Clinical Placements

Our clinical component is designed to equip you with the skills you need to work in a variety of settings with clients of various ages. You will work closely with placement specialists to find and secure approved local sites within Emerson’s national partner network.

As a Speech@Emerson student, you will begin your clinical experience with one virtual placement, using simulated cases and video recordings from our on-campus training facility. Following successful completion of the virtual placement, you will complete in-person clinical placements at sites within 75 miles of your home.

During your clinical placements, you will:

  • Grow your practical understanding of communication disorders that affect speech, language, literacy, social skills, cognition, and swallowing in clients of various ages;
  • Gain exposure to clinical settings such as early intervention programs, public and private schools, private practices, and acute care and rehabilitation hospitals;
  • Learn professional collaboration and counseling skills, and how best to evaluate and treat diverse clients; and
  • Apply evidence-based concepts learned in class in real-world settings, working directly with clients.

The table below represents a breakdown of which terms you can expect to complete practicum, depending on your track.

Five-Term Track

Placement TypeTerm
Practicum 12
Practicum 23
Practicum 34
Practicum 45

Nine-Term Track

Placement TypeTerm
Practicum 13
Practicum 26
Practicum 38
Practicum 49

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