Speech-language pathologists are professions who specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of communicative disorders. Communication difficulties vary broadly and affect people of all ages. Speech-language pathologist work in a variety of professional settings such as hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, private practice, etc.
The Speech-Language Pathology Department seeks to provide undergraduate and master’s programs that challenge student for academic learning, stimulate academic curiosity, and prepare them for clinical excellence. The Depart offers the Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. The Department is part of the College of Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology.
The undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology is considered to be pre-professional. It does not qualify a graduate for independent, professional work in the area of speech-language pathology. The undergraduate degree readies the student for further study at the graduate level.
The MUW graduate program in speech-language pathology is committed to offering the necessary coursework and clinical preparation that will qualify students to meet the academic and clinical requirements for national certification and state licensure. The graduate curriculum is full-time, intensive, and typically, five semesters in length. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national certifying exam (PRAXIS II) administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), apply for membership in the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and state licensure.
The graduate program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850.
The programs in Speech-Language Pathology are taught in the Cromwell Communication Center, the MUW Speech and Hearing Center, and various clinical sites in the surrounding area.
Speech-language pathologists working with individuals who have communication disorders must demonstrate excellent oral communication skills. Find out more about our policy for oral communication proficiency.
The Department of Speech-Language Pathology developed a long-range strategic plan in 2009-10 to guide the program through the 2015 Academic Year. Find more about our departmental strategic plan.
NSSLHA Newsletter 2013
Melissa BuxtonGraduate Program Secretary
Cheryl WrightOffice Manager
Department of Speech-Language PathologyCromwell Communication Center Phone: (662) 329-7270
Dept. of Speech-Language PathologyJoy TownsendInterim Chair
Cromwell Communication Center Phone: (662) 329-7270
1100 College Street Columbus, MS 39701phone: 662.329.4750 or 877.462.8439