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Speech-Language Pathologists

What Do Speech-Language Pathologists Do?

Speech-language pathologists, sometimes called speech therapists, assess, diagnose, treat, and help to  prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, and fluency in people of all ages. Speech-language pathologists work with people who cannot produce speech sounds or cannot produce them clearly; those with speech rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering or slurred speech or other speech impairment; people with voice disorders, such as inappropriate pitch or harsh voice; those with problems understanding and producing language; those who wish to improve their communication skills by modifying an accent; and those with cognitive communication impairments, resulting from brain injury, stroke, or attention, memory, and problem-solving disorders.

Speech-language pathologists often work with audiologists because some speech problems are a direct result of hearing problems. (See Audiologists section on this website.) For more information on speech-language pathologists, go to: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/speech-language-pathologists.htm.

Where Do Speech-Language Pathologists Work?

In the U.S., nearly half of all speech-language pathologists work in schools; most others are employed by health care and social assistance facilities. Some speech-language pathologists also work in patients’ homes.

What Do Speech-Language Pathologists Earn?

In 2017, the median annual salary for speech-language pathologists in New York was $79,530 (entry-level: $56,530, experienced: $104,890), compared to the 2017 nationwide median annual salary of $76,610 for speech-language pathologists.

Supply and Demand

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of jobs for speech-language pathologists nationwide will increase by 17.8% between 2016 and 2026, and will increase by 21.6% in New York during the same time period. The demand for speech-language pathologists will grow as an aging population may have increased difficulties with neurological disorders and associated speech, language, and swallowing impairments. Medical advances are also improving the survival rate of premature infants and trauma and stroke victims, who then need assessment and sometimes treatment. Employment in educational services will increase with the growth in elementary and secondary school enrollments, including enrollment of special education students. Greater awareness of the importance of early identification and diagnosis of speech and language disorders in young children will also increase employment for speech-language pathologists.

For more information on employment projections of speech-language pathologists by New York State labor regions, 2014-2024, click here.

Educational Program Requirements

In New York, speech-language pathologists are required to have a graduate degree in speech-language pathology. Master’s level programs in speech-language pathology include coursework in basic communication processes, audiology, scientific areas of speech-language pathology and language, as well as a supervised practice of at least 400 hours.

Most master’s programs require an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology, audiology, or a relevant or more generic degree, such as communications disorders.

New York Licensure Requirements

To be licensed as a speech pathologist in New York, an individual must have finished a graduate degree in speech-language pathology from an approved educational program; completed at least nine months (36 weeks) of supervised clinical experience; and pass the Specialty Area test of the Praxis Series, Praxis II, administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

For more information on the Praxis Series test for speech-language pathology, go to: http://www.ets.org/praxis/.
Speech-language pathologists are also required to take continuing education courses to maintain licensure. For more information on New York licensing requirements for speech-language pathologists, go to: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/slpa/speechlic.htm.

Financial Support

Many of the colleges and universities listed below have scholarships and other funding awards available for speech-language pathology students. Please check the programs’ websites and with the financial aid office at the school.

In addition, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation offers several scholarship opportunities. For information, go to: http://www.ashfoundation.org/grants/default.htm.

Education Programs in New York (subject to change)

Note: Please click on each school’s name to view the school’s website for available academic programs.

Adelphi University
Hy Weinberg Center for Communication Disorders
P.O. Box 701
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530-0701
(516) 877-4850
Brooklyn College
City University of New York

Davidow Speech Language Hearing Center
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
(718) 951-5000, ext. 3276
Buffalo State College
State University of New York

Dept. of Speech-Language Pathology
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
(716) 878-4412
College of Saint Rose
Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorder
432 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
(518) 458-5356 or (800) 637-8556
Hofstra University
Dept. of Speech-Language Hearing Sciences
106 Davison Hall
Hempstead, NY 11549
(516) 463-5508 or (516) 463-5509
Hunter College
City University of New York

Communication Sciences Program
425 East 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 481-4467
Ithaca College
Dept. of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-3248
Lehman College
City University of New York

Dept. of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
250 Bedford Park Blvd.
West Bronx, NY 10468-1589
(718) 960-8134
Long Island University
Brooklyn Campus

1 University Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201-8423
(718) 780-4122
Long Island University
C.W. Post Campus

720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548-1300
(516) 299-2436
Mercy College
Department of Health and Natural Sciences
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(914) 674-7743
Nazareth College
Communication Sciences and Disorders Department
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 389-2776
New York Medical College
School of Health Sciences and Practice Building
Valhalla, NY 10595
(914) 594-4239
New York University
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
665 Broadway, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-5230
State University of New York

Dept. of Communication Sciences & Disorders
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 564-2000
Queens College
City University of New York

Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11367-1597
(718) 997-2870 or (718) 997-2930
St. John’s University
Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders
8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439
(718) 990-6450 or (718) 990-6452
University at Buffalo
State University of New York

Communicative Disorders and Sciences
3435 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214-3005
(716) 829-5570
New Paltz
State University of New York

Dept. of Communication Disorders
Humanities 14A
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561-2440
(845) 257-3620
SUNY Fredonia
Dept. of Communication Disorders and Sciences
2142 Fenton Hall
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3808
Elmira College
One Park Place
Elmira, New York, 14901
(800) 935-6472
Syracuse University
Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders
621 Skytop Suite 1200
Syracuse, NY 13244
(315) 443-9637
Teacher’s College
Columbia University

Speech and Language Pathology
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027-6696
(212) 678-3410
Touro College
School of Health Sciences
1610 E 19th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(718) 787-1602, ext. 200
The Graduate Center
City University of New York

365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309
(212) 817-8800
Iona College
715 North Ave
New Rochelle, NY  10801
(914) 633-2000
Molloy College
1000 Hempstead Ave
Rockville Centre, NY  11571
(888) 466-5569
Marymount Manhattan College
221 E 71st Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 517-0400
SUNY Cortland
21 Graham Ave
Cortland, NY  13045
(607) 753-2011
Pace University-New York
1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY  10038
(866) 722-3338
University at Buffalo
122 Cary Hall, South Campus
Buffalo, NY  14214
(716) 829-2797
Yeshiva University
500 W 185th St
New York, NY  10033
(212) 960-5400

Additional Web Links

For more information about speech-language pathologists, go to the websites for:

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association http://asha.org/.

The New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association http://www.nysslha.org/.

The American Academy of Audiology http://www.audiology.org/.

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