A Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology is a graduate-level program designed to prepare students for a career in diagnosing and treating individuals with speech, language, and communication disorders. The distance education program allows students to complete the coursework online, through our Learning Management System (LMS).
Here is a general description of a distance education program in Speech-Language Pathology:
The M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology -Distance Education program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals of all ages who have various communication disorders. The program combines theoretical coursework with clinical experiences to ensure students receive comprehensive training in the field.
The curriculum typically covers a wide range of topics related to speech-language pathology, including anatomy and physiology of speech, language development, communication disorders, assessment and diagnosis, therapeutic techniques, research methods, and professional ethics. The coursework is delivered through online lectures, interactive modules, discussion forums, and multimedia materials.
In addition to coursework, the distance education program in Speech-Language Pathology includes clinical practicum experiences. These practicums allow students to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in real-world settings under the supervision of licensed and certified speech-language pathologists. Clinical practicums may be arranged in healthcare facilities or educational settings in the student’s state of residency, and are required to complete a minimum of 400 direct clinical hours to meet certification and licensure requirements in the USA. For state requirements and contact information, please refer to ASHA State-by-State.
The program utilizes various online tools and platforms to facilitate collaboration and communication between students, faculty, and clinical supervisors. These platforms may include discussion boards, videoconferencing, online simulations, and online case studies. Students participate in these online environments to enhance their learning experience and engage in discussions with peers and faculty.
The distance education program in Speech-Language Pathology at Albizu University provides flexibility for individuals who may not have access to on-campus programs or who need to balance their studies with other commitments.
Consistent with the goals, philosophy, and objectives of Albizu University, the Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology Program -Distance Education seeks to accomplish the following objectives:
- Prepare students that will demonstrate knowledge of normal and abnormal human communication and swallowing processes.
- Prepare students that will demonstrate knowledge of communication and swallowing disorders and differences, including the appropriate etiologies, characteristics, and anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic, and cultural correlates.
- Prepare students that will demonstrate knowledge of the principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for persons with communication and swallowing disorders.
- Prepare students that will demonstrate knowledge of standards and conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner.
- Prepare students that will demonstrate knowledge of research processes, contemporary professional issues, and evidence-based clinical practices.
- Prepare students that will demonstrate entry-level knowledge to pursuit advance postgraduate certifications, and local and national licenses, and understand regulations and policies relevant to the professional practice.
- Prepare students that will demonstrate knowledge of entry-level and advanced certifications, licensure, and other relevant professional credentials, as well as local, state, and national regulations and policies relevant to professional practice.
Profile of the future graduate
- Understanding of various communication disorders, including speech disorders (such as articulation and phonological disorders), language disorders (such as expressive and receptive language delays), cognitive-communication disorders, voice disorders, fluency disorders, and swallowing disorders. They are
- Well-versed in the underlying causes, assessment methods, and evidence-based intervention strategies for these disorders.
- Possess clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals with communication disorders.
- Able to implement various therapeutic techniques and interventions to improve speech, language, and communication abilities.
- Effectively communicate with individuals of all ages and backgrounds, as well as with their families or caregivers.
- Understand the importance of collaboration and effectively working in team settings.
- Demonstrate integrity, respect for cultural diversity, and adherence to ethical guidelines and legal regulations.
- Prioritize the well-being and confidentiality of their clients and maintain professionalism in all aspects of their work.
- Commitment to lifelong learning and staying updated with the latest evidence-based practices, research findings, and technological advancements.
The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program can be completed in a minimum of eight (8) academic terms.
20 (each three credits) and 2 Advanced Clinical Practicum
Distance Education (Hybrid modality)
Dr. Lizzette Roman, SLPD, CCC-SLP
(305) 593-1223, ext. 3261
2173 NW 99th Ave
Miami, FL 33172-2209
- The program is offered Distance Education (online and hybrid modality).
- This program offers a curriculum that focuses on communication disorders across various age groups and adheres to the guidelines established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
- The program provides students with clinical exposure to work with clients and hands-on experience under the supervision of a certified speech-language pathologist.
- The student attends 2 weeks (separate weeks) in-person/on-campus for hands-on labs.
- Some courses and learning materials are offered online, allowing the student to study at their own pace and according to their personal schedules.
- The program includes online classrooms, multimedia materials, interactive modules, and discussion boards. These platforms facilitate engagement with course content and provide opportunities for collaborative learning and interaction with faculty and peers.
- The M.S. programs in Speech-Language Pathology distance education cover a wide range of topics essential to the field. The curriculum includes coursework in areas such as speech and language development, communication disorders, assessment and diagnosis, therapeutic techniques, research methods, and professional ethics. The program ensures that students receive a comprehensive education that prepares them for clinical practice.
- The program incorporates clinical practicum experiences to provide hands-on training. These practicums are typically arranged in local healthcare facilities or educational settings, allowing students to gain practical experience in diagnosing and treating individuals with communication disorders.
- The distance education program strives to maintain strong faculty-student interactions despite the physical separation. The program offers a strong mentoring program. Students can communicate with faculty members through various means, such as email, discussion boards, online office hours, or videoconferencing. Faculty members provide guidance, feedback, and support throughout the program, ensuring that students receive personalized attention.
- The M.S. program in Speech-Language Pathology distance education is designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure and certification as a speech-language pathologist. The program provides the necessary coursework and clinical experiences to fulfill these requirements.
- All courses incorporate aspects of multicultural perspectives and activities.
- The program incorporates simulated cases or standardized patients to teach clinical decision-making.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
- A cumulative undergraduate or graduate transfer grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale or a minimum CGPA from a bachelor’s degree of 2.50, but with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in specialty or concentration courses. If the candidate has earned a master’s degree, a master’s CGPA of 3.00 can be considered.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation, preferably from past professors (in accordance with the AU format).
- Current curriculum vitae that summarizes the applicant’s credentials.
- Prerequisite coursework:
Students must have completed with a grade of “C” or higher the following prerequisites either at the undergraduate or graduate level:
- Physics/Physical Science/Chemistry
- Biology/Biological Science/Human Anatomy & Physiology/Human Genetics/ Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology
Students must have completed with a grade of “B” or higher the following prerequisites either at the undergraduate or graduate level:
- Human Growth and Development/Child Psychology
- Professional Writing or English Composition 1 & 2. All students must complete the APA Style Workshop at Albizu University before initiating the program.
- Introduction to Communication Disorders
- Acoustic and Psychoacoustic Aspects of Sound/Hearing & Speech Science
- An interview with two faculty members from the MS in Speech and Language Pathology program.
- A statement of purpose (to be completed online on the day of the interview). It must provide a clear indication of the applicant’s interest in the field, and short- and long-term career goals, and demonstrate the applicant’s writing and communication abilities.
- A writing sample of an article critique (to be completed online on the day of the interview) that is indicative of the applicant’s critical thinking, writing, and communication abilities.
The Master of Science (MS) education program in Speech-Language Pathology (Residential and Satellite location) at Albizu University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
The Master of Science (MS) education program in Speech-Language Pathology (Residential & Distance Education) at Albizu University Miami Campus is an Applicant for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
Albizu University (Carlos Albizu University, Inc.) is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and licensed by the Commission for Independent Education of the Florida Department of Education. The PsyD in Clinical Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Albizu University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.