Speech-Language Pathology, MS Ed
Master of Science in Education Degree in Speech-Language Pathology
Why Pursue This Program
The online Speech-Language Pathology, MS Ed program is designed to prepare Speech-Language Pathologists for Nebraska teacher certification, state licensure, and certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Students of this program gain knowledge and skills to:
- Help individuals improve vocabulary and sentence structure used in oral and written language
- Evaluate levels of speech, language, or swallowing difficulty
- Create and carry out an individualized treatment plan that addresses specific functional needs
Through the program, students become equipped with the requisite knowledge, skills and technological proficiency to earn appropriate credentials, licenses and certifications to practice ethically and successfully as a speech-language pathologist.
Students are prepared to work in a variety of settings including early intervention programs, public schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and federal and state institutions. This program also prepares students to apply for advanced degree programs in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, Speech and Hearing Sciences, and related areas. Additional professional opportunities include private practice, research, university teaching, and clinic supervision and administration.
Speech-language pathology is one of the fastest-rising professions nationwide. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics the demand for speech-language pathologists is projected to grow at a rate of 25%, much faster than the average for all occupations. Speech-language pathologists will be needed to treat the increased number of speech and language disorders in the older population.
This program prepares students for a number of career opportunities, including:
- School-based clinician
- Medically-based clinician
- Private practice
- Clinic supervisor
- Clinic administrator
Additional Information: Students must have completed an undergraduate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. If the degree was not comparable to that offered at the University of Nebraska at Kearney or if deficiencies exist, the student must take those undergraduate courses deemed necessary by the Communication Disorders faculty to make up the deficiencies. An applicant who has obtained a Bachelor's Degree in some other area will be required to take those undergraduate courses in Speech/Language Pathology and possibly in related areas necessary to complete the equivalent requirements for the undergraduate major. UNK offers online Speech-Language Pathology undergraduate coursework as a way for those who hold an undergraduate degree in a major other than Communication Disorders to meet the necessary prerequisites.
What's it like to take a program online?
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.