For Those Considering a Career in Communication Sciences and Disorders http://www.asha.org/students/professions/overview/consider-career.htm Howard Goldstein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Donald M. Baer Professor & Chair Dept. of Communication Disorders Florida State University [email_address]
Audiology will be among the hottest professions in the country in the next decade, according to recent employment growth projections in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (2002-2003) Occupational Outlook Handbook .
The profession ranked among the top 30 --out of 700-- fastest growing occupations over the next decade, with the number of audiology positions expected to climb by 45% between 2000 and 2010.
Language is our most human characteristic. It is essential to learning, working, and enjoying family life and friendships. There are many ways to express language. Speaking, using sign language, writing, and using computerized communication devices are some of the most common ones.
Professionals educated to assess speech and language development and to treat language and speech disorders are speech-language pathologists (sometimes informally referred to as speech therapists). SLPs also can help people with swallowing disorders.
Speech-language pathology will be among the hottest professions in the country in the next decade (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2005)
The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects a 52% in job openings for SLPs due to growth and net replacements between 2002 and 2012, with total employment of SLPs rising from 94,000 to 120,000.
The expanding population of older citizens is prone to medical conditions that result in speech, language, hearing, and swallowing problems. Consequently, the demand for SLPs should continue to rise as growth in the number of individuals with disabilities or limited function will spur demand for therapy services among the fastest growing age ranges (young and elderly individuals).
Required coursework designed to be completed in four semesters.
Coursework emphasizes the scientific and developmental issues of communication.
Introduction to Communication Science
Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
Neurological Bases of Communication
Speech and Language Development
Clinical and Research Methods
Other courses introduce a variety of communication impairments. These required courses provide undergraduates with a current and broad knowledge base in the field of communication sciences and disorders .
New courses are introduced to reflect changes in the scope and practice of speech-language pathologists.
60 credit program (23 clinical practica, 16 required courses, 21 advanced electives, passing score on national exam).
A student's undergraduate background influences the time required to complete the graduate degree. Students obtaining master's degrees (non thesis option) from FSU generally graduate from the program in six academic semesters, which includes a semester of off campus internship.
Communication Processes in Normal and Disordered Populations (min=9 credits)
Related Specialization area (min=12 credits).
Doctoral students must demonstrate teaching abilities (min=3 credits of Supervised Teaching ).
Students also must demonstrate research skills (3-5 credits of Supervised Research ).
Preliminary exam assesses student ability to perform tasks expected of individuals with doctoral degrees, e.g., writing critiques of articles submitted for publication, preparing a research report or a grant application.