The nationally accredited program in speech-language pathology at Southeast prepares students for national certifications and state licensures, so students will be career-ready upon graduation. The highly competitive program includes the study of development, research, and practicums.

Communication Graduate Degree

The Department of Communication Disorders offers a competitive Master's degree in Communication Disorders where students will complete classroom hours and clinical therapy hours to prepare for a career in the field of communication studies.

Overview of Externship 

Graduate majors in communication disorders are required to complete two off-campus externships during the second year of the graduate program. In order to be eligible for an externship placement, the student must have maintained a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 and must have completed a minimum of 100 clinical clock hours at the graduate level.  

The department's externship coordinator strives to match externship experiences with the student's interests, experience, and professional goals. A meeting regarding initial externship placements as well as an orientation to the externship experience is provided toward the end of the 2nd semester of graduate study.  Questions regarding externship may be directed to the Externship Coordinator. 

Externship Placement Sites 

Due to our large service area, The Department of Communication Disorders at Southeast Missouri State University is fortunate to have an excellent number and variety of potential externship sites. A full range of communication disorders is represented in the clinical populations served at the externship sites. A list of potential externship sites that are currently available in our service region is provided below.  

Public School Sites 

Missouri Schools: K-12 available: 
  • Cape Girardeau 
  • Jackson 
  • Sikeston 
  • Poplar Bluff 
  • Farmington 
  • Ste. Genevieve 
  • Scott City 
  • Festus 
  • St. Louis Special School District 

Additional Pediatric Sites 

  • Kenny Rogers Children's Center, Sikeston, MO 
  • Southeast Outpatient Rehab., Cape Girardeau, MO 
  • Cape Girardeau Early Childhood Special Education Center, Cape Girardeau, MO 
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO 
  • Saint Francis Outpatient Rehab., Cape Girardeau, MO 


  • Saint Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau, MO 
  • Southeast Missouri Hospital, Cape Girardeau, MO 
  • Missouri Delta Medical Center, Sikeston, MO 
  • St. John's Mercy Medical Center, St. Louis, MO 
  • St. John's Hospital, Springfield, MO 
  • Cox Medical Center, Springfield, MO 

Rehabilitation Facilities 

  • Center for Comprehensive Services, Carbondale, IL 
  • Health Facilities Rehab. Corp., Cape Girardeau, Puxico and Sikeston, MO 
  • Surrey Place, Chesterfield, MO 
  • National Health Center, Desloge, St. Charles, Maryland Heights, MO 
  • The Lutheran Home, Cape Girardeau, MO 
  • Chateau Girardeau, Cape Girardeau, MO 

Graduate Credentials and Licensing

The graduate program in the Department of Communication Disorders has credentials and licensing from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts, the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology (PRAXIS), and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MDESE).

Graduate Learning Objectives and Research

Graduate students in the department have successfully completed a number of research projects and learning objectives in preparation for their career.

Our expert faculty well prepares students for their future in speech-language pathology. Below is an outline of the graduate program’s successful outcomes. 

Student Outcome Data
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

Percentage (Number) of Students Passing the PRAXIS Examination 






Percentage (Number) of Students Employed Upon Graduation 






Percentage (Number) of Students Completing Degree Within 2 Years 

93% (N=14/15) 


94% (N=15/16) 

94% (N=15/16) 

89% (N=17/19) 

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Grauel 112
Mailing Address

One University Plaza, MS 2600
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701