Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Mary Beth Mason
Edinboro University’s Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology program is a two-year, full-time program that prepares graduates to evaluate and treat a wide variety of communication and swallowing disorders.
The BA degree program in Speech and Hearing Science provides the foundational knowledge in communication sciences that is prerequisite for professional, graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology throughout the U.S. This degree program provides preparation in basic critical thinking and communication skills that are essential for a variety of professions. Our students acquire knowledge of the anatomical, physiological, acoustic, developmental, and linguistic bases of normal human communication that will serve as a reference point for studying and treating disorders of communication in graduate school. Our students are also introduced to various disorders of speech, language, hearing, and deglutition across the lifespan. During the senior year, students complete guided observations of individuals receiving professional services for communication problems and begin to learn about the clinical process.
The minor in Deaf Studies provides students with a detailed view of persons who have a hearing loss. This cluster of courses examines the development of the sense of hearing through adulthood and the ramifications of hearing loss on development, language choice, academic achievement, identity, and adult life. The minor also emphasizes a cultural view of Deafness that includes Deaf literature, history, and American Sign Language. In addition, students will gain an awareness of the various settings and fields where people who are D/deaf or hard of hearing would be encountered.