The Master of Arts program in Speech-Language Pathology is designed to provide the academic and clinical education that graduates need to meet the profession’s existing and emerging demands.
Earn a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from St. John's University in New York City!
To apply to St. John's University’s Speech-Language Pathology program you must fill out an application with CSDCAS (Central Application Service for Communication Science and Disorders Programs). Apply here.
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The Master of Arts program in Speech-Language Pathology is designed to provide the academic and clinical education that graduates need to meet the profession’s existing and emerging demands. Our program offers graduate students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skill areas to meet the requirements for ASHA Certification and New York State licensure for professional practice.
Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. St. John’s University has not determined requirements for individual states beyond New York. If you reside or plan to reside outside New York, you are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate state licensing agency in that state to seek information and guidance before beginning the program.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) education program in Speech-Language Pathology (residential) at St. John's University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2220 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD, 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
The M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology is a New York State registered licensure-qualifying program approved by the New York State Board of Professional Licensing of the New York State Education Department.
Rebecca Wiseheart, Ph.D.
Director, M.A. Speech-Language Pathology Program
The M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology requires the successful completion of 54 credits.
Full-time students are expected to complete the 54-credit program in two years (i.e., over five consecutive semesters, including summer). Please refer to the Academic Calendar for important dates.
Students follow a lock-step curriculum. This means all students in the cohort take the same courses in the same sequence. Upon matriculation into the program, accepted students are provided program-specific requirements for maintenance of a minimum GPA, student academic/clinical remediation, student professionalism, and student availability for clinical placements, among others. The following shows the required course sequence for all full-time students. Bilingual extension courses are indicated by asterisk.
The 54-credit lock-step plan for full-time study over two years (five consecutive semesters) is as follows. Please note that optional Bilingual Extension courses are listed. Those seeking the Bilingual Extension will require 63 credits, including an additional Winter Intersession course. Bilingual Extension courses are indicated with an asterisk.
Students select two of the following electives:
*BE Students also complete*:
Part-time students are expected to complete the 54-credit program in three years (i.e., over eight consecutive semesters, including summers). Please refer to the Academic Calendar for important dates.
Students follow a lock-step curriculum. This means all students in the cohort take the same courses in the same sequence. Upon matriculation into the program, accepted students are provided program-specific requirements for maintenance of a minimum GPA, student academic/clinical remediation, student professionalism, and student availability for clinical placements, among others. The following shows the suggested course sequence for part-time students. Bilingual extension courses are indicated by asterisk.
The 54-credit lock-step plan for three years of study (eight consecutive semesters) is outlined below. Those seeking the Bilingual Extension will require 63 credits, including an additional Winter Intersession course. Bilingual Extension courses are indicated with an asterisk.
Students select one of the following electives:
Students enrolled in the M.A. program for Speech-Language Pathology and pursuing the TSSLD may also apply for the Bilingual Extension. In addition to the requirements for the TSSLD, candidates for the Bilingual Extension will pass an examination in a language other than English, complete 9 additional credits in CSD and EDU, and have at least 50 hours of clinical practicum experience with English language learners distributed across preschool, elementary school, middle school, and adolescence.
The Bilingual Extension consists of 15 credits, and includes the following requirements:
CSD 203 Models of Language Behavior
CSD 325 Theories of Bilingualism
CSD 381 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Speech-Language Pathology
EDU 9003 Literacy Development for First and Second Language Learners
EDU 9005 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Dual Language Instruction
Interested students in good academic standing may apply to the Program Director to be placed into this concentration after the completion of 18 credits of graduate-level coursework.
Our academic program is grounded in research and evidence-based practice and motivated by Vincentian principles of social justice that extend our concern for individuals with communication disorders beyond the clinic and classroom.
In addition to developing the knowledge and skill areas required for ASHA Certification and New York State licensure for professional practice clinical practice, our students are trained to utilize critical thinking skills and facilitate problem-solving in clinical situations. All students engage in two semesters of research coursework and can participate in faculty-mentored research projects, yielding frequent presentations at local and national conferences. Moreover, upon completion of our program, students are sufficiently prepared to enter doctoral programs, should they desire to do so.
Our clinical educators model and hold students to the highest clinical and ethical standards. St. John’s Speech and Hearing Center is a state-of-the-art facility for the diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders in children and adults. In addition to providing hands-on experience to students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the center provides screening and other services to the community. Students also gain experience through externships in a wide range of settings and serving diverse populations. These settings include rehabilitation centers, hospitals, schools, day care centers, and nursing homes.
Our location in Queens offers a diverse and multicultural education both in and outside the classroom. We offer a Bilingual Extension Certificate (BEC) as part of the master’s program to distinguish you as a professional and prepare you to meet a growing need in the profession.
Academic service-learning experiences enable students to serve marginalized persons locally and globally. As part of SJU’s Mission and commitment to global study and academic service-learning, students also have a unique global study opportunity to gain real-world experience with management of pediatric dysphagia in Antigua, Guatemala.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and its Speech and Hearing Center adhere to St. John’s University’s nondiscrimination policy which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, age, gender, national origin, alien status, citizenship, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or disability.
