Speech pathology

Why study speech pathology?

Our graduate-entry program lets graduates with a degree other than speech pathology gain a professional qualification. We are the longest standing provider of speech pathology education programs in Victoria. You must enrol full-time for four semesters. We use Problem-Based Learning methods as well as more traditional teaching and learning formats. You will develop your knowledge and skills using actual speech pathology cases and gain valuable practical experience in our clinic and external placements.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared to practise in hospitals, community health centres, private practice, schools, rehabilitation centres and aged care centres. You may also work in health promotion, teaching and consultancy, and in specialised centres helping people with hearing impairment, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability. La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist.


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Your study experience

Speech pathology placements

Clinical experience is a major component of our program. You will get practical experience at the La Trobe Communication Clinic at Melbourne campus and in external agencies such as hospitals, community health centres, schools, early childhood centres and private practice in rural, metropolitan or interstate settings. The La Trobe Communication Clinic offers extensive speech pathology services including:

  • a preschool language and phonology program funded by Community Health.
  • a preschool and school-age child fluency (stuttering) program funded by Community Health.
  • an adolescent and adult fluency (stuttering) assessment and treatment program.
  • a Phonological Awareness for Literacy program for school-aged children.
  • voice clinics for children and adults at the Melbourne campus and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

Fee assistance

The Government FEE-HELP scheme is for full-fee paying, non-research postgraduate students and provides a loan based on income. This scheme applies to the Master of Speech Pathology.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

Find out about the experiences of one of our students.

Speech pathology is an amazing profession that offers a diverse range of career opportunities

Ms Meg Allen, Health Sciences

About the academic staff

The paramedicine staff employed at La Trobe University are highly qualified and motivated individuals who share their experience and enthusiasm with students, and align curriculum content with international best practice.  They are determined to produce resilient, critical thinking and capable clinicians that can thrive in this exciting profession.

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