The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders' Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at La Salle University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20850-3289, 301.296.5700. ASHA is the national professional, credentialing, and scientific organization for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech-language-hearing scientists. To practice in most work settings, speech-language pathologists must hold a master’s degree and become certified by ASHA. This certification, called the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), requires the successful completion of a specific program of coursework and practicum, a supervised Clinical Fellowship (CF), and passing of a national examination. Most states also require speech-language pathologists to be licensed to practice. Licensure requirements in 49 of the 50 states (including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware) are identical to ASHA-CCC standards.
For more information about certification, please contact the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at 1.800.498.2071 or http://www.asha.org/certification/2005_SLP_FAQ.htm.
La Salle University’s Speech-Language-Hearing Science Program is approved for teacher certification for Speech and Language Impaired from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This Instructional I certificate is needed to work as a Teacher of Speech and Language Impaired in the various school systems in Pennsylvania. Any candidate applying for an Instructional I certificate is required by Pennsylvania State Board regulations to pass the appropriate sections of the PRAXIS Series Tests: Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers, administered by the Educational Testing Service. Information about the PRAXIS Series Tests is available in the Program Director’s office (St. Benilde 2201). Other states may also require prospective teachers to take these or other examinations. In addition to all of the requirements for completion of the master’s degree, candidates for Instructional I certificates must be recommended by the Speech-Language- Hearing Science Program faculty. Recommendations are predicated upon successful completion of all course requirements with the required grade point average (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in SLHS courses). In addition to the SLHS course requirements, candidates for Instructional I certificates must complete approved education courses and complete an approved full-time student teaching practicum (SLH 521). Education courses must be approved by the Director of the SLHS Program.