THE TEACHING OF SPEECH THERAPY IN BRAZIL: A PORTRAIT OF THE UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

Abstract The present study was conducted in September 2018, and had the goal of checking the current state of the teaching of speech therapy in Brazil through a characterization of its undergraduate courses. In order to do so, a documentary and descriptive research was conducted with a quantitative and qualitative approach. Data collection was made through the website of the Brazilian Ministry of Education. We analyzed 87 speech therapy undergraduate courses linked to public (27.6%) and private (72.4%) higher education institutions, totaling 7,044 slots offered annually, with an average of 3,681 credit hours, and a period of integralization ranging from eight to ten semesters. The courses were distributed among 23 Brazilian states, with a higher concentration in the Southern region of the country. Most courses were graded 3 regarding the indicators of quality proposed by the Ministry of Education. We concluded that the teaching of speech therapy in Brazil is fundamentally in-person, private, distributed throughout the country, with a low rate of students taking the slots, an aspect deduced by the small number of graduates compared with the amount of slots offered, higher credit hours in the public higher education institutions, concluded between eight and ten semesters, and it presents satisfactory quality indicators.