Graduate Studies - Hearing and Speech Sciences

Specialty Tracks in Speech-Language Pathology

Early Identification and Management of Children with Hearing Loss
Students enrolled in this Specialty Track will have additional coursework and practicum experience that will prepare them to work with infants and children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This interdisciplinary approach to training – by combining core courses with speech-language pathology, audiology, and deaf education students, while continuing separate courses that are specific to their disciplines – is unique to our Vanderbilt program. For additional information, please contact Dr. Lynn Hayes, Program Director at 615-936-2786 (lynn.hayes@vanderbilt.edu). For additional information on our Specialty Track in Early Identification and Management of Children with Hearing Loss, please visit our Center for Childhood Deafness page.  
Voice Specialty Track

Applicants for this specialty track are expected to self-identify their interest in this specialty to the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) at the time of application and in their personal statement submitted as part of the application process for admission into the graduate program.  Preference will be given to applicants who have had an undergraduate background in speech-language pathology and have demonstrated an ability to manage course work and clinical assignments exceeding the standard MS-SLP curriculum and typical academic schedule.  Most of the required courses for this track are part of the standard curriculum; however, trainees will take two (2) additional independent studies courses and enroll in four (4) workshops/seminars targeting specific instrumental and non-instrumental assessment skills for individuals specializing in voice, resonance, respiration, and dysphagia evaluation and management.  Decisions regarding admission into the voice specialty track will be made at the time of admission into the graduate program.  Students will be notified in their letters of acceptance from the graduate school whether they have been accepted, wait-listed, or denied acceptance into the voice specialty track.  For additional information, contact Dr. Barbara Jacobson (barb.jacobson@vanderbilt.edu).


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