Program Overview


Mission Statement

The Program has the following missions:

1. To provide academic and clinical education to students pursuing a Masters of Communication Disorders degree in speech-language pathology and to encourage life-long learning through continuing education offerings;

2. To provide clinical services in audiology and speech-language pathology to children and adults with communication disorders; and

3. To conduct and disseminate research in the areas of audiology, speech-language pathology, and related communication sciences.


The Master of Communication Disorders education program in speech-language pathology at LSU Health Shreveport is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

2200 Research Boulevard #310
Rockville, Maryland 20850
(800) 498-2071 or (301) 296-5700

Cooperative 3+2 Program with Centenary College

BS in Psychology (3 Years) + Master of Communication Disorders (2 Years)

In partnership with Centenary College of Louisiana, this program enables highly motivated individuals to complete a Bachelor Science of Psychology at Centenary in three years and a Master of Communication Disorders at LSU Health Shreveport in two years.

Interested individuals are encouraged to contact:

Dr. Amy Hammond at Centenary College (318) 841-7267, or
Dr. Sandra Hayes at LSU Health Shreveport (318) 813-4204

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Centenary’s 3/2 Speech-Language Pathology Program provides a strong liberal arts preparation at the undergraduate level to enable students to succeed in their graduate coursework and in their future careers. Centenary’s 3/2 Program includes:

  • Undergraduate psychology major
  • Undergraduate core and supportive courses, including mathematics, biology, physical science, and communication
  • Graduate-level coursework at LSU Health Shreveport

Graduate Admission Requirements

Admission to the LSU Health Shreveport Speech-Language Pathology Program is guaranteed, but Centenary students must:

  • Formally apply to the LSU Health Shreveport Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Have a Centenary cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.4
  • Have a General GRE (Verbal + Quantitative) score of at least 300
  • Obtain a recommendation from the psychology department chair


The Speech-Language Pathology program’s curriculum entails six-nine semesters of full-time study, inclusive of summers. The program welcomes students with and without an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders. 

The curriculum ensures that students will acquire the knowledge and skills that are specified by the 2014 ASHA Academic Course work requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), as well as state licensure requirements specified by the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. 

The 2014 ASHA Standards for Clinical Certification in Speech-Language Pathology identify knowledge and skills that must be achieved before one can apply for clinical certification. Accordingly, the program closely monitors each student’s academic and clinical experiences and documents achievement using a Knowledge and Skills Acquisition form.

[B]=Students with an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders. 
[NB]=Students with an undergraduate degree in any other major. 

Summer Semester (Year 1) Credit Hours
SPATH 5000 Clinical Methods and Observations     1
SPATH 5100  Introduction to Graduate Study 1
SPATH 5200  Clinical Phonetics and Phonology [NB] 3
 SPATH 6200  Advanced Phonetic Description [B] 1
  SPATH 6201  A&P of Speech & Hearing 3
  SPATH 6701  Clinical Practicum I [B] 1
Total 10
Fall Semester (Year 1) Credit Hours
SPATH 5134  Clinical Linguistics & Psycholinguistics 3
SPATH 5205  Hearing Screening Laboratory 1
SPATH 5208  Aphasia and Related Disorders 3
SPATH 5342  Articulation & Phonological Disorders 3
SPATH 6100  Research in Communication Disorders 3
SPATH 6701/2  Clinical Practicum I/II [NB/B] 1
Total 14
Spring Semester (Year 1) Credit Hours
SPATH 5204  Pediatric Language Disorders 4
SPATH 6204  Motor Speech Disorders 3
SPATH 6214  Diagnosis and Evaluation in SLP 3
SPATH 6544  Dysphagia 3
SPATH 6702/3  Clinical Practicum II/III [NB/B] 1
Total 14
Summer Semester  (Year 2) Credit Hours
 SPATH 6210  Fluency Disorders 2
SPATH 6212  Voice and Related Disorders 3
SPATH 6703/4  Clinical Practicum III/IV [NB/B] 1
Total 6
Fall Semester (Year 2) Credit Hours
SPATH 5132  Applied Speech Measurement 3
SPATH 5201  Clinical Audiology 2
SPATH 5493  EBP for SLP 1
SPATH 6704/5  Clinical Practicum IV/V [NB/B] 1
Total 7
Spring Semester (Year 2) Credit Hours
SPATH 5203  Aural Rehabilitation 3
SPATH 5491  SLP Ethics/Professional Issues 1
SPATH 6224  Augmentative Communication 2
SPATH 6300  Cultural and Linguistic Diversity 2
SPATH 6705  Clinical Practicum V [NB] 1
SPATH 6900  Summative Assessment in SLP 1
Total 10

Minimum credit hours total [NB]

[NB]=Students with an undergraduate degree in any other major. 


