Worcester State University
Communication Sciences & Disorders Department


Academic Goals 


Students in the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology will:

1.   Complete a comprehensive graduate training program with a strong theoretical and scientific base with a diversified practicum experience in the areas of

·         articulation/phonology

·         fluency

·         voice and resonance

·         receptive and expressive language

·         hearing

·         swallowing

·         cognition

·         social aspects

·         communication modalities

2.   Become critical thinkers and ethical practitioners. 

3.   Demonstrate professional writing and speaking skills.

4.   Understand research methodology so that they may evaluate, contribute to, and apply research.

5.   Observe, evaluate/diagnose, and treat a variety of clients in regard to age, disorder, severity level, and linguistic/cultural background.

6.   Develop interpersonal communication skills to work effectively with colleagues, clients, clients’ families, and the general public.

7.   Provide clinical services, including prevention, assessment, and intervention of communication disorders and differences, for the community.

8.   Be eligible for ASHA certification, Massachusetts state licensure, and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Licensure.

9.   Become lifelong learners to continue to enhance professional skills.


Program Outcomes/Objectives


Students who graduate with a Master of Science degree from the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program at Worcester State University will be able to:

1.   Demonstrate knowledge of the physical, biological, social, and behavioral sciences applicable to communication disorders.

2.   Demonstrate knowledge of etiologies and characteristics of communication disorders

3.   Demonstrate clinical proficiency in screening and assessment skills with a variety of clients.

4.   Create and implement a plan of intervention with a variety of clients.

5.   Demonstrate professional behavior that exemplifies knowledge of ethical, legal, and regulatory aspects of professional practice.

6.   Use oral, written, and nonverbal communication to communicate clearly, effectively, and appropriately with clients, other professionals, and caregivers.

7.   Evaluate and apply research to clinical practice.

8.   Apply knowledge of cultural/linguistic diversity to professional settings.

9.   Collaborate with and/or counsel clients, other professionals, and/or caregivers.

10. Demonstrate certification and licensure eligibility including completion of academic and clinical requirements.

11. Develop skills for lifelong learning, professional development, and self-assessment.

12. Be employed as an entry-level speech-language pathologist.

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