The Masters of Science in Speech Pathology at Western is nationally accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The graduate program in speech pathology is comprised of 39 semester hours of didactic coursework, in addition to clinical experiences which vary throughout the duration of the program.
SPA graduate students take advanced coursework and undertake an extensive program of clinical practicum. Graduate class sizes average 20-25 students. Practicum experiences are in the WIU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, as well as a number of off-campus hospitals, nursing homes, Schools, rehabilitation centers, etc. Students gain experience working with clients of various ages, and with a variety of speech, language, and hearing disorders.
At the completion of the B.S. and the M.S. degrees, all SPA students meet both academic and clinical practicum requirements necessary for obtaining the Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA and licensure for the state of Illinois. Both ASHA and the state of Illinois also require the successful completion of a national exam and a clinical fellowship year. Students who complete the program and pass Illinois State of Board of Education examinations will be eligible for Professional Educator Licensure (PEL) in the state of Illinois.
Our faculty provide a supportive environment for students to grow as professionals and as a result our students have a high success rate in meeting the requirements to become a practicing SLP and in finding a job after graduation.
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