Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are health professionals focused on the processes and disorders of speech, language and hearing.
Speech-language pathologists work with patients to study the production of speech, mechanisms that influence language skills, and disorders that affect the ability to speak and produce language. Audiologists study the perception of sounds, the physical and psychological characteristics that underlie hearing, and disorders that affect the ability to hear.
The speech-language pathology and audiology program in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences provides the foundation for graduate study leading to clinical certification and career opportunities as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. Clinical certification and state licensure in speech-language pathology requires the master’s degree. Clinical certification and state licensure in audiology requires the doctor of audiology degree (AuD). Both graduate degrees are offered at UT Dallas.
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The BS in speech-language pathology and audiology requires 120 credit hours. The minor requires 18 credit hours. This program does not accept students who have previously completed an undergraduate degree program and are seeking this degree as a second bachelor's degree. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree previously, and are interested in a career in speech-language pathology and audiology, should apply directly to a master's degree program.
The UT Dallas undergraduate catalog provides an overview of the speech-language pathology and audiology program, details the areas of specialization, lists the major and minor requirements, and explains the fast-track program, which enables undergraduate students to take up to 15 hours of graduate courses that will count towards both UT Dallas bachelors and graduate degrees. To compile all your academic, campus and extracurricular interests into a presentation you can print out, follow the steps to Create Your Own Guide to UT Dallas.
This is the formal speech-language pathology and audiology BS degree plan:
The University’s course look-up site will help you find specific classes and times to fit your degree plan and schedule. The CourseBook site links to syllabi, class evaluations, and textbooks for all of UT Dallas courses. The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences' projected schedule of core classes will help you in your planning.
Visit with an academic advisor to create a degree plan. Freshmen must visit with an advisor before registering. All other students should consult an advisor before registering each semester.
To learn more about the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences’ Advising and Mentoring System, visit our advising website.
Speech-language pathology and audiology are professions consistently rated among the best careers for the changing job landscape.
Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are employed in a variety of school and healthcare settings such as schools, clinics and hospitals.
Students completing the BS degree and who meet specified clinical practicum requirements are also eligible for state licensure as assistants in speech-language pathology and can provide therapy services under the supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist.
The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences offers a class that allows students to intern, on a volunteer, no pay basis, in the community and receive college credit. Junior and senior speech-language pathology and audiology majors with at least a 2.5 GPA are eligible to enroll.
Incoming freshman with high standardized test scores and a high school GPA of 3.6 or higher should consider applying to Collegium V, a University-wide honors program.
Majors in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences who have completed at least 15 credit hours with a GPA of 3.4 or higher may apply to earn BBS School Honors.
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