Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Speech and Hearing Science

Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Speech and Hearing Science
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Field of Interest: Health Sciences

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Speech and Hearing Science provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in speech and hearing sciences and/or are preparing for application to professional graduate programs in speech-language pathology, audiology, or auditory and language neuroscience. With a graduate degree, students may pursue a number of careers, including but not limited to, speech language pathologist, audiologist, speech scientist, and researcher. Students interested in becoming a Speech Language Pathology Assistant should refer to the Certificate of Completion (CCL) and Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Speech Pathology Assistant.


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Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

Students intending to transfer to ASU to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science will need a 2.8 GPA in the following courses: SLP214, PSY101, MAT187, PSY230 or MAT206, BIO201, PHY101.

Department consent by Speech Language Pathology (SLP) program director at Estrella Mountain Community College is required for enrollment in SLP Courses.

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Communicate in a culturally responsive manner, demonstrating empathetic and active listening skills.
  2. Communicate complex information clearly with a purpose appropriate to the context and audience in written and oral forms.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to learn from and adapt to changing contexts.
  4. Evaluate research and its clinical applications to inform decision making.
  5. Describe speech, language and hearing development and communication disorders using an understanding of biological and behavioral principles.
  6. Identify the impact of individual, cultural, and linguistic differences on communication across the lifespan.
  7. Explain professional and ethical standards as they apply to working with individuals with communication disorders.
  8. Apply critical thinking skills to issues in speech, language, and hearing across the lifespan.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

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