Speech-Language Pathology

The Speech-Language Pathology program provides the academic and clinical education leading to the Master of Communication Disorders degree and welcomes students with and without an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders. The program is housed within the Mollie E. Webb Speech & Hearing Center and accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. As part of a major academic medical center, the program features modern educational and clinical facilities including a simulation laboratory. Students are able to gain professional experience in the NICU follow-up clinic, Children’s Center, and as part of the cleft palate team. The program has clinical affiliations with numerous medical and educational institutions throughout Louisiana as well as the Scottish Rite Foundation. Upon graduation, students will have completed the appropriate academic and clinical practicum requirements for Louisiana state licensure and certification by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

About the Profession

Role of a Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat communication disorders, such as delayed language, articulation, stuttering, aphasia, and voice disorders. They also work with individuals who have communication disorders associated with hearing loss, cognitive-communicative deficits, and swallowing disorders. 

Career and Practice Settings

Speech-language pathologists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, schools, universities, industry, government agencies, and private practice. A master’s degree is required for clinical certification in speech-language pathology.

Job Outlook

According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: 

Quick Facts: Speech-Language Pathologists

2018 Median Pay $77,510 per year 
$37.26 per hour
Number of Jobs, 2016 145,100
Job Outlook, 2016-26 18% (Much faster than average)




Persons interested in a career in Speech-Language Pathology may find the following web sites of interest:

American Speech-Language Hearing Association
Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The Louisiana Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Get AHEAD this Summer!

The Allied Health Education and Discovery (AHEAD) program is a free, 5-day camp that will be held in June 2020 for Louisiana high school students interested in exploring the health career programs offered at the LSU Health Shreveport School of Allied Health Professions.

Program at a Glance

Degree: Master's
Accreditation: CAA
Length: 6-9 semesters
Class size: 20 students/year
Application Deadline: Feb 1
Start term: Summer
Application: CSDCAS

Residents of AR and TX are eligible for in-state tuition rates.




The Speech-Language Pathology program assures equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or veteran's status. 

Speech-Language Pathology