Master of Speech-Language Pathology
The Master of Speech-Language Pathology Program prepares students to prevent, diagnose,
treat, and research communication disorders, and provide community service to individuals
with communication disorders. The coursework covers communication and swallowing disorders
across the lifespan. Clinical practicum is provided in both on-and-off campus locations.
Speech-language pathology is a high-need area with career opportunities in medical
and school settings.
Austin Peay State University offers a Master of Speech-Language Pathology (MSLP) degree through the Department of Health and Human Performance. The MSLP degree program prepares students for careers in speech-language pathology through comprehensive coursework and clinical training. The MSLP degree program is a five-semester program for students who have completed necessary pre-professional requirements and a bachelor's degree. Graduates of the APSU MSLP degree program will be able to practice professionally as an entry level speech-language pathologist and will be prepared for a successful clinical fellowship.
The curriculum and clinical experiences align with the 2020 Standards for certification for speech-language pathology established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC). Graduating students may also be eligible for licensure in speech-language pathology by the Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Health Related Boards. Successful completion of the program requirements will also ensure graduates of the MSLP degree program will be eligible for a Professional School Service Personnel License from the Sate of Tennessee’s Department of Education.
The Master of Speech-Language Pathology education program in speech-language pathology at Austin Peay State University is an Applicant for Candidacy 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.
The CAA is a semi-autonomous body within ASHA that is responsible for formulating standards for accreditation of entry-level professional preparation programs in speech-language pathology and audiology, evaluating programs, and granting accreditation to programs that have met the standards. There are six accreditation standards that must be met and a description of those standards is available here.