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Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program

The Master’s, M.A., education program in speech-language pathology at Louisiana Tech University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498- 2071 or 301-296-5700. The program meets the ASHA 2014 & 2017 accreditation standards and received its latest full accreditation in February 2014 (currently accredited through 2021).

The graduate program, which provides a thesis and non-thesis option, is designed to allow a student to satisfy the academic and clinical practicum requirements necessary for certification by the ASHA in Speech-Language Pathology and professional licensure in the state of Louisiana.  A minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit is required.  Program completion for a student with a Bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders requires, minimally, six quarters, plus one summer, of full-time enrollment and successful completion of written and oral comprehensive examinations.

The master's concentration in Speech-Language Pathology provides course work in adult and child language, neurological, phonological, voice, and fluency disorders; diagnostic and treatment procedures; speech science; aural rehabilitation; and research methodology.

Clinical training is a vital component of the training program.  Supervised clinical practicum experiences, with persons of all ages and various speech, language, and hearing disorders, are provided in the Louisiana Tech University Speech and Hearing Center and in a variety of clinical settings throughout the state, region, and nation including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, medical diagnostic and treatment facilities, veterans hospitals, special education settings, public school systems, and private practices.  All practica are supervised according to ASHA requirements and guidelines by individuals who hold the appropriate certification and licensure.


Student Outcome Data


Program Completion Rate

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Praxis Examination Pass Rate of Graduates

Academic YEar # Taking Exam  # Passed Exam
Pass Rate (%)
2016-2017 20 20 100%
2015-2016 30 30 100%
2014-2015 18 18 100%


Employment Rates of Graduates within One Year of Graduation

Academic Year Employment Rate in Profession
  # of Graduates % of Graduates
2016-2017 20 100%
2015-2016 30 100%
2014-2015 18 100%


For information concerning admission requirements and application procedures, click here.
For a complete listing of program offerings and requirements, contact:

Brenda L. Heiman, Ph.D., Head
School of Communication
Louisiana Tech University
P.O. Box 3165, Ruston, LA  71272
(318) 257-4764

Students are typically allowed to enter the program only in the Fall Quarter and the application deadline is January 15th