CSUSM launches new speech-language pathologist degree program

Speech-language pathologist in action.

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Speech-language pathology is a field of expertise practiced by a clinician known as a Speech-language pathologist (SLP), also called speech and language therapist, or speech therapist, who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders and swallowing disorders

Ever considered being a speech language pathologist? Or even know what that does?

It’s all good and what’s even better is speech-language pathologist  is ranked among the Top 100 Best Jobs for 2015 (#30) according to US News and World Report. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growing need for speech-language pathologists as the baby boomer generation ages and awareness of speech and language disorders in children grows.

Almost one-half of school-based speech-language pathologists in the U.S. will be eligible for retirement, creating a massive need for qualified practitioners in 2020, according to Laura Segall, a publicist with California State University San Marcos (CSUSM).

And as if you had to ask, CSUSM is responding to market, and educational, conditions by launching a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) for fall 2016. Applications will be accepted starting Oct. 7.

Students who graduate with a bachelor’s in SLP may continue on to the highly popular Master of Science in SLP offered at CSUSM. The bachelor’s program will teach critical content required for entry into the master’s program, Segall said.

After graduating, students must complete a clinical fellowship year and pass the national Praxis exam before becoming a practicing speech-language pathologist.

“In addition to offering a vital array of courses, we anticipate applying a dynamic style of teaching that allows hands-on activities and demonstrations during class time,” said Dr. Suzanne Moineau, chairperson of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at CSUSM.

“Students will have numerous opportunities to engage in guided practice in classroom activities, which gives them valuable experience towards developing critical skills,” Moineau said.

The program will be taught using the latest technology by clinical faculty with many years of experience working in the field.  This is a full-time, cohort-based program that can be completed in five semesters, including summer. Classes will be held on the San Marcos campus in a face-to-face format.

For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, visit http://www.csusm.edu/slp/programs/bachelors/, call (760) 750-4004 or email el.inquiry@csusm.edu.