Become an SLP/AUD
Do you have an interest in becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist?
Speech-language pathologists specialize in evaluating and treating people with communication problems. They hold masters or doctoral degrees from accredited universities with special training in evaluating how individuals produce speech or how individuals understand language or how individuals express themselves. They evaluate adults, children and infants. Speech-language pathologists administer a wide array of tests to determine if a communication problem does exist and what is the best way to treat the individual with this communication problem. Communication problems can range from fluency/stuttering disorders, to vocal/voice disorders, to speech disorders, to language disorders.
Besides holding a masters or doctoral degree, most practicing Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists have earned national certification through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CCC-SLP or CCC-A). Wisconsin also requires licensure to practice either from the state or from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) if you work in a school setting. If you are in doubt, don't hesitate to ask your Speech Language Pathologist or Audiologist about their level of education and certification/licensure.
Audiologists specialize in evaluating and treating people with hearing loss. They hold masters or doctoral degrees from accredited universities with special training in evaluating the hearing of adults, infants and children of all ages. Audiologists conduct a wide variety of tests to determine the exact nature of an individual's hearing problem. Audiologists also dispense and fit hearing aids, administer tests of balance to evaluate dizziness, and provide hearing rehabilitation training.
More resources are available to students on the AHSA website.
Academic Programs in WI:
Below are links to every ASHA accredited graduate program in the U.S. available on the web.
Concordia University is a Lutheran higher education community committed to helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and in the World. This mission is what drives us every day, and we aim to uphold it in every class, residence hall, and chapel service. Take a moment to explore what makes CUW one of the leading Lutheran Universities in the nation.
Marquette is a Catholic and Jesuit university in Milwaukee, dedicated to serving God by serving our students and contributing to the advancement of knowledge. Enrollment: Approximately 8,400 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate/ professional students.
Founded in 1916, UW-Eau Claire continues to build its national reputation based on the achievements of its students and faculty. As one of the Midwest’s top public universities, UW-Eau Claire provides students with small classes led by talented professors, cutting-edge programs, endless opportunities to get involved and experience more of the world, and the support they need to meet their goals for success. Add to that a safe and friendly campus community and beautiful surroundings (from rivers and bike trails to shopping and entertainment), and you’ve got one exceptional place.
The UW-Madison Department of Communicative Disorders works to understand, prevent, identify, and treat speech, language, voice, and hearing disorders that affect communication. We do this through outstanding education, comprehensive, affordable clinical care, real-world reserach and impressive outreach. Please visit our website for more information.
Communication Sciences and Disorders is an academic discipline in which deficits in hearing, language and speech are studied, as well as normal communication development and processes. Graduates of our program start their careers as speech-language pathologists or audiologists.
The Department of Communicative Disorders shares in the University of Wisconsin System (UWS) Mission, the University Cluster Core Mission and the Select Mission of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF). The select mission of the Department of Communicative Disorders and the UWRF Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic is to ensure, through coursework, laboratories, and practicum experiences, that students demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to become competent and ethical entry-level professionals in the field of speech-language pathology.
The School of Communicative Disorders at UWSP offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Communicative Disorders, as a pre-professional degree, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree with specialization in speech-language pathology, and has developed a joint Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) program with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Communicative Disorders. The Master's program in speech-language and the Clinical Doctorate program are accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA).
A "wonderful program" with "fantastic students," reported the site visitors from ASHA's Council on Academic Accreditation after a recent visit to our campus. Speech-language pathologists in the community described our students as "well prepared," "competent," "creative," "resourceful," "confident," and "good problem-solvers." If that is the type of professional you would like to become, then our program is for you.