The University of Delaware’s Master of Arts Program in Speech-Language Pathology recently received notification of initial full accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) for a period of 5 years beginning February 1, 2020. The full accreditation follows four years of “Candidacy” status, the first step in the accreditation process.
The program was founded by Dr. Aquiles Iglesias, with the first class enrolling in May 2016. UD’s program offers several additional experiences unlike other graduate programs training speech language pathologists. Chief among them is the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, a full-service clinic that takes all forms of health insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, unlike most university clinics.
The program also includes a capstone project that allows students to research a topic, then work with a faculty member to bring their ideas to life by the time they graduate. One such project led to the development of a choir for patients with Parkinson’s disease called the Neuro Notes.
The MA in Speech-Language Pathology has graduated 48 students and is expected to graduate an additional 26 students this year. All graduates have passed the Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology and are fully employed.