Program Overview

Nova Southeastern University offers a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. The specialized concentration in Speech-Language Pathology is designed for practicing language therapists working in many clerical and non-clerical settings. The advanced curriculum introduces students to an emphasis in the areas of administration and supervision. Students earning an advanced degree, in addition to the understanding administration and supervision skills will excel in responsibilities of evaluation and comprehension of technology. The learned best practices can be applied to solve real problems in the challenging and rewarding education workplace. A masters program focuses on developing scientifically trained and clinically experienced speech pathologists as leaders.

Course content of the online graduate program is research-based and prepares students to meet the requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence, and the Certificate of Clinical Competence awarded by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). The master's in speech-language pathology (SLP) is also accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of ASHA. Students can be agents of change in current or new therapists and speech education programs by using the newly acquired knowledge of social, political, and economic forces that combine in a society. A cumulative 52-credit-hour program is comprised of the essential concepts needed to excel in the field. The core coursework includes topics of:

  • Differential Diagnosis of Language and Speech Disorders
  • Language and Learning Disabilities
  • Communication Disorders
  • Clinical Processes
  • Language Disorders in Adults
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Voice Disorders
  • Fluency
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Dysphagia
  • Phonological Disorders
  • Research Methods in Speech Language Pathology
  • Technological Applications in CSD (required attendance at the South Florida Main Campus)
  • Multicultural and Counseling Issues

Graduates will use the new formal education of speech-language pathologies in schools, hospitals, universities, skilled nursing facilities, private practice, nursing homes, or rehabilitation centers. Successful graduates can use the master’s degree as the foundation for further educational goals in the pursuit of a doctoral degree.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    NCATE accredited


    Students must have a bachelor’s degree by a regionally accredited institution (minimum overall 3.0 grade point average required).

    School Overview

    Nova Southeastern University may have started as a small independent not-for-profit university when it first educated its first students in 1964, however this Ft. Lauderdale campus followed the lead of many growing movements from the sixties and quickly expanded into a modern global facility promoting distance learning by 1972. Today, NSU hosts field-based programs in more than twenty states, as well as internationally.

    Nova Southeastern University awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctorate degrees. Nova Southeastern University offers a large number of online degree programs to accommodate a wide range of students. Students can choose from online undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees. Online classes at Nova Southeastern University occur in both synchronous and asynchronous formats to best facilitate an interactive environment between students and faculty.


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