Online Speech Therapy Degree Programs

Speech therapists, or speech language pathologists, work with individuals of all ages in order to diagnose, treat and prevent issues relating to speech and communication. Keep reading to find out about undergraduate and graduate degree programs in speech therapy, common courses, and job opportunities. Schools offering Bilingual and Multicultural Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Degree Levels are Available in Speech Therapy?

To become a licensed speech therapist, you will need to complete a master's degree. Master's degrees are the only speech therapy degree offered online.

Undergraduate degrees require in-person fieldwork and are not widely available online. An associate's degree is generally the degree pursued by prospective speech-language pathology aides or assistants, who work with patients under the supervision of a licensed speech therapist. Bachelor's degrees from an on-campus program can prepare you for an online master's degree program in speech-language pathology and a future career as a speech therapist.

Doctoral degrees in speech language pathology are typically designed for those who want to pursue leadership roles in research and higher education. Doctorates in speech-language pathology require original research for the dissertation and are not offered online.

Degree LevelUndergraduate and graduate
Online AvailabilityRare for most undergraduate programs, however, online programs do exist for Master's degrees
Common CoursesPhonological disorder, language development, neuropathology, fluency disorder, swallowing disorders
Job Outlook21% increase from 2014-2024 for speech therapists

Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

What Can I Expect from a Master's Degree Program?

Master's degrees in speech language pathology are offered in an online format from a few schools. Master's degrees involve studying core issues in speech therapy, in addition to completing clinical work and a thesis. Some courses you will find in a master's degree program include:

  • Phonological disorders
  • Language development
  • Neuropathology
  • Fluency disorders
  • Swallowing disorders

What Can I Do with My Degree?

With a master's degree in speech language pathology, you may find career options working in educational and healthcare settings. Job opportunities for speech therapists are expected to grow 21% between 2014 to 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, (www.bls.gov). As of January 2016, median salaries for speech therapists ranged from $40,015 to $78,908, according to Payscale.com.

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