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Jan 2010

Hello,

I have been an music teacher in elementary schools, preschools, and special education classes for 7 years, and I am looking for something more stable but just as rewarding. I have been observing speech therapists for some time now, and I'm considering a career change. I have a couple of requests:

1. I would love to hear from speech therapists about their work and how they like it (any area of speech therapy would be helpful).

2. I would also be interested in hearing about programs to become certified in a relatively short period of time (2 years or so). I currently hold a CA k-8 teaching credential and a masters in music education.

Thank you! anon


i am currently in the speech language pathology program at cal state east bay. because my bachelor's degree is in an area outside the field (psychology), i am having to take many prerequisites before beginning the graduate level courses. the estimated time to complete the program for me is 3.5 to 4 years. the only 2 other programs that i know of in the area are at SF state and san jose state.

i also hold a teaching credential and have 15 years of classroom experience which will be beneficial when starting therapy but don't give me an advantage in the course work necessary toward certification and licensing. i am finding the program very interesting and rewarding. the scope of practice for a speech language pathologist is quite varied. SLPs are employed in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, school districts, early intervention programs, etc. they work with people at all age levels with many many types of disorders: articulation, language, autism, swallowing, traumatic brain injury, etc. it's a growing and promising field.

only problem: state budget cuts to education may change the panorama at the state universities soon. the future of these programs are undertermined at this time good luck!


University of the Pacific is by far the quickest program. It costs more than the State schools, but if time is your priority and you don't mind moving east then it may be a good fit. It took me 3 1/2 years to complete my program at a Cal State school (graduated 2 years ago) including undergraduate classed (was a psych major in college). Good luck! love speech
Sept 2007

I'm considering pursuing a degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Cal State East Bay, I'm hoping to get some advice about the job market and career opportunities. Anyone out there in the field who can share their experience and offer me some advice on this career path? Thanks...


I am a speech pathologist and trained at the same school, though then it was called ''Hayward State.'' I am responding from the state of Washington,where I now live, but I used to live in Berkeley. A friend forwarded me your post. I did wonderful exploration with career counselor Toni Littlestone many years ago and explored so many options it made my head spin. I was nothing if not thorough, but speech pathology won over all the others. Toni helped me really listen to my heart and my mind together. I have loved this career. I have worked for others, but now have a private practice working with children. I don't have children myself, but Toni helped me realize what a tender spot I have for kids and that this works fulfills that part of me very much. I am out of touch with the market in the Bay Area, but where I live, I am flooded with business and have a waiting list. I have never regretted my decision. I had also never been self-employed, and have continued to work with Toni over the phone to build confidence in my abilities as an entrepreneur. satisfied with career
I am not a professional in the field but as a parent of a child who receives speech therapy (and has for years) I can tell you there is a shortage of therapists. I think this would be an excellent career choice. best wishes laura
Hi. I'm an SLP and think it's a great career. It's challenging mentally and you can feel good about what you're contributing to people's lives. The pay depends on what you do. It can be low or 3 figures, but basically most people fall somewhere in the $60,000 to $80,000 range. The job market is unrivaled, with opportunities all over the U.S. and world, even in non-English-speaking countries. The demand is so high you can determine your schedule for the most part, so if you have children it's a big plus. The scope of practice is wide, which can be challenging in an education sense, but great in finding what works for you. I've worked in NICUs, ICUs, rehab facilities, universities, schools, clinics, you name it with all different populations and it's brought such a great perspective to my personal life. The profession has afforded me the opportunity to travel and live in different countries too. The down sides tend to be around wanting to give more, but being limited by budgets, whether it's a hospital or a school. You know what a mess our education and health care systems are and it can be frustrating as a provider to not give what you know is the best. There are ways to deal with that, though and experienced clinician's can help. Please feel free to contact me if your questions aren't answered here by the BPN community. Good luck. Christy
Being a speech-pathologist is a hot profession right now. I have been working in an early intervention center (birth to 5 years) for the past 8 years as an SLP and I got my degree at Cal State East Bay (formerly Cal State Hayward). I get head hunted all the time from school districts, private agengies and hostpitals from all over the country. The early intervention center I work at is part of West Constra Costa Unified so I get all the great vacations that teachers get. Hope this helps and good-luck! A-
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