Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
Speech-Language Pathology (MS)
Northeastern University's Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) MS Program prepares future speech-language pathologists to provide quality clinical services to communicatively- and/or swallow- impaired individuals, from infant through geriatric ages. Upon graduation, students obtain employment in a variety of settings that reflect the diverse populations served by speech-language pathologists. Some are self-employed in private practices that provide speech, language and hearing services. Others function as members of interdisciplinary teams in healthcare or educational settings, or in research laboratories.
Our academic program and on-campus Speech-Language and Hearing Center are fully accredited by the council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Over the course of their SLP Graduate Program, students accumulate the basic science, academic course work, and student clinical experiences necessary for national certification (ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, CCC). Following graduation, students are ready to complete their Clinical Fellowship Year. Graduates are also eligible for state educator licensure. Our program's 2013 pass rate on the National SLP Praxis Exam was 97%
Our SLP Graduate Program is a 2-year program. View a sample Program of Study.
Students may simultaneously complete a seperate, but complementary, Early Intervention Certificate Program. Read about this Program.
Our Program's clinical home is the Northeastern Speech-Language and Hearing Center, housed in the state-of-the art Behrakis Health Sciences Building. Individuals of all ages from surrounding communities come to the highly regarded Center for diagnostic and therapeutic services. Here, beginning in their first semester of Clinic (Clinic 1), students engage in rich clinical experiences under the guidance of highly skilled clinic supervisors. Learn more about the Speech-Language and Hearing Center.
Generally, beginning in Clinic 2, students work multiple days a week with speech-language pathologists as student clinicians in community-based hospitals, outpatient clinics, educational institutions, and other settings. Examples of clinic placement sites include Braintree Hospital, Children's Hospital, and Boston Public Schools. Consistent with ASHA guidelines, on-campus and off-campus clinical assignments provide students with hands-on experience evaluating and/or treating children and adults with a variety of diagnoses, disorders, and impairments such as language, cognitive-linguistic, and swallowing disorders:
- articulation and phonological disorders
- congenital or acquired hearing loss
- developmental language problems
- English as a second language/ accented speech
- fluency problems
- language and cognitive impairments due to stroke, brain injury, and progressive neurological diseases
- motor speech disorders, such as dysarthria and apraxia, which may result in the need for augmentative or alternative forms of communication (AAC)
- swallowing disorders
- voice and resonance problems
While many of our external clinical sites are accessible by public transportation, not all are. Consequently, it is necessary for students to have access to a car during the semesters that they are enrolled in Clinics 2-4. Availability of a car increases the options for placement sites at which students have opportunities to gain diverse and extensive clinical experience.
Northeastern University emphasizes service to inner-city neighborhoods of Boston and to surrounding communities. Through some of the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Department's community service links, students have opportunities to participate in speech-language-hearing screenings at local schools and hospitals and to facilitate children's story-telling groups at local family homeless shelters.
Faculty engage in ongoing research in a variety of areas, including AAC, evidence-based practice, hearing loss, health and language literacy, motor speech disorders, and traumatic brain injury. Students have opportunities to participate in faculty's research and to work with faculty to explore research interests of their own.
Approximately half of our Speech-Language Pathology graduates go to work in educational settings, almost half in medical settings, and a few in research laboratories and private practices. The academic, clinical, research, and service opportunities that comprise our SLP Graduate Program allow our students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for a lifetime of professional achievement and social contribution.