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 (SLHS) 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 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).