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Fontbonne University’s Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program prepares dynamic clinicians to work collaboratively in a wide variety of settings across the lifespan. With a master’s degree — a requirement for employment across the country — graduates can look forward to a career with many options. These professionals assist individuals of all ages with a range of disorders including cerebral palsy, cleft palate, deafness, stroke and brain injury, autism, speech-language delays and fluency disorders.
Students gain real-world experience through a variety of clinical practicum opportunities while under the mentorship of experienced working professionals. Fontbonne has more than 80 agreements with excellent facilities, including Fontbonne’s Eardley Family Clinic for Speech, Language, and Hearing, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, Special School District of St. Louis County, Moog Center for Deaf Education, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Central Institute for the Deaf, Veterans Administration Medical Center, The Rehab Institute of St. Louis, Clarke School for the Deaf, Mercy Medical Center and St. Louis Public Schools.
Classes are small. And faculty are nationally recognized, experienced and committed to the success of students. Many of our faculty work in clinical settings and can share their expertise in preparing students who have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families. Graduate scholarships, assistantships and traineeships are available for qualified candidates.
Note: The U.S. Department of Education awarded Fontbonne a $1.25 million grant to fund a 29-credit-hour graduate concentration within the speech-language pathology master’s program. Scholarships are available. Applications are typically due by Feb. 1 of each year.
Available Certifications for Speech-Language Pathology Students
- Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC)
- Missouri License in Speech-Language Pathology
- Certification by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education as a Speech-Language Pathologist
Our program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). A student may contact the CAA at any time when they have a complaint relating to the graduate program's accreditation.
In addition to general preparation, Fontbonne offers two unique tracks in its graduate program. Our speech-language pathology students can gain additional expertise in working with either children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing or those from under-represented groups who attend St. Louis public schools.
Speech-Language Pathology Professional Opportunities
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists speech-language pathology as one of the top 30 fastest growing occupations over the next decade. With a master’s of science in speech-language pathology, you can assist individuals who may have conditions such as, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, deafness, autism, speech-language developmental delays, fluency disorders and those who have had strokes and brain injuries. Employment settings can include:
- Public schools
- Home health services
- Acute care hospitals
- Rehabilitation centers
- Early childhood education
- Schools for the deaf
- Nursing homes
- State and federal agencies
- Private practice
To find out more about the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, email us or call 314.889.1407.