Communication Disorders

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Speech Language and Hearing program is a pre-professional program that prepares students to work with persons who have speech, language or hearing problems. The Communication Disorders emphasis provides curricular options including student preparation for graduate study necessary for career paths in private practice, hospitals, home health agencies and rehabilitation centers. Students are prepared to enter the field as assistants or enter graduate programs to become speech-language pathologists.

In addition to course work, students participate in practicum training in the MTSU Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic. Students work with clients under the direct supervision of clinically certified Speech-Language Pathologists.

EMPLOYMENT OBJECTIVE: Speech and Hearing Specialist (MTSU degree); Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist (with graduate degree)

DESCRIPTION OF HEALTH CAREERS: Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent speech, language, cognitive, communication, voice, swallowing, fluency, and other related disorders; audiologists identify, assess, and manage auditory, balance, and other neural systems. About one-half of jobs for speech-language pathologists and audiologists are in preschools, elementary and secondary schools, or colleges and universities. Others are in offices of speech-language pathologists and audiologists; hospitals; offices of physicians; speech, language, and hearing centers; home health agencies; or other facilities. A small number of speech-language pathologists and audiologists are self-employed in private practice. Employment of speech-language pathologists and audiologists is expected to grow rapidly because the growing population in older age groups is prone to medical conditions that result in hearing and speech problems.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 4 academic years

DEPARTMENT: Speech & Theatre

CONTACT: Carolyne Shaw, Box 364 MTSU, 615-898-2661

For more information visit:
MTSU Communication Disorders Website
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Audiologists
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)