Department of Speech Pathology

The Speech Pathology Curriculum provides students a thorough pre-professional foundation in theoretical and practical knowledge of human communication and disorders. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded the Bachelor of Science degree and are prepared for graduate study in speech-language pathology or audiology and for a limited number of career opportunities in speech-language pathology or audiology. 

New Programs

Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology

Xavier University of Louisiana has been awarded candidacy for the accreditation of its new masters program in Speech-Language Pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology(CAA). The new Master’s program in Speech Language Pathology will play a significant role in the university’s efforts to respectfully and compassionately address the speech, hearing, and language difficulties across diverse communities.

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Professional Associations

National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
The National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the national organization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication.

American Academy of Audiology
The American Academy of Audiology is the world's largest professional organization of, by, and for audiologists. The active membership of more than 10,000 is dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 145,000 members and affiliates who are speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally.

Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech Language
The Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is a state agency that regulates individuals offering speech-language pathology and audiology services to the public. The Board meets to review applications for licensure and receive, investigate and adjudicate complaints against licensed Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

Louisiana Speech Language & Hearing Association
LSHA serves professionals in the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology locally.

National Black Association of Speech, Language & Hearing
The National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing is the premier professional and scientific association addressing the communication interests and concerns of black communication science and disorders professionals, students and consumers. The association is the model for other organizations addressing the concerns of diverse populations.



The Xavier University Speech and Hearing Clinic offers advanced Speech Pathology majors the opportunity to engage in clinical practicum, with real patients. Students work under the supervision of ASHA Certified and Louisiana Licensed Speech Language Pathologists to offer evaluation and treatment of articulation, language and fluency problems to children and adults from the Greater New Orleans Area and voice, fluency, and accent and dialect reduction for Xavier students. Since its inception, the Xavier University Speech and Hearing Clinic has provided services to hundreds of members of the New Orleans community and has served as the training ground for scores of Xavier Speech Pathology majors preparing to work in schools and hospitals. The Xavier University Speech and Hearing Clinic advances Xavier's mission to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service. Speech Pathology majors receive invaluable experience applying their knowledge and skills in a professional setting, while members of the community enjoy access to this vital service.

Any Xavier student may seek the services of the clinic for free. A small fee is charged for children and adults from the greater New Orleans area. Spaces are limited and are filled on a semester-by-semester basis.

For more information, contact Dr. Celeste Parker at


Students are provided with experiential learning situations in the form of observations and clinical practicum to facilitate transference of their theoretical knowledge into the practical situation. Below are some of the places where students participate.

Orleans Parish School System
Esperanza Charter School
Lafayette Academy Charter School
New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Department of Communication Disorders
Warren Easton High School Special Needs Class
St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church Health and Wellness Fair
Total Community Action Head Start 
Lusher Elementary School
Xavier University Wellness Week


Scholarships are awarded to sophomores or juniors majoring in Speech Pathology. Minimum criteria: 3.0 GPA in the major or 2.75 overall if you have no courses in the major, evidence of financial need, and documentation of demonstrated good citizenship. Application information available in the Department of Speech Pathology office. Selected by the Department of Speech Pathology scholarship committee. The scholarship is not automatically renewable and students must apply each year for departmental aid.

For more information about the Department of Speech Pathology, click here.

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