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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.
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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:
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.
|Period||Number of Students||Number of Students Passed||Pass Rate|
|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 Rate in Profession|
|Graduating year||Number of Graduates||Percent of Graduates|
|3 Year Average||88|
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.
|Graduating year||Number of students who graduated on time||Number of students who graduated later||Number of students who did not graduate||Percentage completing|
|3 year average||19||0||0||96.6|
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
Patrick Coppens, Ph.D., Interim Chair
Office: Sibley Hall 222C
Phone: (518) 564-2173