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Specialty Track 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. Dana Kan (

M.S.-SLP Students with background HL Specialty Track 2020 Curriculum Flyer

M.S.-SLP Students without background HL Specialty Track 2020 Curriculum Flyer

School Specialty Track

The Vanderbilt Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences offers specialty track training in school speech-language pathology for those students who plan to pursue a career in schools working with students’ ages 3 through 21. The pediatric coursework in the required SLP curriculum provides a foundation for students to build additional skills for school speech-language pathology specialization. In particular, the language disorders course sequence and the speech sound disorders course are taught from the perspective of school-based practice, providing students a strong foundation in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Additionally, students on the School SLP Track participate in a one-credit seminar each semester (total of 5 semesters) and complete two school practicum experiences in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and a practicum in the Vanderbilt Reading Clinic. Additional professional development experiences that supplement academic training include Martha Lynch Lecture Series, It’s All About Language Workshops, and the annual School Speech-Language Pathology Conference at Vanderbilt as well as the MNPS SLP one-day conferences. For additional information, contact Dr. Melanie Schuele (


Thesis Option

M.S.-SLP students who are interested in research and elect to do a thesis as part of their degree program will make their intention known (by completing the form located in the Vanderbilt Box) and submitting it to their advisor and the DHSS Vice Chair of Graduate Studies between the end of their first, and before the end of their second semesters of graduate studies. The Master’s thesis is optional and will be pursued by M.S.-SLP students pending mutual agreement of student thesis advisor and Vice Chair of Graduate Studies. During their thesis experience, students should register each semester for SLP 7999 Master’s Thesis Research, using the section number of the thesis advisor in order to reflect the work on their transcript.

Thesis Submission
Candidates shall submit the thesis to their thesis advisors no later than the fourteenth day before the end of the term in which the degree is to be received except for the spring term; a candidate who expects to graduate in May must submit the thesis to the Graduate Studies Office no later than April 1.


Please note that the Medical/Voice Specialty track is not currently available.