EKU Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program
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If you’re interested in making a difference in the lives of individuals with communication disorders, the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program at Eastern Kentucky University can help you attain the next level in a rewarding career. This highly regarded program has the distinction of being accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology since 1984, and EKU’s Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program recently earned a national ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Graduate Schools, published by U.S. News Media Group.
Graduating from an accredited program is mandatory for professional credentialing from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Students who graduate from EKU’s master’s degree program are eligible to pursue a teaching certificate in communication disorders issued by the Kentucky Department of Education and professional licensure in speech-language pathology issued by Kentucky’s Licensure Board in speech-language pathology and audiology.
According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics*,the employment opportunities for speech-language pathologists are expected to increase through 2018. As baby-boomers age, there could be an increase in associated neurological disorders that may affect speech, language, and swallowing. Additionally, advances in medicine continue to enhance the survival rates of those who may need assessment and treatment, such as stroke and trauma victims and infants born prematurely.
Most speech-language pathologist jobs require a master's degree. Graduates of EKU’s Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program are highly employable, with a placement rate of more than 90% upon completion of their degree. Professional opportunities for EKU graduates may includenursing care facilities, home health care services, general medical and surgical hospitals, offices of other health practitioners, and elementary and secondary schools.