Master in Speech-Language Pathology

Our speech-language pathology master's program allows you to:

  • be well prepared for a career in any professional setting;
  • gather precious clinical experience;
  • broaden your clinical skills by experiencing a variety of settings;
  • engage in research;
  • meet the requirements for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA);
  • meet the requirements for certification and licensure in the State of New York (as well as in most other states);
  • meet the requirements for membership in the various provincial corporations in Canada;
  • choose to earn New York State teacher certification.

Benefits of a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Speech-Language Pathology

You are choosing a quality program.

The speech-language pathology program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The curriculum is comprehensive and as a consequence you will be prepared to work in any professional setting. Each faculty member is an expert in the area they teach. In addition, the teaching faculty also supervise the students in clinic. This guarantees a smooth transition from academic to clinical experiences.

The PRAXIS examination is required by ASHA to receive professional certification. Students typically take this exam during their second spring semester. We are very proud of the fact that our students score above national average and above New York state average. Our students' passing rates appear below. (The data reflect the number of graduate students whose results have been forwarded to the department.)

PRAXIS Passing Rates
Period Number of Students Number of Students Passed Pass Rate
2012–2013 14 14 1
2011–2012 13 13 1
2010–2011 11 10 0.91
3 Year Average .97

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
2012–2013 15 79
2011–2012 14 93
2010–2011 13 87
3 Year Average 86

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
2012–2013 18 0 1 95
2011–2012 14 1 0 100
2010–2011 14 1 2 88
3 year average 15 1 1 94

You have access to the tools you need.

We are proud of the quality of the equipment we provide the students. You have access to recent assessment materials, our computer lab and our voice and speech science lab. In addition, all graduate classes are taught in smart classrooms.

You receive individual attention.

The small graduate class size maximizes individual contacts between students and faculty as well as promote class cohesion. Your program is tailored to meet your individual needs and professional goals through your relationship with your academic advisor.

You will be ready to work in New York Schools.

Our program is accredited by the New York State Department of Education. You will receive your teacher certification by completing the required graduate courses required for the master's degree and a school clinical practicum.

You will be ready to work in Canada.

We have graduated many Canadian students in the past. Our students have had no problems getting recognized by the various provincial organizations in Canada.

Program Requirements

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Credit Requirements

The major in Speech-Language Pathology requires a minimum of 53 credits of coursework. Elective coursework in the summer is strongly encouraged to better prepare students for internships and professional employment. (See attached list of courses offered/required by the department.)

Learn more about the Speech-Language Pathology Program


Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

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

Raymond Domenico, Chair
Office: Sibley Hall 226
Phone: (518) 564-3154

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