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Prerequisite Requirements

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements

Minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.00 grading system) is required for an application to be reviewed. A higher GPA may be necessary to be competitive for admission.

GRE Policy

GRE scores are not required or considered for admission to the program. 

Prerequisite Courses: Speech-Language Pathology

Students are not required to have an undergraduate major in speech-language pathology or communication disorders, but are required to enter our programs having completed all prerequisite courses in basic communication processes as well as communication disorders described below.

Speech and Hearing Prerequisites

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (3 credits)
  • Phonetics (3 credits)
  • Normal Language and Literacy Development (3 credits)
  • Basic Audiology (3 credits)
  • Speech Science (3 credits)
  • Content in Articulation and Phonological Development and Disorders or Child Language Disorders: Assessment and Intervention (3 credits) *200 level course and/or above
  • Clinical Observation* (see below for additional information)

Prerequisites from Other Subject Areas*

  • Social and/or Behavioral Science Course (3 credits)
  • Biological Science Course (3 credits)
  • Physical Science Course (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)

​​​​​​​Prerequisite Courses: Speech-Language Pathology with Teacher Certification

Students are not required to have an undergraduate major in speech-language pathology or communication disorders, but are required to enter our programs having completed all prerequisite courses in basic communication processes as well as communication disorders described below.

Additional Prerequisite Courses for Teaching Certification Majors Only*

  • Educational Psychology (or equivalent)
  • Social Foundations of Education (or equivalent)
  • Fine/Performing/Creative Arts 
  • History 
  • Language other than English (This requirement can be met by demonstrating proficiency in a language other than English or by completing one semester of coursework in a language other than English) 

Clinical Observation

As stated in the standard below, ASHA requires a minimum of 25 observation hours. Students are encouraged to complete these hours prior to beginning the graduate program. In the event that a student has not completed these hours prior to beginning the program, they must be completed by the end of Block 1 of the first fall semester.

ASHA Standard V-C (2014)
Twenty-five hours must be spent in clinical observation, and 375 hours must be spent in direct client/patient contact. Implementation: Guided observation hours generally precede direct contact with clients/patients. The observation and direct client/patient contact hours must be within the scope of practice of speech-language pathology and must be under the supervision of a qualified professional who holds current ASHA certification in the appropriate practice area. Such supervision may occur simultaneously with the student’s observation or afterwards through review and approval of written reports or summaries submitted by the student. Students may use video recordings of client services for observation purposes.

*NOTE ON PREREQUISITE POLICY EXCEPTIONS

 Graduate students may complete up to two prerequisite deficiencies during their graduate program, with the approval of the graduate chair. Students must meet with the graduate chair and outline their plans for making up the deficiencies. The graduate chair will determine whether the plan merits approval. Students will not be able to graduate until they finish any needed coursework to fulfill the deficiencies. 

This policy applies to prerequisites from outside areas only. Prerequisites for basic communication sciences and disorders classes are not subject to this policy and must be completed prior to enrolling. 

Application Deadlines and Process

Learn more about our application deadlines and the application process, including for graduate assistantships.

Questions?

Dr. Carly Jo Hosbach-Cannon, Assistant Professor and Graduate Chair
306 Smiddy Hall
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850