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Prerequisite Requirements

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements

To be considered for admission, applications to the Speech-Language Pathology program or Speech-Language Pathology with Teacher Certification program must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, and an overall grade point average of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 grading system) in their undergraduate major. Students must enter the program during the fall semester.

GRE Requirements

Applicants must submit GRE scores. To be considered for admission, applications to the Speech-Language Pathology program or Speech-Language Pathology with Teacher Certification program must have minimum GRE percentiles of

  • V-30th percentile
  • Q-25th percentile
  • W-3.5

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 and 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.

Application Deadlines and Process

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

Questions?

Mary Pitti, M.S., CCC-SLP
Graduate Chair and Clinic Director
301 Smiddy Hall
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Fax: (607) 274-1137