Clinical Training

Cleveland Hearing and Speech Building; photo credit: CWRU artsci events

The clinical training component of the M.A. Program is unique and is consistently cited as a strength of the program by outside reviewers. The Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC) serves as the initial training site for the Program of Communication Sciences. Students are supervised by practicing speech-language pathologists and audiologists at the CHSC for part of their practicum experience. The clinical staff provides beginning graduate students with one-on-one supervision to help develop clinical skills through a variety of specialized CHSC programs. Students also participate in an externship program that includes medical and clinical placements at sites throughout the Greater Cleveland area. Students are assigned to at least two different externship sites. COSI is affiliated with and housed within the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC), the oldest free-standing speech and hearing clinic in the United States. The CHSC is the only non-profit community-based organization in Cleveland that is devoted solely to treating communication disorders in adults and children. Approximately 25,000 clients, exhibiting a range of communication impairments, are served at the CHSC each year

Training Sites

Our clinical affiliations include:

Spotlight on Our Students

“I am glad I chose Case. I feel the smaller program

Cleveland Clinic Hospital; Image by Warren LeMay

makes it easy to contact professors, ask questions and learn much more during class and clinic. I also have enjoyed all of my placements that I have been assigned so far; it has been a great experience and the variety has shown me the different populations that I can work with as a future speech-language pathologist.” Second-Year Graduate Student, Clinical Extern at Monarch of Bellefaire and ALS Association “Throughout my application and decision-making process I felt that the faculty really cared and was there to help me (which hasn’t changed throughout my time in the program). Case has a great reputation for being an academically challenging school with high expectations. I knew that coming here, I would get a good education and really be pushed to do my best and become a competent SLP. I really liked the resources available to us as student clinicians. We get the opportunity to work with diverse populations. There are definite advantages to having our classes in the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center. This provides a lot of great resources; both materials and clinicians to help us learn and grow as future SLPs. I am glad I chose Case because I really like how small the program is. I feel I get a lot of individual attention and if I have a difficult time with something, the faculty is not too busy to really try to help me understand the concepts I need to know to be a good clinician.” Second-Year Graduate Student, Clinical Extern at The Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism

“I chose Case because I was interested in specializing in medical speech pathology. I knew that the location of the program offered a lot of medical externship opportunities. Additionally, the size of the program was really attractive because it allows for students to form relationships with one another and with faculty. The facilities in the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center are really nice; there is convenient access to materials and resources and also an office space for graduate students to work. Cleveland is also a great city to live in. There are a lot of places to go and see no matter what kinds of activities you like. The faculty members are really engaged with students and are very accessible to them. The clinical opportunities at the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center are wonderful for students just starting practicum and then there are a lot of great externship sites that allow students to try out their particular interests. The small classes allow for a lot of flexibility, discussion and interactive projects. Neuroanatomy in the medical school turned out to be a really rewarding experience and a good opportunity to teach a bunch of future doctors about speech-language pathologists and what they do. All of my clinic experiences have had really supportive supervisors who have worked hard to both teach me about the profession and guide me in establishing my personal skills.” Second-Year Graduate Student, Clinical Extern at Metro Health Medical Center



“I chose Case for its medical focus, dedicated faculty, and variety of research. In my two years at Case, I have grown to really appreciate the size of the program. The smaller class size allows students to integrate their personal clinical experiences with classroom learning, and promotes an environment where students learn as a team and build off each other’s experiences.” Second-Year Graduate Student, Clinical Extern at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center








The Master of Arts  (M.A.) education program in speech-language pathology {residential} at Case Western Reserve 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, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.