In order to practice in this field, individuals must obtain a Masters in Speech Language Pathology degree. This may require additional education and clinical experience, for more information contact HealthProfessions@LCU.edu.
Speech & Language Pathologists, also known as speech therapists, evaluate, identify, treat, and mitigate communication and swallowing conditions in children and adults. Speech, language, and swallowing disorders have an array of causes, such as a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, Parkinson’s disease, autism, etc. Click here for a full description of what Speech & Language Pathologists do?
Employment growth for Speech & Language Pathologists is projected at 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for Speech & Language Pathologists is driven by baby boomers, who may likely suffer language impairments as the result of stroke or dementia.
(Retrieved from www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/speech-language-pathologists.htm)
Effective September 2014, the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA) requires all candidates for certification in speech-language pathology have an undergraduate course in both life (A&P, biology, or animal science) and physical (chemistry or physics) sciences. The course titles and descriptions must reflect such courses.
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West Texas A & M University, Canyon - Speech Education
For the pre-speech/language pathology degree plan, you will need to enroll in Bachelor of Arts in Biology curriculum. Visit the University Catalog here to view the pre-speech/language pathology degree plan and other LCU degree plans.