The proposed Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MSSLP), to be located in Newark on the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences campus, is a 65-credit, entry-level program that will prepare students to prevent, evaluate, diagnose, and treat speech, language communication, and swallowing disorders.
This program, which will be completed over five consecutive semesters (two years), will emphasize service delivery for multiethnic, socially diverse populations – including dialectal speakers of English and bilingual/multilingual individuals – with speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders within an interdisciplinary healthcare context. Eligible students will have the option of completing the Bilingual Competency Recognition (BCR). With a curricular emphasis on interprofessional services for communicatively-impaired ethnically diverse populations, our MSSLP program is expected to train students to work with both child and adult caseloads in our complex multidisciplinary healthcare settings serving multiethnic communities.
The mission of the MS degree in the Speech-Language Pathology Program is to prepare graduate students to be successful practitioners in a pluralistic society. By integrating three themes – interprofessional practice, ethnic diversity, and health care – throughout the curriculum, the program will graduate students who have the knowledge and clinical skills relevant to cultural and linguistic diversity across the lifespan within interprofessional contexts. The program’s mission aligns with the institutional and school missions to prepare students using a cross-disciplinary collaborative approach for evidence-based clinical services to improve the lives of those who reside in New Jersey and beyond.
The Speech-Language Pathology program at Rutgers University has three major program goals:
Program Goal 1: Excellence in academic education and clinical preparation. The academic and clinical curriculum is based on state-of-the-art scientific information and clinical procedures.
- Infuse the curriculum with content regarding multiculturally diverse populations, particularly dialectal and bilingual/multilingual influences on speech, language, and communication skills.
- Ensure the curriculum contains information regarding interprofessional education and that students have opportunities for interprofessional practice in the clinical setting.
- Incorporate contemporary principles of clinical practice in the assessment and management of speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders within a medical setting.
- Prepare students for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certification, professional New Jersey state licensure, and the New Jersey Department of Education speech-language specialist certification.
Program Goal 2: Excellence in Faculty and Student Scholarship. Academic and clinical faculty are dedicated to professional scholarship and increasing student participation in scholarship.
- Produce faculty scholarship to promote the national ranking of the program.
- Actively engage students in clinically relevant research and problem-solving.
- Foster student scholarship through implementation of EBP in clinical and professional venues.
Program Goal 3: Expand community visibility and clinical opportunities. The SLP Program at Rutgers University is committed to address the clinical needs in speech, language, communication, and swallowing in the Newark, NJ community and beyond.
- Offer affordable, accessible, and quality clinical services to the Newark community and beyond.
- Provide continuing education opportunities to practicing clinicians.
- Engage community members in program development and educational strategies.
Strategic Goal 1. SOUND ACADEMIC AND CLINICAL TRAINING
Goal: Recruit, mentor, and retain high-quality academic and clinical faculty to provide students with cutting-edge didactic and clinical
Strategic Goal 2. MEETING THE COMPLEX SERVICE NEEDS OF GROWING DIVERSE POPULATIONS
Goal: Create a clinical-academic education program that will provide students with clinical experience and academic coursework related to
services for ethno-socially diverse populations across the lifespans in interprofessional contexts.
Strategic Goal 3: DEVELOPING A DIVERSE PROFESSIONAL WORKFORCE FOR A DIVERSE SOCIETY
Goal: Recruit, mentor, and retain a high-quality student body who meet or exceed the admission requirements from a variety of socio-ethnic backgrounds.
Strategic Goal 4: ASSESSMENT FOR COMPLIANCE, EXCELLENCE, AND INNOVATION
Goal: Review and revise the MSSLP Program’s Strategic Plan.
Accreditation Note: The master of science (MS) education program in speech-language pathology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is an Applicant for Candidacy Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, Md., 20850. Phone: 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700). If approved, the program plans to admit its first cohort of students in Fall 2021.