Program Educational Objectives

• PEO1. Equip students with a comprehensive understanding of typical and atypical development in speech therapy, encompassing speech, language, hearing, communication, and swallowing, while incorporating interdisciplinary perspectives from fields such as genetics, neurology, linguistics, and psychology.

• PEO2. Prepare students to demonstrate knowledge and skills in prevention, assessment, and intervention for individuals with diverse speech-related disorders, including the ability to critically evaluate evidence and apply evidence-based practices.

• PEO3. Offer experiential learning opportunities through internships in various speech and language pathology domains, providing students with hands-on experience to develop clinical skills, problem-solving abilities, and cultural competence.

• PEO4. Promote collaboration and effective communication within interdisciplinary teams, emphasizing the importance of interprofessional practice and teamwork in delivering comprehensive care to individuals with communication and swallowing disorders.

• PEO5. Instill a strong ethical foundation, ethical decision-making skills, and adherence to professional codes of conduct, ensuring students exhibit professionalism, cultural sensitivity, and integrity in their interactions and patient care.

• PEO6. Encourage critical thinking and research literacy: Develop critical thinking skills to assess and address complex communication and swallowing disorders, while fostering research literacy and the ability to critically evaluate research to inform evidence-based practice.