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Best Speech Pathology Programs: List of Top Schools

Students interested in studying speech pathology have many good schools to choose from. Read about rankings and programs found at the two top U.S. schools with degrees in this field.

School Overviews

A master's degree is the minimum degree required to become a speech pathologist; however, some schools also offer undergraduate programs in speech pathology. The top schools in this field, the University of Wisconsin - Madison and University of Washington - Seattle, offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field. The University of Wisconsin edges out the University of Washington because it has a slightly higher program ranking.

1. University of Wisconsin - Madison

School Highlight: Students interested in pursuing doctoral work in speech-language pathology can apply for Wisconsin's MS in Normal Aspects of Speech, Language and Hearing, a non-clinical degree that serves as a foundation for those wishing to go on to Ph.D. programs.

In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Wisconsin - Madison (UW - Madison) #2 in the nation for speech pathology graduate programs. UW - Madison's Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is a clinical degree that prepares students for speech pathology practice or doctoral study. Students in this master's program learn how to diagnose and treat communication abnormalities, including traumatic, cognitive and swallowing disorders. The school also offers two bachelor's degrees in communicative disorders through its College of Letters & Science and School of Education.

2. University of Washington - Seattle

School Highlight: Students in the University of Washington's Core Speech-Language Pathology MS program are required to gain clinical experience through a part-time pre-internship and a full-time internship, both at community facilities.

U.S. News & World Report ranked graduate speech pathology programs at the University of Washington - Seattle #3 in 2012. This school offers a Bachelor of Science and two Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology degree programs. The two master's programs include one that focuses on preparing students for clinical practice in schools, community clinics and private practice, and one that trains those who plan to work in medical settings, like hospitals and rehab centers. Faculty members in the University of Washington's Speech and Hearing Sciences department focus on a number of specialized research areas under three general categories: hearing science and audiology, language science and disorders, and speech science and disorders.

Top Speech Pathology Programs

College/University Name Distinction Location
Arizona State University Students in Hearing for Humanity program go to Malawi to treat people with hearing and speech disorders Tempe, AZ
Florida State University Students can gain experience by working at the school's annual summer speech and hearing communication camp Tallahassee, FL
Indiana University - Bloomington This school offers the Speech Therapy Education, Practicum, and Services (STEPS) for Latino Children and Families, a bilingual (Spanish-English) track in Speech-Language Pathology Bloomington, IN
Purdue University Offers study abroad program in Zambia for undergraduate and graduate hearing and speech students West Lafayette, IN
The University of Texas at Austin Graduates who took the speech pathology Praxis exam from 2012 to 2014 had a 97% pass rate Austin, TX
University of Florida Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences supports seven research labs Gainesville, FL
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Graduates of the MA in Speech Language Pathology from 2012 to 2014 had a 100% Praxis pass rate and 100% employment rate Champaign, IL
University of Iowa Ranked #1 for speech-language pathology programs in 2012 by U.S. News Iowa City, IA
University of Kansas Speech-language programs are administered through inter-campus collaboration between the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City and the main campus in Lawrence Lawrence, KS
University of Maryland - College Park Students can work in the on-campus Language-Learning Early-Advantage Program (LEAP) preschool College Park, MD

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