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Speech Language Pathologist


A speech-language pathologist is a licensed health care professional who diagnoses, evaluates, and treats disorders of speech, voice, swallowing, and/or language.

Licensing Requirements:

Any use of the title "Speech-Language Pathologist" within New York State requires licensure, except in certain "exempt" settings. These settings include:

  • Federal, State or local governments
  • Public or nonpublic elementary or secondary schools
  • Colleges and universities

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:

  • be of good moral character;
  • be at least 21 years of age;
  • meet education requirements;
  • meet examination requirements; and
  • meet experience requirements.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 159, Section 8206 of New York's Education Law and Part 75 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

Education Requirements:

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.

Experience Requirements:

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.

Examination Requirements:

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.

  • Please note: As of September 1, 2014, ETS has migrated to a new exam (5331) and scoring system. The Examination scale for Speech-Language Pathology has changed to a 100-200 scale and New York State’s acceptable passing score will be 162.
  • Any test results prior to September 1, 2014, will not be converted using the new scoring system and the acceptable passing score of 600 for previous exam number 5330 will remain the same.
  • Examination scores must be sent directly from ETS. Request scores to be sent to agency code R 7747.
  • ETS retains scores for ten years. If your scores are no longer available from the testing service, they may be verified by ASHA. Contact ASHA at:

2200 Research Blvd.
Rockville, MD 20850-3289
Phone: (800)498-2071
E-mail: Web:

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

Fees (as of November 2, 2016)

The fee for licensure and first registration is $294.

Licenses Issued and Active:

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.

Licensing Authority:

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
Fax: 518-402-5354

Standard Occupational Classification:

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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