Communication Disorders Majors

A bachelor's degree in communications disorders is the first step to a career in diagnosing and treating people with hearing- and speech-related issues. Read on to learn about prerequisites, typical coursework, online program options, and possible careers Schools offering Allied Health degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are the Requirements for a Communications Disorders Major?

To be eligible for a bachelor's degree in communications disorders, you must have a high school diploma or the GED equivalent. Most schools require that, prior to applying for the communications disorders major, you must complete certain college-level courses, such as freshman and sophomore English classes and introductory communications disorders classes. Speech, language and hearing screenings are also required.

Prerequisites High school diploma or GED, completion of select college courses (varies by school)
Common Courses Phonetics, articulation disorders, speech physiology, hearing assessment, sign language
Online Availability Rare, but some programs may have online components
Possible Careers Speech-language pathology assistant; graduate education required to be a speech-language pathologist or audiologist

What Courses Will I take?

Through lecture courses and practical experiences, you will study sign language and the foundations of speech and language. You will also learn how to interact with people who have communications disorders and help them and their families. Some of the other topics you may cover include:

  • Stages of language development
  • Phonetics
  • The physiology of speech
  • Language and literacy issues for children
  • Diagnosing communications disorders
  • Articulation disorders
  • Techniques for assessing speech and language
  • Assessing hearing

How Do Online Programs Work?

Online bachelor's degree programs in communication disorders are rare, although some are offered through distance learning formats that incorporate online and on-campus learning. Both online and on-campus courses are highly interactive. For some of the online courses, faculty may drive to certain locations to give lectures. You will have to participate in speech-language and audiology practicums in person.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

A bachelor's degree in communication disorders is the first step to becoming a language pathologist. A master's degree is required for a career as a speech-language pathologist or an audiologist. Some positions require a doctorate. You may be able to test for licensure as an assistant or apprentice in speech-language pathology with a bachelor's degree in communications disorders. Speech-language pathology assistants reported earning about $14-$32 per hour in January 2016, according to PayScale.com.

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