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Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

The Division of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences offer a world-class, continuous, two-year (6 semesters), full-time, residential Master of Arts program in Speech-Language Pathology. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, a variety of clinical experiences, and possibilities for mentored research experiences with a diverse, energetic, dedicated, and productive faculty who work with students in a positive, encouraging environment. Opportunities for financial support are available throughout the course of the program.

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Master's degree study in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences (HSLS) at Ohio University provides numerous distinctive opportunities, including:

  • Academic and clinical experiences leading to professional national certification and state licensure.
  • Optional teacher licensure.
  • Ample and diverse clinical experiences in a variety of settings including a beautiful, well-equipped on-campus clinic located in the same building as the academic classrooms, research labs, and offices.
  • A choice of clinical or clinical research emphasis tracks.
  • Engagement with multicultural, multinational, and multilingual students and faculty.
  • Dedicated personalized clinical supervision from seasoned clinicians.
  • A nationwide network of more than 250 clinical externship sites.
  • Classes are offered in "smart classrooms" equipped with the most advanced teaching and learning technology.
  • Participation in a university and local community that offers a safe and picturesque environment.

Teacher Certification for SLP

Students are eligible to obtain a teaching certificate from the state of Ohio through our program by doing the following:

  • Satisfy specific course requirements at the undergraduate/graduate levels.
  • Successfully complete a student teaching externship.
  • Obtain a master's degree from the Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences program.
  • Complete the application requirements for teacher licensure.

Students should inquire at other state departments of education to learn of their requirements for teacher licensure.

Coursework Requirements for Teacher Licensure

  • Language Development - HSLS 3100 or equivalent
  • Child Development - PSY 2410, EDEC 1600 or equivalent
  • Exceptional Children - EDSP 2710 or PSY 3430 or EDSP 5700 or equivalent
  • SLP in Public Schools - HSLS 6190 or equivalent


The MA-SLP is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The curriculum meets the standards required for certification, and the program is set up to satisfy the new standards on outcome assessments. The Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology education program at Ohio University is accredited 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, Maryland, 20850, 800.498.2071 or 301.296.5700. For example, based on the recommended guidelines by the ASHA, a clinical competence tool for monitoring student performance throughout the program is in place. We believe our program rivals the best in the country and will continue our 75-year heritage of providing quality education to our students and clinical services to the community.

Important Note for Students: If you are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license in your state, it is highly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your home state before beginning an academic program located outside your state. Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state in order to be eligible for a license. If you experience difficulty finding the licensure requirements for your state, please contact the program advisor or the compliance coordinator at Ohio University for help. Eligibility for licensure and/or certification may involve more than successful degree completion.

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