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Speech-Language Pathology Concentrations

Pitt's Speech-Language Pathology program provides students a solid foundation to succeed in diverse settings for entry level employment across the full scope of practice for SLP.

The concentrations supplement the SLP program, offering students the chance to:

  • Experience an enhanced, specialized focus
  • Delve deeper into the integration of theory and clinical practice
  • Develop advanced skills

Concentrations:

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Dysphagia (Swallowing)
  • Pediatric Speech and Language
  • Voice

Speech-Language Pathology students collaborate with:

  • UPMC Voice Center
  • Clinical Partners in Pittsburgh
  • Expert Research Faculty

Activities may include:

  • Guided clinical observations
  • Mentored learning activities
  • Focused clinical practicum experience
  • Access to research experiences
  • Grand Rounds
  • Topic-specific conferences
  • And more!

Students will fulfill these requirements of each Concentration in addition to the SLP Master's curriculum:

Concentration in Augmentative and Alternative Communication 

  • Complete coursework
    •  CSD 2077 Augmentative Communication
    • Directed study: (autism spectrum disorders, aphasia, cerebral palsy, degenerative neurologic disorders).
  • Clinical Education
  • AAC-BCI iNNOVATION LAB (iLAB) research opportunities: 
  • Guided Clinical Observations.
  • AAC manufacturer trainings: wide variety of AAC manufacturers providing hands-on and/or virtual training on hardware and software product lines.
  • Brain Computer Interface (BCI) training: training on non-invasive P300 BCI access to AAC systems using gel and dry electrode headgear.

Concentration in Dysphagia (Swallowing)

  • Complete coursework in:
    • Dysphagia
    • Directed Study in Voice
  • Guided clinical observations
  • Clinical Education Opportunities in Dysphagia include University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hospitals including Children’s Hospital and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
  • Array of optional activities, based on student interest and availability

Concentration in Pediatric Speech and Language

  • Completed coursework in:
    • Early Language Disorders
    • Articulation & Phonological Disorders
    • School-Age Language Disorders
    • Fluency
    • Swallowing Dysphagia and Feeding Disorder in Children
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • School-based Service Delivery, with concentration focused project
  • Guided clinical observations
  • Clinical education opportunity in Pediatric Speech and Language
  • Array of optional activities, based on student interest and availability.

Concentration in Voice

  • Complete coursework in:
    • Voice Disorders
    • Directed Study in Voice
  • Guided clinical observations
  • Clinical education opportunity in Voice such as a placement at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Voice Center or a Community Service Provider
  • Array of optional activities, based on student interest and availability

Students interested in being considered for a Concentration will be identified based on responses in the application process.