Speech Pathology and Audiology | Kent State University

Speech Pathology and Audiology

The Speech Pathology & Audiology Program prepares students to diagnose, treat, and research communication disorders, and provide community service to individuals with communication disorders.


Kent State University is an affiliate of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. The Speech Pathology & Audiology Program's strategic plan can be found here.

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The master's and doctoral education programs in audiology and speech-language pathology at Kent State University are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. 

All students receiving a graduate degree from our programs and who complete the necessary practicum are eligible for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology from ASHA and qualify for Ohio licensure. Our faculty is distinguished by its numerous clinical and scientific publications, as well as by its current clinical and research involvement. 


Speech Pathology and Audiology offers a pre-professional Bachelor of Science degree. 

M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology
The graduate program prepares competent speech-language pathologists who will critically evaluate communication disorders and the methods used in the habilitation and rehabilitation of those disorders.

For our admission cycle for students beginning the graduate program in Spring 2017, the Speech-Language Pathology program is running a pilot program to permit applications from Kent State University Speech and Hearing majors who graduated in good standing within 12 months of the application deadline. Previously, we only accepted currently enrolled students for the Spring admission cycle. The admission is still competitive, and interested students should contact the graduate admissions office to determine what new information they might need to submit. Interested students must meet the following requirements: completion of all the required coursework in the major, 25 hours of approved clinical observation, graduation in good academic standing within the 12 months before the application deadline of October 15, 2016. The program will evaluate the success of this pilot to determine whether we will continue it in subsequent years.

The doctoral program offers a highly flexible program of study leading to the Ph.D. degree in either speech-language pathology or in audiology. This flexibility allows students to create a program that meets their needs with emphases ranging from primarily clinical and applied to basic research.

Au.D. Program
Kent State University and the University of Akron in affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic offer a joint Au.D. degree program. Applications can be submitted to Kent State University, the University of Akron, or both.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program
A certificate program in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Post Baccalaureate Program- Undergraduate Degrees not in SPA
Students wishing to enter the masters' degree program in speech-language pathology who hold a baccalaureate degree in some other profession must first take a series of undergraduate courses in speech pathology and audiology.

Equitable Treatment
Students, faculty, staff, and persons served in the program's clinic are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner; that is, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, participation restriction, age, sexual orientation, or status as a parent. The institution and program comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and executive orders pertaining thereto. 

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Contact Information

A104 Center for Performing Arts
1325 Theatre Drive
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001

  • Hayley Arnold, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
    Associate Professor
    Program Coordinator

    Sue Grogan-Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CHSE
    Associate Professor
    Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Coordinator

  • Myrna Forbes, Au.D., CCC-A
    Audiology Graduate and Clinical Coordinator

    Sloane Burgess, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Undergraduate Coordinator