M.S. Speech-Language Pathology program

The Master of Science Degree (MS) education program in Speech-Language Pathology at Gallaudet University 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, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.


The SLP program involves combined course, lab, and clinical work in speech, language, hearing, and swallowing. Like other American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's nationally-accredited speech-language pathology programs in the United States, Gallaudet's SLP curriculum is dedicated to speech sciences, research methods, language acquisition, clinical procedures, assistive technology, and multicultural experiences. It also includes instruction in and supervised clinical experiences with persons who have speech sound disorders, voice disorders, swallowing disorders, fluency disorders, language disorders, and neurogenic communication disorders. Unlike other ASHA-accredited graduate programs, however, Gallaudet's program requires courses in American Sign Language and competencies in working with children and adults who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Observation and practicum opportunities in the Hearing and Speech Center on campus are complemented with training experiences at a variety of hospitals, clinics, public and private schools, private practices, early childhood programs, and other acute and long-term care facilities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.


2016 SLP Graduates' Praxis Scores are above national average:


Administration Date State / Agency / Institution Total
N Mean Score
SEP-2015 to JUL-2016 ASHA - Certification - AI 4986 176.57
Gallaudet University SLP / AUD - DI 14 180.71
Database was refreshed on: 8/15/2016 14:45:29 EST

 Thanks go to Janette Ozoa for this picture 

from the 2015 SLP Hooding Day Celebration.

The 14 May 2015 SLP graduates reached 100% employment by August and are now SLP clinical fellows: 3 in public school positions, 3 in skilled nursing facilities, 3 in private clinics, 2 in private schools, 2 in hospitals, and 1 in a school for the deaf.


Students accepted into the highly competitive SLP program also have opportunities to engage in research, not only through a dedicated master's thesis program, but also with faculty mentors in the Department's research labs and clinic. Elective coursework within the Department includes diverse topics such as cued speech, visual phonics, and cochlear implants; elective coursework is also available in other departments on campus and through a consortium of university programs in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland. Opportunities are provided for conducting a master's thesis and for elective coursework in other departments or through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.


Program Effectiveness


Information about program completion rate (graduation rate), Praxis Examination pass rate, and employment rates can be found on Speech-Language Pathology Student Achievement Data page.

Thanks to 2014 graduate, Maggie Perez, for this lovely map representing the 2014 SLP graduates' CFY locations. We are so happy for all of you!


Ingrid Martinez, 2014 Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology


Ingrid Martinez, M.S. in SLP (May 2014), Gallaudet University, reports on her CFY:


Greetings from Florida!


What a difference a day makes....Two weeks ago, while at camp for the Deaf #2, I completed a phone interview for a CFY in Lake Placid, Florida (1.5 hours from Orlando aka Central, FL). I was then asked to complete step 2, an in-person interview. My family and I decided to make a vacation out of it and drove down for the week. I interviewed this Monday and got the official word this morning of my acceptance and confirmation of a supervisor! .... I'll start on August 11th. It is a SNF complete with short-term, long-term, and some outpatient rehab patients. Cognitive, Dysphagia, dementia unit, etc. but no trach/vent unit.


Logistically speaking, my pay will more than cover Florida cost of living expenses (score!) which I will need considering that I have yet to finalize a plan for transportation (taxi, bike, etc.)! An amazing apartment was found just 2.4 miles away but won't know until Aug. 1st of availability. Tomorrow's (Wednesday's) day trip will involve looking at more properties. Fingers crossed, all will work out.


Thank you for your education, support, encouragement, and faith in me. I look forward to this new chapter with the hopes of representing the Gallaudet Univ. SLP Graduate Program legacy well.

With a sunny smile,
Ingrid M. 
(Reprinted with permission from Ingrid)

The graduating class of 2013 celebrates its 100% passing rate on the Praxis exam.


The HSLS SLP graduating class of 2013 celebrates its 100% passing rate on the Praxis exam.


This two-year (including one summer) program involves coursework and practicum experience designed to provide a broad background in speech-language-hearing sciences, development, differences, and disorders with a special emphasis on the communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The program is fully accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


The program involves coursework in normal aspects of speech, language, and hearing; aural rehabilitation; voice; organic and swallowing disorders; phonological disorders; fluency; language disorders; neurogenic disorders affecting speech and language; and other areas important to the development of a well-trained speech-language pathologist. An equally important part of the program is the supervised clinical practicum experience, obtained through a combination of practica on campus and at various sites throughout the Washington, D.C. area.


Opportunities are provided for conducting a master's thesis and for elective coursework in other departments or through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.


For the program of study and requirements for the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, click the link "Program of Study" in the menu.


Corbin Wagner, M.S. in SLP (May 2013), Gallaudet University, reports from her CF in Alaska:


Hey there Gallaudet folks-Just wanted to shoot you a quick email letting you know that I am LOVING my job, and that I feel 100% prepared and competent. The non-profit that I work for is reallyy wonderful, and really has their stuff together...I have co-workers that vary in age and discipline (but not gender..ha!), and I am learning quite a lot, but when anyone takes me on a visit or anytime I add to my caseload, I feel knowledgeable and prepared! It's a great feeling... Colleen and I were talking about this the other day...it's nice to feel validated in what we actually DO know...it's more than either of us realized! I personally am learning a TON about Alaska Native culture. It's one of my goals to contract with some agencies during my time off and work in the bush (the bush is defined as: a remote village or town only accessible via plane or snow machine), maybe next summer, so I'm trying to learn as much as possible! I am also experiencing and learning about Hmong and Samoan cultures, and we work very closely with the Office for Children's Services (OCS....aka the child protective services/foster care system). These are all new to me and I am trying to dive in as much as possible. Just wanted you to know that you are sending out prepared SLPs! PRINTED WITH CORBIN'S PERMISSION.


Members of the 2012 class had a 90% successful completion of their CFYs as of August 1 of 2013. Their diverse employment opportunities in schools, clinics, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and working for private SLP agencies cross the United States.


Gallaudet's 2011 SLP Graduates Complete their Clinical Fellowship Year!


The Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences Department is proud to announce that ALL 2011 speech-language pathology graduates have successfully completed their Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) and passed their Praxis in Speech-Language Pathology examination, entitling them to their "Cs," the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP). Certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association enables speech-language pathologists to practice as independent clinicians. Certification is also necessary in many states for licensure as a speech-language pathologist.

The 12 students completed their CFYs in a variety of settings:


5 Hospitals: Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia; the Veteran's Administration Hospital in DC; Doctor's Community Hospital in Greenbelt, Maryland; Abington Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia; and Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, Iowa


4 Schools: Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Staunton; The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Massachusetts; The River School in DC; and Montgomery County Schools in Maryland


3 Rehabilitation Centers/Contractors: ManorCare Rehabilitation Facility in Indianapolis, Indiana; RehabCare Group in Knoxville, Tennessee; and Chesapeake Center in Springfield, Virginia


They will now write their professional signatures with M.S., CCC-SLP.

See the Speech-Language-Pathology Graduate Student Guide for details.


Admissions Procedures

Applicants for the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available in the Graduate Catalog.



First Date for Consideration of Application:

February 15

Preferred Date for Completed Application:

February 15

Program Specific Requirements

Three Letters of reference

Recommended Undergraduate Major
Speech-Language Pathology
Audiology or related discipline
Communication Sciences/Disorders

Prerequisite Coursework

Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in any of the above listed majors must demonstrate successful completion of required courses in anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, phonetics, acoustics or speech-and-hearing sciences, and introduction to audiology. A biological science is also required of applicants.


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