Professional speech pathologists are make a difference in lives of individuals struggling with a variety of issues that prevent speaking, reading and other everyday functions. The field of Communication Sciences is making advances that are helping eradicate those issues. As a speech pathologist you will have the chance to help people overcome speech delays and disorders, literacy issues and other impediments preventing communication. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders provides students with a combination of traditional classroom learning and hands-on experience. The 60-semester hour curriculum gives students at least 400 hours of supervised clinical internship experience and enables graduates to earn their North Carolina Advanced Licensure. The program adheres to the academic and clinical education requirements set by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists, and the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction.
Speech pathologists can be found working with people of all ages with a range of communication issues like dyslexia, hearing and speech impairments, swallowing issues and other obstacles that prevent proper communication. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states the average salary for speech pathologists is $70,810 and predicts the job field to grow by 19% by 2022.