Majors and Minors

Speech and Hearing

The Department of Health Sciences offers a program in Speech and Hearing for students who wish to enter the profession of speech-language pathology and/or audiology. These professions are concerned with the identification and treatment of communication disorders across the life span. Speech and hearing are interrelated fields concerned with speech and language acquisition, and require knowledge of biology, psychology, sociology, and linguistics.

Speech-language pathologists work with people who cannot produce speech sounds adequately; those with speech rhythm and fluency disorders, such as stuttering; individuals with voice disorders, such as inappropriate pitch or harsh voice; those with problems understanding and producing language; those who wish to improve their communication skills by modifying an accent; and those with cognitive communication impairments, such as attention, memory, and problem solving disorders. They also work with individuals who have swallowing difficulties. Through caring faculty, the program at Cleveland State University provides an excellent pre-professional foundation that prepares students for professional training at the master’s and doctoral levels.


Bachelor degree graduates of the program go on to pursue a graduate degree. Cleveland State University offers the Master’s degree in speech-language pathology, which is the level of education required to work in all settings serving individuals with communication disorders. The entry level for audiologists is a clinical doctorate (AuD.).

Speech-language pathologist are employed in educational settings, public schools, hospitals, long term care facilities, home health care services, outpatient care centers, facilities serving the developmentally delayed population, physicians offices and private practice.

The demand for speech-language pathologists is expected to be high. The combination of growth and expanded services in the occupation plus an expected increase in retirements over the coming years will create excellent job opportunities for speech-language pathologists. Opportunities will be particularly favorable for those with an ability to speak a second language.


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Speech and Hearing major .

NOTE: For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

An integral aspect of the program is the Cleveland State University Speech and Hearing Clinic, an on-campus clinic providing assessment and intervention for individuals across the life span with speech-language-cognitive and audiological disorders.

Undergraduate students who have completed required course work participate in the on-campus clinic under the direct supervision of a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist and/or audiologist.

Engaged learning experiences are encouraged and include the Student Academic and Research Support (STARS) mentoring program, research with nationally recognized faculty and internship opportunities. A program is also offered at the graduate level which leads to Professional Pupil Services Licensure, preparing graduates to work in the public schools.

The student organization NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association) is affiliated with the national organization and is open to all speech and hearing majors. All students receive individual advising.

General Education Requirements: All degree-seeking students are required to meet general education requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that courses chosen satisfy these requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor. A comprehensive description of the requirements is available online at

For more information, contact:
Department of Health Sciences
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, MC 430
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.3804

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