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Strong guidance from our advisory board, combined with our focus on rigorous academic and experiential learning, ensures that you will be well prepared for graduate study or a career in fields like speech-language pathology, audiology, speech and hearing science, and education. This is why 83% of respondents to a survey of 2015 graduates said that they either agree or strongly agree that their academic program prepared them for employment. In addition, 91% of 2015 graduates who responded to the survey reported that they are employed, enrolled in graduate school, or both.
Our graduate speech-language pathology program boasts a pass rate of nearly 100% for the SLP Praxis exam and a 100% post-master’s degree employment rate. The program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
A bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders enables you to earn a starting annual salary that ranges from:
A master's degree in speech-language pathology enables you to earn a media salary of $74,000 as a speech-language pathologist.
Elizabeth Johnston’s professional development presentation for teachers grew out of a project for Worcester’s Community Health Improvement Plan. She continued her research under the guidance of Assistant Professor Kirstina Curro, Ph.D. The presentation reviews language difference, language delay, and language disorder to show what each looks like and ways they are different. “Oftentimes, English language learners might have trouble with comprehension and production, but that is because they are learning a second language, not because they have a deficit where there is a brain difference,” she says. She became interested in this topic as an elementary school teacher in Rhode Island.