Minimum credit hour total [B]

[B]=Students with an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders. 


Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

SPATH 5000 - Clinical Methods and Observations (1 Credit)

An introduction to speech-language pathology clinical practicum focused on management of speech and language disorders in a variety of populations. Basic foundational principles, policies, and professional considerations will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on clinical methods and procedures including: development of therapy targets, generating behavioral objectives, writing lesson/session plans, treatment plans, and SOAP notes. Students are scheduled to accrue the 25 observation hours required for certification through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

SPATH 5100 - Introduction to Graduate Study (1 Credit)

An orientation to graduate education emphasizing higher-order learning (i.e., application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation). Topics include academic conduct, computer-assisted literature retrieval, scholarly writing, and APA style conventions.

SPATH 5132 - Applied Speech Measurement (3 Credits)

Bases of speech and voice production with an emphasis on instrumental approaches to clinical appraisal. Laboratory experiences highlight acoustic, physiologic, and psychoacoustic measurement procedures.

SPATH 5134 - Clinical Linguistics and Psycholinguistics (3 Credits)

An introduction to the scientific study of language, this course presents an overview of linguistic terminology and subsystems, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics, with emphasis on normal aspects of language acquisition. Implications of linguistic theory for the practice of speech-language pathology will be emphasized.

SPATH 5200 - Clinical Phonetics and Phonology (3 Credits)

Articulatory phonetics and transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet, including extensions for nonnormal speech. Overview of normal aspects of articulation and phonology including coarticulation, segmental and nonsegmental phonology, and phonological acquisition. Includes laboratory exercises.

SPATH 5201 - Clinical Audiology (2 Credits)

Introduction to the etiologies influencing hearing loss and current audiological assessment procedures. This course will focus on screening techniques for use in various settings with different age groups and on understanding the impact of varying degrees and configurations of hearing loss on speech and language.

SPATH 5203 - Aural Rehabilitation (3 Credits)

This course will focus on the habilitation/rehabilitation of individuals with hearing impairments. Varying procedures and rationales for management in a variety of settings will be discussed. Psychological, social, and educational aspects of hearing impairment in children and adults will be addressed.

SPATH 5204 - Pediatric Language Disorders (4 Credits)

Varying types of language impairment that are found in preschoolers and school-aged children are addressed. The course covers standardized and non-standardized assessment procedures, intervention techniques, and models of collaboration with teachers, special educators, related service providers, and families.

SPATH 5205 - Hearing Screening Laboratory (1 Credit)

This course will focus on the instrumentation, guidelines and techniques for audiological screening in various settings with different age groups. This course will focus on the following topics: principles and guidelines of audiological screening; hearing screening techniques for newborns, children (birth to 18), adults and special populations; and middle ear screening techniques for children and special populations.

SPATH 5208 - Aphasia and Related Disorders (3 Credits)

Survey of acquired language and cognitive disorders in adults. Topics include anatomic bases, etiology, terminology, classification, and social implications. Assessment and documentation procedures are reviewed. Treatment approaches and their efficacy are described.

SPATH 5342 - Articulation and Phonological Disorders (3 Credits)

Overview of speech sound production disorders and their etiology in children. Procedures for the assessment and phonological analysis of child speech. Treatment approaches, with emphasis on the establishment, generalization, and maintenance phases.

SPATH 5491 - SLP Ethics/Professional Issues (1 Credit)

Professional ethics and other speech-language pathology issues including trends in professional practice, academic program accreditation standards, licensure and clinical certification requirements, ASHA practice policies and guidelines, reimbursement procedures, and other professional issues.

SPATH 5493 - EBP for SLP (1 Credit)

An overview of evidence-based practice as applied to speech-language pathology. Topics include retrieval, evaluation, and application of evidence for clinical practice.

