Credentials for Graduates of the Program

ASHA Certification

Students will be prepared for certification after they have earned the Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at The State University of New York at Fredonia.  As determined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), students must pass the national examination and complete a clinical fellowship.

State Licensure

In addition to national ASHA certification, individuals will need to persue licensure in the state(s) they plan to practice.  Students who obtain a Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Fredonia will have met the course and clinical practicum requirements for New York State's Initial Licensure Requirements.  If an individual chooses to apply for licensure in another state, that individual will need to contact the State Licensure Board in that state for information requirements for licensing.

Teacher Certification

Graduate students who obtain a Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Fredonia will have completed the necessary course work to persue initial certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) in New York State.     


Graduate Students who are graduating in May 2013: You must apply for the Initial certification by June 30, 2013.
If you apply on or after July 1st, you will be required to have completed the new requirement prior to being issued your TSSLD initial certificate. Then you have 5 years to meet this requirement which will be required for the Professional Certificate.

The new requirement is to take 6 hours of training in the following: 

  • Understanding the intent components and operational definitions of the Dignity for All Students Act.                     
  • Developing sensitivity to the experience of specific student populations.                          
  • Understanding how school climate and culture have an impact on student achievement and behavior.                          
  • Understanding bullying, harassment and discrimination, including indicators, early warning signs, prevention and intervention and how to interact with families of victims and aggressors.              
  • Understanding diversity and multi‐cultural environments and examining your own biases.

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