Project IMPRESS (M.Ed.)
New! — Student Teaching course available for individuals who already hold a master's degree in speech language pathology and need to obtain the proper credentials to practice in Pennsylvania schools.
Patricia Lawton | Sutliff 242| (570) 389-4449
BU's Project IMPRESS (Interactive Masters: Preparing, Responding, Enhancing School-based Speech-Language Pathologists) offers a master's in education (M.Ed.) as a two-year, part-time comprehensive master’s program that provides focused training to school-based speech-language pathologists.
This unique 45 credit program offers a highly specialized curriculum with relevant course content and practicum experiences, addressing the delivery of therapeutic communication intervention within the school setting.
BU's comprehensive speech-language program is offered utilizing a distance learning format consisting of an online learning management system and live, virtual classrooms with supervised, on-site, field-based experiences provided in partnership with educational agencies in Pennsylvania.
The M.Ed. speech-language program is a PDE approved teacher training program. Graduates of this specialized training program will be eligible for Pennsylvania teacher certification in speech-language impaired.
Distance Learning Model
- A participating education agency must identify a person who is willing to serve as a Field Supervisor for that location.
- Role of Field Supervisor: provide structured, active supervision for the student clinician.
- The Field Supervisor will:
- The Field Supervisor must hold the ASHA CCCs and have a minimum of five years' experience in the public schools as a practicing clinician.
Orient the student to the professional responsibilities, policies and practices of the particular setting, provide observations and daily/weekly constructive feedback, demonstrate diagnostic and remediation techniques, complete midterm and final evaluations of the student clinician, and submit periodic written reports to the university.
Collaborate with Project IMPRESS Site Coordinators to provide a quality practicum experience.
- Students are required to gain therapeutic experiences with diverse populations (e.g., autism, swallowing, language, speech, traumatic brain injury) in the school setting.
- Each semester students will engage in a 12 hour practical experience with a designated population or disorder. As a result, students may require release time from their work assignments in order to complete the required practical experiences.
- The students are expected to provide 12 hours of consistent intervention to a child during a semester.
- This may require the student to request an hour of leave a week for 12 weeks each semester. The education agency must verify that they employ sufficient personnel who hold the ASHA CCCs with 5 years of experience in the school setting to serve as supervisors for the practical experiences.