Our Vincentian values also align with St. John's "dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion and commitment to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community."
It is the mission of St. John’s University’s MA program in Speech-Language Pathology to cultivate excellent, well-rounded and culturally competent speech-language/ hearing professionals who are lifelong learners; who employ evidence-based practices; who are responsible practitioners; and who embody Vincentian principles of global and social justice.
Research: Students develop information literacy and apply critical thinking skills to allow for the careful evaluation of research as it relates to clinical practices. Students will have opportunities to collaborate with faculty and serve as co-presenters or co-authors on research projects. Students will be encouraged to attend research conferences locally and nationally, and to pursue individual research interests with faculty mentoring.
Scholarship: The depth and scope of the curriculum has been revised to reflect evolving clinical and research trends in the profession. Courses are provided both in-person and online which maximizes time management to allow for a comprehensive education to support the SLP in various professional environments. CSD faculty will remain actively engaged in research and publish in top-tier journals. Our graduates are prepared for entry into Ph.D. programs.
Global: The MA program in Speech-Language Pathology provides students with an opportunity to engage in study and service learning at a medical orphanage in Guatemala. The faculty are actively exploring additional partnerships in South Africa and China.
Service: The SJU Speech and Hearing Center continues to provide outreach services to the diverse population of Queens through programs that target literacy, child development, and hearing health. Adherence to Vincentian Principles of Social Justice requires that services be offered to those individuals most marginalized through economic poverty or having restricted access to health care for other reasons. The MA Program utilizes an alumni advisory board for guidance on student preparation for service in the profession.
The MA in SLP program at St. John's is accredited by the CAA to prepare students for national ASHA Certification in accordance with the most recent 2020 ASHA Certification Standards. Graduates of our program meet the Knowledge and Skills competencies required to complete a Clinical Fellowship and, subsequently, to apply for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). More information about ASHA Certification can be found on their website.
The following pre-requisite courses are also required for ASHA Certification but are notincluded in our MA curriculum. Most students complete these courses at the undergraduate level. In certain circumstances, one of these courses may be taken after admission to the graduate program. More information on acceptable course content for these courses is available here.
Students who successfully complete our MA degree program are eligible to apply for the New York State License for Speech-Language Pathologists. More information is available here.
Note: Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. St. John’s University has not determined requirements for individual states beyond New York. If you reside or plan to reside outside New York, you are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate state licensing agency in that state to seek information and guidance before beginning the program.
Students who successfully complete our MA degree program will also be endorsed for the Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) teaching certificate. The TSSLD is issued by the New York State Department of Education. This professional certification is required to work with students in public schools in New York State. Tuition for our program includes all the necessary coursework, observations, and practicum hours students need for the TSSLD.
Students must also pass the Educating All Students Exam (EAS). Fees for the EAS and professional workshops required by the state are not included in tuition.
Students who are fluent in more than one language may also complete additional coursework for institutional recommendation to the New York State Department of Education for the Bilingual Extension (BE) Certificate. This extension is required to work with bilingual students in public schools in New York State.
Students seeking institutional recommendation for the BE must complete nine additional credits:
Two courses included in our lock-step curriculum also count towards the BE Certificate. These are:
In addition to the course requirements for the TSSLD, candidates for the BE Certificate must have at least 50 hours of clinical practicum experience with English language learners distributed across preschool, elementary school, middle school, and adolescence.
Students must also pass the NYS Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) in a language other than English. The BEA assesses knowledge and skills in the foundations of bilingual education, listening and reading comprehension, and written and oral expression. Offered in the target language of the certificate extension sought, it consists of multiple-choice questions, audiotaped listening and speaking components in English and the target language and reading and writing components in the target language. You can find a list of the BEAs here.
Annual Praxis Pass Rates are calculated for all St. John’s designated Speech-Language Pathology Praxis test results reported by ETS between September 1-August 31 of each academic year.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Speech-Language Pathology uses the CSDCAS application. Click here to apply through the CSDCAS system. The due date for applications is February 1.
The Speech-Language Pathology program takes a holistic approach to reviewing applicants.
Applicants to the M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology program must:
Note that GRE scores are optional.
Please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Speech-Language Pathology major) for a description of the content of these pre-requisite courses.
You may complete these pre-requisites here at St. John’s or elsewhere. To take them at St John’s, you need to make an appointment with the Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and bring official copies of your transcripts indicating prior coursework.
Pre-requisite coursework (18 credits) should be completed before matriculating. In some cases, students may apply while enrolled in their final courses.
In addition, students must have:
Students may complete these courses after being admitted to the program if they have not been taken on the undergraduate level. Students needing to complete missing coursework in Statistics, Biology, Physics or Chemistry, and Social science may submit documentation of having passed CLEP exams in these areas in lieu of completing additional coursework.
Prior to matriculation in the program, students will be required to undergo and successfully pass a Criminal Background Check, at a cost of approximately $100. For more information, please consult the current Graduate Bulletin.
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