Your future in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

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.

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 we offer

Our program balances classroom learning with real-world application. You'll learn about communication skills through introductory courses in:

  • Audiology
  • Speech and hearing science
  • Speech and language development

Advanced courses focus on diagnosing and treating specific hearing, speech and language disorders. These courses also serve as prerequisites for graduate study.

Our faculty members are recognized researchers and practitioners as well as members of professional organizations in the field. They've published numerous articles in respected journals and conducted research on:

  • Autism
  • Cochlear implants
  • Discourse production abilities of adults with stroke-induced aphasia
  • Hearing aid fitting and selection procedures
  • Motor speech and voice changes associated with degenerative diseases
  • Prosodic and phonological characteristics of different languages
  • Psychoacoustics

What to expect

During your freshman and sophomore years, most of your classes will help fulfill the university's core curriculum. Many of your audiology and speech-language pathology sciences courses will be taken during your junior and senior years.

While enrolled in audiology and speech-language pathology courses, you'll observe clients at the UNT Speech and Hearing Center. The center supplies professional evaluation and intervention for various diagnoses including articulation, hearing, language, voice and fluency disorders.

The Career Center, Learning Center and our team of professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management.

The ASLP director of undergraduate studies and HPS academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester. The ASLP director also will provide advice on applying to graduate school and obtaining a job as a licensed assistant in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.