A speech-language pathologist is a licensed health care professional who diagnoses, evaluates, and treats disorders of speech, voice, swallowing, and/or language.
Any use of the title "Speech-Language Pathologist" within New York State requires licensure, except in certain "exempt" settings. These settings include:
NOTE: To provide speech services in a public school in New York State, "Teacher Certification" is the appropriate credential. For information regarding teacher certification, contact the Office of Teaching Initiatives at 518-474-3901.
To be licensed as a speech-language pathologist in New York State you must:
You must have obtained a graduate degree in speech-language pathology from a New York State registered licensure qualifying program, a program accredited by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), or the equivalent.
You must complete a minimum of 36 weeks of supervised experience in speech-language pathology. (Any break in time, e.g., maternity leave or, in a school setting, summer break, should be compensated for in the ending date.) The experience cannot begin until after all requirements (including any examinations or completion of a thesis) for the graduate degree are satisfied.
To meet the examination requirement for licensure as a Speech-Language Pathologist, you must pass the Specialty Area test of the Praxis Series, Praxis II, administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in your licensure area.
The examination is administered at over 400 test centers throughout the nation. Schedule information and registration materials for the examination may be obtained directly from ETS by calling 609-771-7395, or writing to The Praxis Series, Educational Testing Service, PO Box 6051, Princeton, NJ 08541-6051 or on the Web at http://www.ets.org/
The fee for licensure and first registration is $294.
In 2014, there were 962 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 917 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2016, there were 18,023 active licenses for this occupation.
New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Speech-Language Pathology Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
Phone: 518-474-3817, ext. 270
29-1127 - Speech-Language Pathologists
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.
This page was last updated on 12/22/16.
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