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Communication Disorders

Graduate Program FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What do I do if I have a bachelor's degree in another field?

You must have completed the core communication disorders courses that are listed as prerequisites, or their equivalents, before entering the graduate program. The Communication Disorders Department offers an online post-baccalaureate program in foundations of communication disorders, which is designed for students who intend to apply to the graduate program in communication disorders, but have completed a major in a different field. Alternatively you can take the prerequisite courses at another school. See more information about the post-baccalaureate program.

2. If I take these prerequisite courses at New Paltz, does that mean I will be accepted into the New Paltz graduate program?

No. Your application to graduate school will be considered equally along with all other applicants. There is no particular advantage for graduate admissions at New Paltz in having completed an undergraduate degree or the post-baccalaureate program here.

3. How long will it take me to complete the prerequisite courses?

The minimum duration of the post-baccalaureate program at New Paltz is one year of study if summer session courses are included.

4. When should I apply to the graduate program?

Graduate applications are reviewed each spring for fall admissions. All prerequisite courses must be either completed or in progress at the time of application. There is no spring admissions cycle.

5. What is the application deadline? When and how will I find out if I have been accepted?

Applications must be submitted to the Graduate School starting December 1, and the deadline is January 31. When you apply, you will be given instructions on how to check the status of your application online. http://www.newpaltz.edu/graduate/steps.html

6. What is the minimum GRE for acceptance? What GPA do I need in my major courses?

There is no set minimum GRE. It is just one factor that is considered along with the rest of the application packet. The major GPA should be higher than the minimum overall GPA of 3.0, but again, there is no set minimum. The major GPA is considered in conjunction with the application essay, the letters of recommendation, specific aspects of the transcript, the applicant’s work, volunteer, and/or research experience, etc. To see the GPA and GRE scores of students recently admitted to the program, click on the "Graduate Student Profile" link on the Graduate Program page.

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7. When and how may I apply for assistantships?

New Paltz has a limited number of positions within the department. These are not awarded in advance. Accepted students apply for these positions during orientation.

8. Is the New Paltz graduate program accredited?

The graduate program in communication disorders at New Paltz (speech-language pathology concentration, and speech and language disabilities concentration) is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Accreditation was first awarded in 1981. Both concentrations are also registered as licensure-qualifying in the State of New York. The speech and language disabilities concentration is registered as leading to a New York State teaching certificate in speech and language disabilities (TSSLD).

9. I have an initial certificate in TSSLD from my undergraduate program. What concentration should I complete?

Students with the initial certificate in TSSLD complete the speech-language pathology concentration. Upon completion of the program, and three years of full-time employment in a school-based setting, the professional certificate in TSSLD is awarded.

10. Is the program difficult?

Both the undergraduate and graduate programs are rigorous, and graduate admissions throughout New York State are competitive. New Paltz graduates have a high pass rate on the national board exam (PRAXIS) and are well regarded by employers in the region.

11. Is the program campus-based or online?

The majority of the program is offered on campus. Two online courses are presently offered, and additional online and/or “hybrid” offerings are being developed.

12. How long will it take me to finish the program? Do I have to study in the summer?

Typically, students study full time and complete the speech-language pathology program in two years (four semesters). Most full-time students take an extra semester to complete the speech and language disabilities program. Students are able to take online courses in the summer, and many students use the summer to obtain practicum hours.

13. What are my employment prospects?

From 2009 to 2016, no less than 90% of students who completed the Master's degree at New Paltz found employment in the field of communication disorders. More recent data is available by clicking the "Student Outcome Data" link on the  page.

Quick facts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

2012 median pay: $69,870/yr; $33.59/hr
Entry-level education: Master's degree
Number of jobs, 2012: 134,100
Job outlook, 2012-2022: 19% (faster than average, which is 11%)
Employment change, 2012-2022: 26,000


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