Date of Award


Degree Type

Education Specialist

Degree Name

Education Specialist


Education, Leadership and Public Service


Educational Administration: Administration and Supervision (MAE)

First Advisor/Chairperson

Dr. Abby Cameron-Standerford


Interprofessional Education (IPE) is not unique as it is a concept that has been advocated for more than 40 years by the Institute of Medicine (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association [ASHA], 2016). Interprofessional education occurs “when two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes” (World Health Organization [WHO], 2010, p. 13). It is a staple in the education of nurses and doctors; however, it is starting to make an appearance in Communication Sciences and Disorders programs. As a result, this is a topic of great interest to faculty teaching in the area of speech-language pathology. Interprofessional education, believed to be a catalyst for successful interprofessional clinical practice, is promoted by agencies worldwide (WHO, 2010). Teaching interprofessional collaboration within preclinical training experiences may allow students real-life opportunities to identify barriers, problem-solve situations, and practice the necessary skills to work as part of an interprofessional team. The purpose of this project is to provide an interprofessional, evidence-based learning experience for students in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences program. The research will focus on students’ perspective of interprofessional education and learning. The research on computer-based interactive simulations will examine how the activities are designed to ensure a high level of authenticity for interprofessional practice as well as how they are developed and evaluated for meeting students' educational, clinical objectives and standards.

Access Type

Open Access