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Speech Pathology is the study of speech, language, communication, voice, swallowing, and fluency disorders, and the methods of their treatment. It is usually connected to the field of Audiology, which is the identification and treatment of hearing disorders. Speech Pathologists work with a wide range of people, treating everything from minor speech problems to the total loss of speech ability. Speech Pathologists work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, and in private practice.

At the minimum, you will need a masters degree in order to practice as a speech pathologist; in some states, a Ph.D. is required. The undergraduate program will prepare you for that course of study. When you complete your training and meet all requirements, you will be awarded the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


  • Acoustics and Perception

  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Production

  • Audiology I-II

  • Biology

  • General Psychology

  • Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation

  • Introduction to Speech and Hearing Processes and Disorders

  • Normal Language Acquisition and Usage

  • Organic and Fluency Disorders

  • Phonetics

  • Speech and Language Development


A good background in arts and sciences will serve you well. Classes in biology, anatomy, and psychology will also come in handy.