With the Master’s degree in Clinical Linguistics, you qualify as an academic speech therapist following a bachelor’s degree in linguistics (e.g. BA “Language and Communication” in Marburg). The guiding principle is a close connection between linguistic theory, psycholinguistic research and speech therapy practice. You will acquire up-to-date knowledge about various forms of language and speech disorders and learn to apply this in practice in your future professional field. The course offers the opportunity to work in language therapy and to obtain approval from health insurance companies for relevant areas of indication. The practical teaching of clinical skills is therefore a central component of the course.
Basics of clinical linguistics
Speech therapy practice
The course is interdisciplinary in the sense that practically relevant subjects such as diagnosis and therapy of language and speech disorders in children and adults are linked with theoretical basics in the areas of linguistics, medicine, speech science, phonetics, statistics, psychology and education.
As a clinical linguist, you are an academically trained speech therapist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, therapy and counseling of developmental and acquired disorders of language, speaking and swallowing.
After successfully completing your studies, you may consider a therapeutic or managerial position in the following institutions:
in speech therapy practices: employed or in their own branch (prerequisite: health insurance)
in clinical facilities (acute clinics, rehabilitation clinics, geriatric clinics)
with public bodies and independent associations (e.g. in advice centers, early intervention centers)
in speech therapy kindergartens, day-care centers and similar special educational institutions
in municipal or regional ambulance centers
Completion of a relevant bachelor's degree in the field of linguistics, communication science, speech therapy, cognitive science or proof of a comparable domestic or foreign professional university degree. If this is not yet available, a transcript of records with a calculated average grade based on at least 80% of the credit points required for the Bachelor's degree can be submitted.
Proof of knowledge of English at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference of the Council of Europe
Proof of linguistic specialist modules or courses amounting to at least 24 CP. The required proportion of linguistic courses over 24 CP, which must be acquired as part of the bachelor's degree, must consist of the following linguistic sub-areas:
phonetics / phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, text linguistics / pragmatics, neuro- and psycholinguistics. Of these, at least 4 CP must be from courses with a psycholinguistic orientation. The bachelor thesis should have been written on a relevant linguistic or communication science topic. If the bachelor's certificate is not yet available at the time of application, the topic of the bachelor's thesis must be specified in the application documents.
Proof of 18 credit points in the fields of psychology, pedagogy and language therapy skills in accordance with the guidelines of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds. 6 CP must have been acquired in courses on psychology (primarily neuropsychology, developmental psychology, learning psychology, cognitive psychology), a further 6 CP must be acquired in courses on pedagogy (rehabilitation or special pedagogy or pedagogy for the speech impaired). 6 CP must be proven from courses on language therapy skills. These should come from the areas of scientific work and research methods, quality assurance, diagnostics, therapy didactics, advice, and therapist behavior.
Submission of a phoniatric report attesting normal hearing as well as vocal and articulatory aptitude for studying and the subsequent practice of a speaking profession and which is not older than 12 months. The hearing expert opinion can also be prepared by an ENT specialist.
Proof of a four-week internship at a speech therapy facility (rehabilitation clinic, speech therapy or speech therapy practice, etc.). Within this framework, there should be the opportunity to get to know various disorders and to sit in on the diagnosis and therapy of speech and speech disorders.
The admission can be linked to the condition that additional study achievements and / or examinations of a maximum of 6 CP are achieved, usually from the modules "Developmental Psychology", "Perception and Cognition" or "Learning, Emotion and Motivation" (B.Sc. Psychology ), "Introduction to Social and Rehabilitation Education (Export)" (BA Educational Science) or "German Language I" (BA German Language and Literature), "Linguistic Structures I", "Scientific Methods: Literature Research, Data Collection", "Scientific methods: empiricism, statistics" or "Neuro- and psycholinguistics" (BA Language and Communication). In this case, the course can be extended accordingly.
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