Eastern Michigan University College of Education student receives national award for speech-language pathology research

By | December 9, 2014

Mardee Kohlmann is an Eastern Michigan University speech-language pathology student who knows what it takes to be dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives. Kohlmann was one of the 2014 Students Preparing for Academic Research Careers (SPARC) Award winners in August for her research in the field of speech-language pathology, one of only ten students who receive the award every year. An EMU student has won the award four times since 2006, catapulting EMU’s speech-language pathology program into the limelight at a nationally recognized level.

Kohlmann works with clients who have cognitive, receptive, and expressive impairments to increase speech coordination providing for clearer speech in children and adults.

Speech-language pathology is a type of speech and language therapy that specializes in treating communication disorders and also swallowing disorders. Eastern Michigan University prepares students to work clinically in the field of speech-language pathology with the SLP Bachelor of Science degree. Eastern also offers optional elementary and secondary teacher certifications as well as a Master of Arts degree that is required for professional practice in the field.

The master’s level education program in speech-language pathology at EMU is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Graduate students in the program take two semesters of clinical practicum before partaking in two internships that are held at numerous off campus sites.

SLP graduates looking for a job in the field are in luck. Based on a study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for speech-language pathologists will grow 19% from 2012-2022. This rate is faster than the average for all occupations. Speech-language pathologists who find jobs in the healthcare and education industries can expect to make roughly around $45,000-$85,000.
Eastern offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide variety of different education areas. If you are interested in finding out more about speech-language pathology and the programs offered by EMU, please visit Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education. Eastern Michigan University is located in Ypsilanti, Michigan 35 miles west of Detroit. EMU is comprised of seven colleges, including the College of Education and College of Technology, and enrolls more than 23,000 students.

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