Dear Prospective Student:
Thank you for your interest in our speech-language-hearing science program. We have developed a quality program to prepare speech-language pathologists.
The Master of Science program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20850-3289, 301-897-5700. Graduates of our MS program meet the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Standards. 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 masters degree and become certified by ASHA. This certification, called the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), requires the successful completion of a specific program of course work and practicum, a supervised Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY), and passing a national examination. Most states also require speech-language pathologists to be licensed to practice. Licensure requirements in 47 of the 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 1-800-498-2071 or http://professional.asha.org.
The Bureau of Teacher Certification and Preparation of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania granted approval to La Salle University's Speech-Language-Hearing Science Program for Teacher Certification of Speech and Language Impaired. Students who wish to pursue this Instructional I certificate must successfully complete all requirements for the Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology, and in addition successfully complete required, approved, education courses, an approved full-time student teaching practicum (SLH 521), pass the appropriate sections of the Praxis Series Tests, and be recommended by the Speech-Language-Hearing Science Program Faculty.
Students with a BA or BS in speech-language-hearing science or communication sciences and disorders can apply for admission directly to the master's program.Those students who have an undergraduate degree, but not in speech-language-hearing science or communication sciences and disorders, will have to make up prerequisite courses (see Pre SLP). Students without a bachelor's degree can apply for our undergraduate programs.
Students work closely with our faculty. Our warm supportive environment will help you to grow academically and clinically. We provide practicum opportunities at schools, hospitals, and rehabilitation facilities throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. You will meet and interact with professionals from a variety of disciplines.
I hope you will have the opportunity to visit our lovely, urban campus. If you have any questions, please call me at 215-951-1986.
Thank you for your interest in our program. We are certain that we prepare our graduates to be excellent speech-language pathologists, and we hope you will be one of them.
Barbara J. Amster,Ph.D., CCC/SLP
Director,Speech-Language-Hearing Science Program