Master of Arts (M.A.) in Speech-Language Pathology
The primary goal for our master's program is the training of competent speech-language pathologists who will critically evaluate communication disorders and the methods used in the habilitation and rehabilitation of those disorders.
The program is completed over six (6) academic terms of full-time study. Students wishing to complete the master's without the clinical component (not seeking licensure and certification in speech-language pathology) can complete the program over five (5) academic terms of full-time study and includes the following:
- 14 courses in the different disorders of speech, language, and swallowing
- two courses in normal processes
- one course in research methodology
The curriculum PROVIDES:
- information on language disorders of children and adults (including those resulting from cognitive-communicative disorders)
- communication disorders of those with complex and significant impairments
- phonological disorders
- disorders of swallowing, voice, rhythm, and hearing
Clinical practicum is provided in both on- and off-campus locations for those seeking clinical licensure and certification in speech-language pathology. The master's program typically requires two years of full-time study depending on the student's practicum needs.
M.A. Requirements for Speech Language Pathology
To view the curriculum for your plan of study, click on the link below that corresponds with the semester you would begin your graduate coursework.
Starting graduate coursework in the Fall semester.
Starting graduate coursework in the Spring semester (only available to Kent State undergraduates)
** Students who elect a thesis option (SPA 64199) must register for 6 semester hours and will, accordingly, have a total of 49 hours for the program.
These courses represent the academic requirements for the M.A. degree. Registration in a Clinical Practicum course each semester will be necessary to meet requirements for ASHA certification. Other course requirements may be necessary to address any deficiencies in reference to ASHA certification standards.
Professional Licensure Disclosure
This program is designed to prepare students to apply for Speech-Language Pathology licensure in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for those state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure. Completion of this program’s requirements may also come with eligibility to apply for licensure as a P12 practitioner in the State of Ohio, as approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.