Speech Pathology & Audiology Degrees

The mission of the Speech Pathology and Audiology Program is to: Prepare individuals to implement evidence based practices and provide information regarding communication, swallowing, hearing and balance disorders; 2) conduct research regarding the nature, treatment, and prevention of communication, swallowing, hearing and balance disorders: and 3) provide community service to help those individuals with or likely to develop communication, swallowing, hearing and balance disorders.  We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our recruitment, education, and clinical practice. 


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 of Arts (M.A.) education program in Speech-Language Pathology {residential} and the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) education program in Audiology {residential} 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, MD 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.

GRADUATE PROGRAM visitation opportunities

Undergraduate Degree
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.

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 master's 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.

Anti-Discrimination Policy
Kent State University encourages an atmosphere in which the diversity of its members is understood and appreciated. It is the policy of the university that there shall be no unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, ancestry, genetic information, military status, or identity as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era, recently separated veteran, or other protected veteran.

Contact Information

A126 Center for Performing Arts
1325 Theatre Drive
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001

For questions about the Speech and Hearing Clinic, please call 330-672-2672

  • Julia Jones Huyck, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Program Coordinator

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

  • Bruna Mussoi, Ph.D., Au.D.
    Audiology Clinical Coordinator

    Sloane Burgess, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Undergraduate Coordinator