Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
Credit Hours:

Become an advocate for individuals with speech or hearing disorders.
This pre-professional program provides basic preparation in the normal development and functioning of speech, language and hearing, and introductory courses concerned with communication disorders and appropriate remedial procedures. Clinical activities are scheduled concurrently with academic progress and involve diagnostic and therapeutic interaction with speech, language and hearing handicapped individuals under closely supervised conditions.

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Why Earn an Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Degree?

The bachelor's degree can lead to a practice as a speech pathology assistant and/or audiology assistant and is a pre-professional degree for persons wishing to pursue graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology. The master's degree is required to be licensed in Texas and for clinical certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The Doctor of Audiology is the entry-level degree needed to practice audiology.

Satisfactory completion of the master's programs or the professional doctorate program enables individuals to meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence and the state of Texas license in speech-language pathology and/or audiology.

Marketable Skills
  • Scientific understanding of communication disorders
  • Facilitation of health education policy/advocacy
  • Person-centered service delivery
  • Interpersonal attitude
  • Interpersonal communication

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Degree Highlights

Our faculty members are recognized researchers and practitioners as well as members of professional organizations in the field.
Our program balances classroom learning with real-world application. You’ll learn about communication skills through introductory courses in audiology, speech and hearing science, and speech and language development.
Advanced courses focus on identifying and treating specific hearing, speech and language disorders, and also serve as prerequisites for graduate study.
While enrolled in audiology and speech-language pathology courses, you’ll observe clients at the UNT Speech and Hearing Center, which supplies professional evaluation and intervention for various diagnoses including articulation, hearing, language, voice and fluency disorders.
The ASLP Director of Undergraduate Studies will guide you in your career path through weekly newsletters, professional development events each semester and personal career advising appointments.
This is a growing career field because of the rising elderly population, greater emphasis placed on early detection of communication disorders, increasing concern about occupational hearing loss and rapid advances in technology.

What Can You Do With an Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Degree?

Recent graduates are employed as:

  • Assistant in Audiology
  • Assistant in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Early Intervention Specialist

Recent graduates are employed by:

  • Home Health Agencies such as Therapy 2000 and Care Options for Kids
  • Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) of North Central Texas
  • School districts across Texas
  • UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center

An audiologist assesses and treats people with hearing and balance disorders, while a speech-language pathologist works with those who have communication disorders. Professionals in both areas work with diverse populations in:

  • Clinics
  • Colleges and universities
  • Government agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Industry and business
  • Private practice
  • Public schools

A master’s degree is required to be a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist, and a clinical doctorate is required to be a licensed audiologist.

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Degree Courses You Could Take

Anatomical Bases of Speech and Hearing (3 hrs)
Anatomy and physiology of the articulatory, phonatory, respiratory and auditory systems involved in speech production and perception.
Language Development (3 hrs)
Language development from birth through adolescence, with consideration of current theories of acquisition, pertinent research and issues related to cultural diversity.
Speech Sound Disorders (3 hrs)
Introduction to the nature, causes and characteristics of articulation and phonological disorders; principles of evaluation and remediation.
Basic Rehabilitative Audiology (3 hrs)
Methods of improving communication skills of the hearing impaired through speech and language training, amplification, speech reading, auditory training and counseling.
Neurological Bases of Speech and Hearing (3 hrs)
Structure and function of the human nervous system as related to speech and language learning and usage. Emphasis on the reception and integration of sensation and the production of verbal and non-verbal responses.
Nature of Communication Disorders (3 hrs)
Nature and characteristics of speech-language and hearing impairments, including disorders prevalent in multicultural populations. Emphasis on recognition of symptoms, referral sources and suggested treatment programs.

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