitation with emphasis on surgical voice restoration (T.E. puncture) and other topics of concern to the hospital-based clinician. 3 credits, lecture & lab, Spring offering

EDUC 502 Introductory Education for English Language Learners. Students will learn basic principles, issues, and strategies for English language teaching. This course will be an introduction to challenges of teaching English learners and offers a comprehensive overview of learning theories and teaching strategies. Attention will be given to such controversial topics as the influence of culture on schooling, the cultural practices of schooling, and the sociopolitical context of education. Students will learn clear models of strategic teaching leading to students' success.

Educational Elective: Examples of courses students may elect to take include; EDUC 507 Culture Community Diversity, EDUC 510 Child Development & Cognition I, EDUC 513 The Arts: Creative Expression, EDUC 516 Early Child Education Theory/Practice/Family, EDUC 520 Interventions for Mid-Level learners, EDUC 606 Reading and Writing across the Curriculum, EDUC 673 ESL Assessment and Support, EDUC 610 Differentiating Instruction, EDUC 670 Oral Language development and acquisition, EDUC 626 literacy skills for children with special needs

Healthcare Elective: Examples of courses students may elect to take include; HLAT 622 Sports Nutrition, HLAT 678 Psychosocial Aspects of Rehab, NURS 504 Policy, Quality, & Safety in Health Care, NURS 502 Epidemiology & Bioinformatics, NURS 536 Law, Regulations, Ethics, Health, HLAT 710 Healthcare policy, HLAT 712 Epidemiology & informatics, OT 561 Reflections & Professional Development, OT 605 Management of Therapy Services.

Inquiry Sequence

SLP 510 Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology. This course examines professional ethics and issues, reviews regulations and requirements for professional practice, provides an overview of the composition/policies of the Graduate Program in SLP, and discusses cultural considerations for studying, assessing and treating communication and swallowing disorders in culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) populations. 1 credit, lecture, Summer offering

SLP 511 Evidence Based Practice. This course will introduce the student to role and importance of research in the rehabilitation professions. Course content will include defining research terminology, basic epidemiology, development of search terms, human subjects training and the development of a research question. 1 credit, lecture, Fall offering

SLP 612 Interprofessional Development & Documentation. This course examines professional ethics, reviews regulations, requirements and billing in professional practice, documentation across healthcare and education based professions and settings, experimental design, research methodologies and also addresses other topical interdisciplinary and practical issues. 1 credit, lecture, Summer offering

SLP 613 Evidence Based Practice III. This course will educate the student regarding statistical analysis, development of discussion points, figure and table creation and developing research conclusions. 1 credit, lecture, Fall offering

Clinical Skills Sequence

SLP 521 Evaluation. This lab course will allow students to practice procedures and processes of evaluation. Students will practice administering various forms of assessments. They will learn how to interpret standardized scores and determine the psychometric properties, validity, reliability and applicability of the most common norm-referenced standardized assessments in the field of communication disorders. 1 credit, lab, Fall offering

SLP 522 Technology in Speech-Language Pathology. This lab course will provide students with information about the use of technology in enhancing client and provider outcomes, in the profession of Speech-Language Pathology. The uses of Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices, Electronic Medical Records, software and hardware that may be applied in communication analysis, neuroimaging devices, and other such tools will be examined, discussed and applied. 1 credit, lab, Spring offering

SLP 623 Aural Rehabilitation. This lab course will provide students with information about the basic concepts of acoustics as they relate to hearing measurement, the psychophysical methods of measuring hearing thresholds and the calibration of hearing measurement devices. Students will learn how to evaluate and interpret audiometric tests and make appropriate referrals, in diverse populations. 1 credit, lab, Summer offering

SLP 624 Advanced Linguistic Analysis. This lab course examines language as a system of human communication. It provides students with the opportunity to record, investigate, and analyze language in populations with communication disorders. Specific emphasis on theories of analysis (e.g. Brown’s stages, LARSP, conversation analysis, narrative analysis, systemic functional linguistics) emphasize the importance of interconnections between language, context, genre and the communication partner. Clinical applications are emphasized. 1 credit, lab, Summer offering

