The Master of Science program 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 Blvd., Rockville, MD, 20850-3289, 800.638.8255. 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, passing the national certification examination, and a supervised clinical fellowship (CF). Most states also require speech-language pathologists to be licensed to practice. Licensure requirements in all 50 states (including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware) are identical to ASHA-CCC standards. For more information about the importance of certification, please contact the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at 800.638.8255 or http://www.asha.org/Certification/Certification-Standards-for-SLP--General-Information/
La Salle University’s Speech-Language-
Hearing Science Pathology (SLP HS) master's 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 in the various school systems in Pennsylvania. Any candidate applying for an Instructional I certificate must complete all requirements for the master’s degree in speech-language pathology. Please see http://www.pa.nesinc.com for requirements for Pennsylvania Teacher Certification. Other states may have other requirements. 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 Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders 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 CSD courses). In addition to the SLHS CSD course requirements, candidates for Instructional I certificates must complete approved education courses and complete an approved full-time student teaching practicum ( SLH CSD 521).