Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

ACCELERATED OPTION: You can earn this degree and a master's in five years and at a significant savings: Accelerated degree option.

Speech-language pathologists assess and treat children and adults with language, voice, fluency, articulatory and phonologic disorders, cognitive, as well as swallowing problems. They provide the technology to assist with functional communication and to enhance communication in daily activities. Audiologists diagnose and treat individuals with hearing and balance disorders, and provide services that include fitting and dispensing hearing aids or other assistive devices, counseling individuals concerning hearing loss, providing auditory rehabilitation and making noise measurements.

  • Preprofessional curriculum provides foundations in knowledge of the sciences and basic human communication and swallowing processes in order to prepare the student to apply to a graduate program in audiology or speech-language pathology.
  • Clinical experience is gained at the graduate level.

Professional Preparation

The preprofessional undergraduate program prepares you to pursue a master’s degree, which is required for employment and licensure as a speech-language pathologist. A doctoral degree (Au.D) is required for licensure as an audiologist.

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning

Akron Advantage

Real-world Experience

UA’s Audiology and Speech Center provides undergraduate observation experiences. Working under the guidance of licensed and certified faculty supervisors, you will:

  • Observe actual clinical work with clients

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Student Organization

Interact with other speech-language and audiology students and professionals in the field through organizations such as: 

  • National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association

Sample Curriculum


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Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

A degree in speech-language pathology and audiology paves the way to careers in a variety of settings, including:

  • schools
  • hospitals
  • clinics
  • private practice physicians’ offices
  • industry and universities

Career Outlook

Opportunities for speech-language pathologists and audiologists are increasing at a rapid pace, spurred by the nation's aging population, as well as more numbers of premature infants, school children, trauma and stroke survivors.

Career Services

Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.