A Master's Degree is traditionally regarded as the entry-level degree for the practice of speech-language pathology. Successful completion of a graduate program is required for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certificate of clinical competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). To practice in NYS public schools, a teaching certificate for Teaching Students with Speech and Language Disabilties (TSSLD) is required from the New York State Education Department (NYSED). New York State Office of Professions (NYSOP) licenses speech-language pathology to practice. The Department's graduate programs meet the academic and clinical requirements for professional certification and licensures as defined by ASHA, NYSED, and NYSOP.
Graduates who earn a Bachelor’s Degree apply to programs to earn a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.
The employment outlook for graduates with a Master’s Degree is extremely favorable. Graduates of the program at SUNY New Paltz are employed in schools, hospitals, private practices and clinics. Virtually all graduates of the program find employment in the field, and the demand for speech-language pathologists and audiologists is expected to exceed the supply in the foreseeable future. Many graduates eventually assume leadership roles in healthcare facilities and have continued their education by earning doctoral degrees.