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.
For more information, visit CSU's Speech & Hearing Department's website
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