Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Louisville is a well-established program that provides challenging academic coursework and clinical experience to Master's degree candidates. Our program is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the recognized national certifying organization for speech-language pathology. Students, staff, and clients are treated equitably without regard to gender, sexual orientation, age, race, creed, national origin, or disability. The institution and program comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and executive orders pertaining thereto.
As a section within the Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, our students are uniquely positioned to take advantage of ties with the Louisville medical community.
The mission of the speech-language pathology faculty is to provide the highest quality academic education, facilitate student access to a variety of clinical populations and settings, expand the scientific base of speech-language pathology through basic and applied research and maintain student diversity and community partnerships.
The mission statement for the Speech Pathology Section incorporates the general missions of the University and the School of Medicine and focuses them within the discipline of speech-language pathology. As an educational program accredited in both audiology and speech-language pathology in the state of Kentucky, we strive to provide the academic background and clinical experience which will enable our graduates to meet the diverse communicative needs of the citizens within a multicultural and metropolitan society. The preparatory phase portion of the program supports institutional effectiveness by providing an opportunity for geographically restricted, non-majors, part-time, and non-traditional students to earn prerequisites to enter the degree program. Our program is also designed for speech –language pathologists who are sensitive to medical/practitioner ethics as they apply to delivery of our services, as well as to issues of cultural diversity (e.g., dialectal differences among speakers, deaf culture) and ethnicity. Our goal is to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art health care in speech-language pathology in collaboration with other university disciplines and community resources in the Louisville metropolitan region. Finally, we see as our mission, contribution to the scientific knowledge base in communication sciences and disorders through basic and applied research on the part of each of our faculty.
Master's Degree Program Options
Our Preparatory phase and Core phase options offer students with and without prior backgrounds in speech-language pathology the possibility of pursuing a Master of Science Degree. The program, which draws undergraduates, recent graduates and returning students from a broad range of professional fields, fosters a rich and diverse learning environment.
Learning comes to life when students apply their skills at the practicum sites under the supervision of faculty and other speech-language pathology professionals. Our urban and suburban practicum sites in Louisville and southern Indiana afford students the advantage of working with diverse populations. Students work with both adults and children in hospitals, faculty-based private practices, private specialty clinics, head injury programs, private and public schools, and rehabilitation in-patient settings in order to gain an idea of the environment they like best. Students are encouraged to work with faculty to arrange a practicum at an approved site anywhere in the country for their clinical experience in the final semester.
The practices and research interests of our faculty combine to give students access to a wealth of knowledge and a current understanding of the field. As faculty members participate in private practices in their area of expertise, they bring the most up-to-date and relevant research and techniques to the classroom. Students are encouraged to participate in faculty research and may pursue their own research interests if they elect the program's Project option.
We encourage interested students to visit the campus on one of our scheduled visitation days.
Visitation Days for 2013 - November 1
Visitation Days for 2014 are January 24, March 21, July 18 and October 24