James Madison University

Online M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

Program History

The Distance Learning Consortium project was initiated in 2005, with funding from the Virginia Department of Education, to address the ongoing shortage of certified speech language pathologists available for employment within the Virginia public school systems.

Representatives from Hampton University, James Madison University, Longwood University, Norfolk State University and the University of Virginia met regularly to develop a curriculum, determine admission criteria and obtain the necessary accreditation from state, regional and national agencies. Through ongoing collaboration among participating universities, the project continued forward with a target initiation date of courses to begin in the summer of 2007. In February 2006, the project became known as DLVE-SLP: Distance Learning in Virginia Educating SLPs. In early 2007, DLVE-SLP received approval from the Council of Academic Accreditation of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The program completed the first admission process in early 2007. Since inception, three cohorts were admitted to DLVE-SLP. The grant-funded program graduated over 60 students from four Virginia universities.

In August 2012, DLVE-SLP announced that the program would move from a grant-supported program to a program operated through JMU Outreach and Engagement. The JMU Online Master’s degree program admits students every two years. Students enjoy the same high-quality educational experience as students in the residential program.

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