What major should I look into to be accepted into a speech therapist program? ?
I’m going to be a sophomore in college and working on prerequisites. I know I want to become a speech therapist that specializes in children but am unsure after this year which way to go.
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Speech-language pathology graduate programs do not require any particular bachelors degree. However, they do require many prerequisite undergraduate classes and learning experiences before you can begin taking graduate level courses and graduate level clinical placements. These typically include the following classes:
-1 course in normal anatomy & physiology for speech and hearing
-1 course in acoustics or speech science
-1 course in normal language development
-1 course in aural rehabilitation other than sign language
-1 course in hearing disorders and hearing evaluation
-1 course in phonetics
-1 course in biological sciences
-1 course in physical sciences
-1 course in behavioral/social sciences
-1 course in statistics
They additionally often require at least 10 signed observation hours of a certified speech therapist.
As for your overall major for undergrad, try looking into the following BA/BS degrees:
- Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Speech-language Pathology
- Early Childhood Education
- Developmental Psychology
- Cognitive Science