Professionals and training supervisors from many parts of the globe have contributed
to this special issue. It provides a revision of education guidelines for speech-language
pathologists (SLP). The discussions to establish them have taken the members
of the education committee of logopedics of the International Association of
Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) two years. The purpose was to provide a standard
for individuals in those countries and regions that are planning to establish
an initial education program in speech-language pathology. In addition, emerging
issues surrounding the education of SLP globally are discussed. Also topics
dealing with services needed in underserved areas are presented.
These guidelines are important for speech professionals and administrators planning to build an education program in speech, language and hearing in developing countries. Further, it is interesting to all professionals who would like to keep themselves up to date on emerging issues in the global education of SLP.