About the Program
Speech Language Pathology
The program in Speech-Language Pathology offers a program of study which culminates with the Master of Science Degree. Students who complete the plan qualify for the Texas License as well as the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. The plan includes 97 semester hours of undergraduate course work and 36 hours of graduate course work plus 5 to 6 semesters of clinical practicum. Undergraduate students selecting this program are designated as Pre-Speech-Language Pathology majors.
The speech-language pathologist (SLP) evaluates and treats such disorders of human communication as stuttering, delayed language development, aphasia, and voice and articulation problems. Computer applications to help individuals who are unable to speak are an exciting new area of study. The SLP also counsels individuals with speech and language disorders and their families on ways to facilitate better communication in home, school and/or vocational settings. Advising individuals and the community on ways to prevent speech and language disorders is another important responsibility of a speech-language pathologist.
The SLP may diagnose and treat speech and language disorders in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing care facilities, community clinics, colleges and universities, private practice offices, state and local health departments, state and federal government agencies, home health agencies, long term care Facilities, adult day care centers, centers for persons with developmental disabilities, and research laboratories.
Individuals considering a career in speech-language pathology must have a sincere interest in helping people, an above average intellectual aptitude, and the sensitivity, personal warmth, and perspective to be able to interact with a person with a communication problem. Scientific aptitude, patience, emotional stability, tolerance, persistence and organizational skills are necessary as well as resourcefulness and imagination. One must be able to work cooperatively with others and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
At the present time, there is a high demand for certified and licensed speech-language pathologists, particularly in some geographic areas. Salaries depend on the educational background and experience of the SLP as well as on the type of work setting and the location of that setting. UT El Paso’s Program in SLP provides a strong graduate academic and clinical training program that well prepares graduates to meet whatever professional challenges they may seek.