Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology: The UDC Edge

The speech-language pathology program at UDC—one of only two such programs in the District—has cultivated partnerships with many local health care providers and educational institutions throughout its 30-plus year history. Through these affiliations, you will have access to a broad range of patient populations and clinical experiences. You can also gain hands-on experience by volunteering at our on-campus Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, which has served District residents free of charge for more than two decades.

Master's Degree (MS) in Speech-Language Pathology

As a UDC Center of Excellence, our master's program in speech-language pathology prepares you to treat children and adults with communicative disorders in a variety of clinical settings. Our intensive curriculum is designed for students who have a strong work ethic and a commitment to serving the community.

Our academic and clinical training experiences provide you with a solid generalist foundation and opportunities for expanded study of early expressive and receptive language delay, motor speech dysfunction, voice and fluency disorders and sociolinguistics. You will gain the expertise necessary to prevent, identify, assess and treat expressive and receptive communication and swallowing disorders in all modalities of expression, including spoken, written, pictorial and manual.

The speech-language pathology program at the University of the District of Columbia first gained accreditation in 1981 from its accrediting body.  It is currently accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech – Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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Accrediting Agency Contact Information
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), American Speech – Language – Hearing Association*, 2200 Research Blvd – Mailstop 310, Rockville, MD,   20850 |
http://www.asha.org/academic/accreditation | Voice:  301. 296.5700 | Fax:  301.296.8580

*The Master's Program in Speech – Language Pathology at UDC has been accredited through 2021.  

Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program

The master's degree in speech-language pathology takes approximately three years to complete. Requirements for admission to the program include:

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
    • A degree is speech-language pathology is preferred, but not required.
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Letter of intent
  • GRE general test scores
  • Interview with admission committee representative.

The master's degree program in speech-language pathology offers two academic tracks:

  • School-based
    • You will be trained to service school-aged children, particularly those from economically and/or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Medical Speech Pathology
    • You will be trained in the neurological and anatomical substrates involved in neurogenic speech, language and swallowing disorders in special populations, as well as diagnosis and management strategies for patients with dysphagia, neurological disorders and dementia.

Program requirements:

  • 51 to 54 credit hours
    • This does not include credit hours for prerequisite coursework
  • A minimum of 375 hours of supervised practicum, at least 350 of which must be completed at the graduate level.  
  • Minimum of 12 credit hours of clinical practicum
  • A minimum of two external clinical practicum experiences

After completing the requirements for the master degree, you must complete the certification requirements as defined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. These requirements include:

  • Passing the national certifying examination (PRAXIS)
  • Completing the clinical fellowship

Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Speech-Language Pathology Program

You can gain experience in delivering diagnostic, treatment, counseling and prevention services to D.C. residents at our on-campus Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, which has served District residents free of charge for more than two decades.

Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., has long been one of the major clinical sites for UDC speech-language pathology students. In addition, several private and public agencies (including the UDC Child Development Center, the D.C. Headstart program, D.C. public schools and the D.C. Parks and Recreation program) collaborate with UDC to provide clinical services to their client or student base.

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association coordinates job fairs, social events and attendance at local conferences. 

Faculty Spotlight: UDC Speech-Language Pathology Program

Wanda Mitchener-Colston, Ph.D., program director and associate professor, is a specialist in child language and learning disability, with an emphasis on auditory processing and language development in children and adolescents.

Angela Bradford Wainwright, Ph.D., assistant professor, is a specialist in adult neurogenics with an emphasis in aphasia. Her teaching and research interests include the anatomy and physiology of speech, aphasia, voice and language disorders, medical speech pathology, language and cognitive aging.

Patricia Randolph, Ph.D., professor, is an audiologist with a research interest in speech perception and hearing aids.  She teaches on the anatomy and physiology of hearing, neuroanatomy of the speech and hearing mechanism, diagnostic audiology, aural rehabilitation and acoustical and perceptual phonetics.

Career Pathways and Prospects

Graduates enter the Speech-Language Pathology profession upon completion of the certification requirements defined by the national certifying body, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech – Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. These requirements include the completion of the Master's degree, successful completion of the national certifying examination (PRAXIS) and completion of Clinical Fellowship (CF). Career pathways are diverse with opportunities for highly individualized practice in health care agencies, educational settings and private practice.

The need for qualified practitioners and Ph.D. scholars in speech-language pathology is expected to grow over the next decades. The Program is committed to meeting this labor shortage by active recruitment and retention of students to the discipline. The Program has several partnerships with neighboring agencies, including hospitals, specialized treatment and acute care nursing homes and hospices, public and private school special education programs and services, and access to a broad range of patient populations and resources offering a myriad of career opportunities.

The Program takes pride in a large number of UDC Alumni who have received or in the process of pursuing the doctorate in speech-language pathology and audiology. Many UDC alumni currently hold terminal degrees are professors, researchers and administrators.

Contact info:

E: casgeneral@udc.edu | T: 202.274.6161 | F: 202.274.5589