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Become an outstanding speech-language pathologist


Our program combines classroom knowledge with hands-on learning in a clinical setting.

Speech-Language Pathology Master’s (with optional New York State teacher certification)


CAA logoThe Master of Arts (M.A.) education program in speech-language pathology (residential) at SUNY Plattsburgh is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Notice of public meeting and site visit by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), Tuesday, May 2, 2023. 

What Will I Learn?


Our two-year program prepares you for licensure as a clinical speech-language pathologist or teacher of children with speech or language disabilities. Our program meets the academic and graduate clinical clock-hour requirements for ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence and teacher certification and licensure in New York state (and most other states/Canada).

You’ll gain clinical experience in a variety of settings and work with faculty who are experts in their area of study and you will be prepared to work in any professional setting.

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a different field may prepare for application to a speech-language pathology graduate program by completing with the communication sciences and disorders certificate program.

What is Unique About Our Program?


  • The small graduate class size allows for individual attention and promotes class cohesion and individualized learning.
  • The on-campus clinic offers a diverse range of clinical experiences across the life span.
  • Professors also supervise clinic, which provides continuity between classroom and therapy room.
  • You will learn cutting-edge information from expert clinicians and researchers.
  • You will be able to choose between a wide variety of clinical placements in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Our learning facilities give you access to the tools you need, including smart classrooms, a comprehensive range of recent assessment materials, our anatomy lab and a voice and speech science lab.
  • Over 20-year history of exclusive affiliation with University of Vermont Health Network at Champlain Valley Physicians’ Hospital with experiences including:
    • Outpatient and inpatient dysphagia
    • Video fluoroscopy
    • Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES)
    • Outpatient pediatrics
    • Outpatient and inpatient adult neurogenics
  • Master’s thesis option.
  • Graduate assistantships within the department
  • Volunteer opportunities to participate in ongoing faculty research
  • The Communication Sciences and Disorders Department holds at least one continuing education event for students and local professionals per year and is recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as an approved continuing education provider.

What Are My Career Opportunities?


Speech-pathologists are able to work in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, early intervention settings, private practice, long-term care facilities and universities.

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