Speech Language Pathology

Child in Speech Clinic

Speech-language pathologists are professionals that work with the full range of human communication and its disorders. Speech-language pathologists work as a team with many other professionals including doctors, psychologists, audiologists, and social workers. The field is very much in demand, and there are shortages in every state. Typical work varies and can include swallowing disorders, language difficulties, and behavior problems. Settings include hospitals, schools, nursing care facilities, or private practices, amongst others. To become a speech-Language pathologist one must obtain a masters degree in speech-language pathology. Coursework includes linguistics, biology, phonetics and anatomy. A certificate of clinical competence (CCC) also must be obtained from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) and a passing score on a national examination. Speech-language pathologists also must apply for licensure in the state of practice. The median salary range for ASHA certified speech-language pathologists in 2003 was 45,000-52,600 ( www.asha.org). For more information visit the department office (PHS 252) or www.asha.org.

Please visit the CSU, Fresno online catalog for additional information about the speech-language pathology program.

Two speech pathology graduate students complete their practicum at the Fresno VA Medical Center

The CDDS master's education program in speech-language pathology at California State University, Fresno is accredited by the Council on
Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.