Our society is seeing a fast-growing need for speech pathologists. We often take our ability to communicate for granted, but in reality, the process of acquiring the faculty of speech is complex. Speech pathologists come alongside those who struggle with or have lost their speech abilities, to help them produce correct sounds, words and sentences. By pursuing the minor in speech pathology, you will prepare yourself for ministering to the communicative needs of people of all ages.
Through Gordon’s speech pathology minor, you will qualify to become a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) upon graduation. But your several years of pre-professional training will be just one component of your studies at Gordon. You will take classes in speech pathology alongside your major and within the wider liberal arts context. The liberal arts are about understanding “humanness,” and what you learn through a broad range of courses will prove essential for your success in caring for people as a speech pathologist.
In addition to becoming an SLPA, you may choose to complete a master’s degree and be certified as a full-fledged speech-language pathologist, a vocation which you could pursue in a variety of work contexts:
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In addition to your required practicum, you might consider pursuing additional internship or volunteer opportunities at local schools or community centers.