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Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-language pathologists work to assess, diagnose, treat, and help prevent speech, language, social communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Above average salaries, the freedom to work independently, and a growing number of jobs make speech-language pathology a highly desirable field.

Our two-year program prepares you for licensure as a clinical speech-language pathologist or teacher of children with speech and language disabilities. You’ll gain clinical experience in a variety of settings and work with faculty who are experts in their area of study.

The program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and follows standards as designed by the American Speech Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a different field may prepare for application to a speech-language pathology graduate program by completing with the communication sciences and disorders certificate program.

Benefits

  • Accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Expert faculty prepare you to work in any professional setting
  • Small graduate class size promotes class cohesion and individualized learning
  • Smart classrooms with access to tools you need, including recent assessment materials, computer lab and voice and speech science lab
  • Meets the academic and graduate clinical clock-hour requirements for ASHA CCC, and teacher certification and licensure in New York State (and most other states), and membership in the various provincial corporations in Canada.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Speech-Language Pathology (48 credits)

Program Requirements

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Admission & Application Requirements

General admission criteria include a completed graduate study application, three recommendations (2 from professors familiar with your academic ability), statement of purpose or intent, and all official transcripts. Additional requirements include:

  1. Applicants with an undergraduate degree pending or completed in communication disorders/sciences must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale) both overall and in the major. Applicants with a non-CSD degree will be considered only if they have an undergraduate GPA minimum of 2.75 and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in CSD courses.
  2. At least two of the three letters of recommendation must be from professors who can attest to the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program and as a professional.
  3. Applicants must have coursework in the following areas completed or in progress, preferably from a communications disorders/sciences program:
    1. Normal Speech/Language Development
    2. Phonetics
    3. Speech and/or Hearing Science
    4. Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
    5. Audiology
      and
      A minimum of two of the following courses completed or in progress:
    6. Physical Science (physics or chemistry recommended)
    7. Statistics
    8. Biological Science
    9. Social/Behavioral Science

    10. Any courses listed above (f–i) which have not been completed before entering the graduate program must be completed before graduation from the graduate program.
  4. Applicants must have an undergraduate major in CSD or a minimum of 30 credits in CSD coursework which will be completed before beginning the graduate program to receive the full amount of points used in making admission decisions.
  5. Completion of the GRE with no percentile below the tenth percentile. If the applicant is an ESL speaker (as per English language testing scores such as the TOEFL), no more than one area percentile can be below the tenth percentile.
  6. Selected students are required to participate in a scheduled on-campus interview day. Any applicant who does not meet these basic requirements (1–6 above) will be denied admission after this initial file review.

The department’s Graduate Admissions Committee will review each application individually and will make recommendations for each prospective candidate on the basis of an overall evaluation. Preferences for admission will be given to applicants from pre-professional undergraduate programs in speech-language pathology/communication disorders and sciences.

Students from other undergraduate majors will need to complete our two-semester certificate program before seeking admission to our graduate program or other graduate programs in speech-language pathology. See information on the certificate program or contact the department chairperson for details.

Admission to the program is granted only for the fall semester. Non-matriculated students and certificate program students are not allowed to take graduate courses in communication sciences and disorders without permission from instructors and the chairperson.

Admission Deadline: February 1, applications may be accepted after February 1 at the department’s discretion.

American Speech-Language Hearing Association Information

Learn more about the Speech-Language Pathology Program

Program Statistics

PRAXIS Passing Rates
Period Number of Students Number of Students Passed Pass Rate
2015–2016 17 17 100
2014–2015 20 20 100
2013–2014 18 18 100
3 Year Average 100

The job market for the profession of speech-language pathology is excellent. Our graduates work in a variety of settings: schools, hospitals, private practices, nursing homes, etc. Some of our recent graduates have decided to work abroad and some have spent several years on the road working as traveling speech-language pathologists. Our recent employment rates appear below:

Employment Rates
  Employment Rate in Profession
Graduating year Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
2015–2016 16 89
2014–2015 19 95
2013–2014 17 94
3 Year Average 93

Students are enrolled in graduate courses and on-campus practicum for 4 semesters and one summer. During their 2nd year, students go off-campus on their internships.

Master’s Degree Completion Rates

The data reflect the number of students who have graduated in the expected number of semesters.

Graduating year Number of students who graduated on time Number of students who graduated later Number of students who did not graduate Percentage completing
2015–2016 18 0 0 100
2014–2015 19 1 0 95
2013–2014 18 0 1 95
3 year average 19 0 0 97

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the graduate program in communication sciences and disorders at SUNY Plattsburgh please contact:

Suzanne Hungerford, Ph.D.
Professor, Graduate Program Director
Office: Sibley Hall 222B
Phone: (518) 564-5276
Email: suzanne.hungerford@plattsburgh.edu

Patrick Coppens, Ph.D., Interim Chair
Office: Sibley Hall 222C
Phone: (518) 564-2173
Email: patrick.coppens@plattsburgh.edu

SUNY Plattsburgh
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Sibley Hall 226
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901