Publication Date

Spring 2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)




Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz

Subject Areas

Educational leadership


The purpose of this study was to identify the ways that seniors in undergraduate programs in speech, language, and hearing sciences engaged with the department as they entered into their undergraduate programs, the factors that they considered when deciding whether to apply to graduate school in speech-language pathology, and perceptions of supports and barriers to entering into graduate school. This study partnered with seniors enrolled in public California university programs designed for future speech-language pathologists. A mixed methods design was utilized to provide a holistic account of student experiences. Three major themes emerged from the study. Throughout the process within their programs, students discussed themes of belonging, knowing, and discovering. This study provides programs that engage in the preparation of undergraduate students for graduate school in speech-language pathology some guidance for considerations that can provide a greater sense of belonging and student success.