Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Our Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program develops speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in individuals across the life-span

Health Professions

Supporting communication across a lifespan

You've prepared for this. You're ready. Our Speech-Language Pathology program welcomes you to the next level of critical thinking and to a vocation that positively impacts communicatively challenged individuals and their families.

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Program Overview

This proposed two year graduate, full-time program is designed to prepare you to become a competent speech-language pathologist who provides quality care in a respectful, culturally sensitive, caring, and knowledgeable manner. Committed and experienced faculty will guide the didactic program along with high-quality clinical experiences to prepare you for professional certification and licensure.

Be part of a dynamic graduate program that is committed to: PROMOTING EXCELLENCE | SERVING COMMUNITY | EMBRACING DIVERSITY | INSPIRING COMPASSION | FOSTERING CRITICAL THINKING | VALUING INDEPENDENCE.

The program at CUW is committed to offering an engaging environment and access to off-site community service and clinical opportunities, in addition to the soon to be completed state-of-the-art on campus Concordia University Wisconsin Speech, Language, and Hearing clinic - everything you need to be prepared to succeed in the profession of speech-language pathology.

In addition to the on-site CUW Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic we will offer engaging clinical externship and practicum opportunities in a variety of educational and medical settings.  Our goal is to provide you with rich quality clinical placements interacting with diverse populations in a variety of settings.

Upon successful completion of all requirements and graduation from the master of science in speech-language pathology program at CUW, individuals will be prepared to apply for initial licensure required for practice in the state of Wisconsin.

Please note this program has an anticipated start of summer 2019. Please see the accrediation tab for more information.

Mission Statement of Speech-Language Pathology Department

The department of Speech-Language Pathology is dedicated to the missions of Concordia University Wisconsin and the School of Health Professions and is focused on developing independent life-long learners with strong critical thinking and communication abilities. In addition, the department of Speech-Language Pathology aims to prepare students for the opportunities and rigors of a vocation positively impacting communicatively challenged individuals and their families by providing outstanding academic/clinical education, as well as community outreach. The Department also aims to support the continuing education needs of practicing clinicians to ultimately have a positive impact on individuals with communication and/or swallowing challenges. This professional education is grounded in faith, excellence, and service to others.

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Strategic Planning Executive Summary

The Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) strategic plan process occurs over three years with the current plan addressing 2018 through 2021. The institutional planning is focused the purposeful development of Concordia’s people to accelerate the creation of an uncommon Concordia Experience. The University strategies are grouped in the following areas: Academic Planning; Student Development; Enrollment Management; Strategic Finance; and Operations and Administration.

The School of Health Professions (SHP) strategies align with the University Strategic Plan and is mindful of the five planning areas defined in the CUW plan. The SHP has identified five strategies in its current strategic plan. These include: (1) marketing of health professions; (2) increasing SHP student enrollment; (3) enhancing and increasing consistent student admissions processes across SHP programs; (4) developing of clinics and interprofessional education and practice services to enhance clinical education; (5) engaging in community service and mission focused global education outreach.

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) has identified six strategic initiatives to advance the programs within the department in a manner that articulates with the institutional and school plans summarized above. Specific foci of this plan include: (1) recruiting and hiring additional faculty and staff to engage in the ongoing development of our graduate SLP program, clinics, and continuing education offerings; (2) implementing, assessing, and refining our academic and clinical curriculums and processes; (3) marketing of our professions, SLP graduate program, and interprofessional education/practice opportunities; (4) implementing clinic policies, offerings, and services in our on-campus and community based-clinics to enhance the clinical education of our students; (5) enhancing student recruitment, development, and retention as evidenced by increasing graduate student admissions and maintaining program enrollment targets; and (6) providing current best-practice academic and clinical instruction with a focus on evidenced-based practice as evidenced by attainment of graduate program accreditation by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA).

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Concordia University Wisconsin will not discriminate against any student, applicant, or client on the basis of age, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, genetic information and characteristics, national origin (including ancestry), marital status, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, or any other protected category under applicable local, State, or Federal law.

What to Expect

In this program, you will learn the skills needed to help prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

As an SLP, you will have the opportunity to work in many different education, health care, and research settings with varying roles, and levels of responsibility. You'll also have the oppportunity to work with a diverse client population serving individuals across the lifespan. In many settings, you may often work as part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary team, which may include teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, and rehabilitation counselors.

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