FAQs for Prospective Graduate Students

Is the graduate program at Ithaca College Accredited?

Our program is accredited by the Council for Academic Accreditation (CAA) through 2019.  All programs are accredited for a specified number of years and must then reapply. We will reapply at the appropriate time in order to maintain continuous accreditation. We are also accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Are IC undergraduate SLP students automatically admitted into the graduate program?

Currently enrolled seniors in the speech-language pathology program at Ithaca College are granted automatic acceptance  into our graduate program when they submit the online application, if they meet the automatic-acceptance requirements in place at the time of application. Students should talk with their academic advisors for details.

I did not major in SLP or communication disorders as an undergraduate, can I still be accepted into the graduate program?

We welcome students who have completed undergraduate programs other than SLP/communication disorders. Students who did not major in SLP/communication disorders as undergraduates may be required to take prerequisite courses. For a complete list of courses, click on Admissions Basics and then select Required Prerequisites on the left sidebar.
 

Typical Prerequisite Course Sequence

Fall Spring

Phonetics (SLPA 11010)

Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms (SLPA 21200)

Normal Language and Literacy  Development (SLPA 21600)

Basic Audiology (SLPA 24000)

Articulation and Phonological Development and Disorders (SLPA 22000)

Child Language Disorders: Assessment and Intervention (SLPA 23000)

Clinical Observation (SLPA 37000)

What is the application deadline?

All students must begin the graduate program in the fall semester. All applications for admission should be submitted to the Office of Admissions by February 1/gradadmission/

What are the requirements for admission?

Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or above (based on a 4 point scale).

Applicants must submit

1. online graduate application

2. GRE scores

3. official transcripts for all undergraduate/graduate institutions attended

4. two letters of recommendation

5. payment for the application processing fee.

 

In addition, all students must complete a health certification report which must be submitted prior to the first day of classes. Health certification reports should be mailed to

201 Hammond Center
Attn: Donna Mistler
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

These forms may be accessed at  /sacl/healthcenter/healthcertification

What are the additional requirements if I am seeking an assistantship?

1. Indicate that you are seeking an assistantship by marking the box on the online graduate application form.

2. Submit two ADDITIONAL letters of recommendation (two assistantship reviewers must be in addition to the two reviewers used for admission to the program).

 

I have completed observation hours and clinical clock hours under the supervision of someone who does not have the ASHA certificate of clinical competence. Can I count those hours toward my degree program?  

All observation and clinical clock hours must be completed under the supervision of an individual who holds the ASHA certificate of clinical competency at the time the supervision is provided. Supervision provided by individuals who are not ASHA certified will not be counted toward the student's 400 clock hours required for ASHA certification. 

 

Where can I complete my externships?

Traditionally, students have been able to complete their clinical externships in almost any state in the United States. States may elect to institute restrictions on externship experiences that hamper or prohibit externship affiliation agreements; such decisions are outside the control of Ithaca College. The department ensures that students are able to complete their clinical practica  in a timely manner but we are not able to guarantee the location of practica sites available to students in any given semester. Canadian students should plan on completing their externships within the United States.

 

What happens after I graduate with a graduate degree in SLP?

After you complete either of the graduate programs offered through the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Ithaca College, you will have completed all of the coursework required for eligibility for

  • certification as a speech-pathologist through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association

  • licensure as a speech-language pathologist in New York State.

If you have elected to complete the required courses, you will also be eligible for the initial certificate in Teaching Students with Speech and Language Disabilities, enabling you to work with school-aged children (e.g., in a public school setting).

On other sections of our website you can find information about

a. our PRAXIS pass rate

b. our program completion rate

c. the employment rate of students who have completed our program and some of the settings in which they work.