A Perspective From the Consumers on How Higher Education is Doing in Preparing SLPs for Employment in the School Setting As the administrator of a major of school-based speech and language program for over 20 years, one of my responsibilities is to hire new staff members. I am delighted to share my perspective along with supportive data from my staff on how higher education is preparing speech-language pathologists for ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2001
A Perspective From the Consumers on How Higher Education is Doing in Preparing SLPs for Employment in the School Setting
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  • Diane L. Eger
    Speech-Language, Hearing, Vision Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Pittsburgh, PA
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Article   |   June 01, 2001
A Perspective From the Consumers on How Higher Education is Doing in Preparing SLPs for Employment in the School Setting
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2001, Vol. 4, 3-7. doi:10.1044/ihe4.1.3
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2001, Vol. 4, 3-7. doi:10.1044/ihe4.1.3
As the administrator of a major of school-based speech and language program for over 20 years, one of my responsibilities is to hire new staff members. I am delighted to share my perspective along with supportive data from my staff on how higher education is preparing speech-language pathologists for employment in the school setting. First, let me provide some background information on the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU). The AIU is a 100 million dollar nonprofit educational service agency. There are 29 Intermediate Units (IUs) in Pennsylvania and the AIU is the largest. An IU is the same construct as Service Areas in Iowa or BOCES in New York. The AIU provides a myriad of general, regular and special education services to the 42 suburban school districts which surround the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Special Education Services including Speech-Language Pathology comprise approximately 50 million dollars of the total 100 million dollar budget. Currently the AIU employs over 100 speech-language pathologists serving pre-school and school-age children in numerous settings across Allegheny County excluding the city of Pittsburgh. On average we hire 20 clinicians each school year into new, leave and replacement positions. Our current staff obtained their professional training in over 30 colleges and universities. We routinely train some 20 students from 5 different universities each year in clinical practicum and student teaching experiences. In addition, graduate and undergraduate students in Speech/Language Pathology observe our clinicians in various therapeutic activities. Further, we have provided student teaching experiences for five other institutions in and out of Pennsylvania who had special requests from students who resided in the greater Pittsburgh area.
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