Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

CAA-Accredited-SLP 2016Fontbonne University’s accredited Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) 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 conditions including cerebral palsy, cleft palate, deafness, stroke, brain injury and autism, with a variety of communication disorders (speech, language, fluency, voice). A look at our program’s completion statistics may be found here.

 

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Program Highlights

  • Students must successfully complete 45 semester hours of graduate credit.
    • The program may be completed in a minimum of five semesters, including a summer term, when attending full time.
  • Fontbonne on-site Eardley Family Clinic for Speech, Language and Hearing
  • Nationally recognized, experienced and committed faculty
  • Small classes and personal attention
  • Graduate assistantships and a one-year traineeship are available to selected students which provide a significant amount of tuition remission.
  • Two other unique emphasis tracks (unfunded) are available:
    • To work with children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing
    • OR to work with adults who have neurogenic communication disorders.
  • Format: evening, daytime clinical practicum

Students Who Successfully Complete the Degree Are Eligible For:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC)
  • Missouri License in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Certification by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) for Student Services in Speech-Language Pathology

 

Course Samples

View All Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Course Requirements

In-Field Learning Experiences

Students gain real-world experience through a variety of clinical practicum opportunities while under the mentorship of experienced working professionals. Fontbonne has more than 100 agreements with excellent facilities.

Some examples include:

St. Louis Children’s Hospital

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

Special School District of St. Louis County

St. Luke’s Hospital – St. Louis

Mercy Medical Center

Central Institute for the Deaf

Veterans Administration Medical Center

The Rehab Institute of St. Louis

Center for Hearing and Speech

SSM Health

St. Louis Public Schools

Speech-Language Pathology Career Opportunities

The current U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists speech-language pathology as having a “faster than average” growth in employment rate of 19% (2012-2022).

Employment settings can include:

Schools

Hospitals

Acute care hospitals

Rehabilitation centers

Skilled nursing facilities

Home health agencies

Private practice

Alumni in the Workforce

Our alums are employed at a variety of companies and organizations. Some examples include:

Special School District of St. Louis County

Wentzville School District

St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Mercy Hospital of St. Louis

The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis

Accreditation

The master’s degree (M.S.) program in speech-language pathology at Fontbonne University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Any students wishing to file a complaint about the graduate program may contact the CAA directly.

Department News

  • Dr. Lenihan Wins International Award

    Dr. Lenihan Wins International Award

    Dr. Susan Lenihan, professor and director of Fontbonne’s deaf education program, was the recipient of the 2016 Antonia Branica Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence at the 15th Annual Early Hearing Detection Meeting in San Diego, Calif. Lenihan was one of ten international nominees. Learn more.

  • Camp CAP

    Camp CAP

    The purpose of this program is to facilitate participation of AACS users and their families in a weekend family-based camp with a theater theme. Learn more.

  • Grants for Graduate Programs

    Grants for Graduate Programs

    Fontbonne University has received more than $5 million to fund  graduate programs that will increase the number of professionals qualified to work with children with communication disorders or who are deaf or hard of hearing. Learn more.

  • Faculty and Scholars in the News

    Faculty and Scholars in the News

    Read the latest successes from the Communication Disorders and Deaf Education Department. Check it out.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact the Department of Communication Disorders and Deaf Education: 314-889-1407 | msslp@fontbonne.edu