Department of Health Sciences Speech and Hearing Program
Main Classroom 430
John Bazyk, Chair, Department of Health Sciences
Monica Gordon Pershey, Speech Pathology and Audiology Graduate Program Director
The Master of Arts degree program in Speech Pathology and Audiology provides students with the necessary clinical and academic expertise to obtain employment in clinical and research positions. The program maintains an active, nationally accredited speech-language and hearing clinic and has student externship liaisons with many hospitals, clinics, and schools in the Greater Cleveland area. The graduate academic program holds accreditation from the Council on academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Faculty Research and Publications
Faculty members are active in a wide variety of research areas and their research is published in international and national scholarly journals. The program features state-of-the-art facilities for research, instruction, and service delivery. Graduate students are encouraged to pursue independent research by completing a master’s thesis.
Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.
The program offers graduate research and teaching assistantships funded by University and grant support. Any student interested in applying for a graduate assistantship should complete the appropriate portion of the Application for Graduate Admission. Please refer to the section on Expenses and Financial Aid: Graduate Assistantships in this Catalog.
Graduates of the program meet the requirements for ASHA certification, state of Ohio licensure, and, if opted for, the Ohio Department of Education teaching license. Graduates hold positions in public schools, hospitals, community clinics, and long-term care facilities. Increasingly, experienced speech-language pathologists are establishing themselves as private practitioners. Program graduates also may elect to pursue a doctorate at another university to seek employment at a university or research facility.
Admittance into the program is limited by the capacity of the program to provide supervised clinical experience in multiple settings. Because admission is selective, not all applicants who meet the minimum requirements for College of Graduate Studies admission can be accepted.
Applicants for admission are required to submit the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and two letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with their undergraduate academic and/or clinical performance. A personal statement of interest that describes the applicant’s capabilities and career goals must be included.
Although an undergraduate major in communication disorders is not required for admission to the program, students whose major is not communication disorders must complete the following six undergraduate courses or their equivalents before admission is possible. These courses are SPH 228— Phonetics, SPH 349 – Speech and Language Development for Majors, SPH 231—Introduction to Communication Disorders, SPH 232—Introduction to Audiology, SPH 353—Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders, and SPH 351—Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism. Two additional undergraduate courses or their equivalents are required for ASHA certification and must be completed by master’s candidates who have not previously taken these courses. These are SPH 485—Speech and Hearing Science and SPH 481—Aural Rehabilitation.
The application deadline is February 1. Submit the Application for Graduate Admission, the $30 application fee, and all admission materials (official transcripts, official test scores, letters of recommendation, and personal statement) to the Graduate Admissions Office.
Apply Now: http://www.csuohio.edu/gradcollege/admissions/apply.html