Employment of speech language pathologists is expected to grow by 19% through 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Speech and Hearing Sciences emphasizes the physiological, neurological, behavioral, and psychological dimensions of normal and disordered communication across the lifespan.

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences in speech-language pathology.

Training in speech and hearing sciences through the bachelor’s level degree is considered a pre-professional degree. State and national clinical and educational certifications require completion of the master’s degree.

Graduate students are prepared as speech-language pathologists to provide direct and consultative services in educational and medical settings.

Academic Strengths

  • Students have opportunities to work with well-known scholars and master clinicians on current research and clinical innovations.
  • State-of-the-art equipment enables students to experience cutting-edge applications in clinic and laboratory technology.
  • Low faculty-student ratios ensure individual attention, close supervision, academic innovation, and excellence.
  • The quality of our undergraduate program is reflected in part in the most recent data (2013), which reveals that 54 percent of Speech and Hearing Sciences (SHS) undergraduate majors were named to the President’s Honor Roll in one or both semesters, 38 percent of SHS undergraduate majors graduated with honors, and 89 percent of SHS undergraduate students passed their WSU Writing Portfolio requirements, exceeding the all WSU campus pass rate of 82 percent.
  • The master’s (MS) education program in speech-language pathology at Washington State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The graduate program in speech-language pathology is recognized at the state level by the Washington State Board of Education.

Special Features of the Department

The faculty and program are recognized for strengths in:

  • Cross-cultural issues in clinical service delivery.
  • Treatment of speech, language, and communication problems seen in individuals with autism, motor speech disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, and central auditory processing disorder.

See the faculty experts page for more on our faculty research strengths.

We are committed to increasing cultural diversity within our program and take particular pride in our Native Americans in Communication Disorders training project which, for over a decade, has continued to provide students of American Indian heritage with financial, educational, and social support necessary for professional preparation as speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

Our National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) organization sponsors a series of activities to bring faculty and students together in informal gatherings. Every year, NSSLHA sponsors a conference featuring regional experts in the field of speech and hearing sciences.