The undergraduate program in speech-language pathology and audiology provides students with a scientific and clinical background for understanding communication disorders. Students acquire knowledge in basic sciences, 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, and engage in clinical practicum. The courses are taught by committed faculty who regularly publish and present their research findings at local, national, and international conferences. Furthermore, students are encouraged to engage in scholarly activities with faculty either through volunteering or as part of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Program at SIUE. Examples of recent student presentations can be found here.
The program at SIUE operates the Speech-Language-Hearing Center, which provides intervention and assessment for children and adults with a wide range of communication problems. The first floor of the Center, located in Founders Hall, includes eight fully equipped treatment rooms and an observation suite. The audiology suite, located on the third floor of the Center, includes two sound booths and a lab area for audiological assessment and specialty hearing assessments.
Students in the undergraduate program observe, assist and assume client responsibilities in the Speech-Language-Hearing Center during their senior year. Students participate in the Speech-Language-Hearing Center as soon as they enter the program through course assignments.
A degree in speech-language pathology and audiology provides pre-professional training for students wishing to enter graduate school and pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. Students also are prepared for a variety of other career options.
Certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists find employment in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community clinics, colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, industry, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes. Some certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists enter public-school settings, where state and federal legislation have required service delivery to all children with communication disorders. Other certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists establish private practices or become affiliated with physicians. Employment possibilities are plentiful.
Career options are also available for students with a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology and audiology. They include speech aide, speech assistant, or speech implementer. Some students with a bachelor’s degree have found careers in medical sales, medical publications or rehabilitation administration. Others have pursued master’s degrees in other areas including special education, other health-care fields, and some have entered medical school.