The areas of professional practice for speech-language pathologists are rapidly expanding, as are the types of clients they are expected to serve. In fewer than two years, our master’s program in speech-language pathology will equip you with broad clinical experience as well as academic instruction so you are well-positioned to enter the workforce.
Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)
You will complete at least 53 credits of coursework in core content areas such as phonological disorders, swallowing, aphasia, fluency, and augmentative and alternative communication. Our program is full-time and degree requirements must be completed within two years of matriculation. If you decide to complete a thesis, this may require at least one semester of additional study and at least five additional credits to complete the degree (58 total).
Your classroom study will include courses in:
- Motor Speech Disorders
- Clinical Management of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Client
- Medical Aspects of Speech-Language Pathology
- Introduction to Cognitive/Linguistic Rehabilitation
You will also work directly with clients starting in your first semester on campus. As a result, you will be well prepared for your final semester, which consists of two full-time externships, when you will experience the rigors and responsibilities of professional work.
The program concludes with a comprehensive examination that is structured similarly to the national Praxis exam.
You will have access to the following state-of-the art facilities during your time as a graduate student:
- Six digitally equipped therapy rooms with adjoining observation rooms;
- A digitally equipped diagnostic room;
- An assistive technology and alternative communication lab;
- A student preparatory workroom;
- A voice analysis laboratory;
- An extensive materials room that includes the latest diagnostic and treatment materials; and
- Two audiology sound suites with an adjoining control room.
After you complete all of the required graduate coursework and clinical practica, you will be eligible to begin a clinical fellowship (CF). Upon successful completion of the CF, you will be eligible for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology (CCC-SLP) and licensure as a speech-language pathologist in New York State.
Ithaca College graduates enjoy excellent career prospects. Our recent graduates are currently employed in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, public schools, private schools, and private practices throughout the United States and Canada.
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Ithaca, NY 14850