Speech therapists, also known as speech-language pathologists, work to diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders in patients of all ages. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, all speech therapists require at least a master’s degree and must be licensed. However, requirements vary by state. Several universities across the U.S. offer master's degree programs in speech-language pathology.
Adelphi University’s Ruth S. Ammon School of Education in Garden City, New York, offers a Master's of Science in speech-language pathology program which fulfills all academic and clinical requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and New York State licensure. This program also offers students the option to pursue a New York Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities certificate, with or without a bilingual extension. Adelphi Univeristy offers two unique scholarships for speech-language pathology students which reimburses tuition costs. Financial aid is also available to students who qualify.
Chapman University in Orange, California, offers a Master of Science in communication sciences and disorders program that prepares students to become fully licensed speech language pathologists. This program offers two emphasis areas to choose from and an option to combine them: school-based setting and medically related conditions. This intensive program focuses on clinical and field work courses and provides internships to each student every semester in facilities such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, private practices, early intervention programs and public schools. Graduates are eligible for a California Speech Language Pathology Services Credential, a California state license in speech language pathology, and a national Certificate of Clinical Competence.
Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, offers a Master of Science in clinical speech-language pathology accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Three options for pursing the degree exist: full-time, part-time, and leveler track for students who already hold a bachelor's degree in another field of study. First year, full time students may be eligible for assistantships. Speech-language pathology students are also provided opportunities to gain clinical experience in the onsite Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic. Scholarships and financial aid are available to eligible students.
East Tennessee State University
East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, offers a fully accredited Master of Science in communicative disorders with a concentration in speech pathology. Students will learn and train in a wide variety of clinic placements with both child and adult patients. Clinic placements include schools, clinics, nursing homes, and hospitals. Students are also offered research opportunities to contribute to the field of speech-language pathology. Many speech-language pathology students are eligible for full tuition scholarships and half-time graduate assistantships are available for over 50 percent of graduate students.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Speech-Language Pathologists
- Chapman University: M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Northern Arizona University: Master of Science in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology
- Adelphi University: Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
- East Tennessee State University: Speech Language Pathology
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