Speech Pathology Colleges and Courses

Professionals in the field of speech-language pathology help patients who have trouble speaking or processing language. If you'd like to pursue a degree in this field, keep reading to learn how speech pathology courses can teach you to assess and treat a variety of speech disorders in children and adults. Learn about choosing a school, and find out if online study is available for this field. Schools offering Bilingual and Multicultural Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

While graduates of speech-language pathology bachelor's degree programs may pursue jobs as assistants, you'll need a master's degree if you want to work as a speech-language pathologist. In a master's program, you'll spend a significant portion of your studies completing clinical training to prepare for state licensure.

Schools Consider programs that are accredited by ASHA and programs that offer courses in your possible specialty area
Degrees Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology, Ph.D. in Education: Speech Pathology and Audiology
Courses Voice and resonance disorders, speech and hearing science, feeding and swallowing disorders, rehabilitative audiology, assistive technology for communication disorders

What Should I Look for in a Speech Pathology College?

If you're an undergraduate, look for a college that can prepare you to meet admissions requirements for graduate-level programs. In considering a graduate program, you may want to look at those accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). This status assures the quality of a school's educational program. Completing an accredited program also is a prerequisite for licensure in some states. You may also want to look for programs with coursework that will match your area of interest. For example, some colleges offer tracks for aspiring speech-language pathologists who want to work with deaf or bilingual patients.

What Courses Might I Take in an Undergraduate Program?

A speech-language pathology bachelor's program typically includes introductory coursework in speech anatomy and physiology. You also can study language development, communication disorders, American Sign Language and phonetics, or the sounds associated with speech. These courses are often among the prerequisite requirements for admission to a master's program.

A bachelor's program may also allow you to take clinical courses to observe how speech pathologists test for and treat hearing disorders. Some even offer students the opportunity to participate in internships at on-campus research facilities or off-campus treatment centers.

What Courses Might I Take in a Master's Program?

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology programs typically include classes on assessment methods and treatment procedures for different types of articulation, motor or fluency disorders. Some of your other courses might focus on cleft palates, brain injuries, swallowing problems or childhood speech disorders. In some programs, you'll discuss speech therapy techniques for school settings. Most master's degree programs also expect you to spend a significant amount of time working in a clinical setting under the supervision of faculty.

What About Doctoral Programs?

Most coursework at the doctoral level covers topics on statistics and research methods. You may also attend seminars on alternative communication methods or take classes in neuropsychology and experiment design.

Can I Complete Any of These Courses Online?

There are some ASHA-accredited master's programs offering the majority of coursework online. However, you will still have to complete clinical internships or lab sessions on campus. Doctoral programs are also available online to ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists, but these are less common. You may have to attend on-campus conferences or dissertation workshops during the first year of the program as well.

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