Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)

Launch a rewarding career as a speech-language pathologist

Take the next step toward a meaningful career and make a difference every day! Become a speech-language pathologist by earning your master’s degree in speech-language pathology (SLP) at Delaware Valley University.

Through our program, you’ll develop the knowledge and experience you’ll need to help meet the needs of your community as a speech-language pathologist. Choose from one of several academic tracks that can prepare you for clinical and research roles in speech-language pathology.


Program Highlights:

Choose Between 100% Online or Residential

  • Take your classes from anywhere through our fully-online program!

Part-Time Options Available

  • Go at your own pace with flexible, part-time courses.

Open to Applicants with Bachelor’s Degrees in Any Field! 

  • Applicants with bachelor’s degrees in any field are invited and encouraged to apply! We also welcome non-traditional students!

Launch a New Career and Earn a Speech-Language Pathologist Salary

Through our speech-language pathology degree program, you can prepare to make a difference while earning a top speech pathologist’s salary. Speech-language pathologists work in a variety of settings from hospitals to outpatient clinics to rehabilitation facilities. You’ll work with people of all ages, from young children to senior citizens, who have a broad spectrum of speech, language, and related conditions.

The median speech-language pathologist salary was more than $80,000 in 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Prepare for a rewarding career where your skills will be in demand. Whether you’ve just earned your bachelor’s degree or, you’re mid-career and looking for a change, speech-language pathology can be a great path!


Posted: January, 13, 2022

Delaware Valley University’s Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Candidacy Virtual Site Visit February 1, 2022

The Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology (MS-SLP) program at Delaware Valley University (DelVal) is seeking candidacy accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

The MS-SLP program is undergoing a candidacy virtual site visit and in accordance with the CAA’s Public Comment policy and procedures, the CAA is seeking public comment as part of the review of DelVal’s MS-SLP program.

As part of the visit, a public meeting will be held virtually during this public meeting, stakeholders are welcome to offer questions, comments, and other feedback regarding the program.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 from 6:00 to 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Virtual Zoom meeting
RSVP: by January 17, 2022 with your name, email address, and phone number to:
Amanda.moser@delval.edu. RSVP is required to receive the Zoom link

If you would like to provide comments but are unable to attend this public meeting, written comments may be submitted until January 17, 2022 (15 days prior to the site visit). Please see Policy on Written Comments below. A copy of the Standards for Accreditation and the CAA’s Policy on Public Comment may be obtained by contacting the Accreditation Office at ASHA (2220 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850), calling ASHA’s Action Center (1- 800-498-2071), or accessing the documents online (http://caa.asha.org/).

Policy on Written Comments
In addition to providing written and/or oral comments at the public meeting, the community is also able to submit written comments no late than 15 days before the first day of the scheduled two-day site visit (February 1 - 2, 2022). Please note that all comments provided must relate to the program’s compliance with the published Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (Standards) in effect at the time comments are submitted, and must identify the specific program seeking candidacy, initial accreditation, or reaccreditations with the CAA. Comments not meeting these requirements will not be considered, and the individual or group commenting will be so notified by CAA.

Comments must be submitted to the Accreditation Office no later than fifteen (15) days before the first day of the scheduled site visit (due by January 17, 2022). Comments received after this time will not be forwarded to the site visit team for consideration during the accreditation review. All written testimony, including comments submitted via Fax or as an email attachment, must include the commenter’s name, address, telephone number, and the commenter’s relationship to the program in order for the Accreditation Office staff to verify the source of the testimony. All comments must be signed. Comments should be submitted to: Accreditation Public Comment, Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2220 Research Boulevard, #130, Rockville, MD 20850; accreditation@asha.org.

Complaints about the program may be submitted directly to CAA/ASHA through their website: https://caa.asha.org/programs/complaints/. The complaints must be submitted through U.S. mail, overnight courier, or hand delivered. Complaints regarding the program are not accepted through email or facsimile.


 

Master’s degree in speech-language pathology at-a-glance

If you want to receive your speech-language pathology degree as quickly as possible, saving time and money, you can enroll in the full-time track and complete your education in as little as four full-time semesters!

