SAN MARCOS, Calif., Sept. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is responding to a growing need for undergraduate training in speech-language pathology by launching a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) for fall 2016. Applications will be accepted starting October 7th of this year.
Speech-language pathologist is ranked among the Top 100 Best Jobs for 2015 (#30) according to US News and World Report. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growing need for speech-language pathologists as the baby boomer generation ages and awareness of speech and language disorders in children grows. In 2020, almost 50% of school-based speech-language pathologists in the U.S. will be eligible for retirement, creating a massive need for qualified practitioners.
Students who graduate with a bachelor's in SLP may continue on to the highly popular Master of Science in SLP offered at CSUSM. The bachelor's program will teach critical content required for entry into the master's program. After graduating, students must complete a clinical fellowship year and pass the national Praxis exam before becoming a practicing speech-language pathologist.
"In addition to offering a vital array of courses, we anticipate applying a dynamic style of teaching that allows hands-on activities and demonstrations during class time," said Suzanne Moineau, PhD, Chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at CSUSM. "Students will have numerous opportunities to engage in guided practice in classroom activities, which gives them valuable experience towards developing critical skills."
The program will be taught using the latest technology by clinical faculty with many years of experience working in the field. This is a full-time, cohort-based program that can be completed in five semesters, including summer. Classes will be held on the San Marcos campus in a face-to-face format.
SOURCE California State University San Marcos