Speech Language Pathology

Child in Speech Therapy Clinic

What is Speech-Language Pathology?

Speech-language pathology is a career focused on helping people improve their communication skills. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are trained to diagnose and provide treatment for various disorders of speech, language, voice, fluency, cognition and swallowing.

What degree options for Speech-Language Pathology are available through CSU, Fresno?

This univeristy offers a bachelor of arts degree (B.A.) in Communicative Disorders with an emphasis in speech-language pathology, as well as a master of arts degree (M.A.) in speech-language pathology.

Do I have to get a master's degree to work as a speech-language pathologist?

Yes. A master's degree is the entry-level degree for speech-language pathologists. Nearly all of the clinical experience and advanced coursework are completed at a graduate level to prepare students to be adequately trained.

Is the job market good for speech-language pathologists?

Yes. Speech-language pathologists are in demand across the state and across the nation in both medical and school settings. Typically, students who graduate with their master's degree in speech-language pathology are either hired right out of school, or already have a job lined up before they graduate.

What is the average starting salary for a beginning speech-language pathologist?

Beginning SLPs can expect to earn an average salary of about $43,000 in the schools (working 9 months), or about $52,000 in the hospitals (working 12 months). Salary also depends on where you work, as the cost of living is higher in some parts of the state and country than others.