Speech Language Pathology M.A.

Building clinical and professional competency in the field

The Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology is focused on building clinical and professional competency in the field, as well as certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Our program is set apart from others by a strong focus on applied learning, cutting-edge research, and by our outstanding faculty, who are experts in their field.

Through our program, students will gain real-world, clinical experience at the Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic, and at a variety of satellite centers. In this work, students assess and treat a variety of speech, language, and hearing disorders.

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Jennifer Garrett, Ph.D.

Speech Language Pathology Program Coordinator

(319) 273-3703



Career Opportunities

After you complete your graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, you will have a variety of career opportunities in settings such as public schools, hospitals, home health care agencies, and private practice. Examples of careers are:

  • Clinical Fellow
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Therapist

Courses & Curriculum

Our program consists of the following core classes:

  • Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  • Treatment of Child Language Disorders
  • Disorders of Voice
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Diagnostics in Communication Disorders
  • Dysphagia
  • Aphasia and Related Disorders
  • Structural Disorders - Craniofacial and Head & Neck Cancer
  • Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Advanced Diagnostics in Communication Disorders
  • Clinical Phonology
  • Fluency Disorders

You can also review our plan of study by admission term:

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Hands-On Learning

Graduate students receive clinical experience at the Roy Eblen Speech & Hearing Clinic and off-site clinical placements in the community across three semesters. During their final semester, graduate students complete two full-time internships under the supervision of a certified speech-language pathologist anywhere in the country. They also have the opportunity to work individually or in small groups with clinical instructors and clients. The department has multiple spaces with technology to support research, class instruction, and clinical services. Examples include the Voice lab, Augmentative and Alternative Communication lab, and Feeding and Swallowing lab.

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