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Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)

This program is designed to provide graduates with the professional skills necessary to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly. Additionally, graduates will emerge with a strong grasp of ethical conduct, research principles in an evidence-based clinical practice, and professional skills necessary to become compassionate advocates for people with communication and swallowing disorders.

Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)


Description


What is Speech-Language Pathology at ODU like?

This program is designed to provide graduates with the professional skills necessary to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly. Additionally, graduates will emerge with a strong grasp of ethical conduct, research principles in an evidence-based clinical practice, and professional skills necessary to become compassionate advocates for people with communication and swallowing disorders.

Program Highlights


What makes Speech-Language Pathology at ODU unique?

  • Accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology

  • 100% of graduates pass Praxis examination in Speech-Language Pathology

  • 100% of graduates are employed within 6 months of graduation

  • Two externship experiences in medical, educational, and clinical facilities

  • On-campus clinic provides unique practicum experiences in oral preschool, aphasia group, social skills group, and interprofessional education

  • Research active faculty provide opportunities to take part in research projects

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Speech-Language Pathologists

$79,770

MEDIAN SALARY


Assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Virginia Beach Public Schools, Chesapeake Public Schools, Newport News Public Schools, Children’s Hospital of Kings Daughters, Southeastern Therapy for Kids, Sentara Healthcare, Bon Secours Healthcare

Courses


What are some courses offered in Speech-Language Pathology at ODU?

CSD 653:
Language Disorders: Birth to Five Years


An advanced study of the diagnosis and intervention for infants and preschoolers with suspected language disorders arising from a variety of etiologies. This course has a particular emphasis on assessment and intervention using principles of evidence-based practice. Prerequisites: CSD 453/CSD 553 or permission of instructor.

CSD 668:
Advanced Clinical Externship in Speech-Language Pathology


In this externship, students will apply advanced speech-language pathology techniques in diagnosis and intervention for individuals with communication and swallowing disorders in medical or educational settings. Students will work full time in an off-campus facility to complete clock hours for certification purposes. Pre- or corequisite: Passing grade in CSD 669, and permission of faculty.

CSD 659:
AUGMENTATIVE ALT COMM DIS


This course will identify populations that may benefit from Augmentative and Alternative Communication Disorders (AAC), describe the assessment process relative to AAC and tenets of intervention, provide information regarding legal issues related to AAC, and demonstrate how to acquire and use AAC instrumentation. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Speech-Language Pathology at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Science program in Speech-Language Pathology should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Two step application process with a February 1 deadline each year. Admission decisions take place after March 1.

  • Apply through Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS). All documents (transcripts, letters, essay) are to be submitted to CSDCAS by February 1 of each year. GRE scores are sent to the ODU CSDCAS code 1867. Official transcripts must be sent to: CSDCAS Verfication Dept., P.O. Box 9113, Watertown, MA 02471.

  • Students then must go to the ODU graduate application system to complete a secondary application form and submit unofficial transcripts to ODU. No additional documents are needed with the ODU application.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Norfolk Sertoma Club Scholarships


Several scholarships are offered each year to Masters students in speech-language Pathology. Preference is given to students who are actively involved in the ODU campus or the Norfolk and Hampton Roads community.

Tidewater Scottish Rite Scholarships


Six $6,000 scholarships are offered annually to Master's degree students in speech-language pathology. Scholarships are offered based on academic performance among the top applicants to the graduate program each Fall.

Bennett’s Creek Sertoma Club Scholarship


One scholarship is offered annually to a Master's degree student in speech-language pathology. Preference is given to a student who is a resident of Suffolk.

Graduate Assistantships


Several graduate assistantships are available to students in the master's programs in speech-language pathology and special education. The assistantships come with a semester stipend. No tuition is included. Duties include providing administrative support and faculty support for teaching or research.

Next Steps


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PROFESSOR


Name:

Stacie Raymer Ph.D.


Location:

115 LIONS CHILD STUDY CTR, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4522


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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