SPATH 6100 - Research in Communication Disorders (3 Credits)

Study of research in speech-language pathology: ethics, locating and using information, qualitative and quantitative designs, critically appraising evidence, reporting and disseminating research. Foundation and understanding of evidence-based practice and research utilization. Application of research to clinical decisions.

SPATH 6200 - Advanced Phonetic Description (1 Credit)

Advanced study of articulatory phonetics and transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet, including extensions for nonnormal speech. Includes laboratory exercises.

SPATH 6201 - Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing (3 Credits)

Anatomy and physiology of the systems involved in speech, language, swallowing, and hearing. The nervous, respiration, phonatory-articulatory, and auditory systems are addressed through classroom, independent learning and laboratory experiences.

SPATH 6204 - Motor Speech and Related Disorders (3 Credits)

This course will focus on motor speech disorders (e.g., dysarthria and apraxia of speech). The neuroanatomy and neurophysiology underlying these disorders will be explored. The assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of motor speech disorders will be approached from both theoretical and clinical perspectives.

SPATH 6210 - Fluency Disorders (2 Credits)

The theoretical foundations of dysfluent behavior will be reviewed. Differential diagnosis and principles of therapeutic techniques for children and adults will be studied. Current relevant issues in this area will be discussed.

SPATH 6212 - Voice and Related Disorders (3 Credits)

This course addresses the nature, course, evaluation, and treatment of voice and related disorders in children and adults.

SPATH 6214 - Diagnosis and Evaluation in Speech-Language Pathology (3 Credits)

The diagnostic process as it pertains to all speech-language pathology disorders will be presented. The course covers application of evaluation principles and methods of both formal and informal measurement in speech-language pathology.

SPATH 6224 - Augmentative Communication (2 Credits)

This course will explore the assessment and treatment of persons requiring nonspeech communication.

SPATH 6298 - Independent Study-Speech Pathology (1-3 Credits)

This course enables students to explore an area of interest with faculty guidance. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours. Requires program director approval.

SPATH 6300 - Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (2 Credits)

Overview of regional and social dialects, linguistic variation, and multilingualism. Issues related to the assessment, analysis, and differentiation of communicative differences and disorders. Ethical and professional principles guiding culturally appropriate management of communication disorders.

SPATH 6462 - Seminars in Speech-Language Pathology (1-3 Credits)

Seminar will address a variety of topics in speech-language pathology. Topics may vary each semester. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

SPATH 6544 – Dysphagia (3 Credits)

Lectures will cover anatomy and physiology of the normal swallow, abnormal physiological and anatomical conditions leading to dysphagia, and assessment and treatment strategies for swallowing disorders.

SPATH 6546 - Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Disorders (2 Credits)

Symptomology, etiology, assessment, and treatment of communication disorders associated with cleft palate and craniofacial syndromes. Multidisciplinary management including medical and dental care.

SPATH 6676 - Thesis in Communication Disorders (1-6 Credits)

Research project culminating in an original contribution to the scientific literature that is of publishable quality. Approval of the student’s thesis committee is required prior to enrollment. This course may be repeated for credit, although no more than 6 credit hours will count toward the degree. Students must be registered for thesis credit every semester until the thesis is finished.

SPATH 6701 - Practicum I in Speech-Language Pathology (1 Credit)

Supervised on-site clinical experiences for speech-language pathology students.

SPATH 6702 - Practicum II in Speech-Language Pathology (1 Credit)

Supervised on-site clinical experiences for speech-language pathology students.

SPATH 6703 - Practicum III in Speech-Language Pathology (1 Credit)

Supervised off-site clinical experiences for speech-language pathology students.

SPATH 6704 - Practicum IV in Speech-Language Pathology (1 Credit)

Supervised off-site clinical experiences for speech-language pathology students.

SPATH 6705 - Practicum V in Speech-Language Pathology (1 Credit)

Supervised clinical experiences for speech-language pathology students.

SPATH 6900 - Summative Assessment in Speech-Language Pathology (1 Credit)

Structured activities in preparation for comprehensive and PRAXIS examinations in speech-language pathology. Includes self evaluation, review of key topics, and strategies for taking the examinations. Practice problems and constructive feedback are provided.


Student Admissions Office
(318) 813-2908

Speech-Language Pathology 
Admissions Committee

Heather Anderson, EdD, CCC-SLP
Johanna Boult, PhD, CCC-SLP