Speech Pathology and Audiology

Speech pathology and audiology are clinical professions aiming to screen, assess, and treat children and adults with disorders of speech, language, hearing, cognition, and swallowing. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists have varied career interests and pursuits, including working in healthcare, special education settings, higher education, public service, or private industry. Basic and applied research, codes of ethics, and a commitment to evidence-based and culturally competent practice form the backbone of these professions. These professions contribute to our understanding of typical and atypical communication, the influence of culture on communication, and strategies that enhance the quality of life for persons affected by communication disorders and differences.

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences aims to support students in developing a strong skill set in basic and applied science, professional conduct, and writing skills while engaging in critical thinking, creativity, planning, and decision-making. The program's strength is its rich, interdisciplinary nature, which emphasizes a powerful combination of science with liberal arts, humanities, and the social sciences while providing clear depth in the major.


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Career Opportunities Include:

Academic Coach/Tutor (for persons with disabilities) • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist • Audiologists • Clinical Consultant • Research Assistant • School Audiometrist • Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) • Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) • Therapy Aide


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Courses You Might Take

SLHS 301 - Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing

Anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms. Topics include respiration, phonation, articulation, resonance, and hearing, with emphasis on normal processes.

SLHS 302 - Phonetics and Phonological Disorders

A study of speech sound production and acquisition, including transcription of speech via the International Phonetic Alphabet. An overview of evidence-based assessment and intervention for articulation and phonological disorders.

PHYS 304 - Acoustics

An introduction to the physical properties of sound. Focuses on the scientific and mathematical framework describing acoustical concepts, with particular application to the human voice, speech articulation, and hearing mechanisms.

SLHS 401 - Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Speech, Language and Hearing

Studies anatomy and physiology of the nervous systems as related to human cognitive and communicative function and dysfunction - with emphasis on normal processes.

SLHS 402 - Audiology and Audiological Assessment

A review of anatomy and physiology of the ear systems. Theory and application of pure tone and speech audiometric procedures for identification and differential diagnosis of peripheral auditory disorders.

SLHS 407 - Clinical Methods and Diagnostics

Learn principles of client assessment, treatment and management, including designing therapy hierarchies, collecting data, working with families, reinforcing correct behavior and documenting outcomes.

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Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
  • California State University, East Bay
  • Music Building, MB 1099
  • (by appointment only)
  • Hayward, CA 94542