Apply to a SUNY New Paltz graduate programAdmission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution 

  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (4.0 scale) 

  • A college-level course in statistics with a minimum grade of 2.0 (4.0 scale) 

  • At least nine courses in communication disorders at the undergraduate level. Courses must be determined to be equivalent to the New Paltz minimum specified courses listed below, and must have been completed in the last 10 years. These courses may be in progress at the time of application but must be completed prior to entry into the program. 

  • Official results of the GRE general test with satisfactory test scores 

  • One copy of ALL official transcripts (including transfer schools) 

  • A non-refundable application fee of $60 

  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your recent professional/academic activity and qualifications. At least two must be from academic faculty 

  • A typed, 400-500 word graduate admissions essay 

  • A completed Prerequisites Form 

  • An interview and proctored writing sample may be required 

Specified Courses (27 Credits)
Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing3
Aural Rehabilitation3
Hearing and/or Speech Science3
Language Development in Children3
Diagnostic and/or Clinical Methods 13
Speech and/or Language Disorders 26
Total Credits27

Additional Courses 

In addition, students applying for the Speech Language Disabilities Program (090I) must complete the following three courses, or their equivalents. These courses should be taken in advance but may be completed during graduate study:  

  • A course in the Foundations of Education, e.g., equivalent to EDS340 Sociological and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 credits) 

  • A course in child or adolescent development, e.g., equivalent to EDS371 Child Psychology and Development (3 credits) 

  • A course in special education inclusion, e.g., equivalent to SPE350 Creating Inclusive Elementary School Classrooms or SPE385 Differentiating Instruction in the Secondary School (3 credits). Alternatively, students may take SPE565 Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms (3 credits) after starting the graduate program 

Other required courses for ASHA certification that should be taken in advance but may be completed during graduate study are listed below. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in each course. 

  • A college-level biological science course, preferably human or animal (3 credits) 

  • A college-level physics or chemistry course relevant to the field of Communication Disorders (3 credits)  

  • Two college-level social science courses (total of 6 credits) 

  • Manual communication proficiency is required for ASHA certification, and although there are a variety of ways to fulfill this requirement, we recommend a course or certificate in manual communication (such as American Sign Language) 

Refer to the website for examples of courses that fulfill these requirements: ASHA Certification Courses 

Application Deadlines

Applications Open - August 1 Summer Semester
Applications Close - February 1 Summer Semester

M.S. in Communication Disorders- Speech and Language Disabilities Concentration 090I

The Speech-Language Disabilities concentration comprises 64 credits and is recommended for students who wish to earn TSSLD certification and do not already have the NYS initial teaching certificate. This concentration leads to New York State teacher certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD), New York State licensure, and ASHA certification.

Required Coursework (45 Credits)
Scientific and Research Bases:12
Neurophysiology of Speech and Language
Advanced Speech Science
Applied Language Sciences
Clinical Instrumentation Laboratory
Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice 1
Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice 2
Speech , Language, and Swallowing:30
Phonological Disorders
Child Language Disorders
Seminar in Motor Speech Disorders
Fluency Disorders
Adult Language Disorders
Swallowing Disorders
Augmentative Communication Systems
Early Intervention for Speech-Language Pathologists
Voice Disorders
Advanced Diagnosis of Speech and Language Disorders
Language and Literacy Development 1
Clinical Practicum (19 Credits)
CMD501Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology 12
CMD502Clinical Methods in Speech Language Pathology 22
CMD503Practicum in Speech Language Pathology: On-Campus Summer2
CMD510Professional Issues in Communication Disorders2
CMD513Practicum in Speech Language Pathology: On-Campus 22
CMD514Practicum in Speech Language Pathology: Off-Campus Fall3
or CMD515 Practicum in Speech Language Pathology: Off-Campus Spring
CMD526Diagnostic Practicum in SLP1
CMD530Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology in the Schools3
CMD570Diagnostic Audiology Practicum for the SLP1
Select one elective course from the list below:1
Orientation Practicum
Practicum in Speech Language Pathology: On-Campus Summer
Diagnostic Practicum in SLP
Practicum in Speech Language Pathology: Specialty Clinic
Practicum in Speech Language Pathology: Off-Campus Screenings
Research Practicum
Indep Study Communication Disorders
Comprehensive Exam in Speech-Language Pathology
Total Credits64

Additional Requirements for the Initial Certificate – TSSLD

Seminar – Schools Against Violence (SAVE)
Seminar – Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
Seminar - Identification and Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse and Maltreatment
Educating All Students (EAS) test
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)

Program Requirements

Students must:

  • File a “plan of study” during the first semester after matriculation
  • Complete prescribed course work within four years after matriculation
  • Maintain a cumulative average of 3.0 or higher, with no more than two grades below B-
  • Successfully complete a comprehensive examination with written and oral components
  • Demonstrate clinical competence by successfully completing the prescribed number of clinical contact hours. These will be between 325 and 375 clock hours depending on previous clinical experience