g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Kidney Disease
Today in History
Distance Learning

All times in EST

Full Schedule
g Colleges Site

BellaOnline's Colleges Editor


Program Advice : Speech Language Pathology

Guest Author - Susan D. Bates

I interviewed Tiffany Rhodes, a speech language pathologist, for the benefit of students who are considering a similar career. Mrs. Rhodes offered great advice for aspiring speech language pathologists about researching the speech language pathology field, preparing for a graduate degree in speech language pathology, and selecting a program.

Researching the Field

Mrs. Rhodes explained that students who are interested in a speech language pathology career should research the field to ensure it is a good fit for them. Students can begin this research through reading information about the field and talking with speech pathologists.

In addition, Mrs. Rhodes explained it is not only important for students to be certain the field of speech language pathology is a good fit for them, but that they are also certain that they select a work setting within the field that is a good fit. A speech language pathologist may work in an educational setting or a medical facility. Some Speech Language Pathologists primarily work with children, while others work with adults. She explained there are different reasons that children and adults seek services. While childrenís speech therapy needs often stem from developmental disorders, adults often need speech therapy after experiencing a brain injury or stroke. The speech language pathologists who work in school settings rarely get to work one-on-one with the children. She explained that school speech language pathologists often provide therapy to groups of children who are working toward different goals. It is important to research the field carefully to understand what therapy in each setting involves.

Mrs. Rhodes said the best way for students to understand what speech language pathology field involves is to observe therapy sessions. She recommends that students observe both adult and child sessions. This will help them to develop a solid understanding of what a speech language pathologist does in each setting.

Preparing for a Graduate Program

Students entering speech language pathology programs have typically studied a communication-disorders field during their undergraduate education (bachelorís degree level). Undergraduate majors in communication disorders are designed to provide the appropriate educational background for masterís degree programs in speech language pathology and related professions.

The background education required for entry into a graduate speech language pathology program varies among graduate programs. If a studentís undergraduate program did not include any of the courses required by the masterís degree program they plan to enroll in, the student will have to complete those courses either prior to enrollment or while taking courses in the graduate program.

Selecting a Program

Mrs. Rhodes explained that prospective speech language pathologists who plan to study and practice in the United States need to select a masterís degree program that is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). ASHA is the governing board for speech language pathologists.

She also recommends that students select a program that includes clinical practice with both adults and children. For students interested in working as a school speech language pathologist, she recommends selecting a masterís degree program with a require clinical practice in a school setting.


Mrs. Rhodesís Advice for Students:

  • Make sure the field of speech language pathology is a good fit

  • Select a work setting within speech language pathology that is a good fit

  • Observe speech language pathologists working with clients

  • Complete the necessary educational background during your undergraduate education

  • Select a graduate program that is accredited through ASHA if studying and practicing in the United States

  • Gain clinical practice in the type of work setting you intend to work

This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Program+Advice+%3A+Speech+Language+Pathology to Twitter Add Program+Advice+%3A+Speech+Language+Pathology to Facebook Add Program+Advice+%3A+Speech+Language+Pathology to MySpace Add Program+Advice+%3A+Speech+Language+Pathology to Del.icio.us Digg Program+Advice+%3A+Speech+Language+Pathology Add Program+Advice+%3A+Speech+Language+Pathology to Yahoo My Web Add Program+Advice+%3A+Speech+Language+Pathology to Google Bookmarks Add Program+Advice+%3A+Speech+Language+Pathology to Stumbleupon Add Program+Advice+%3A+Speech+Language+Pathology to Reddit

Speech Language Pathologist Tiffany Rhodes
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Colleges Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2015 by Susan D. Bates. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Susan D. Bates. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.


g features
Top 5 Resume Tips

Informational Interview Questions to Ask

Informational Interviews - Finding Professionals

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Less than Monthly

BellaOnline on Facebook

| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2015 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor