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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 ( 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.

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 (


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 (