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Welcome to the Department of Clinical Therapeutic Programs in the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences! Our Department houses the training programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Speech-Language Pathology (i.e., Communication Disorders).

As educators, clinicians, mentors, and scholars, the Department of Clinical Therapeutic Programs empowers future professionals and leaders to enhance the quality of lives of individuals with communication, swallowing, counseling, and/or mental health needs and their caregivers, families, and communities through service, teaching, research and advocacy. Our Department’s vision is to graduate professionals who create a society in which individuals with communication and mental health needs are supported to participate in life.

Outstanding students, skilled and dedicated faculty, and remarkable community partners are among our Department’s many strengths. Our students, faculty, and community partners are making a difference in the lives of individuals with communication and mental health needs. We invite you to join us in our work. To learn more about our dynamic and innovative academic programs, please see the information in the links below or contact me directly via email at The faculty, staff, and I look forward to working with you.

Kellie C. Ellis, Ph.D., CCC/SLP Department Chair; Professor of Speech-Language Pathology

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The EKU Communication Sciences and Disorders Program prepares highly-qualified and ethical speech-language pathologists and audiologists to provide effective, evidence-based services to persons of all ages and diverse backgrounds with communication and swallowing disorders and differences.   

EKU's Communication Sciences and Disorders program offers both an undergraduate B.S. and a graduate M.A.   Our program is fully accredited and has been preparing speech-language pathologists and audiologists since 1969.  

We aspire to be the academic and clinical training leader in communication sciences and disorders among regional universities nationwide.

The Master's of Arts (M.A.) education program in speech-language pathology (residential) at Eastern Kentucky University is 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, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.  

Read about our program history, written by Dr. Julie Bolling, Professor Emeritus.  

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