The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers two Master's degree programs in speech-language pathology in which students learn to use empirically-driven clinical methodologies to understand and treat communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan: the CoreSLP Program and MedSLP Program (Medical Speech-Language Pathology).
Students completing either program will obtain a Master's of Science degree from the University of Washington and will meet all of the academic requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
- The CoreSLP Program is a two-year program that provides students with the depth and breadth of foundational knowledge and skills pertinent to speech-Language pathology. The program also provides opportunities for students to individualize their program of study through elective coursework reflecting their career and/or research interests. The clinical experiences for this program are primarily obtained on the University of Washington campus.
- The MedSLP Program is a two-year program that, in addition to providing the foundational knowledge and skills, includes advanced coursework for students planning to work as speech-language pathologists in medical and/or clinical settings. The clinical experiences for this program are primarily gathered from community-based service providers and there is an emphasis on the practice of speech-language pathology in the medical setting.
The clinical preparation of our students is completed on the University of Washington campus as well as in community-based facilities and is designed to adhere to the educational guidelines established and required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The community-based clinical experiences, or "fieldwork", in which our students participate take 2 forms:
- Practicum: a part-time clinical experience for graduate students
- Internship: a full-time, culminating clinical experience for graduate students
The clinical education for our two graduate programs are different. The CoreSLP students participate in one full-time community-based internship toward the end of their program. The MedSLP students participate in both types of fieldwork experiences during their program. Importantly, the faculty involved in the coordination of fieldwork are consistent across graduate programs.
Essential functions of speech and hearing sciences education at the University of Washington