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Speech-Language Pathology, M.S.Ed

About the Program

The Speech-Language Pathology master’s in education (M.S.Ed.) program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA),, of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The program is currently accredited through 2023. This is the most current accreditation information, which may differ from information found in older print documents. The CAA's Accreditation Action Report is available online on CAA's webpage under program: (

The M.S.Ed. degree program in speech-language is also registered with the New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12234, for licensure in speech-language pathology ( and for the initial/professional teaching certificate (Teacher of Speech and Language Disabilities; Teacher Certification, 518-474-3901).

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in the catalog.

Programs must be planned under advisement and approved by the director of the graduate studies and the department chairperson. Students are expected to complete academic and clinical education requirements to qualify for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in speech-language pathology issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and New York State licensure in speech-language pathology. Additional coursework may be required for teacher certification. Students must complete a minimum of three semesters of supervised practica in the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic prior to placement at off-campus practica. Only students in good standing are permitted to enroll in SLP 505 Graduate Practicum in an Educational Setting and SLP 611 Externship in Communication Disorders. Students must meet with the director of graduate studies during their first enrolled semester to plan a program that will ensure completion of ASHA certification, New York State licensure, and New York State teacher certification requirements.

About the Speech-Language Pathology Department

316 Caudell Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-4412
Fax: (716) 878-5711

Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale). Students with an undergraduate degree in a different discipline may apply directly to the master’s program. In this situation, the student will be required to complete preparatory “make up” courses in our undergraduate program prior to beginning graduate coursework and clinical practica. The specific courses that will be needed will be determined by the Director of Graduate Studies once the student has been admitted to the program.

2. Undergraduate coursework in speech-language pathology typically includes courses related to the normal development of speech, language, and hearing processes; courses related to disordered speech, language, and hearing; and courses related to the speech and hearing sciences. For ASHA and NCATE certification, the following courses are also required. If they were not taken at the undergraduate level, they will be added to the graduate program:

3 credits in a biological science
3 credits in the physical sciences
3 credits in statistics
3 credits in the social and behavioral sciences
SPF 202 Child Development and Education
SPF 302 Educational Psychology: Elementary Education
EXE 100 Nature and Needs of Individuals with Special Needs

3. Three letters of recommendation that attest to the applicant’s potential as a graduate student. For students with an undergraduate major in speech-language pathology or communication sciences and disorders, two of the letters must come from faculty in the major. For students from other majors, two of the letters must come from faculty in the major.

4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.

5. A written personal statement reflecting reasons for choosing this discipline (or a related personal narrative)

Application Deadline: Applicants must apply by January 15 for summer or fall admission. No applications are accepted for spring admission.

Application Procedures: The Speech-Language Pathology Department is currently participating in the Communication and Sciences Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). To apply to the graduate program in speech-language pathology students must submit an application to the SUNY Buffalo State Graduate School and apply online using the CSDCAS application.

Program Requirements

Required Graduate Courses* 38 cr
SLP 501 Clinical Methods (2)
SLP 511 Neural Processes of Communication (3)
SLP 516 Diagnostic Principles and Procedures (2)
SLP 518 Extended Applications in Communication Sciences and Disorders (1)
SLP 541 Language Disorders: Birth to Age 5 (3)
SLP 580 Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology (2)
SLP 605 Contemporary Issues in Clinical Interactions: Families and Culture (2)
SLP 606 Fluency Disorders and Cleft Palate (3)
SLP 607 Dysphagia Across the Life Span (2)
SLP 608 Neuromotor Speech Disorders Across the Life Span (2)
SLP 609 Disorders of Voice (2)
SLP 610 Evaluation and Treatment of Phonological Disorders (3)
SLP 621 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (2)
SLP 622 Language Disorders of School-Aged Individuals (3)
SLP 623 Acquired Language Disorders (3)
SLP 625 Advanced Topics and Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders (3)*

Practicum* 19 cr
SLP 505 Graduate Practicum in an Educational Setting (6)
SLP 515 Clinical Practicum (7; 1-3 cr per semester)
SLP 611 Externship in Communication Disorders (6)

Master’s Project or Master’s Thesis* 3-6 cr
Select one option:
SLP 690 Master’s Project
SLP 695 Master’s Thesis (3-6)

Comprehensive Examination 0 cr
*Students who elect to take the comprehension examination must enroll in SLP 625.

Total Required Credit Hours 57-60 cr

* Selected under advisement

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