Department of Communication Disorders

Practicum Opportunities

audiology students work with children during practicumStudents majoring in Speech-Language Pathology have practicum opportunities available at a wide variety of sites, both on and off campus. This variety of sites allows students to meet the minimum practicum requirements established by ASHA yet still focus their experience in the area they wish to pursue after graduation.

The University Speech and Hearing Clinic provides speech and language treatment and evaluations to approximately 100 clients each semester ranging in age from preschool to geriatric. Off-campus practicum sites include preschools, head-start centers and public schools. Child and adult rehabilitation centers, extended care facilities, a local community hospital, a VA hospital, and Martin Army Hospital at Fort Benning, Georgia also provide practicum sites for students at Auburn University. Specialty clinics dealing with accent reduction and assessment of high-risk infants add to the variety of practicum opportunities.


An off-campus externship is an essential component of the graduate training program in Speech-Language Pathology. Students typically enroll in this full-time field experience during the last semester of their program, after they have completed all the academic requirements for the Master's degree. Students may apply to a variety of agencies in which they may complete this externship. Many students choose to do the externship in the geographic area where they plan to seek employment after graduation. 

Last Updated: January 30, 2015