Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology

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. Communicative Disorders is a Division within the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders in the School of Medicine. There are two sections: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The Speech-Language Pathology program offers the Master of Science degree and the Audiology program offers the Doctor of Audiology degree.  All students are uniquely positioned to take advantage of ties with the Louisville medical community.  The Master of Science degree and the Doctor of Audiology degree are both accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, (800-498-2071) or (301-296-5700).  Students, faculty, 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.


The Speech-Language Pathology program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology: 5/1/2015-4/30/2023.

Mission Statement

The mission of the section of Speech-Language Pathology is to provide high 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 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 speech-language pathology, we strive to provide the academic background and clinical experiences that 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 students as they earn prerequisites to enter the degree program.  The core phase of the program provides didactic and clinical applications across the discipline.  It is also designed to prepare future speech-language pathologists who are ethical in the provision of services, as well as issues of cultural diversity (e.g., dialectal differences among speakers, deaf culture) and ethnicity.  Our goal is to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art practices in speech-language pathology in collaboration with other 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 admits students in two ways.

  • Entrance into the Preparatory phase for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology. This is a 3-year program.
  • Entrance into the Core phase for students with an undergraduate degree from an accredited university program in Speech-Language Pathology.

Undergraduate students at the University of Louisville may complete the Preparatory phase of the program as electives. Upon satisfactory completion of the Preparatory phase coursework, students may apply for admission to the Core phase.

Practicum Sites

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 surrounding areas 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, long-term care and rehabilitation settings in order to gain an idea of the environment they like best. Students may work with the clinic director to arrange a practicum at an approved site anywhere in the country for their clinical experience in the last eight weeks of their final semester.


The faculty represent a broad spectrum of academic expertise in the areas of:  neurogenics, early intervention, pediatric feeding and swallowing, dysphagia, voice disorders, stuttering and alternative and augmentative communication.

The practices and 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 areas of expertise, they bring the most up-to-date and relevant evidence-based techniques to the classroom. Students may participate in faculty private practices in a variety of settings.

Visitation Days

We strongly encourage prospective students to visit the campus on one of our scheduled visitation days.
Students requesting information about the program should plan on attending one of these days.  Individual advising may be available on a limited basis at the end of the visit.  Parents are welcome to attend.  Contact Angela SmithVisitation Days for 2016 are January 22, March 18, and July 8.


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