A master’s degree is required for entry into the field of Speech and Language Disorders, and Trinity Christian College provides two pathways of preparation for such graduate study. The four year program at Trinity provides a range of courses in Speech and Communication Sciences, Psychology and other foundational areas; in addition, two specialized courses are offered by St. Xavier University. Completing the four-year program results in a bachelor’s degree from Trinity with an interdisciplinary major in cognitive and speech development and a minor in speech and communication sciences, all necessary for application to a master’s program.
As an alternative to the four year program, Trinity offers a three year transfer program that prepares students to complete a fourth year of a baccalaureate speech and language disorders program at another institution. The three years at Trinity include an interdisciplinary set of courses along with seven courses in speech and communicative sciences. A 3+2 arrangement with Calvin College allows Trinity students who gain admission into the fourth year of Calvin’s highly competitive speech pathology and audiology program the opportunity to continue there for an additional year (including summers), thereby completing a master’s degree from Calvin and receiving a bachelor’s degree from Trinity with an interdisciplinary major in cognitive and speech development.
Whether in schools, clinics, or hospital settings, clients of all ages need speech and language services, creating a high demand for newly prepared speech and language pathologists. School systems utilize these professionals for childhood developmental challenges while clinics, hospitals, and rehabilitation settings employ speech and language pathologists to work with those with strokes, head injuries, and other conditions. Trinity’s program will provide you with the initial preparation for an eventual career in speech and language pathology. Because master’s level preparation is needed for practice, you should seek a master’s program after completing your bachelor’s degree.
Each semester at Trinity will include combinations of general education courses, many psychology and special education courses as well as specific courses in speech and language disorders and foundational courses in biology, chemistry, linguistics, and statistics. The psychology emphases will include cognitive, developmental, behavioral, and neurobiological studies while the special education component will focus on exceptional children and youth. The coursework specifically focused on your professional preparation will include topics in speech pathology, audiology, phonetics, language, evaluation, and specialized anatomy and physiology.
To serve effectively, future speech and language pathologists need the passion, knowledge, and skills for diagnosing and treating clients with a range of conditions. While knowledge and skills are taught in the classroom and field experiences, the passion is rooted in faith. As a Trinity student, you will integrate your beliefs about God and about humankind created in His image as you begin coursework and initial field experiences while a student here.