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CSUSM launches bachelor's in speech-language pathology

California State University San Marcos is launching a Bachelor of Science in speech-language pathology (SLP) for fall 2016. Applications will be accepted starting Oct. 7 of this year.

Speech-language pathologist is ranked No. 30 among the Top 100 Best Jobs for 2015, according to U.S. News and World Report. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growing need for speech-language pathologists as the baby boomer generation ages and awareness of speech and language disorders in children grows. In 2020, almost 50 percent of school-based speech-language pathologists in the U.S. will be eligible for retirement, creating a need for qualified practitioners.

Students who graduate with a bachelor's in SLP may continue on to the Master of Science in SLP offered at CSUSM. The bachelor's program will teach critical content required for entry into the master's program. After graduating, students must complete a clinical fellowship year and pass the national Praxis exam before becoming a practicing speech-language pathologist.

This is a full-time, cohort-based program that can be completed in five semesters, including summer. Classes will be held on the San Marcos campus.

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