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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.

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.

These colleges offer speech pathology courses:

  • University of Northern Colorado (Greeley)
  • Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Long Island University (New York, NY)
  • University of the Pacific, California (Stockton)
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • University of Tennessee (Knoxville)
  • Columbia University (New York, NY)

What Courses Might I Take in an Undergraduate Program?

A speech-language pathology bachelor's program typically includes introductory coursework. 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. Here are some of the courses you might be covering in your undergraduate program:

  • Speech anatomy and physiology
  • Language development
  • Communication disorders
  • American Sign Language
  • Phonetics

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, some of which might be specific to 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. These courses will likely be studied in your master's degree program:

  • Articulation disorders
  • Motor and fluency disorders
  • Cleft palates
  • Brain injuries
  • Swallowing problems
  • Childhood speech disorders

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.