Speech Language Pathologist
At a Glance
Years in School (after high school graduation):
$29.93-$59.60 (Mean $42.50)
*based on 2016 Alaska DOL data
One-page Description (PDF):
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are specialists in communication disorders who work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. SLPs work in many different developmental, education, and health care settings with varying roles, levels of responsibility, and client populations.
Speech-language pathologists often work in hospitals, private clinics, community agencies, schools, infant learning programs, nursing homes, or home health agencies. Because of the high demand for speech-language pathology services, part-time, full-time, and “as needed” basis opportunities may be available. In many settings, SLPs work as part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary team, which includes family members as well as teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, and rehabilitation counselors.
Alaska requires a license to practice and certification by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association for any non-public school setting. School-based Speech Language Pathologists must have special services certification through the Department of Education and Early Development.
- Graduation from high school with coursework in science, math, and English.
- Graduation from a four-year college with a Bachelor’s degree.
- Completion of a master’s degree in speech language pathology from an accredited program.
- The State of Alaska requires all Speech Language Pathologists practicing in non-school settings, such as private practices and hospitals, to be licensed. Speech Language Pathologists employed by school districts must hold a Type C Special Services certificate.
University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) has several programs in speech-language pathology:
• A collaborative program with East Carolina University’s distance education Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders program.
• A minor in Speech-Language Pathology. The minor is also an option for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Pre-Professional Track.
• A Speech-Language Pathology post-baccalaureate certificate program which enables individuals with a Bachelor’s degree in another discipline to obtain the prerequisite courses needed to apply to the M.S. program mentioned above.
For further information about these programs, contact:
Ellen Brigham - Speech-Language Pathology Program Coordinator
Phone: (907) 786-4468
For State of Alaska licensing information, contact:
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
Professional Licensing Section: Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
Phone: (907) 465-2550
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