Colorado Speech Language Pathology Schools - CO
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Colorado Education: Speech-Language Pathologists
Colorado has speech, language and hearing science education programs that rank among the top 25 programs listed in the U.S. News and World Reports’ ranking of Speech Pathology and Audiology education programs.
Students planning careers as speech-language pathologists and audiologists may obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-
Language and Hearing Sciences or a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, which includes a strong foundation of courses in the liberal arts. As part of their education program students will take courses in mathematics, social and behavioral sciences, physical sciences and biological sciences.
The undergraduate education courses offered through speech pathology schools in Colorado are designed to introduce the basics of communication, language, speech and hearing, as well as communication disorders. Typical required courses are an introduction to the concept of communication disorders, psychology, human communication, language development, speech and hearing science and language disorders. Phonetics, the anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, speech and language development, language sampling processes, aural rehabilitation and amplification, and algebra are typically part of the curriculum as well. Statistics, biological sciences and physical sciences are other course requirements. Courses in American Sign
Language, often an elective, may be required as part of an emphasis on multicultural studies.
National certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASLHA) is usually required to practice in this profession, as well as a post-graduate degree.
A clinical practicum, with at least 375 hours spent with patients and 25 hours observing is required for ASLHA certification.
Note that some colleges and universities in Colorado may offer a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology (M.A.) with online learning options.
A career as a speech-language pathologist in a school setting can be a very rewarding experience. Courses in communication challenges for children ages 0 – 6; school-age language disorders; augmentative and alternative communication; treatment and research of stuttering; learning disabilities and phonological disorders are some of the required courses for licensure by the Colorado Department of Education, along with the regular requirements for a master’s degree.
For those who want to embark on a career path helping children in a school setting, successfully taking and passing the Praxis examination for Speech-Language Pathology is also a must. The examination itself takes two hours and consists of 120 multiple-choice questions. The Praxis exam covers phonological and language disorders, human communication processes, speech disorders, audiology and hearing, neurogenic disorders, clinical management and psychometrics, as well as research. More information about topics covered in the PRAXIS examination is available at http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/PRAXIS/pdf/0330.pdf.