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MA Program

For students who are interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist, the Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Florida offers a comprehensive program of academic and clinical education. Our program combines active classroom-based learning with an assortment of evidence-based, “hands on” learning opportunities at the many clinical practicum sites available on or near the University of Florida campus. Graduates of our program can expect to develop the knowledge and skills that are needed to deliver evidence-based clinical services to a wide range of populations in a variety of clinical settings.

Program Mission:

  • The mission of the Master’s of Arts program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is to prepare students to become speech-language pathologists who work to preserve, promote, and improve the functioning and general well-being of individuals who wish to improve functioning in the areas of communication and swallowing.
    • The goal of our program is to prepare professionals who are well qualified for employment in a range of education- and health-related settings and who, once employed, are recognized for their competence, leadership, ethics, and commitment to service and life-long learning. Our program strives to attain this goal by developing students who can independently design and deliver effective, culturally sensitive, and evidenced-based clinical services to individuals with differences or disorders in communication and swallowing. Toward this end, our program strives to provide students with a high-quality academic and clinical experience that is directed by an internationally recognized faculty and based upon cutting-edge research, active learning, expert mentoring, and spirited engagement in service activities.

Our program primarily is oriented toward developing students’ clinical competence; however, our students also have access to a range of opportunities for developing skills in basic and applied research. Students who elect to enter the thesis track of the program conduct original research in laboratory and real-world settings under the mentorship of faculty who are widely recognized for their research accomplishments.

Students typically take five semesters to complete the program. Our primary academic classes usually have enrollments of 25 to 30 students. This means that students can expect to have ample access to our professors and clinical educators. We have included an ample amount of information about our program in this section of our website; however, for additional details about the program, please consult the “EdFind” database on the website of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

For more information about graduate admissions, click here.

Student Outcomes

Outcomes for the MA program are reported as averages over a three year span (i.e., the 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016 academic years).

  1. Program Completion Rates
  • In the reporting period, 85 students were enrolled in the MA program. Of these, 82 students (96% of total) completed the program in the expected time frame, 2 students (2.5% of total) took longer than expected to complete the program), and 1 student (1.5% of total) did not complete the program.

2. Praxis Exam Pass Rates

  • In the reporting period, 76 students reported Praxis results to the program. Overall, 74 students (97% of total) passed the Praxis exam on the first attempt, and the remaining 2 students (3% of total) passed the Praxis exam after the second attempt. The average score for our students’ first attempts at the examination was 183.

3. Employment Rates in the Profession

  • In the reporting period, employment information was available for 83 graduates of the program. All of these graduates (100% of total) reported being employed as a speech-language pathologist.

Announcement of Public Meeting

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is seeking public input about its graduate educational programs as part of the reaccreditation process for its Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Doctor of Audiology Programs. There will be an open meeting on Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 4:15 to 5:00 pm in Room 2131 of the Health Professions, Nursing, and Pharmacy Building (HPNP), which is located on the University of Florida campus at 1225 Center Drive.

Representatives from the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology will be present and welcome comments and input from the public about these programs.

A copy of the Standards for Accreditation and the CAA’s Policy on Public Comment may be obtained by contacting the Accreditation Office at ASHA, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, calling ASHA’s Action Center at 1-800-498-2071, or accessing the documents online at www.asha.org/academic/accreditation/.

 

CAA-Accredited-SLP The Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree  program for speech-language pathology at the University of Florida 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, MD 20850; 800.498.2071 or 301.296.5700.