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Speech and Hearing, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

These professions are concerned with the identification and treatment of communication disorders across the life span. Speech and hearing are interrelated fields concerned with speech and language acquisition, and require knowledge of biology, psychology, sociology, and linguistics.

Speech-language pathologists work with people who cannot produce speech sounds adequately; those with speech rhythm and fluency disorders, such as stuttering; individuals with voice disorders, such as inappropriate pitch or harsh voice; those with problems understanding and producing language; those who wish to improve their communication skills by modifying an accent; and those with cognitive communication impairments, such as attention, memory, and problem solving disorders. They also work with individuals who have swallowing difficulties. Through caring faculty, the program at Cleveland State University provides an excellent pre-professional foundation that prepares students for professional training at the master’s and doctoral levels.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Bachelor degree graduates of the program go on to pursue a graduate degree. Cleveland State University offers the Master’s degree in speech-language pathology, which is the level of education required to work in all settings serving individuals with communication disorders. The entry level for audiologists is a clinical doctorate (AuD.).

Speech-language pathologist are employed in educational settings, public schools, hospitals, long term care facilities, home health care services, outpatient care centers, facilities serving the developmentally delayed population, physicians offices and private practice.

The demand for speech-language pathologists is expected to be high. The combination of growth and expanded services in the occupation plus an expected increase in retirements over the coming years will create excellent job opportunities for speech-language pathologists. Opportunities will be particularly favorable for those with an ability to speak a second language.

Accreditation

Cleveland State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Phonetics
  • Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • Introduction to Audiology
  • American Sign Language I
  • Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders
  • Speech and Language Development for Majors
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • Basic Speech-Language Disorders
  • Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Dialect Differences in the Schools
  • Aural Rehabilitation
  • Audiometry
  • Speech and Hearing Science
  • Clinical Practicum in Audiology
  • Senior Capstone Portfolio

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    78

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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General Requirements

The following admission requirements apply to students who have not completed any college-level course work after completing secondary school.

  • Cumulative secondary school GPA equivalent to a 2.3 on the US grading scale for most programs. The College of Engineering requires a 2.7 and the College of Education and Human Services requires a 2.5.
  • Proof of English proficiency.
  • Students applying to the Honors College, student athletes who must comply with NCAA eligibility requirements, and those who have attended a US high school or secondary school in another country that follows the US high school curriculum must submit ACT or SAT scores. These students must submit a minimum ACT score of 16, or a minimum old SAT score of 770 (before March 1, 2016), or a minimum new SAT score of 860 (after March 1, 2016). The Honors College has higher requirements, please see the Honors College website for more information.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      604 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 604 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      570 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 570 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
    • In-State

      401 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 401 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for Cleveland

    • 980 - 1620 USD/month
      Living Costs

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