Top Reasons to Choose DelVal for Your Speech-Language Pathology Master’s Degree:

  • You’ll take your courses 100 percent online or choose the residential option. 
  • You can finish our program in just four full-time semesters! 
  • Students with bachelor’s degrees in any field are able to enter our program. 

Sample Curriculum

Partial List

  • Anatomy and Physiology and Speech Science  
  • Virtual Application of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism  
  • Child Language Development  
  • Articulation, Speech Sound Disorders, and Phonetics  
  • Hearing Science, Acoustics, and Audiology   
  • Child Language Disorders  
  • Professional Responsibilities  
  • Acquired Language Disorders and Cognition  
  • Dysphagia  
  • Counseling and Interpersonal Development  

How will a speech-language pathology degree help me?

If you want to become a speech-language pathologist and start earning a top speech pathologist salary, you’ll need a master’s degree. By choosing the DelVal SLP master’s program, you’ll be prepared to become a highly competent professional who can help people with a range of issues.

Through your SLP master’s courses, you’ll gain fundamental knowledge of anatomical and physiological functions affecting speech, language, and hearing. You’ll also gain hands-on experience through clinical placements with community partners. Through clinical experiences, you’ll learn to screen for, diagnose, and develop interventions to treat speech and language disorders.

Our 100 percent online SLP master’s program will also provide you with clinical guided classes with real-world experience in actual clinics and businesses. This allows students to get firsthand, real-world experience applying classroom knowledge to clinical settings.

What to expect from DelVal’s SLP master’s program

In addition to being one of the only graduate-level, 100% online speech-language pathology degrees in the country, DelVal’s SLP master’s program is the only program that you can finish in as little as four full-time semesters. 

At DelVal, you’ll benefit from small class sizes. The SLP program has a 1:4 student-faculty ratio. Through externships in clinical settings, you’ll gain hands-on experience in and outside of private clinics that will prepare you to be a speech-language pathologist in both medical and school settings.

Whether you’re pursuing a profession in a clinical, research, or educational setting, our speech-language pathology degree program can help prepare you for success in your future. Our program can prepare you for the next move in your career or, for admission to a doctoral program.

100% Online or Residential
Master’s degree in speech-language pathology
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25%
Increase in demand for speech-language pathologists by 2029 (BLS).
4:1
Student to Faculty Ratio
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What can I do with an SLP master’s degree from DelVal?

Through the speech-language pathologist degree program at Delaware Valley University, you’ll be prepared to go right to work in a meaningful career earning a speech-language pathologist salary. Demand for speech-language pathologists is expected to rise by 25 percent through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Additionally, the median speech-language pathologist salary was more than $80,000 in 2020, according to the BLS.

Potential speech-language pathologist job sites:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Outpatient healthcare clinics
  • Schools
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Accreditation information for the DelVal speech-language pathology degree

The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology {residential and distance education} at Delaware Valley University (DelVal) is an Applicant for Candidacy 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, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a “preaccreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years.

Mission, Goals, Program Learning Outcomes and Strategic Plan

The mission of the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Delaware Valley University (DelVal) is to prepare culturally competent professionals to enter the field of speech-language pathology with the skills necessary to assess and to treat a diverse population of individuals, to integrate scholarship and policy into practice, and to serve and to lead in the community.  The mission is to deliver the needs of the community and society as a whole and to offer education that is inclusive of all.

There are two overarching goals of the program: 

1) Students will gain comprehensive knowledge of speech-language pathology across diverse age groups, diagnoses and disorders, assessment processes, and treatment plans; and:   

2) Students will gain insight regarding ethical challenges, develop cultural competency, pursue professional licensure, and produce effective communication skills.   

Below is a list of the program learning outcomes: 

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), graduates of the program will demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and professional competencies. Students will: 
 

1. Demonstrate knowledge of anatomical and physiological aspects of typical and atypical speech, language, hearing, cognition and swallowing processes, and genetic and pathophysiological processes affecting these functions. 

2. Demonstrate clinical skills to screen, assess, diagnose and provide appropriate interventions for individuals with communication and/or swallowing disorders across a diverse population, as well as develop interventions to help prevent or mitigate loss of communication functions.  

3. Critically evaluate research, integrate theory, and apply evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning skills in order to problem solve within clinical settings. 

