Kleist Center for Art & Drama
Impressive Career Growth
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of speech-language pathologists is expected to increase 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
Our curriculum melds practical learning with theory. You'll experience strong academics, hands-on clinical experience and research opportunities that provide ideal preparation for graduate school in speech-language pathology, audiology, speech science, hearing science or a related allied health field. Over the past ten years, 98 percent of our students who have applied to graduate school have been accepted.
Extensive clinical opportunities
Whether it is through volunteer community outreach screenings or our on-campus Speech Clinic, you'll have ample opportunities to gain practical experience. Through our newly renovated Speech Clinic, you can provide speech, language and hearing services under the supervision of a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Upon graduation, our students have obtained an average of 100 clinical hours, an amount that is significantly higher than the national average of 44 hours obtained at the undergraduate level.
Real-world learning, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the forefront of our program. Through coursework and other initiatives, you'll learn to critically evaluate research and to design and even conduct a clinically based research study. In addition, you can get involved in clinical research conducted by the faculty and clinical staff on topics such as analysis of communication in functually nonverbal children; video versus reading literacy tasks with functually nonverbal children; and the effectiveness of group intervention on cognition and communication in geriatric adults.