Longwood’s full-time speech-language pathology graduate program is offered in a traditional on-campus, face-to-face setting. You'll work closely with our faculty and clinical supervisors to get the knowledge, training and skills necessary for entry level practice as a speech-language pathologist working with a diverse population of adults and children in educational and healthcare settings.

Program 

Through small classes and a low faculty-student ratio, you will become part of a close-knit learning environment that allows faculty to learn more about you and your passions and skills. You’ll gain hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art Speech, Hearing and Learning Services (SHLS) center featuring digital recording equipment, 10 observable therapy rooms, and a pre-school literacy room. 

All students begin their clinical experience under close faculty supervision at SHLS before they move to off-site placements to develop their clinical skills. Students will have opportunities for interprofessional practice with our clinical audiologist at SHLS’ audiology clinic and with early intervention professions through SHLS’s the Infant Toddler Connection of the Heartland, a program that provides support and services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

Career Paths

Our graduates meet all of the requirements for certification by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (www.asha.org) and the requirements to be licensed by the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. If you want to be licensed in another state, we'll work with you and ensure you meet those license requirements.

Student Outcome Data 

Over the last three years (2014-17) Longwood graduates have achieved a 100% first time pass rate on the Praxis II in Speech-Language Pathology. Our graduates (95.52%) have completed the program on time (5-6 semesters for students who have successfully completed the pre-requisite coursework). The employment rate for our graduates is 98.67%, with approximately half employed in education settings and half in medical settings.

Accreditation 

The master’s of science in communication sciences and disorders (speech-language pathology) at Longwood University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700 for the period 2015 - 2023.

  

Admission Requirements

Learn about Graduate Admission Requirements.

Course of Study

See our Masters CSDS Course of Study 2017-18 (pdf)

 

 

 

 

Cost, Financial Aid & Scholarships

Visit Longwood's Graduate student tuition estimates and hours webpage. 

Information on financial aid resources can be found from the American Speech Language Hearing Association and from Longwood's Financial Aid office.

The College of Graduate & Professional Studies and SHLS offers a number of Graduate Assistantships.

Students may also be eligible for fellowships:

The CSD

The CSD Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student for whom admission has been offered into the CSD program at Longwood University.  Applicants for this award are asked to submit a written essay describing those activities that have helped prepare them to become a successful speech-language pathologist.  Awards carry a stipend of approximately $1,000.  

Recipients include: 

  • Leah Horton (2017-18)
  • Sally Wilson (2016-17)
  • Joyanna Struzzieri (2015-16)
  • Alyssa Bailey (2014-15)
  • Anayancy Cascantea (2013-14) 

The Jason Foundation

Through the generous donation of The Jason Foundation, a fellowship is available.  The Jason Foundation Scholarship is awarded to a first-year graduate student who is selected based upon the completion of a written essay where the applicant is asked to address his or her future plans to assist survivors of brain injury. The award is approximately $1000.

Recipients include:

  • Molly Lynn Santaniello (2017-2018)
  • Allison Taliaferro (2016-17)
  • Kelly Chaney (2015-2016)
  • Meredith Peck (2014-2015)
  • Nikki Davis (2013 – 2014)
  • Rebecca Schwerdtfeger (2012 – 2013)
  • Ashley Pawlik (2011 – 2012)
  • Amanda Chandler (2010 – 2011)
  • Caitlyn Freeman (2009 – 2010)

Hansen Fellowship

Through a generous donation from Eric Hansen, a member of the Longwood Board of Visitors, we were able to offer fellowships to students for these two years.

  • Augusta Zende Reisling, 2017-18
  • Joyanna Struzzieri, 2016-17 

Beginning in 2017-18, the Longwood University Foundation CSD Fellowship is funded at a level of $1,000.

Other Funding Sources

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation awards several graduate scholarships to qualified students.

The Communication Disorders Foundation (CDF) provides two student scholarships annually to graduate students in speech-language pathology or audiology who are studying in Virginia.