4. Demonstrate a professional code of conduct within the field of speech-language pathology and audiology that is commensurate with the standards of the profession, including integrity, accountability, ethical conduct, communication, cultural competency, and patient care. 

5. Demonstrate knowledge of inter-professionalism in healthcare, and be able to collaborate with other health professionals to provide quality comprehensive services to individuals with diverse needs and backgrounds. 

This Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology is an important building block within Delaware Valley University’s strategic plan for increasing graduate student enrollment.  As a growing field within the healthcare industry, the SLP Program will attract bachelor’s level graduates from Delaware Valley University, as well as throughout the northeast and eastern region, nationally, and internationally.  The program’s small class size, flexible hybrid delivery model, hands-on approach to learning, and clinical experiences will appeal to students interested in the field of study.  Furthermore, the fieldwork component of the SLP program fits with the institution’s strategic goal of expanding experiential learning opportunities and developing mutually beneficial partnerships in the surrounding regional, national, and global communities.

In order to teach the graduate courses within the program (each course taught in the cohort model, will be taught once per year).  Within 5-years the goal is to attain CAA accreditation.  The SLP program will help foster Delaware Valley University’s goal of growing the graduate programs in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and further the institution’s regional, national, and global footprint by developing leaders of tomorrow whose employable skills will help fulfill critical clinical needs within the communities served.

The strategic plan of the SLP program includes the following long-term goals, specific measurable objectives, strategies for attainment of the goals and objectives, and a schedule for analysis of the plan: 

