This program (thesis or non-thesis) provides students with the competencies
associated with the delivery of high quality clinical services. The objective of
the program is to prepare beginning clinicians for independent professional
activities. The graduate program extends over a two-year period for regular,
full-time students (September entry only). Supervision of practicum is
accomplished by a faculty of experienced clinicians and a faculty-student ratio
that permits considerable individual attention. In addition to weekly
observations of the student’s practicum, the supervisor and student have
one-hour conferences each week to discuss various aspects of the student’s
clinical work. Clinical practicum experiences are provided in a variety of
settings, with persons across the lifespan who have a wide range of
communication disorders. The CSD department’s Conley Speech and Hearing Center
is the primary teaching facility where students obtain their first clinical
experiences, providing speech, language, and hearing services to children and
adults. Additional clinical placements are in hospitals, rehabilitation centers,
public and private schools, and community speech and hearing centers. The
program welcomes applications from students whose undergraduate backgrounds do
not include coursework in communication disorders. Such students are admitted as
Provisional Graduate Students, and spend their first two semesters completing
undergraduate prerequisite courses. Upon completion of prerequisite courses,
students begin the two-year regular graduate curriculum. The program holds
accreditation from the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Student selection for the coming academic
year occurs between February 15 and April 15. Students wishing to be considered
for the coming academic year must have their completed application submitted by
A complete application contains:
- a completed Graduate School Application form (sent to them by the Graduate
- transcripts of completed undergraduate and graduate work;
- letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with their academic
and/or clinical performance; and
- a transcript of their GRE scores.
Applicants are responsible for monitoring the completion of their
application in a timely manner.
Students wishing to register in CSD 686 Clinical Practicum II, must make an
advanced special written request to the Clinical Director, Conley Speech &
Hearing Center - UMaine, 5724 Dunn Hall, Orono ME 04469-5724, by November 1 for
the Spring semester; March 1 for the Summer session; and May 1 for the Fall
The basic program requirements meet the current academic and clinical education
requirements for clinical certification in Speech-Language Pathology of the
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. As a matter of policy, we require
those admitted to the program to meet these certification standards.
In addition to University fellowships and scholarships listed elsewhere in this
catalog, graduate students in the Communication Disorders Program also are
eligible for clinical traineeships, pending the availability of funds.
Traineeships include tuition waiver and monthly stipends. Applicants interested
in financial aid should so indicate in their initial application for admission.
Additional information about the program can be obtained from the department
located in Dunn Hall (Mailing address, 5724 Dunn Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5724, web
Amy Engler Booth, M.A. (Kent State University, 1987), Lecturer, Staff
Audiologist. Audiological assessment and hearing aid fitting, hearing
impairment, aural rehabilitation.
Nancy E. Hall, Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve, 1992), Assistant Professor. Fluency
disorders, developmental language disorders.
Marisue Pickering, Ed.D. (Boston U., 1979), Professor and Cooperating Professor
of Education. Interpersonal communication in clinical relationships,
cross-cultural communication, international issues, clinical education.
Susan K. Riley, M.S. (Wisconsin, 1965), Lecturer. Staff Speech-Language
Pathologist, Clinical Director, family-centered practice.
Judith L. Stickles, M.A. (University of Maine, 1982), Lecturer, Staff
Speech-Language Pathologist. Child language development and disorders,
Judy P. Walker, Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts, 1994), Assistant Professor.
Aphasia, TBI, motor speech disorders, dysphagia.
Marybeth S. Allen, M.A. (University of Maine, 1990), Lecturer, Staff
Speech-Language Pathologist. Fluency disorders, child speech and language
Susan D. Burgess, M.A. (University of Maine, 1998), Lecturer, Staff
Speech-Language Pathologist. Language development and disorders, phonological
development and disorders, family-centered practice.
Lorriann Orr, M.S. (Boston University, 1986), Lecturer, Staff Speech-Language
Pathologist. Child language development and disorders, phonological disorders,
school-based practice, family-centered practice.