Speech-Language Pathology Program (M.S.)

Candidacy Statement

The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology (distance education) at The University of Scranton is a Candidate for Accreditation 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. Candidacy is a “preaccreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years.

Candidate for Accreditation – What Does This Mean?


Based upon the Jesuit tradition of Excellence, the Speech-Language Pathology, Master of Science distance learning degree program (63-73 credit hours) will prepare students to become professional, competent clinicians who provide services for individuals from culturally/linguistically diverse backgrounds with various types and severities of communication and/or related disorders, differences and disabilities, across the lifespan.


The mission of the graduate degree program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to become a professional, competent clinician in Speech-Language Pathology and to contribute to the advancement of the profession through clinical practice, research, leadership, and professional development.

Through a diverse range of academic and clinical experiences based upon Ignatian pedagogy, students acquire advanced knowledge of basic human communication sciences and disorders by analyzing, interpreting, integrating, and applying evidence-based theory to the clinical environment within a learner, knowledge and skills, and assessment-centered blended learning atmosphere.

The graduate degree program is designed to meet the 2020 Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC Standards) and the 2023 Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA Standards).

Speech-Language Pathology Program Goals

Grounded in Jesuit ideals and Ignatian pedagogy, our goal is for students to become transformative, culturally informed, and socially responsible clinicians.

Students will learn

  • To provide person-centered care
  • Demonstrate professional knowledge and skills for the provision of effective assessment and treatment procedures
  • Integrate the use of technology and evidence into clinical practice, engage in ethical conduct and practice
  • Reflect on professional interactions
  • Use best practices in evaluating and treating communication disorders and/or differences
  • Provide culturally relevant and sensitive care
  • Treat others with respect and dignity
  • Advocate for basic human communicative rights and safe medical care

Program Director


Hope E. Baylow, D.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Leahy Hall 824
Office phone: 570-941-4052
Department phone: 570-941-5874  

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