Online Courses in Speech Pathology: Course Curriculum of an Online Degree in Speech Pathology

Published Sep 17, 2009

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A greater awareness of speech disorders and an emphasis on early intervention has increased the need for speech pathologists. Read on to find out more about what students learn in an online degree program in speech pathology.

Speech Pathology Online Associate's Degree Course Curriculum

Although you need a bachelor's or master's degree to work as a full speech language pathologist, you can be a pathologist's assistant with just an associate's degree. Many online associate's degree credits can be transferred to bachelor's degree programs. Students will take classes in sign language, voice and articulation and special education.

Speech Pathology Online Bachelor's Degree Course Curriculum

While most jobs in speech pathology require a master's degree, online bachelor's degree programs, such as a Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders, are also offered. These programs are designed to prepare students for further graduate study in speech pathology by laying a foundation in speech pathology concepts, theories and practices. Typical classes might include language and speech development, anatomy of speech and language, speech disorders, phonetics, theory and analysis of normal speech, language science and treatment of communicative disorders. Bachelor's degree programs generally include general education courses in speech communications, mathematics, natural science and social science.

Speech Pathology Online Master's Degree Course Curriculum

Online master's degree programs in speech pathology, such as a Master of Science in Speech, Language and Auditory Pathology, prepare students for careers as licensed speech pathologists. Students complete courses in language development, physiology and anatomy, phonetics, hearing science and auditory and speech disorders. Some programs offer courses focused on specific topics, such as stuttering, dysphagia, cranio-facial disorders and aphasia. Graduate students also take courses in research and data analysis. Programs usually require supervised clinical training either through current employment or through an on-campus clinical practicum. Clinical experience is a licensing requirement in many states. Internships are often recommended and can lead to job offers.

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