Caitlyn E., Sophomore, Asks:
- What are the best colleges to become a Speech Pathologist that are located in Texas? I would like to join the choir, so a fine arts department is important to me.
- What would I be majoring in if I were to be a Speech Pathologist for children within a hospital?
- Should I go straight into getting my Speech Pathology bachelor’s degree?
- When should I start applying?
- Best Speech Pathology Master’s Programs
- Top Speech Pathologist Bachelor’s Degrees
- Top Speech and Language Associate’s Degrees
College Rank Answers:
Typically, a minimum of a master’s degree in speech-language pathology is required to become a licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP). While an associate’s degree may be a starting point for your education, you would need to pursue a bachelor’s degree and then a master’s degree in speech-language pathology to meet the licensing requirements.
Additionally, completing a specific number of supervised clinical hours and passing a national examination are often necessary steps in becoming a certified SLP. Fortunately, you will be able to work in a variety of settings with your SLP degree, including in a hospital.
There are several schools in Texas that offer both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in speech language pathology. We found some that offer the opportunity to participate in choir too! They include:
- Abilene Christian University
- Texas Christian University
- Texas Woman’s University
We did some research on these programs to help answer some of your questions.
Abilene Christian University offers a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a MS in SLP at the Abilene or Dallas campus. The early application deadline is November 1. Music is at the heart of ACU and they offer an outstanding choral program. The program is open to both music and non-music majors so you should definitely check it out!
Texas Christian University offers a BS in speech-language pathology. Applications are due by Feb 1 for transfer students planning to enroll in Fall 2024. There are opportunities for non-music majors to participate in choir. For men, there is the Frog Corps and for women, Cantiamo.
Texas Woman’s University offers a BS in Communication Sciences. New students are admitted once each year for the fall semester. Applications are accepted between January 1st and April 1st. TWU does offer a women’s concert choir open to students of any major. Other opportunities for non-music majors include an Operate Ensemble and the University Choir. University Choir does not require an audition.
Other outstanding programs include Lamar University and Stephen F. Austin State University. While these schools don’t appear to offer a choir program to non-music majors, they are excellent schools for SLP.
Lamar University offers a BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and an MS in SLP. You can apply for the program at any semester. You should plan to have your prerequisite coursework completed by spring of your sophomore year. While Lamar does have a choir program, it appears to be open to students pursuing a degree in music.
Stephen F. Austin State University features a BS in Communication Disorders. You need to have at least 30 credit hours to apply and a minimum GPA of 2.75. Their website says the deadline for fall applications was November 1st and the deadline for spring is April 1st. They also offer a MS in SLP. While SFASU does offer a choir program, it also appears to be open to only music majors.
We hope this information leads you on the path to finding the right program at the right school. Good luck!
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