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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.

Guidelines and Forms Pertaining to Externship

Graduate Externship Placement Process

Checklist for Prospective Graduate Externs

Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services Worker Registration Form

Externship Information Form

Externship Do's and Don'ts

Tips for Externship Success

Clinician Schedule Form

Evaluation of Clinical Supervisors by Student Clinicians Form

Speech and Language Diagnostics - Student Evaluation Form

Speech and Language Therapy - Student Evaluation Form

Externship Supervisor Agreement Form

Externship Supervisor Survey

Externship Summary Form

ASHA Code of Ethics

Speech-Language Pathology Scope of Practice

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
  • Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO
  • St. Francis Outpatient Rehab., Cape Girardeau, MO


  • St. 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


Jayanti Ray, PhD
Interim Chair
Communication Disorders
Phone: (573) 651-2155 
Office: Grauel 112F

Communication Disorders
One University Plaza, MS 2600
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701