  1. Long-Term Goal: Educate and prepare highly qualified SLP health care providers within the community regionally, nationally, and globally: 
    1. Strategies for attainment of the goals and objectives: Provide an innovative SLP program that helps prepare students and professionals in the communities we serve to better meet the needs of the population we serve. 
      1. Specific Measurable Objectives:
        1. The M.S. in SLP program will become a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) by Spring 2022.
        2. The M.S. in SLP program will become a CAA Accredited program within the 5-year requirement set by CAA (2027).
        3. The program will meet anticipated program outcomes demonstrating student success to include program completion rates, Praxis® Subject Assessment examination pass rates, and graduate employment rates 
    2. Strategies for attainment of the goals and objectives: Formulate articulation agreements with health service organizations to provide high quality clinical rotations. 
      1. Specific Measurable Objectives:
        1. Affiliation Agreements will be established with organizations that represent the breadth of practice in the field, such as community agencies, nonprofit organizations, and education institutions. We will obtain four sites for each projected student each year.
  2. Long-Term Goal: Provide interprofessional collaboration for faculty and students.
    1. Strategies for attainment of the goals and objectives: Provide research symposiums that encourage interdisciplinary collaboration. 
      1. Specific Measurable Objectives:
        1. The program will host an annual research symposium that will collaborate with departments and programs such as Physician Assistant Studies, Healthcare Administration, Education, Counseling Psychology, Management & Organizational Leadership, and will include community partner organizations and clinical hosts as presenters for research presentations/talks and poster presentations.
    2. Strategies for attainment of the goals and objectives: Provide research opportunities for students in the speech-language pathology department and students in other departments. 
      1. Specific Measurable Objectives:
        1. Students will be encouraged to participate in faculty-led research, up to one project per semester.
        2. Students will complete one research project in Research Methods SLP 7040.  The students will present this research at the end of the semester as a poster presentation where the whole university is invited.
      2. Strategies for attainment of the goals and objectives: Encourage and allow students in other programs/departments to take SLP classes. 
        1. Specific Measurable Objectives:
          1. Students will be allowed to take courses in the department that has specific alignment with the students’ interests and study at DelVal University.
  3. Long-Term Goal: Expand the SLP program to increase outreach and visibility.
    1. Strategies for attainment of the goals and objectives: Start with a small cohort of students and responsibly increase each cohort size (Year 1: 15; Year 2: 16; Year 3: 20; Year 4 and 5: 30).
      1. Specific Measurable Objectives
        1. Target cohort size will begin with 15 students in the inaugural year and responsibly increase over five years to accommodate 30 students per cohort by Fall 2025
    2. Strategies for attainment of the goals and objectives: Maintain Delaware Valley University’s small class size commitment and add additional class sections when needed to keep each class size small for optimal engagement with the instructor and student and optimal learning environment for the student. 
      1. Specific Measurable Objectives
        1. DelVal has a commitment to small class sizes for the benefit of student and teacher engagement. The class section size is capped at 25 students per section.          
    3. Strategies for attainment of the goals and objectives: Create articulation agreements with surrounding Universities that do not have an SLP Master’s degree to provide an entry into the Master’s program here, including a 4+1 possibility (where students can obtain their undergraduate and graduate degree in a total of 5 years).
      1. Specific Measurable Objectives
        1. DelVal will connect with at least two other universities that do not have a Master’s degree in SLP within the first five years of the program’s development.
    4. Strategies for attainment of the goals and objectives: Create a 4+1 entry point for Delaware Valley University students in other majors. 
      1. Specific Measurable Objectives
        1. DelVal will accept students that are undergraduate majors in other disciplines at DelVal for the 4+1 program. They will apply by their junior year and the application criteria will be the same for the other SLP programs. 4+1 program plans will be created at DelVal with particular connections to undergraduate programs such as Biology, Counseling Psychology, Education, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Media and Communication
  1. Long-Term Goal: Commitment to quality faculty development.
    1. Strategies for attainment of the goals and objectives: Provide life-long learning opportunities for faculty members, which include free or reduced tuition for classes and/or degree programs within the university. 
      1. Specific Measurable Objectives
        1. All faculty members will participate in lifelong learning and professional development opportunities yearly to enhance their teaching and practice. This includes, but is not limited to, opportunities at DelVal. Each year DelVal will have a faculty retreat in which all faculty and staff are required to attend for professional development.
        2. All faculty and staff will be required to attend a yearly symposium presented on technology and library services, provided by DelVal.
        3. DelVal provides full tuition remission for faculty and staff members to pursue an advanced degree.
    2. Strategies for attainment of the goals and objectives: Provide appropriate funding for faculty to present their own research at regional, national, and/or international research conferences. 
      1. Specific Measurable Objectives:
        1. All faculty and staff will have their ASHA dues paid annually. 
        2. All faculty and staff will be provided with funding for travel to present research at least once annually.
  1. Long-Term Goal: Ensure adequate clinical placement sites.
    1. Strategies for attainment of the goals and objectives: Provide clinical rotation sites for students that align with the mission of Delaware Valley University and its commitment to experiential learning. 
      1. Specific Measurable Objectives:
        1. Yearly partnership meetings will be held to develop and reassess partnership goals that are consistent with the mission and goals of Delaware Valley University, the SLP program (both residential and online programs), and community partner agencies. Students will be placed in clinical sites to utilize their classroom knowledge in clinical practice. 
    2. Strategies for attainment of the goals and objectives: Provide sites that help foster and connect learning in the classroom to clinical practice. 
      1. Specific Measurable Objectives:
        1. Student learning through clinical placements will be marked by progress made toward their learning outcomes through mid-semester and end-of-semester evaluations. Clinical Supervisors will be given a workshop by the Clinical Director at DelVal to implement the classroom and clinical practice. Direct communication from the Clinical Director to the Clinical Supervisor will be made for each student to ensure the adequate clinical knowledge has been obtained or is being obtained in coursework for adequate preparation during the clinic rotation time with the student.
        2. The Clinical Director at DelVal will communicate with students every two weeks to check-in on the progress of their clinic site to ensure proper emersion between clinic and classroom is occurring. A formal mid-term and final assessment will be established for this purpose as well with both the DelVal Clinical Director and Clinical Supervisor.
    3. Strategies for attainment of the goals and objectives: Provide possible sites for students to obtain their Clinical Fellowship (CF). 
      1. Specific Measurable Objectives:
        1. Articulation agreements will be established with five community partner agencies to build Clinical Fellowship placements open to successful DelVal SLP graduates.

Schedule for analysis of the plan: The plan will be evaluated at the end of each academic year with input from faculty, student outcomes, and feedback from surveys completed by program stakeholders (e.g., students, alumni, off-campus clinical supervisors). The updated plan will be on the SLP website and available to all interested parties.

Amanda Moser, Program Manager

Contact for general inquiries.