Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

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What is Speech-Language Pathology?

Speech-Language Pathology is a profession concerned with the identification and management of individuals with a variety of communication problems. Speech-language pathologists are professionally educated in the study of human communication, its development, and its disorders. By evaluating the speech and language skills of children and adults, the speech-language pathologist determines if communication problems exist and decides the best way to treat these problems.

What program of study does Temple offer in Speech-Language Pathology?

The undergraduate track in Speech-Language-Hearing provides a comprehensive understanding of the physical, biological, and linguistic bases of speech, language, hearing. Hence students receive a solid foundation in the structure and processes involved in normal speech and language production and perception and in hearing. Students interact with instructors who are theorists, researchers, and clinicians. The undergraduate degree does not, however, by itself provide the training necessary to become a Speech/Language Pathologist. To become a professional in this area requires a graduate degree with extensive clinical education and experience. Nonetheless, graduates of the Speech-Language-Hearing track will be able to apply their knowledge to a graduate program that leads to professional credentials as a Speech/Language Pathologist or to graduate study in a variety of fields such as education, social work, or one of the various allied health areas.

At the graduate level, Temple offers a two-year Master's degree and a Ph.D. with concentration in Speech-Language Pathology. Graduates of the M.A. program are eligible for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and for state licensure, both of which are required in most employment settings. The Ph.D. program prepares individuals interested in pursuing careers as scholars and college/university teachers.

What are the career opportunities for Speech-Language Pathologists?

Speech-language pathologists provide professional services in many different types of facilities such as: public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing care facilities, community clinics, colleges and universities, private practices, state and local health departments, and state and federal governmental agencies.

What do students study as Speech-Language Pathology majors?

At the undergraduate level, students are required to take courses in the anatomical, physiological, acoustic, and linguistic aspects of speech-language-hearing. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to pursue minors in cognate areas such as cognitive neurosciences. At the Master's level, students enroll in academic and clinical courses focusing on a variety of speech-language disorders. The doctoral program is individually tailored to focus on specific areas of research.

Which Temple campuses offer the Communication Sciences programs in Speech-Language Pathology?

These programs are offered in their entirety at Temple University Main Campus. Students may start the Communication Sciences program at Temple University Ambler, but all advanced courses are offered at Temple’s Main Campus.

What high school preparation is recommended for a major in Speech-Language Pathology?

Students should take college preparatory courses in high school.

Who should I contact if I want more information about Speech-Language Pathology?

For further information on the programs see our website at www.temple.edu/CommSci