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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.)
|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||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.
|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||17||0||0||98|
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.
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.
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.
We have graduated many Canadian students in the past. Our students have had no problems getting recognized by the various provincial organizations in Canada.
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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.)
If you would like more information about the graduate program in communication disorders and sciences at SUNY Plattsburgh please contact:
Roberta Wacker-Mundy, Ph.D.
Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator
Office: Sibley Hall 234
Phone: (518) 564-5176
Raymond Domenico, Chair
Office: Sibley Hall 226
Phone: (518) 564-3154