Speech-Language Pathology Program

Mission and Strategic Plan


The Speech-Language Pathology Program at The University of Toledo is dedicated to the development of competent and caring entry-level speech-language pathologists. The program is committed to providing a broad foundation of normal bases of speech, language, and hearing and specialized coursework in the assessment and remediation of speech and language disorders. The program provides coursework and practicum experiences with a diverse population to ensure that students demonstrate knowledge and skill competencies to provide services to children and adults with communication disorders.

The program is committed to quality teaching enhanced by faculty research with an emphasis on evidenced-based practices in assessment and remediation of speech-language disorders in children and adults. Clinical practicum is an integral part of the student's development and such experiences are interspersed throughout the student's education to provide opportunities to apply previously learned approaches and techniques under supervision.

In keeping with its mission, The University of Toledo Speech-Language Pathology program offers high quality and cutting edge therapy to individuals with communication disorders through its Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. The innovative, specialized clinical programs take a novel approach to providing services that are not currently offered in the Greater Toledo area. The research-based clinical programs are conducted by faculty and students for the dual purposes of student training and addressing community needs. Services are offered at reduced rates or no cost due to grant funding and other creative solutions.

Strategic Plan

Strategic Themes

SLP Program

2015-2016 Academic Year


1.0     Community Engagement

          1.1     Continue to expand innovative services through the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic.

                    1.1.1     Develop specialized summer clinics focusing on a variety of clinical populations.

          1.2     Identify continued partnerships within the community, in which the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic
                    is the primary service provider.

                    1.2.1     Continue to expand current contracts at Sunbridge and TBIRC.

                    1.2.2     Work to identify up to two more partnerships in the community.

          1.3     Faculty will identify opportunities to develop community engagement activities through graduate and
                    undergraduate courses.

          1.4    Faculty in the SLP program will provide continuing education in the community.

                    1.4.1     Faculty members in the SLP program will conduct a total of 5 continuing education
                                 presentations, workshops, 
or seminars for therapists and constituency groups.

2.0    Research

          2.1    Faculty will continue to conduct their personal research programs.

                    2.1.1     Faculty will review the ARPA forms to develop a baseline of average number of articles,
                                 grants, and 
presentations completed by the program each year.

          2.2     Faculty will continue to develop an initial proposal for a consortial doctoral program with
                    Bowling Green State University.

                    2.2.1     Submit initial letter and proposal for review in January of 2016.

          2.3    Faculty will continue to include students in our research programs.

                    2.3.1     At least 10 students will present at state and/or national conferences.

3.0    Interprofessional Education

          3.1     Students will continue to participate in the first semester of the Interprofessional Education
                    Program offered on the Health Science Campus.

                    3.1.1     During fall of 2014 and 2015, 90 graduate students in SLP participated in this program.

          3.2     Faculty will continue to identify possible interprofessional education courses and experiences for
                    undergraduate and graduate students.

                    3.2.1     Faculty will work with disciplines that work in educational settings (k-12 teachers, school
                                 settings, etc.)  
to develop possible programming for students.

          3.3    Faculty will continue to develop the Program for Enhancing Emerging Language and Literacy Skills, a
                   multidisciplinary early intervention daycare/preschool program, where students will experience
                   training opportunities.

                   3.3.1     An initial proposal will include SLP, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Recreation
                               Therapy and E
arly Childhood faculty members.

                   3.3.2     The proposal will be linked to a plan forward by the Judith Herb College of Education and
                                Toledo Public 
Schools to support a preschool on campus.





Last Updated: 4/22/19