Master’s in Communication Disorders

Communication Disorders classWhen you pursue a Master of Arts in communication disorders at Truman, you form mentor relationships with your professors and explore topics of individual interest through advanced clinical opportunities, research, internships, study abroad, and independent study.

We help you develop an individualized plan of study to meet ASHA certification requirements. For your final semester, you can help choose the location for your full-time, eight-week medical internship and a full-time, eight-week school internship.

Extensive Experience in Clinical Facilities

Put theory into practice as a student clinician working with children and adults at the Speech and Hearing Clinic located on the Truman campus. This clinic provides speech, language, and hearing assessment and treatment services to clients from throughout northeast Missouri.

Preparing You for Success

Our program ensures that you’re well-prepared to meet the rigorous requirements for national certification and Missouri state licensure. Our graduates enjoy a high first-time-pass rate on the NESPA/Praxis national exam and are highly sought after for employment throughout the Midwest.

The master’s (M.A.) education program in speech-language pathology at Truman is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700 (see more on the ASHA website).

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Speech & Hearing Clinic

Student Spotlight

Sienna Pace
I am in the Communication Disorders graduate program at Truman. During my time here, I have been able to serve multiple individuals of a variety of ages in the Truman State University Speech and Hearing Clinic. I have also had the opportunity to study abroad with my department in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where we provided hearing and speech screenings to children in orphanages, a school and daycare for children with disabilities. After graduation I plan to return home to Lincoln, Nebraska, where I would like to work as a speech therapist in a school setting. As an out-of-state student, this scholarship really helps me out!
Sienna P., Recipient of the Holman Family Graduate Student Scholarship
Jenna Fischer Speech Moved to Pershing ArenaJenna Fischer Speech Moved to Pershing Arena

March 18, 2019

The speech was originally scheduled for Baldwin Auditorium, which has a capacity of about 1,400. Free tickets for that event were claimed within 24 hours, and a wait list quickly accumulated more than 200 requests before that service ended. With the venue now switched to Pershing Arena, which has a seating capacity of 2,500, tickets will again be made available.

Havana Cuba All-Stars to Finish Out Kohlenberg Lyceum SeasonHavana Cuba All-Stars to Finish Out Kohlenberg Lyceum Season

March 18, 2019

This tour brings together some of Cuba's greatest musicians, as well as three of the country's finest dancing couples. With rhythms and melodies from the cha cha to the rumba, from "Son Cubano" style to the salsa, the All-Stars will showcase a wide variety of Cuban beats. The group is inspired and dedicated to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens.

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One of my favorite aspects regarding the communication disorders program at Truman is the opportunity that students have to observe actual live therapy sessions that take place in the on-campus clinic. These therapy sessions involve graduate students working with clients from Truman or around the community, and they are a great way to learn more about therapy techniques as well as communication disorders in a hands-on approach.
Sara Hahn, Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders ('14), Master’s in Communication Disorders ('16)