Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology

Department Details
Chairperson: Dr. Jessica Berry
Contact Number: (803) 536-8074
Chairperson Email: jrichard@scsu.edu
Degree Programs

Program Overview

The mission of our programs in Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPA) at South Carolina State University is to educate students to function effectively as speech language pathologists who serve the communicative needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations in a variety of work settings, utilizing evidence-based practices. Students are provided opportunities to engage in critical clinical decision-making based on empirical evidence, thereby integrating scientific methods and clinical practice. The practical experiences are initiated in and supported by the South Carolina State University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic; and they are continued in sundry off-site settings, including public schools, hospitals, private practices, and rehabilitation centers.

The Master of Arts degree (MA) program in speech-language pathology is designed to provide the academic and practicum experiences that will develop clinical competence in the management of speech, hearing, and language disorders. The program offers sequential and simultaneous academic coursework, supervised clinical practicum, and research experiences that enable students to meet the requirements for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensure by the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Successful completion of the program also requires the satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination in speech-language pathology. Graduate courses are offered in the evening with clinical practicums and seminars during the day.

Accreditation

The Master of Arts degree (M.A.) education program in Speech Pathology and Audiology at South Carolina State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700