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Speech-Language Pathology

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology will lead you to eligibility for clinical certification by preparing you to assess, diagnose, and clinically treat people with a variety of communication and swallowing disorders. You'll have many clinical opportunities to work with people of all ages with diverse communication needs under the supervision of our skilled clinical instructors.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On Campus
Program Length: 2 years plus 1 semester
Credit Hours: 62

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Our SLP program prepares you to assist, diagnose, and clinically treat people with communication and swallowing disorders. This extensive clinical experience makes our speech-language pathology graduates highly sought-after clinicians.

You'll have the opportunity to work alongside faculty mentors and experienced staff in state-of-the-art facilities. Conduct or assist with research projects that focus on understanding or improving all forms of communication, work with patients ranging from infants to the elderly. Gain hands-on experience in our Speech-Language and Hearing Clinics that serve people in central and northern Michigan.

Our program will prepare you to work with individuals of all ages who have needs related to:

  • Articulation.
  • Fluency.
  • Voice and resonance.
  • Receptive and expressive language.
  • Hearing.
  • Swallowing.
  • Cognitive aspects of communication.
  • Social aspects of communication.
  • Communication modalities.

The Speech-Language Pathology program at Central Michigan University leads to eligibility for clinical certification and prepares students to work in all clinical settings.

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Program Highlights

With our SLP program, you'll benefit from:

  • A welcoming environment where collaboration is encouraged.
  • State-of-the-art facilities that include advanced technology and software for speech, voice, language and acoustic testing.
  • First-hand clinical experience with possible on-and-off-campus placements.
  • Experience working with individuals of all ages with diverse communication needs under the supervision of skilled Master Clinical Educators.
  • Interprofessional education and practice opportunities with physicians, psychologists, and audiologists in our on-campus clinics. 
  • Both in-person and virtual simulated activities. 
  • Partnerships with the Occupational Therapy program at Saginaw Valley State University to provide sensory evaluations and individualized sensory plans for children in our Summer Speech-Language Specialty Clinics.
  • Collaborations with Dr. Chomchai and the MyMichigan Physicians Group to provide videostroboscopy/fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) evaluations to patients with voice or swallowing concerns in the Carls Center for Clinical Care and Education.

Careers & Outcomes

With this degree, you can choose professions such as speech-language pathologists or audiologists. You'll work primarily in educational settings, medical and health facilities, and private practice.

Career Projected Salary
Speech Language Pathologist $79,060
Audiologist $82,680
Hearing Screener $40,326

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