UNCG’s graduate program in speech-language pathology is ranked among the top 15 percent of programs in the nation in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking of best graduate schools.

The program, housed in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences, tied for 32nd place among 229 programs. UNCG’s program received the second-highest ranking in the state behind UNC Chapel Hill.

“We are honored that our national peers have given the UNCG master’s degree in speech language pathology such a high ranking,” said Dr. Denise Tucker, an associate professor and chair of the department. “Our graduate program is extremely competitive, with over 400 applications for admission this year. First-year students receive clinical training in our on-campus UNCG Speech and Hearing Center, and second-year students continue their training with off-site externships in area schools, clinics and hospitals.”

UNCG’s graduate speech-language pathology program has an exemplary track record of preparing graduates for the field. On average over the past three years, every student who has entered the program has graduated, passed the licensing exam and found employment in the field.

“Our students participate in specialized summer camps, such as ‘HorsePower,’ an animal-assisted therapy riding program, and engage in creative capstone projects working with faculty mentors. Our faculty has expertise in a number of specialized areas, including child language, autism, traumatic brain injury, genetics, fluency, foreign language accent reduction, auditory processing, adult and teen literacy, adult cochlear implant aural rehabilitation, and voice,” Tucker said. “In the next five years, we plan to expand our program in the areas of globalization (international externship placements), diversity, online instruction and new clinical services.”

UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences Dean Celia Hooper added, “UNCG’s program is recognized nationally as one of the top educational programs in the country with faculty serving in national roles in professional organizations, engaging in research that helps those with speech, language and hearing disorders and prevention of disorders and teaching state of the art information.”