The mission of the speech-language pathology program at Widener University is to prepare clinically competent, ethical, community-focused, and culturally respectful speech-language pathologists, committed to preventing, diagnosing, and treating communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan.
The program has five goals and curricular themes:
- Evidence-Based Critical Thinking: To provide students with high-quality academic and clinical experiences that foster evidence-based critical thinking skills.
- Interprofessional Collaboration: To educate clinicians who understand interprofessional service delivery models in education and health care settings.
- Cultural-Linguistic Competency: To provide students with culturally-linguistically diverse, interprofessional, clinical experiences across a variety of settings.
- Leadership and Service to the Community: To develop student leadership skills and a commitment to serving the community.
- Innovative Scholarship: To contribute to the understanding of communication and swallowing disorders through innovative faculty and student scholarship.
The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in Speech-Language Pathology (residential) at Widener University is a Candidate for Accreditation 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, MD, 20850. Phone: 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a “preaccreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years.
To qualify for the degree of Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, the candidate must:
- Comply with all general requirements of Widener University relating to the governance of graduate programs;
- Complete all degree requirements within a total of five calendar years from the date of first enrollment;
- Complete 67 credits of graduate course work;
- Complete all courses in a sequential fashion;
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better;
- Complete no less than 375 hours of supervised clinical practice;
- Demonstrate appropriate professional behavior and conduct throughout all didactic and clinical components of the program; and
- Pass the comprehensive examinations.