Problem Based Learning Sequence

SLP 551 Foundations of Speech-Language Pathology. A problem based learning course that covers 10 standard cases and issues in Speech-Language Pathology (e.g. developmental communication disorders, acquired communication disorders, interprofessional collaboration, counseling, cultural diversity). 5 credits, problem based learning, Summer offering

SLP 552 Developmental Communication Disorders. A problem based learning course that covers 10 cases of developmental speech, voice, language & social communication/cognitive difficulties. 5 credits, problem based learning, Fall offering

SLP 553 Acquired Communication Disorders. A problem based learning course that covers 10 cases of acquired communication and swallowing disorders. 5 credits, problem based learning, Spring offering

SLP 654 Complex Cases in Speech-Language Pathology I. A problem based learning course that covers 10 complex cases in the field of SLP. Cases include voice disorders, fluency difficulties, and developmental issues across the lifespan. 5 credits, problem based learning, Summer offering

SLP 655 Complex Cases in Speech-Language Pathology II. A problem based learning course that covers 10 complex cases in the field of SLP. Cases address ethical issues in speech-language pathology, mental health issues and the impact on communication and many more unusual and complex cases. 5 credits, problem based learning, Fall offering

Clinical Education Sequence

SLP 561 Clinical Education I. A supervised clinical experience in speech-language pathology. Student will acquire experience working with a variety of populations, which may include individuals with developmental communication and swallowing difficulties (e.g., Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy), hearing impairment and acquired difficulties (e.g. stroke, degenerative diseases, injury). This will typically be an outpatient placement in a clinic such as St. Luke’s North. Consists of a two day a week placement, where each student is responsible for the service provision where students work in pairs and see one to two clients per week for 10 weeks (45-75 mins of direct client care per week). 1 credit, Clinical Education Experience, Summer offering

SLP 562 Clinical Education II. A supervised clinical experience in speech-language pathology. Student will acquire experience working with pediatric populations. This may be in settings such as schools, outpatient clinics, early intervention etc. Consists of a five-week full time placement. It is expected that students will obtain a minimum of 50 direct contact hours with clients over the five weeks. 2 credits, Clinical Education Experience, Fall offering

SLP 563 Clinical Education III. A supervised clinical experience in speech-language pathology. Student will acquire experience working with adult populations. This may be in settings such as acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, etc. Consists of a five-week full time placement. It is expected that students will obtain a minimum of 50 direct contact hours with clients over the five weeks. 2 credits, Clinical Education Experience, Spring offering

SLP 664 Clinical Education IV. A supervised clinical experience in speech-language pathology. Student will acquire experience working with various populations. This may be in any healthcare or educational setting. Consists of a five-week full time placement. It is expected that students will obtain a minimum of 50 direct contact hours with clients over the five weeks. 2 credits, Clinical Education Experience, Summer offering

SLP 665 Clinical Education V. A supervised clinical experience in speech-language pathology. Student will acquire experience working with various populations. This may be in any healthcare or educational setting. Consists of a five-week full time placement. It is expected that students will obtain a minimum of 50 direct contact hours with clients over the five weeks. 2 credits, Clinical Education Experience, Fall offering

SLP 666 Clinical Education VI. A supervised clinical experience in speech-language pathology. Student will acquire experience working with various populations. This may be in any healthcare or educational setting. All efforts will be made to place students in settings that are similar to those where they may wish to pursue employment. Consists of a fifteen-week full time placement. It is expected that each student will obtain a minimum of 200 direct contact hours with clients over the fifteen weeks. 4-6 credits, Clinical Education Experience, Spring offering

Capstone Experiences

SLP 680 Colloquium. The word “colloquium” is derived from the Latin, and means “to talk together.” The word conveys a conversation that is both structured and informal, a meeting of minds that is serious and spirited. This course requires active participation and discussion of topical issues that are important to the discipline. 1 credit, lecture, Fall offering

SLP 681 Thesis (optional). Candidates will work independently (independent study), under the guidance of a thesis advisor, to conduct a research project, place data within the context of published studies and report research findings in a final thesis. An oral defense of the thesis will be required. 1 credit, Independent Study, Spring offering