About this Bachelor's Degree

The undergraduate Speech Pathology and Audiology program teaches students how normal communication should occur, and about the types of communication disorders and how to evaluate and treat them. Most undergraduate students go on to graduate school after finishing the undergraduate program.

Job opportunities with graduate degree
With a graduate degree, students can choose career paths that include: speech-language pathologist, audiologist and/or a researcher. Job opportunities can be found at hospitals, nursing homes, private clinics, early intervention programs, home health facilities, schools or universities.

To earn employment, many speech-language pathologists need a master’s degree, which is typically two years beyond an undergraduate degree and includes externships. Audiologists need a clinical doctorate, which is four years beyond an undergraduate degree and includes an externships.

Externship experience
An externship lets students assess and provide therapy for clients in settings like a school or a hospital. Depending on the program, the externship may last a semester or a year, during which the student takes no classes.

Classroom experience
Undergraduate students are given a foundation for the field through courses that provide an understanding of normal and abnormal communication over a person’s lifespan. As they advance in the program, students learn methods of evaluation and treatment, as well as observing and possibly assisting certified professionals at any of the three on-campus clinical sites.

Instructors and faculty members are have a variety of teaching styles. Many faculty members supplement classroom teaching with online assistance to provide students with additional resources.

Hands-on experience at clinics
Undergraduate students have the opportunity for hands-on experience by working with clinicians at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development, DuBard School for Language Disorders and The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. These are all clinical divisions of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences that provide services to the community while providing hands-on observation and service provision such as evaluation, therapy and hearing aid fittings.

The Children’s Center for Communication Studies provides communicative and developmental services to infants, toddlers and preschoolers from students and professionals in different fields - ranging from music therapists to speech language pathologists to occupational therapists.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders serves children with multiple disabilities, such as language disorders, hearing impairments and dyslexia.

The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic serves area children and adults with audiology and speech-language services.

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Learning Outcomes/Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate competency in using the IPA phonetic system to transcribe spoken language
  • Students will demonstrate competency in assessment of children’s speech production.
  • Students will identify the regions of the cerebral cortex that support speech and language functions.  
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the cranial nerves and will be able to associate deficits of cranial nerve function with specific communication disorders.
  • Students will demonstrate basic knowledge related to the scope of practice for speech-language pathology and audiology.