WACO, Texas and LANHAM, Md., June 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU), a global leader in digital education, and Baylor University announced an expansion of their partnership to deliver a new online master of science (MS) in communication sciences and disorders through the department of communication sciences and disorders in Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences at Baylor. The new degree program, Speech@Baylor, represents a new domestic graduate program for 2U and will launch in fall 2019, pending approvals from accreditation organizations.
The department of communication sciences and disorders' on-campus MS in communications sciences and disorders degree program has a rich tradition that spans more than 50 years and is one of the oldest, largest and most distinguished graduate programs at Baylor. The Speech@Baylor program will match the rigor and quality of the on-campus degree program, and Speech@Baylor students will receive the same degree as students enrolled in Baylor's equivalent on-campus master's degree program. Both programs are designed for those aspiring to work in the speech-language pathology field, which comprises such careers as speech-language pathologists and scientists in communication sciences and disorders.
"Baylor's department of communications sciences and disorders has made a strong impact in Texas and the surrounding region, improving countless lives through our graduates and direct service to the community," said Gary Carini, vice provost for graduate professional education at Baylor. "We're excited to welcome students from around the country to learn from our esteemed faculty online and in-person on the Baylor campus. Our partnership with 2U will enable us to deliver high-quality digital education to advance our mission of working for the betterment of others through education and understanding in the field of communication sciences and disorders."
Speech@Baylor is designed to teach students current theories and principles, cutting-edge technologies, research methods and practices of communication sciences and disorders. Students will be exposed to a variety of areas in speech-language pathology and audiology, including clinical audiology, language and literacy disorders, autism spectrum disorders, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), traumatic brain injury, aphasia, voice disorders, fluency disorders, motor speech disorders and swallowing disorders. Students also will participate in practical, real-world training at clinical experiences in their communities, and will attend hands-on training at Baylor's on-campus clinics, which specialize in assessment and intervention in the areas of: speech and language, neurorehabilitation, audiology, concussion management, voice, AAC, autism spectrum disorders, fluency, language and literacy.
"Coming right on the heels of announcing our first partnership with Baylor University two months ago, we're pleased to expand our work with its department of communications sciences and disorders, known for excellence in its field," said 2UGrad President Andrew Hermalyn. "This partnership positions Baylor as a leader in digital higher education and 2U is committed to providing Baylor's students and faculty with the highest level of service as we deliver the best of what the university has to offer for students wherever they may live."
Baylor faculty will teach students through weekly live classes and faculty-developed interactive coursework on an online platform that works seamlessly on mobile devices.
In addition to Speech@Baylor, 2U announced in April 2018 that it will partner with Baylor University to provide Education@Baylor, MPH@Baylor and MSW@Baylor. For more information, visit onlinegrad.baylor.edu.
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.
ABOUT 2U, INC. (NASDAQ:TWOU)
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