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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 24, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Communication Science and Disorders - Speech-Language Pathology Concentration, MA/MS

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Program Requirements

Clinical Practicum

Clinical practicum requirements are met through the SLP Network, Outplacements, and Practicum in the Schools. These community-based sites consist of more than 100 facilities in Western Pennsylvania with which the program is affiliated. These include varied settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, home based services, specialty clinics, not-for-profit clinics, early intervention, private practices, and schools.

SLP Summative Assessment Project for Master of Arts (MA) degree

All students in the Master of Arts program are required to successfully complete a Summative Assessment Project. This project assesses students’ ability to think critically, communicate their thoughts in written and oral form, and demonstrate their grasp of the major academic and clinical content provided in their graduate program. Students pursuing the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Speech Language Pathology must satisfactorily complete a one-credit course, typically taken in the fall or spring term of their last year in the graduate program. Requirements for passing the Summative Assessment Project are provided in the course syllabus.


Program Electives

Thesis Option for Master of Science (MS) degree

Students pursuing the Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology must successfully complete a thesis project. Students who complete a master’s thesis are exempt from the Summative Assessment Project. Thesis students will have an examining committee of at least three University of Pittsburgh faculty members as outlined in the academic handbook. Additional requirements are outlined in the academic handbook, which is distributed to students at the beginning of their academic programs.


Optional Coursework

The master’s degree program with a concentration in speech-language pathology has a generally predefined curriculum. For students interested in obtaining school certification, students must complete the regular master’s degree requirements plus the following: a 3 credit child/human development course (typically taken as an undergraduate); a language development course (typically taken through the CSD undergraduate program); and CSD 2067 SLP School Practicum (4 days per/ week for a full semester). Additionally, the student must pass specific Praxis examinations as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

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