Mission Statement:

"To foster excellence in the academic and clinical education of speech-language pathologists and audiologists through commitments to teaching, research, and service; to promote a culture of scholarship and respect for individuals; and to provide a foundation of knowledge and skills that fosters competent, autonomous, clinical practice for the professional lifetime."

          The field of communicative disorders includes extensive opportunities for the audiologist and speech pathologist to assist persons with problems of hearing, speech, and/or language communication. Through appropriate diagnosis and evaluation and through techniques of (re)habilitation and appropriate counseling, communicatively disordered persons can be led to goals of successful personal, social, and vocational competence. The Department of Audiology and Speach-Language Pathology (ASLP) offers the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Communicative Disorders with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology and the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.).

Department 5-Year (2010-2015) Strategic Plan

Student Outcome Data

Program Accreditation:

The Audiology and Speech Pathology Department at East Tennessee State University houses two programs: a Doctorate in Audiology and a Master's in Communicative Disorders with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology. The AuD and MS programs 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, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Both programs completed multi-year self-studies that culminated with a site review in October, 2011. The most favorable outcome of such a review was obtained -- re-accreditation for an 8-year period covering the 2012-2020 cycle. The programs of study and clinical clock hour requirements are designed for the student to obtain the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence and licensure with the State of Tennessee Health Related Boards and/or Board of Education. The Program Assessment Information link contains graduation, national board exam, and employment statistics for classes of 2008-2012.

University Accreditation

East Tennessee State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges,  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500, or website: www.sacscoc.org with any questions regarding the accreditation of East Tennessee State University.


  • Hearing Conservation in community music venues: ETSU's Audiology program and the Student Academy of Audiology are helping to prevent noise-induced hearing loss caused by the high sound levels at local music venues. More here for an article in the Audiology Online Journal (5/20/14)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Brenda Louw for being awarded the 2014 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award by the ETSU Graduate School. Way to go, Dr. Louw! (5/5/14)

Dr. Louw with Dr. Noland (President, ETSU) and Dr. Cecilia McIntosh (Dean, School of Graduate Studies)

Dr. Louw Grad School Award 2014

  • Congratulations to ASLP Students for the following 2014 Graduate School Awards! (5/5/14)
    • Ms. Kristin Hunzicker for the Outstanding Speech-Language Pathology Student Clinician Award
    • Ms. Andrea Forrester for the SLP Capstone Case Project Award
    • Ms. Maria Carolina Thur De Koos, Mary Katie Long, & Ashley Meredith for being selected as the 2014 US DoE Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) scholars
    • Ms. Kathryn Philippe for the Laurie A Higgins Audiology Scholarship
  • Dr. Richard Wilson recently received the prestigious Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology. This award was presented on March 27th, 2014 at Audiology Now! convention in Orlando, Florida.