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Academic Catalog 2020-2021 
Academic Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Communication Sciences & Disorders

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As part of the College of Education, faculty in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders are committed to developing and supporting speech-language pathologists who are well-prepared for entry-level practice.


What do Speech-Language Pathologists do?

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) provide clinical services that include prevention, diagnosis, habilitation and rehabilitation of communication disorders. In addition, they offer services in swallowing, upper aerodigestive disorders, elective modification of communication disorders, such as accent modification, enhancement of communication skills, and prevention of communication disorders.  

Speech-language pathology is a dynamic and continuously changing profession that requires attention to detail, a professional attitude, and excellent communication skills. SLPs are professionals who enjoy working one-on-one with people and with groups. Having a broad academic background is an asset in the field.

Candidates who enter a master’s degree program in SLP must have completed an undergraduate degree. Applicants may have a degree with a major or minor in any discipline. Certification requirements include minimum of 2 credits (preferably 3 credits) in each of the following areas: Biological Science, Physical Science (chemistry or physics), Social Science, and Statistics. These classes must have been completed at the college level with an earned grade of C or better. Pass/No pass grades are accepted if the course is only offered on a pass/no pass basis. Course audits are not accepted. Program requirements also include pre-requisite coursework in phonetics, speech science, audiology and aural rehabilitation, anatomy and physiology of the speech and swallowing mechanism, speech and language development, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with a focus on communication behavior with a minimum of 3 semester credits in each area (unless otherwise specified) and an earned grade of C or better.

The Master of Science education program in speech-language pathology at Pacific University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing this minor will have developed:

  1. Knowledge and critical thinking about basic human communication and swallowing processes including knowledge of:
    • Anatomy and physiology of speech, language, and swallowing, and
    • Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology related to speech, language, cognition, balance, and swallowing, and
    • Typical speech sound production (phonetics) and the transcription of both typical and disordered speech, and
    • Acoustic and physiological analysis of typical and disordered speech production, and
    • Typical speech and language development, and
    • Typical hearing and the interaction and interdependence of speech, language, and hearing, and
  2. Understanding of the scope of speech-language pathology and audiology practice, and speech and hearing science, as well as
  3. Introductory knowledge of principles of prevention, assessment, and intervention of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders across the life span.


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      Communication Sciences and Disorders

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