Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at SIUE
Undergraduate courses in speech-language pathology and audiology within the Department of Applied Health provide students with a scientific background for understanding communication disorders. Students acquire knowledge in speech and hearing science, normal processes and the development of speech, language and hearing. Students also study disorders of speech, language and hearing, review assessment methods and procedures in communication disorders. In the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior at SIUE, students are encouraged to pursue minors and take elective courses that will establish a strong science and liberal arts background. Complimentary minors include psychology, linguistics, foreign language, and health science, among others. This diverse background provides students with a competitive edge in graduate school and in the workforce.
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
- Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a different field can complete selected coursework to prepare them to apply to graduate school in speech-language pathology or audiology. Students have the option of completing the above coursework in one or two years. Completion of the leveling option provides students with the prerequisites necessary to apply for graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology, but does not result in a second bachelor’s degree. For additional information, review the recommended plan of study.
Many of our students choose to continue their education and pursue a graduate degree in speech-language pathology and audiology, which leads to certification and the opportunity to practice as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist.
With a projected growth rate of 19 percent through 2022, certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists are in high-demand and are employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community clinics, schools, private practice, colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes. Some certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists enter public-school settings, while others establish private practices or become affiliated with physicians.
Although the majority of our students will go on to graduate school, those students graduating with an undergraduate degree will also be prepared for careers in private business and industry, including augmentative and alternative communication sales, assistive technology, medical sales, medical publications, research, or hearing aid dispensing. Graduates with a degree in speech-language pathology and audiology may also be eligible to apply to graduate programs such as applied behavior, college student personnel or social work.