The standard level of education for speech-language pathologists is a masterís degree. Although masterís programs do not specify a particular undergraduate degree for admission, certain courses must be taken before entering the program. Required courses vary by institution. Graduate programs often include courses in age-specific speech disorders, alternative communication methods, and swallowing disorders. These programs also include supervised clinical practice in addition to coursework.
The Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA), part of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, accredits education programs in speech-language pathology. In 2010, the CAA accredited 253 masterís degree programs in speech-language pathology.
Speech-language pathologists must be licensed in almost all states. A license requires at least a masterís degree and supervised clinical experience. Some states require graduation from an accredited program to get a license. For specific requirements, contact your stateís medical or health licensure board.
Speech-language pathologists can earn the Certificate of Clinical
Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) offered by the
Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Certification satisfies some or
all of the requirements for licensure and may be required by some
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
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