I had a Bachelor's degree in Spanish, but didn't know how I wanted to use it. I stumbled across the field of speech pathology, and it seemed a natural fit with my interest in "language." Next thing you know, I'm in grad school in TX so I could study on a bilingual SLP track. Fast forward 15 years, and I've worked with people with every imaginable need, from home health to hospitals to nursing homes to a university clinic. I've loved every minute of it, and feel like I've made a difference in the lives of a lot of people who would otherwise have very little hope. (I've even been inspired to write a book about it!)
Gary Copeland, M.A., CCC-SLP, Harvest, AL
I think the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology are the most interesting and diverse there are. You can work with every age - from babies all the way up to geriatric adults. You can work in such a wide variety of settings - public schools, community rehab clinics, hospitals, universities, private practice. And you can specialize in so many different areas. As a speech-language pathologist, you can work in the areas of voice, laryngectomy, swallowing, stuttering, head injury, other neurological disorders, articulation disorders, the dysarthrias, etc. I've worked in the public schools, an Easter Seals rehabiliation clinic and the VA Hospital system. I found my niche in medical speech pathology and the VA where I also found the wonderful world of supervising student externs. Although I am now retired, if I had to do it over again, I would choose the profession of speech-language pathology.
Doreen G. Oyadomari, Ph.D., Birmingham, Alabama
Submit your Testimonial which will appear on this page.
1. Visit Alabama State Department's web site: www.alsde.edu
2. Look in the left hand column: "Teach in Alabama"
3. Complete an application for a position. This website will automatically send it to any system in the state that has that particular position advertised. Neat, huh?
Or, see the listing of all of Alabama's Special Education Coordinators so you can contact them directly.
In Alabama, you can study for a Master's Degree in speech-language pathology and/or audiology at the following five, nationally-accredited schools:
Alabama A & M University
4900 Meridian Street
Normal, AL 35762 (by Huntsville)
Phone: (256) 851-5533
Fax: (256) 851-5538
Web site: www.aamu.edu/csd
College of Liberal Arts
Communications Disorders Dept
1199 Haley Ctr
Auburn University, AL 36849-5232
Phone: (334) 844-9600
Fax: (334) 844-4585
Web site: https://fp.auburn.edu/communication_disorders/
University of Alabama
4908 Woodland Forrest
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
Phone: (205) 348-7131
Fax: (205) 348-1845
Web site: http://www.as.ua.edu/comdis/
University of Montevallo
College of Arts & Sciences
Dept of Comm Sci & Disorders
Montevallo, AL 35115 (a little south of Birmingham)
Phone: (205) 665-6720
Fax: (205) 665-6721
Web site: http://www.montevallo.edu/csd
University of South Alabama
School of Allied Health Professions
Dept of Speech Pathology & Audiology
2000 University Commons
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Phone: (251) 380-2600
Fax: (251) 380-2699
Web site: http://www.southalabama.edu/alliedhealth/speechandhearing
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Earn your Ph.D. at USA: Stipends are available.
Directions for use:
1) Once you're on the home page, look for Loan Forgiveness / Loan Repayment
2) Then > Teaching
3) Then > Stafford Federal Loan Forgiveness Programs [including Special Education Teachers -- speech-language pathologists fall in this category and can get up to $17,500 in loan forgiveness!]
Perkins Federal Loan Forgiveness Programs [for Teachers (including SLPs) who work in Title I-A Schools in the state - and can receive up to 100% loan forgiveness!