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 Pathologist Salary

Through our speech 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.


 

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

If you want to receive your speech 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. 
  • We can place students in the competitive Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) process.
  • Want to continue your education after getting your master’s degree? You will be able to use some of the M.S. credits toward our Ed.D. in speech language pathology. Our doctorate in SLP is practical without a dissertation.
    • Earn your Ed.D. in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences with only 39 credits and no dissertation.

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 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 percent online speech 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 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. You can continue your education at DelVal and, earn your Ed.D. in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences with only 39 credits and no dissertation.

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

Through the speech pathologist degree program at Delaware Valley University, you’ll be prepared to go right to work in a meaningful career earning a speech 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 pathology degree

The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology 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.

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:

  1. Educate and prepare highly qualified SLP health care providers within the community regionally, nationally, and globally:
    • Provide an innovative SLP program that helps prepare students and professionals in the community to better meet the needs of the population we serve.
    • Formulate articulation agreements with health service organizations to provide high quality clinical rotations.
  2. Provide interprofessional collaboration for faculty and students:
    • Provide research symposiums that encourage interdisciplinary collaboration.
    • Provide research opportunities for students in and out of the SLP program.
    •  Encourage and allow students in other programs/departments to take SLP classes.
  3. Expand the SLP program to increase outreach and visibility:
    • Start with a small cohort and responsibly increase each cohort size.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Create a 4+1 entry point for Delaware Valley University students in other majors.
  4. Commitment to quality faculty development:
    • Provide life-long learning opportunities for faculty members, which include free or reduced tuition for classes and/or degree programs within the university.
    • Provide appropriate funding for faculty to present their own research at regional, national, and/or international research conferences.
  5. Ensure adequate clinical placement sites:
    • Provide clinical rotation sites for students that align with the mission of Delaware Valley University and its commitment to experiential learning.
    • Provide sites that help foster and connect learning in the classroom to clinical practice.
    • Provide possible sites for students to obtain their Clinical Fellowship (CF).

This will be provided to faculty, students, staff, alumni, and other interested parties upon request.

Amanda Moser, Program Manager

Contact for general inquiries.