Masters of Arts - Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program

The graduate program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  All teaching and supervisory faculty hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) or the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the ASHA and license from the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology.

The graduate program, which provides a thesis and non-thesis option, is designed to allow a student to satisfy the academic and clinical practicum requirements necessary for certification by the ASHA in Speech-Language Pathology and professional licensure in the state of Louisiana.  A minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit is required.  Program completion for a student with a Bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders requires, minimally, six quarters, plus one summer, of full-time enrollment and successful completion of written and oral comprehensive examinations.

The master's concentration in Speech-Language Pathology provides course work in adult and child language, neurological, phonological, voice, and fluency disorders; diagnostic and treatment procedures; speech science; aural rehabilitation; and research methodology.

Clinical training is a vital component of the training program.  Supervised clinical practicum experiences, with persons of all ages and various speech, language, and hearing disorders, are provided in the Louisiana Tech University Speech and Hearing Center and in a variety of clinical settings throughout the state, region, and nation including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, medical diagnostic and treatment facilities, veterans hospitals, special education settings, public school systems, and private practices.  All practica are supervised according to ASHA requirements and guidelines by individuals who hold the appropriate certification and licensure.


Student Outcome Data


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Praxis Examination Pass Rate of Graduates

Period # taking exam  # passed exam
pass rate (%)
2013-2014 21 21
2012-2013 14 14 100%
2011-2012 7 7 100%


Employment Rates of Graduates within One Year of Graduation

Period Employment Rate in Profession
  # of graduates % of graduates
2013-2014 21 100%
2012-2013 14 100%
2011-2012 7 100%


For information concerning admission requirements and application procedures, click here.
For a complete listing of program offerings and requirements, contact:

Brenda L. Heiman, Ph.D., Interim Head
Department of Speech
Louisiana Tech University
P.O. Box 3165, Ruston, LA  71272
(318) 257-4764

Students are typically allowed to enter the program only in the Fall Quarter and the application deadline is January 15th


Master of Arts - Speech-Language Pathology Course Descriptions


Master of Arts - Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program Application 


Master of Arts - Speech-Language Pathology External Clinical Affiliations


Individuals are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner-that is, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran.  The institution and program comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and executive orders pertaining thereto.


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