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Speech Pathologist collage requirements?

What majors do i need to become Speech-language pathologist? Also what collages are good for it?

Thank you comment icon Sammi, You will need a major in either Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech-language Pathology. The dept must be accreditted and approved by the American Speech-Language -Hearing Association, which requires certain courses. You will also need to get a master's degree in this field. Learn more at https://www.asha.org/careers/ There s a great need for more SLPs!! Katie Schwartz, CCC-SLP

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Anna’s Answer

I am an SLP whose Bachelors degree is in biology, not speech-language pathology or communication sciences and disorders. (I did not know about the SLP field until after I finished my Bachelors.) The Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders program I enrolled in offered, in June-August before the Masters program began, a summer of prerequisite courses. These were intended for those who weren't undergrad majors, so they could get all the requirements completed in one shot. The courses were neuroanatomy, articulation/phonology, and language development. Of course, check with Masters programs you might be interested in about their requirements, but in my experience, you don't have to be an undergrad SLP major to become an SLP.
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Sammi !

To find out what you would be required to take for Speech Pathology, you would need to know which college you are going to and what their specific requirements are. College websites and staff on site at the colleges are available to give you specifics about admissions and program requirements once you choose which college you want to go to. I would recommend majoring in Speech Pathology so you will want to find a school that offers it at a Bachelors Degree level and then at a Masters Level.

Generally speaking, you would take classes in undergraduate school that are related to speech pathology. While in undergrad, seek internships and strive for good grades to have a strong grad school application. Your professors can refer you to experience opportunities. Some typical classes that may be offered at the undergraduate college you choose may be Introduction to Phonetics, Multicultural and Multilingual Issues in Speech-Language Pathology, and a capstone practicum that requires hands on experience in either practice or research. At the Masters level, you would have the sciences like biology, physical and social science, Hearing/Acoustic Science and Speech Anatomy only to name a few. It is going to depend on the college, however.

The colleges in your city that offer Speech Pathology are New York University (NYU), Emerson College, Brooklyn College, College of Saint Rose, Columbia University, Hunter College, Iona College, New York Medical College, and Touro College. You can read about their programs and requirements at their websites or by visiting the campuses in person. You have a lot to choose from.

I hope that this is helpful and I wish you all the best !
Thank you comment icon Great answer, Michelle! Katie Schwartz, CCC-SLP
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much, Katie Schwartz ! Have a great day ! Michelle M.
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Yeraldy’s Answer

To be a speech language pathologist you will need a Bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders and then a Master’s degree in communicative disorders. You can get a bachelor’s degree in a different major, however speech language pathology is heavily based on physiology. If you choose a different major, I would suggest a science one as this will be most helpful. In my experience, school counselors often recommended a linguistics major as a path to speech pathology. However, I strongly advise against this because this plays a small role in the field. Other things to consider are that each state has different set of requirements for licensing and salary can vary widely.
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