College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Communication Disorders

Graduate Programs in Communication Disorders

Frequently Asked Questions

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

You must have completed the courses listed as prerequisites, or their equivalents, before entering the graduate program. The Department of Communication Disorders now offers a new post-baccalaureate certificate program in foundations of communication disorders by application. The program is designed for students who intend to apply to the graduate program in communication disorders, but have completed a major in a different field. The key features of the program are: a core of undergraduate coursework and observation experiences in communication disorders tailored to students’ backgrounds and needs, ongoing advisement, and the ability to complete a portion of the program online.
See more information about the Post-BA Certificate 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. These courses must be taken "on speculation." Your application to graduate school will be considered along with all other applicants. There is no particular advantage for graduate admissions at New Paltz in having completed undergraduate courses here.

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

The minimum duration of the prerequisite 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 acceptance. There is no spring admissions cycle.

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

The deadline is March 1, but rolling review of applications will begin in January. When you apply, you will be given instructions on how to check your status online.

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.

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 several new online and/or “hybrid” offerings are under development.

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 earn practicum hours.


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