Am I Too Old to Think of Being a Speech Therapist?

Question:I'm 43 with some experience. But I want to do this. It would take a Master's Degree. I have only a little college, but no degree.

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Hello, I'm a Speech Therapist who worked in the US and now am in Canada. I went to school in FL and most of my classmates were in their 40s and 50s. My suggestions would be to do a post bac at a school where they offer a lot of night courses to see if this is the right choice for you. If you enjoy the classes, you will need to study for the GRE. Afterwards, apply for admission. Currently, programs are two years, but it will take you three since you do not have a bachelor's in the field.

Please give it some thought as the field is demand. When I lived in FL and NYC, I was the only applicant for the positions that I applied for.

If you would like to find out which universities offer a degree in Speech Pathology, please go to www.asha.org.

It is important to note that you will have to do clinical externships and this would require you to take a hiatus from your current job. These rotations are for approximately 8-12 weeks at a time, so hopefully you could work something out with your employer when the time comes.
No!

Don't know where you are, but in Australia and the UK, you only need 4 intense years of study, leading to a bachelor's degree and then you can slowly start working. Are you in the US? What's it like there?

Go for it. I imagine it would be a very emotionally satisfying job, and the pay is decent and hours flexible (important if you are raising a family).
It might be a little harder, but with enough work it is never too late to do anything. People have achieved wilder things.
No, you're not too old to start a new career. You're too old to waste your time thinking and not acting.
I don't think that you're ever "too old" to go back to school. Plenty of people switch careers and go back to school in their 40s and even later. If you can fit it into your life and handle the workload, then why not give it a try?
Go for it! You're never too old to do anything.

I read somewhere about an 80-year old lady that went to college and got her Bachelors Degree. hahaha

Education keeps us young.
Definitely not too old! Speech pathology is an awesome field, it takes a bachelors and depending of the bachelors about 2-3 years in graduate school for a masters. I am thinking about doing that as well, but cant decide between an i/o psychologist and speech therapist.
Good luck! and remember it is only too late once you are dead :)

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