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/
Students in La Salle University’s Communication Sciences and Disorders five-year program can also pursue Teacher Certification for Speech and Language impaired / Educational Specialist for Speech & Language Pathology in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. La Salle University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is approved for teacher certification for Speech and Language Impaired and for Educational Specialist for Speech & Language Pathology from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Either certificate is needed to work in the various school systems in Pennsylvania. Candidates applying for either certificate are required by Pennsylvania State Board regulations to pass the appropriate Praxis Test: administered by the Educational Testing Service. Information about the Praxis Series Tests is available http://www.ets.org/praxis/pa . Other states may also require prospective teachers to take this or other examinations. In addition to all of the requirements for completion of the Master’s degree, candidates for these certificates must be recommended by the 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 CSD courses). In addition to the CSD course requirements, candidates for Instructional I certificates must complete approved education courses and an approved full time school-based clinical practicum (COSD 521).