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Oct. 14th – MS SLP Dallas Virtual Open House

by   |  10.11.21  |  Uncategorized

The Dallas location of the graduate program in speech-language pathology is hosting a virtual open house Thursday, October 14th from 7:00-8:30pm CST.  The ACU Dallas faculty will talk about the program, curriculum, and clinical opportunities.  Current students will also be available to answer questions and talk about their experiences in the graduate program.

Click here to register for the event.

Get to Know ACU Dallas Faculty || Mrs. Clark

by   |  03.01.21  |  MSLP@ACU Dallas, The Faculty

Brooke Clark, M. S., CCC-SLP

What brought you to ACU-Dallas? 

I was ready to make a change in my career by teaching in higher education within the speech language pathology field. I was so excited for the opportunity to work for my Alma Mater! Go Wildcats!

What area of speech and language is your specialty/favorite? 

I really enjoy Augmentative Alternative Communication. It is amazing to see what our non-verbal or limited verbal clients can do when given the opportunity to communicate with words and pictures!

What environments have you worked in? 

Public School, Home Health, Private Practice

How would you describe your teaching method? 

I typically enjoy teaching my students using interactive learning such as videos, hands-on practice and personal experience examples during my lectures.

How does faith impact your profession or the profession of speech-language pathology in general? 

I always knew I wanted to be in a profession that helps people- a teacher, a health professional, etc. but with that, I also wanted to be in ministry. Being an SLP meets both of those desires. I am honored to help individuals with communication disorders learn to effectively communicate. I love to use my faith in God to further the kingdom by teaching those who otherwise couldn’t communicate, to be able to profess their love for God.

What is your favorite restaurant in Addison? 

Hopdoddy has amazing burgers and ice cream!

What do you do to relax? 

Playing outside with my daughter, going on bike rides or walks, watching movies with my family and baking.

What advice can you give to graduate students? 

Take some time to prioritize what is important for these two years of your life and stick to it. Find a church home while in Dallas, create friendships within your cohort and take some time for yourself.

What are you currently binge watching? 

Gilmore Girls on Netflix.

If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go? 

We have some close friends in Hawaii so I would love to jump on a plane with my husband and daughter to go visit our friends and spend some time on the beach!

Do you have any pets? 

Yes! A cat named Ruby and a dog named Annie.

What are your hobbies? 

Baking, traveling and crafting.

Who is your favorite singer? 




ACU Dallas Virtual Open House — October 14th

by   |  10.15.20  |  Events, MSLP@ACU Dallas

It was so good to meet several students interested in the MS in SLP degree program at ACU Dallas.  As a reminder we are accepting applications for Fall 2021 via the CSDCAS systemAll application materials must be submitted by February 1, 2021 for consideration.  ACU has one application — within that application you will designate which location [Dallas or Abilene] is your top preference.  Be sure to indicate your top preference, undecided applicants will be divided between the locations.  

If you were unable to attend last night’s virtual open house, you can watch the recording OR attend our next virtual event scheduled for Friday, November 6 from 7pm-8pm CST.  RSVP for this event with the ACU Graduate Office! 

Highlights of the Open House last night include:

  • The Dallas program is meeting classes in-person at the Dallas campus.
  • Health and safety are our number one priority and we are successfully keeping everyone safe to date.
  • Current students are participating at clinical sites mostly in-person and some via teletherapy.
  • Current students are on track to complete the program and graduate on time!

We are not able to host in-person tours of the Dallas campus but you can be there virtually with this video tour.  If you would like to connect with a current ACU Dallas graduate student and talk about their experiences in the program, please contact Dr. Brenda Bender —  She will have a current student contact you! 

Virtual Campus Visit — Conversation with Faculty recording

by   |  04.10.20  |  MSLP@ACU Dallas

We concluded our virtual Campus Visit for the ACU Dallas program with a conversation with faculty and accepted students yesterday evening.  I enjoy visiting with prospective students and talking about the field of speech-language pathology.  Embarking on a graduate program is an exciting yet anxious time and it seems more so now in the context of the COVID-19 virus.  ACU is committed to continuing it’s degree programs with high quality teaching using on-line/distance education modalities.  Together, we will make it through this time.

Click to listen to the conversation with faculty from Thursday, April 9th.

Program Information Session — recording

by   |  04.03.20  |  MSLP@ACU Dallas, Uncategorized

We completed the 2nd Program Information Session for the Dallas location of the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology last night.  Many accepted students attended and we had a great discussion.  If you were unable to attend one of these sessions and want to know more about the MS in SLP program at ACU Dallas, please watch this video.  If you have questions, don’t hesitate to email Dr. Bender,